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Van Schendel in Translation
Abstract: M I C H E L VAN SCHENDEL is one of Quebec’s leading poets, but he is little known in ...

Vancouver as a Going Concern: Artists’ Spaces, Public and Non
Abstract: The history of artist’s spaces in Vancouver (since the 1960s) is, in some ways, a history of bureaucratic forms: Intermedia failing to cope with one; Iain and Ingrid Baxter’s N. E. Thing Co. having one readymade in the structure of the family; the Western Front and artist-run centres adopting an owner-operator bureaucracy as a stabilizing strategy, in order to hold space; and independent spaces organizing themselves around and through precarity. How these artists’ spaces emerge, survive, dissolve, and re-emerge is imbricated with issues of affordability, national and provincial arts policy, and shifting expectations of what art can and should do. In Jeff Derksen’s excellent history of the Vancouver-based Kootenay School of Writing (KSW), he cautions that “a history of an artist-run space can unfortunately become a history of its governmental funding” (288). Such an emphasis on funding structures, particularly in the case of the KSW, he argues, can diminish the agency of artists and writers, particularly those involved with the Kootenay School of Writing, in their collective to the material conditions created by changes in government policy. But I want to argue that there is a valuable history of artist spaces in Vancouver that can only be told through an analysis of the role that public funding has played in sustaining, constraining, and forming art practices and subjectivities over the past half-century.

Vernissage
Abstract: Get up in the morning, pull on yesterday’s clothes, instant coffee in a dirty cup, smoke a cigarette. In other ...

Violence et viol chez Aquin: Don Juan ensorcelé
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Violets in a Crucible: The Translating, Editing, and Reviewing of Canadian Books
Abstract: NOT EVERYONE AGREES that it is possible, or desirable, to translate literary texts. Shelley, for instance, in his inspired defence ...

Vision of Clarity: The Poetry of Wilfred Watson
Abstract: WALFRED WATSON is a person of highly developed sensibilities. One cannot listen to him talk for any length of time ...

Visions of Canadian Modernism: The Urban Fiction of F. R. Livesay and J. G. Sime
Abstract: Canada in the 1920s has been traditionally regarded as the desert outpost of modernism. At best, its writers were able ...

Voices of the Grandmothers: Reclaiming a Metis Heritage
Abstract: IHAVE SPENT THE PAST fifteen years making documentary filmswith, for and about native people. During that time I have listened ...

Voix et lumieres dans “Sauvage-Sauvageon” de M.-A. Primeau
Abstract: СΕ TITRE — Sauvage-Sauvageon1 — saisit toute la pola- rité sur laquelle le roman est axé : l’envers et l’endroit ...

Voyageur Discourse and the Absence of Fur Trade Pidgin
Abstract: LfiKE OTHER CULTURAL renegades, the coureur de bois or voyageur is an often neglected figure, in part because he falls ...