Articles



Reflections in a Pool
Abstract: IAM OLD ENOUGH to remember the older members of the previous generation and the much older members of the generation ...

Reflections on Being “Archived”
Abstract: M,CONSTANTCOMPANIONFOROVERFORTYYEARS,my closest friend, my wife Esther, is an archivist. For several years she worked in the Provincial Archives of the ...

Reflections on Two Decades
Abstract: ISYSIPHUS WERE A SAINT he could serve for my patron, and perhaps for a good many others of my generation ...

Refugee Gratitude: Narrating Success and Intersubjectivity in Kim Thúy’s Ru
Abstract: This paper makes the rhetorical move to consider narratives of “refugee success” outside the framework of liberal nationalism and multiculturalism. It focuses not on how such narratives are produced for and deployed by the state and its apparatuses to bolster ideological ends, but on the ways in which these stories are integral to the intertwined processes of survival and subject formation for those who have experienced intense struggle, loss, and trauma. Through an analysis of Kim Thuy’s novel Ru, I argue that “success” – as articulated through gratitude – can become a critical tool for “post”-refugee subjects to make sense of their oftentimes fraught and incongruous experiences and selves. The expression of gratitude, I suggest, enables a process of intersubjectivity, whereby the “post”-refugee can (re)construct a life and a sense of identity, and link that self with others to create an understanding of the individual and individual success as mutually constitutive, shared, and collective.

Reintroducing Tish’s Shitty Issues: Social Deviations, Radical Feminisms, and Queer Failures in Tish 20–E
Abstract: This essay produces a queer examination of Vancouver’s poetry newsletter Tish. Although narratives and scholarship of Tish have predominantly valorized the experiences of the first male editors and continue to commemorate their efforts (e.g. Davey’s When Tish Happens and Wah’s Permissions: TISH Poetics 1963 Thereafter), this article challenges this trend that dismisses later Tish issues and marks them as failures. Specifically, by engaging with Sarah Ahmed’s and Jack Halberstam’s studies between failure and social spaces and art failure, respectively, I argue that Tish’s later issues (20-E [45]) deviated from the first nineteen issues’ masculinist social relations and ideology by including more marginalized people’s voices, such as women’s and gay men’s works. I demonstrate how the second phase addressed the first phase’s erasure of women, the third phase published radical feminist poetry, and the fourth phase published gay poetry. However, these phases were limited by the first phase’s androcentricism. Instead of disqualifying its later issues, this article’s alternate socio-cultural history of Tish challenges a limited and heteronormative perspective of Vancouver’s poetry newsletter to demonstrate the contributions of women and gay men that have previously been disqualified.

Reinventing the Word: Kroetsch’s Poetry
Abstract: THE HEROES OF ROBERT KROETSCH’S NOVELS stagger hugely into myth, roaring across the West in an endless quest that ends ...

Réjean Ducharme, le tiers inclus: Relecture de L’avalée des avalés
Abstract: On a abondamment commenté—geste paradoxal s’il en est—le silence de Réjean Ducharme, cette troublante absence qui ne cesse encore aujourd’hui ...

Religion, Place & Self in Early Twentieth-Century Canada: Robert Norwood’s Poetry
Abstract: IN ROBERT NORWOOD’S DEVOTIONAL VERSE-TEXTS of the first decades of the century, a cleavage between priestly service and poetic practice ...

Remapping Vancouver: Composing Urban Spaces in Contemporary Asian Canadian Writing
Abstract: The New Wave of Urban Space   How is the phenomenology of Vancouver’s urban spaces represented by contemporary Asian Canadian ...

Remodeling An Old-Fashioned Girl: Troubling Girlhood in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees
Abstract: In L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (1908), Marilla asks the orphan Anne to tell her story, wanting to know, ...