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“The Way the Stars Really Do Come Out at Night”: The Trick of Representation in Alice Munro’s “The Moons of Jupiter”
Abstract: This article focuses on Alice Munro’s "The Moons of Jupiter," a key work in her oeuvre. The article analyzes the story as a formal, artistic achievement, one which moves from separation, to unity, to separation, thereby providing a cathartic staging of emotion. The article also examines the subtle metafictive sensibility that runs through "Moons" without compromising its mimetic effect and follows its philosophical examination of the power and inadequacy of representation.

“The Wilson Collection” at Acadia University
Abstract: A UNIVERSITY HAS enhanced its valuable Thomas Chandler Haliburton collection of printed editions by the acquisition of a family archive, ...

“These marked spaces lie beneath / the alphabet”: Readers, Borders, and Citizens in Erín Moure’s Recent Work
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Erín Moure’s recent work invites us to think about the ways that our reading practices affect how we move in the world.  Do we stay put? Move across borders? Force others into (or out of) (our?) spaces? Facilitate free movements? Do we see the world as given and unchangeable or as something, in Clarice Lispector’s words, “torturously in the making”? As Moure says explicitly in several essays collected in My Beloved Wager (2009), and as she challenges us to think about in O Cidadán (2002) and Expeditions of a Chimaera (2009), how we act as readers affects how we act as citizens and both are intimately tied to what we make of borders.  How are we citizens not only of cities or nations but also of books?  By considering Moure’s recent work, we explore the ways that, in learning to be different kinds of readers, we can learn to be different kinds of citizens.


“Things Happened”: Narrative in Michael Ondaatje’s “the man with seven toes”
Abstract: THE MAN WITH SEVEN TOES” may be seen as Michael Ondaatje’s first major narrative. However, reading this text as narrative ...

“to forget in a body”: Mosaical Consciousness and Materialist Avant-Gardism in bill bissett and Milton Acorn’s Unpublished I Want to Tell You Love
Abstract: In 1965 bill bissett and Milton Acorn completed a book-length manuscript of poetry entitled I Want to Tell You Love. Though the collaboration was significant for both authors, it remains unpublished because editors believed Acorn’s economic free verse poetry and bissett’s radical literary formalist experiments were incompatible. This article returns to this little known manuscript and, despite the claims of publishers and editors, identifies the unifying factors of the text. This paper argues that by pairing their incongruous voices, bissett and Acorn formulate a materialist avant-gardism–an alliance of the political and aesthetic branches of the avant-garde that theorists such as Renato Poggioli have identified as distinct and discrete. This union creates a hybrid form similar to what Roland Barthes refers to as a Text (as opposed to a work), which gestures toward a new form of consciousness–mosaical consciousness–and offers a response to the turbulent sociopolitical climate created by global capitalist modernity.

“Trust Tonto”: Thomas King’s Subversive Fictions and the Politics of Cultural Literacy
Abstract: When we think of multiculturalism in North America, the two main metaphors that come readily to mind are the melting ...

“Under the Volcano”: The Politics of the Imperial Self
Abstract: ILN CHAPTER TEN OF Under the Volcano, the tension between Hugh and the Consul touches off a bitter political argument. ...

“Vexed by the Crassness of Commerce”: Jane Rule’s Struggle for Literary Integrity and Freedom of Expression
Abstract: This paper examines how Jane Rule's interactions with the publishing industry reveal her attempts to make an impact on socio-cultural conventions and to safeguard her freedom of expression and literary integrity. Her negotiations with various publishing figures and institutions, such as those with Robert Weaver of CBC radio, Carol J. Meyer of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, and Chatelaine magazine, and with her literary agents over matters related to socio-cultural censorship partly suggest what they conceived their roles to be in the publication process. These negotiations also demonstrated her part in redefining expectations and protocols that determined the value of her work, the degree to which her work was edited, and the venues in which her work appeared. The disagreements with two of her literary agents became especially significant in catalyzing their business terms?and in making plain that Rule privileged literary freedom above pecuniary matters.

“What is There to Say?”: Witnessing and Anxiety in Karen Connelly’s Burmese Trilogy
Abstract: Between 2000 and 2010 Karen Connelly wrote three books about the Burmese political unrest of the mid-1990s, a time when Connelly herself was living and travelling on the Thai-Burma border: The Border Surrounds Us (2000), a collection of lyric travel poems; The Lizard Cage (2005), a novel set inside a Burmese prison; and Burmese Lessons: A Love Story (2010), a memoir charting Connelly’s affective relationship to Burma and its people. Theorizing these books as Connelly’s “Burmese Trilogy,” this essay explores the affordances and limitations of different genres for bearing witness to the suffering of distant others, and the anxieties that accompany any attempt to ethically represent a culture that is not one’s own. It argues that the Burmese Trilogy emphasizes these anxieties, inviting a rereading of literature of witness in terms of mediation, circulation, and the ethics of bearing witness.

“When You Admit You’re a Thief, Then You Can Be Honourable”: Native/Non-Native Collaboration in The Book of Jessica
Abstract: A SUBJECT MUCH BRUITED ABOUT JUST NOW in Canadian literary circles is the question of the appropriation of Native materials ...