Travelling Knowledges

Travelling Knowledges

Positioning the Im/migrant Reader of Aboriginal Literatures in Canada

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In Travelling Knowledges, Eigenbrod suggests decolonizing strategies when approaching Aboriginal texts as an outsider and challenges conventional notions of expertise. She concludes that literatures of colonized peoples have to be read ethically, not only without colonial impositions of labels but also with the responsibility to read beyond the text or, in Lee Maracle's words, to become "the architect of great social transformation."

In the context of de/colonization, the boundary between an Aboriginal text and the analysis by a non-Aboriginal outsider poses particular challenges often constructed as unbridgeable. Eigenbrod argues that politically correct silence is not the answer and instead does a disservice to the literature that, like all literature, depends on being read, taught, and disseminated in various ways. In Travelling Knowledges, Eigenbrod suggests decolonizing strategies when approaching Aboriginal texts as an outsider and challenges conventional notions of expertise. She concludes that literatures of colonized peoples have to be read ethically, not only without colonial impositions of labels but also with the responsibility to read beyond the text or, in Lee Maracle's words, to become "the architect of great social transformation." Features the works of: Jeannette Armstrong (Okanagan), Louise Halfe (Cree), Margo Kane (Saulteaux/Cree), Maurice Kenny (Mohawk), Thomas King (Cherokee, living in Canada), Emma LaRocque (Cree/Metis), Lee Maracle (Sto:lo/Metis), Ruby Slipperjack (Anishnaabe), Lorne Simon (Miikmaq), Richard Wagamese (Anishnaabe), and Emma Lee Warrior (Peigan)


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Eigenbrod (Aboriginal literature, U. of Manitoba) explains how she came to read Canadian Indigenous literatures from an immigrant perspective--as an outsider in relation to the texts--and in a migrant fashion--reading for border-crossing movements and migrations. Distributed in the US by Michigan State University Press. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Winnipeg, Man. : University of Manitoba Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780887553899
0887553893
9780887556814
0887556817
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 280 pages) : illustrations

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