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Sabotaging Utopia
Abstract: The short story “The Bells of Sobor Spasitula” seems to have been the last creative work that A.M. Klein finished ...

Sacred and Sacrificial Landscapes: Reading and Resisting Settler Canadian Environmental Discourse in M. T. Kelly’s A Dream Like Mine and the Navigation Protection Act
Abstract: This paper explores how the Canadian landscape is figured through two interrelated processes of settler colonialism, which form social and subjective identities in relation to Canadian environmental discourse. I explore these processes through what I refer to as settler sanctified and sacrificed landscapes. I read this dual process of settler sanctification and sacrifice through a literary representation in M.T. Kelly’s 1987 novel, A Dream Like Mine, exploring the operation of contemporary settler liberal environmentalism in a self-conscious settler narrative, and through Canadian environmental policy, which expresses the preemptive sanctification of the settler landscape present in Canada’s oldest piece of environmental legislation, the recently amended Navigation Protection Act. My readings of these two seemingly disparate texts aim to illustrate that a particular kind of sanctification of the landscape has structured settler Canadian engagement with the environment from the very inception of official Canadian environmental discourse, thus creating the conditions for the landscapes’ inevitable sacrifice.

Erratum:
On page 55, the sentence beginning with "Examples of the sacrificial landscape in Canada range from Alberta's oilsands extraction..." should be prefaced by the word "Potential." As such, the sentence should read: "Potential examples of the sacrificial landscape in Canadian environmental discourse range from Alberta's oilsands extraction..." We apologize for the omission.


Saint-Denys Garneau
Abstract: SAiNT-DENYS GARNEAU est sans doute un des plus grands poètes québécois. La poésie fut pour lui un engagement profond de ...

Saint-Denys-Garneau’s Testimony to His Times
Abstract: ICANNOT SPEAK of Saint-Denys-Garneau without anger. Because they killed him. His death was an assassination prepared over a long time. ...

Saluting George Woodcock on his 80th Birthday
Abstract: IHAVE KNOWN GEORGE WOODCOCK since the mid-1960s, which is to say, for the best part of thirty years. Not surprisingly ...

Sam Selvon Talking
Abstract: K.R. Samuel Selvon, you are the first writer-in-residence that we have had at St. Augustine and this is an important ...

Sameness and Difference
Abstract: In When Words Deny the World, Stephen Henighan characterizes Carol Shields’ The Stone Diaries, winner of the Governor General’s Award ...

Samuel Hearne & The Landscape of Discovery
Abstract: Like men of every age, we see in Nature what we have been taught to look for, we feel what ...

Sara Jeannette Duncan
Abstract: SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN’S The Imperialist is known to Canadian readers, but only in recent years have biographers and critics made ...

Sara Jeannette Duncan
Abstract: Criticism on Sara Jeannette Duncan has focused overwhelmingly on her 1904 novel, The Imperialist. This has been read as both ...