Evangeline Holtz is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of English and the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute. Her research is funded by an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Canadian Studies and focuses on the “Neo Pacific Northwest” through Indigenous and Asian North American literatures, diasporas, and transnational feminisms.
Evangeline is the author of “Kicking Up the Dust: Generic Spectrality in Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms—An “Asian Canadian Prairie” Novel?”
While Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms has received widespread acclaim both in and outside the academy for the past two decades, the text has yet to be conceived of as a work of Canadian prairie literature in the regionalist tradition. My article situates Chorus of Mushrooms in reference to its publication date, just six years after the passing of the Canadian Multiculturalism Act, suggesting that such a coincidence caused the novel to be labelled as a work of ethnic, namely “Asian Canadian” literature, as opposed to that of Canadian prairie literature. I argue that Chorus of Mushrooms problematizes both of these labels by reimagining traditional prairie conventions through immigrant, feminist, and queer conceptualizations. I develop a method of reading Goto’s novel through the intersections of “rural,” “regional,” “Asian Canadian,” and “prairie” literature, suggesting that Chorus of Mushrooms refutes such “generic violence.”