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2018 CLC Kreisel Lecture: Michael Crummey

Twelfth Annual CLC Kreisel Lecture: “Most of What Follows is True” by Michael Crummey

The past twenty-five years have witnessed the flowering of a Newfoundland literature that has had a significant presence on the national and international stage. The place and its people have featured in the work of writers such as Annie Proulx, Wayne Johnston and Lisa Moore, all of whom have been published to acclaim in countries around the world. The emergence of a significant body of fiction in which Newfoundland’s culture and history figures prominently has done much to influence the image of Newfoundland that people from the province and in the outside world “see.” And it has also raised niggling questions about the use of history and real-life figures to animate fictional stories. Is there a limit to the liberties a writer can take with the real world? Is there a point at which a fictionalization of history becomes a falsification of history? What responsibilities do writers have to their readers, and to the historical and cultural materials they exploit as sources?

Using Newfoundland and its recent literature as a case study, and drawing on Michael Crummey’s own experience appropriating historical characters to fictional ends, “Most of What Follows is True” is an examination of the complex relationship between fact and fiction, between the “real world” and the stories we tell to explain the world to ourselves.

Date: April 12, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm

Place: The Timms Centre for the Arts (87th Avenue and 112th Street NW, University of Alberta campus)

Price: Pay What You Can

 

CLC Celebrates New Special Issue: Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production

The special issue “Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production/Affects féministes dans les productions littéraires et culturelles” is now out with Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice.

Co-edited by CLC Research Affiliate Libe García Zarranz, along with Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand, the issue features a foreword from our very own director Marie Carrière. The special issue also includes the work of executive board member Maïté Snauwaert, along with a number of other affiliates of the centre.

“Affecting Feminist Literary and Cultural Production/Affects féministes dans les productions littéraires et culturelles” was in part inspired by a conference organized by the CLC and the Université de Montréal (and with thanks to the Trudeau Foundation), which occurred in Fall 2013: Part II of the Conference on Women’s Writing in Canada and Québec – “Affecting Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today.”

To view the issue, click here.

 

Upcoming 2018 CLC Conference

The next CLC international conference, “The Poetics and Ethics of ‘Living With’: Indigenous, Canadian and Québécois Feminist Production Today”/ “Les poétiques et éthiques du <<vivre avec>>: Productions féministe autochtones, canadiennes et québécoises de nos jours,” will be taking place at the Banff Centre, Alberta, from October 11-14, 2018.

Political and historical events, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Report, the Idle No More movement, Donald Trump’s immigration ban, Black Lives Matter, the ongoing refugee crises, recent controversies around cultural appropriation, environmental catastrophes, and the recurring display of systemic sexual and racial violence underline the consistent inequalities of perpetuated colonial spaces in this globalized world, as well as the often painful confrontation of different worldviews and perspectives. These are crucial concerns that have been widely discussed by Indigenous, feminist, and anti-racist theorists and cultural practitioners. The various forms of social justice intervention that have emerged in academic, public, and popular cultural spaces have further exposed the persistence of historical patterns of oppression, domination, and complicity. Explorations of the poetics and ethics of “living with” might help revisit, understand, denounce, and resist these fast and slow violences.

Des événements historiques et politiques tels que la Commission et le Rapport de la vérité et de la réconciliation du Canada, les mouvements Idle No More et Black Lives Matter, le décret anti-immigration de Donald Trump, les crises de réfugiées qui sont en cours, les récentes controverses entourant l’appropriation culturelle, les catastrophes environnementales, ainsi que la persistance systémique de la violence sexualisée et racisée soulignent les constantes inégalités perpétuées par les espaces coloniaux dans un monde globalisé, en plus des difficiles confrontations entre les différentes perspectives et visions du monde. Ce sont des préoccupations cruciales qui ont été largement discutées par des théoricien.ne.s et praticien.ne.s culturel.le.s autochtones, féministes et anti-racistes, et diverses formes d’intervention de justice sociale ont été faites dans les milieux scientifiques, publics, et culturels populaires afin d’exposer encore davantage la persistance de motifs historiques d’oppression, de domination et de complicité. Les explorations éthiques et poétiques du « vivre avec » pourraient aider à revisiter, comprendre, dénoncer et résister à ces violences lentes et accélérées.

 

To view the call for papers, click here.

Hot off the Press: Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature

Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature / Habiter la mémoire dans la littérature canadienne

 

 

 

 

Dr. Benjamin Authers, Maïté Snauwaert & Daniel Laforest, editors

Publication date: November, 2017

Featuring seven English-language essays, five French-language essays, and a bilingual introduction, this collection examines the cultural work of space and memory in Canada and Canadian literature, and encourages readers to investigate Canada within its regional, national, and global contexts. It also invites us to recognize local intersections so easily overlooked, yet so important. The diverse critical approaches of this collection reveal and probe the unities and fractures in national understanding, telling stories of otherness and marginality, of dis-location and un-belonging. This collection will be welcomed by readers and critics of Canadian literature.

Ce livre examine l’importance culturelle de l’espace et de la mémoire en contexte canadien et plus spécifiquement dans les littératures du pays, afin d’inviter des lectures neuves des questions régionales, nationales et globales. Il rassemble sept chapitres en anglais et cinq en français, en plus d’une introduction bilingue. Les contributions, favorisant des approches thématiques et théoriques variées, sont réunies par leur désir de mettre en lumière des croisements inédits entre la mémoire et l’espace en tant qu’ils définissent certains des problèmes les plus brûlants de notre époque au Canada. S’y révèle l’équilibre fort instable entre récits unitaires et fractures communautaires, entre altérité et marginalité, ou entre dislocation et désappartenance.

Contributors/ Collaborateurs: Albert Braz, Samantha Cook, Jennifer Delisle, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Smaro Kamboureli, Janne Korkka, André Lamontagne, Margaret Mackey, Sherry Simon, Pamela Sing, Camille van der Marel, Erin Wunker: Albert Braz, Samantha Cook, Jennifer Delisle, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Smaro Kamboureli, Janne Korkka, André Lamontagne, Margaret Mackey, Sherry Simon, Pamela Sing, Camille van der Marel, Erin Wunker

To buy the book or to learn more, visit the University of Alberta Press here.

2018 CLC Poetry Contest

The CLC Poetry Contest is back! This year’s theme is Transactions and Exchange Values. Enter to win $150 and to see your poem published in Glass Buffalo.

The contest is open to all students at the University of Alberta and will award the best poem in French and in English.

Deadline is February 2, 2018.

See details here: 2018 Poetry Contest – ENGL

Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar

Join us on Friday, October 27, 2017 for the Fall 2017 CLC Research Seminar, Relational Poetics, Canadian Writings/Poétique du relationnel, Écrits du Canada. The seminar will begin at 8:30 AM and will take place in the Senate Chamber of the Old Arts Building. To view the program, click here: CLC_ResearchSeminarF17_Program (1)

The Research Seminar will be followed by the 2017 CLC Scholarly Lecture with Erin Wunker at 4:00 PM in the Student Lounge of the Old Arts Building.