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93. Writing (beyond) Regionalisms in Northeastern North America

Thursday, 9 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m., Cook, Chicago Marriott

A special session

Presiding: Rachel Bryant, Univ. of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Rachel Bryant's Annotation:
This session features a sampling of new work from a vibrant but controversial area of scholarly inquiry that grapples with Canada’s position in the field of hemispheric American literary studies. While some Canadianists have been intrigued by the possibilities for their literatures on an expanded stage, others – like the Atlantic Canadian regionalist scholar Herb Wyile, who in 2011 referred to hemispheric American studies as a kind of "scholarly NAFTA" – have resisted formalizing closer intellectual ties with the U.S., instead expressing serious doubts about whether this resituating of Canadian studies could ever take place in an equitable fashion. Indirectly addressing such concerns, the papers that comprise this panel demonstrate some of the ways in which inter-American perspectives open up necessary analytical avenues in the field of northeastern literary studies.

**** Please note that Tuire M. Valkekari will be absent from this session due to illness.

1. "Honey from the Rock: Captivity and the Ongoing Search for Anglo Indigeneity," Rachel Bryant

Rachel Bryant's Annotation:
This presentation lays the groundwork for a new understanding of John Gyles, the eventual soldier and translator who, in 1689, was captured by the Maliseet and transported from his home in Maine deep into what is now the Canadian province of New Brunswick.

**** This presentation has been uploaded to the 2014 MLA Convention group on the MLA Commons website. Download the paper in its entirety at the following link:

2. "New York City, Nova Scotia, and the Revolutionary Atlantic World in Lawrence Hill's The Book of Negroes," Tuire M. Valkeakari, Providence Coll.

Tuire M. Valkeakari's Annotation:
Tuire Valkeakari's presentation and attendance CANCELLED, due to illness.

3. "Jack Kerouac's National Identity: Crossing and Reinforcing North American Borders," Robert Steele, George Washington Univ.

Responding: Jennifer Andrews, Univ. of New Brunswick, Fredericton

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  • Genre, Theory, Method – Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Popular Culture

  • Comparative Literature – General

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