Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community Author Spotlight: Judith Leggatt

Judith Leggatt is an Associate Professor of English at Lakehead University. Dr. Leggatt’s primary area of teaching is First Nations Literature, but she has taught a wide variety of courses at Lakehead, ranging from 1st year to the graduate level. She has taught Caribbean Literature, Canadian Literature, Speculative Fiction, and Women’s Literature. She was hired, in part, to develop post-colonial studies at Lakehead, and since she has been here, she has created several new courses, including Postcolonial Literature, Caribbean Literature, First Nations Women’s Writing, and Speculative Fiction. She teaches courses cross-listed with Indigenous Learning and with Women’s Studies, and is committed to accommodating the different learning styles and background experiences of diverse student groups.

Judith is the author of the article “Material Connections in Skawennati’s Digital Worlds.”

ARTICLE ABSTRACT:

This paper will examine the possibilities of Indigenous internet community by placing the work of Mohawk media artist Skawennati Tricia Fragnito in the framework of the cyberpunk genre, which imagines the ways in which human people interact

with machine and digital spaces, and how those connections change both individuals and societies. By comparing Imagining Indians in the 25th Century and TimeTravellerTM with Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, which Skawennati references in both texts, I will show how Skawennati Indigenizes understandings of the supposedly “new world” of cyberspace. Overcoming the biases embedded in technology can create maps and pathways through which Indigenous artists and activists can change human social systems, creating new avenues for community engagement.

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