English Studies in Canada

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 3, September

Determination, Determinations, and Dissemination
READING ENGAGEMENTS, sometimes direct and sometimes oblique, with my exhortation to "Always Indigenize!" has brought home to me both the inescapable deficiencies and limited impact of academic writing, and the need to continue to do it. At a time when...
Exchanging Ghosts: Haunting, History, and Communism in Native Son
Richard wright might never have said that a spectre is haunting Communism in the United States. Yet his novel Native Son (1940) is strangely like a ghost, fictionally visiting and revisiting a particular history of the Party's attempts to understand...
Framing "Always Indigenize" beyond the Settler-Colony: "Indigenizing" in India
LEN FINDLAY'S "ALWAYS INDIGENIZE" IS AN INSPIRING CALL to Open up the academy in Canada to the indigenous people and to indigenous scholarship. Findlay's critique of the Canadian academy for its tacit colonial practices is committed to local politics,...
Genre and Gender: Autobiography and Self-Representation in the Diviners
RECENT FEMINIST CRITICISM of Margaret Laurence's The Diviners explores the representation of female subjectivity and the politics of textuality. Clara Thomas, for example, has identified the novel's perspective as not only distinctively Canadian, but...
"Indigenize" as Concept and Practice: A Post-NAFTA North-South Mexico Example
I HAVE BEEN PONDERING THE PHRASE "ALWAYS INDIGENIZE" for weeks this summer as I traveled through northern and southern Mexico, meeting with workers, indigenous farmers and campesinos, members of autonomous communities and civic groups as part of a...
Lauriat Lane, Jr. 1925-2005
Lauriat Lane, the founding Editor of English Studies in Canada, died peacefully on March 20, 2005 in Fredericton. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he earned his BA, NIA and PHD from Harvard, taught at Harvard and Cornell and then, from 1960, at the University...
Quotation and Self-Fashioning in Margaret Paston's Household Letters
The private correspondence and papers of the Pastons, a fifteenth-century gentry Family of Norfolk, England, have been an invaluable primary source for medieval scholars in piecing together the social, cultural, economic, and domestic details of a...
Re/Joycean Mistakes, Misprisions, and Modernist Contexts
2004 was a celebratory year for Joyce enthusiasts, many of whom (including myself) made a pilgrimage analogous to a modernist haj to congregate in Dublin en masse for the Bloomsday centenary celebration on 16 June :2004, the hundredth anniversary of...
Remapping Writing: Indigenous Writing and Cultural Conflict in Brazil
IN THE FORMULATION OF ITS PRESENT CONSTITUTION in 1988, the Brazilian nation chose to put an end to centuries of disrespect and marginalization of its indigenous populations by officially recognizing the existence of indigenous languages and cultures...
Salvaging Sound at Last Sight: Marius Barbeau and the Anthropological "Rescue" of Nass River Indians
IN 2001, AN OSTENSIBLY "LOST" COLONIAL TEXT was restored to a second life via the work of institutional reincarnation. Re-sutured from stock footage held in the National Archives of Canada, Marius Barbeau's 1927 ethnographic documentary Nass River...
"The Crow on the Crematorium Chimney": Germany, Summer 1945
In the half-century since the end of the second world war our sense of its moral economy has begun to change. It has always been easy to dismiss Nazism, Fascism, and Japanese imperialism as morally bankrupt. The conduct of the Axis powers has received...
Trickster Ethics, Richler and King Fiddling
THE CONTEMPORARY TRICKSTER is the closest to a postmodern, postcolonial persona we have in literature. Representing both the play and the politics of current fiction, the trickster can permit a new narrative route to problems that range from legitimacy...
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