A (Queer) Souvenir of Canada

A (Queer) Souvenir of Canada: Douglas Coupland’s Transformative National Symbols
Abstract: While Douglas Coupland has often been accused of conservative or even reactionary impulses in his art and writing, this article rebalances such claims by theorizing precisely what is at stake in his appropriations of consumer and popular national culture (partiularly in his Souvenir of Canada series). Rather than simply being an easy way of appealing to mass audiences, Coupland borrows received national symbols and performs what Nicky Gregson and Louise Crewe call "rituals of transformation"—activities of actively reimagining and reshaping popular cultural symbols. For him, these transformations signify an opportunity to reduce the alienation produced by coercive and stereotypical national symbols. His mass recirculation of these transformed national symbols suggest a queering of the idea of nation, and reflect a well thought-out effort to destabilize national symbols, leaving them more open to future reinterpretation.

A ≠ A: The Potential for a ’Pataphysical Poetic in Dan Farrell’s The Inkblot Record
Abstract: This paper argues that Dan Farrell’s The Inkblot Record (Coach House, 2000) exemplifies the political possibilities of a pataphysical poetic. To compose The Inkblot Record, Farrell collated and alphabetized one-sentence responses to Rorschach’s famous inkblot test from six source texts. To understand the implications of such a conceptual project, I turn to Alfred Jarry’s 'pataphysics, outlined in his 1911 novel, Exploits and Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, Pataphysician. In the novel, Jarry appropriates Lucretius’ notion of the clinamen—an unpredictable swerve of an atom—for literature, arguing that the clinamen’s existence means that even our most fundamental beliefs, that A=A, may not be true. Farrell’s clinimatic gesture of placing the language of psychology into the discourse of poetry enacts the paradox outlined by Jarry. The politics of Farrell’s poetic are small but palpable. He does not claim a “revolution of the word” or of the world, but rather performs an irreversible clinimatic swerve within them.

A Calibanic Tempest in Anglophone & Francophone New World Writing
Abstract: IN ITS NEARLY FOUR CENTURIES of existence Shakespeare’s The Tempest has originated an analogous literature in the Old World and ...

A Carnival of Criticism
Abstract: O n e of the most ambitious recent attempts to interre- late the literatures of the Americas is Earl E. ...

A Cat Among the Falcons
Abstract:   A CAT AMONG  THE FALCONS  Ethel Wilson  REFLECTIONS ON THE  WRITER’S CRAFT  L  tet FAME, that all hunt after ...

A Colonial Romantic
Abstract: Τ[HE JOH N RICHARDSON who returned to Canada in February, 1838, was a vastly different being from the ambitious young ...

A Colonial Romantic

A Core of Brilliance
Abstract: M,LARGARET AVISON’S experimental poetry has come of age; we may now place her in the front rank of Canadian poets. ...

A Country Without a Soul
Abstract: Abstract: In an attempt to escape his romantic entanglements and recover from his nervous collapse, the romantic young English poet Rupert Brooke visited the United States as well as central and western Canada in 1913. The deeply personal travel articles he submitted to pay for his expenses, later published as Letters from America, stand apart from the enthusiastic accounts of economic progress and beckoning wilderness written by his fellow British travellers in that age of renewed British interest in the self-governing dominions. Though an imperialist, himself, Brooke was highly critical of the individualism and materialism that he felt characterized Canada even more than the country to the south, and he felt alienated in a thinly-populated country that he claimed was without tradition and without a soul.