“Contemporary Indigenous Writing in Canada”
This course takes themes of transformation as its focus. We’ll discuss examples of writing by contemporary Indigenous writers who engage transformation in the context of the impacts of settler colonialism on Indigenous peoples and lands. Using such contemporary forms as manga, graphic novel and erasure poetry as well as memoir and novel, these writers re/imagine heroism and superheroes at the intersection of new technologies and ancient ones, transforming narratives of darkness and sometimes creating light. Among the writers to be considered are: Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Red – A Haida Manga), Cherrie Dimaline (The Marrow Thieves), Richard Van Camp (Three Feathers Nisto Mekwana), Richard Wagamese (Indian Horse), Tracey Lindberg (Birdie), and Terese Marie Mailhot (Heart Berries).