English Studies in Canada

Articles from Vol. 32, No. 4, December

Administered Lives: Scholarly Research, Accountability, and the "Public"
THE PREFACE TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) strategic plan for 2006-2011 makes an interesting (if somewhat startling) claim for an organization that distributes research money so that scholars can extend the...
"Because She's a Woman": Myth and Metafiction in Carol Shields's Unless
IN THE CANADIAN POSTMODERN (1988), Linda Hutcheon observes the inherent conflicts between postmodernism and feminism. But Carol Shields succeeds brilliantly in combining her feminism and postmodernism in Unless (2002). Her last novel, Unless is her...
Domestic Gardening: Gabrielle Roy's Bower of Innocence in Enchantment and Sorrow
"A Chinese proverb says, 'If you want a day of happiness, buy a bottle of wine and get drunk; if you want a week of happiness, get married; if you want a whole life of happiness, plant a garden' there's some truth in that, don't you think?" Roy,...
"Do You Smell Fumes?": Health, Hygiene, and Suburban Life
THE TYPOGRAPHICAL. SPECIFICITY THAT DISTINGUISHES the title of Todd Haynes's 1995 film [Safe] betrays the film's interest in questions of security, shelter, and well-being but also of interiority and identity. [Safe] is set in late eighties suburban...
From the Red Room to Rochester's Haircut: Mind Control in Jane Eyre
THE CONTROL OF THE IMAGINATION is at stake in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Throughout the novel, Jane comes under the power of people and institutions that want to break her spirit. While tyrants such as Aunt Reed, Brocklehurst, Rochester, and St...
Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace and the Construction of a Trial Narrative
MANY OF THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED on Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace since the late 1990 reveal a measure of discomfort with what appears to be the novel's incompatible aims, namely those of providing a postmodernist critique of history within the framework...
Mary Magdalene as New Custance? "The Woman Cast Adrift" in the Digby Mary Magdalene Play (1)
A woman floats helplessly on the sea, alone or with a few companions, driven by wind and waves across the ocean in a boat without pilot, oar, or rudder. Whether by luck or by the grace of God, she arrives in a foreign land, inhere her experiences change...
Queer Matters: A Response to Robert Fulford
WHAT ARE WE TO MAKE OF ROBERT FULFORD's attack on Jes Battis? It would, of course, be easy to point out the simple mean-mindedness of an attack on a junior scholar who has no access to the sorts of forum that are Fulford's bread and butter. It would...
Readers' Forum Introduction: Popular Culture and the Culture of Research Funding
THIS READER'S FORUM GOT ITS START because of an article written by Robert Fulford for the National Post on 13 October 2007 about SSHRC (The Social Science and Humanities Research Council) and the work of Dr Jes Battis. The article, "Lex Luthor Hearts...
Taking Responsible Risks (1)
ROBERT FULFORD'S OCTOBER 2007 PIECE in the National Post re-ignited old debates about what kind of scholarly investigation is creditable and worthy of public funding. 1 am a researcher educated in a critical studies-based communication program, but...
"The Long Fetch of History" (1)
TWENTY YEARS AGO, LAWRENCE LEVINE--esteemed cultural historian and winner of a MacArthur "genius" fellowship--described his colleagues' nervous laughter when he classified certain popular entertainers as great artists. Levine asked himself why it mattered...
Unraveling the Knot of Acculturation and Resistance in Anthony Thrasher's Skid Row Eskimo
FEW RESIDENTIAL. SCHOOL SURVIVAL. NARRATIVES have found their way to publication as literature. Segments of hundreds of (largely anonymous) survivor accounts exist within historical studies and government publications, but these are mainly invoked...
"What Is the Proper Word for People like You?": The Question of Metis Identity In: In Search of April Raintree
BEATRICE MOSIONIER (formerly Culleton) has said that while writing her landmark novel, In Search of April Raintree (1983), she conceived the issue of identity as "a Metis problem, or a problem for ... native people being brought up in white foster...
Your Tax Dollars at Work: The State of Queer Youth Studies
ON 12 OCTOBER 2007, I received an email from the chief media officer at SSHRC, which let me know that a reporter for the National Post was writing an article on my research. My response was "sounds great!" I was thrilled by the coverage, although a...