Table of contents

Acknowledgements / Remerciements
Introduction - Benjamin Authers, Maïté Snauwaert & Daniel Laforest

I Mapping the City / Cartographier la ville
1 Espaces de contestation: Mémoires conflictuelles sur le terrain de la ville - Sherry Simon
2 The Archive and the Alleyway: The Spatial Poetics of Sachiko Murakami and Meredith Quartermain - Erin Wunker
3 Urban Space and the Making of a Reader - Margaret Mackey

II Diasporic Memories / Mémoires diasporiques
4 Unforgetting and Remembering on Demand: Diasporic Memory in Rawi Hage’s Cockroach - Smaro Kamboureli
5 Moved by the Past: Canadian Family Memoir and the Story of Genealogy - Jennifer Bowering Delisle
6 Diaspora, Loss, and Melancholic Agency: Mapping the Fields between Susanna Moodie and Dionne Brand - L. Camille van der Marel

III Intercultural Spaces / Espaces interculturels
7 Dans un gant de fer: De la mémoire privée au dialogue critique - Samantha Cook
8 Langue et identité « ôtres »: Questions d’autoréflexivité chez Jean Chicoine - Lise Gaboury-Diallo
9 Une « au totraduction » sau vage: Le Canada français dans « Le loup-garou » et « The Werwolves » d’Honoré Beaugrand - Pamela V. Sing

IV Towards a New Memory / Vers une mémoire nouvelle
10 Originaux et détraqués: La ville hétérodoxe et mémorielle de Louis Fréchette - André Lamontagne
11 “A Doubt about Our Ability to Know Invades the Narrative”: Space and Knowing in the Writings of Robert Kroetsch and Rudy Wiebe - Janne Korkka
12 Fleeing the North Star: Lorena Gale’s Angélique, Slavery, and Canadian Cultural Memory - Albert Braz

Contributors / collaborateurs


Featuring seven English-language essays, five French-language essays, and a bilingual introduction, this collection examines the cultural work of space and memory in Canada and Canadian literature, and encourages readers to investigate Canada within its regional, national, and global contexts. It also invites us to recognize local intersections so easily overlooked, yet so important. The diverse critical approaches of this collection reveal and probe the unities and fractures in national understanding, telling stories of otherness and marginality, of dis-location and un-belonging.


  • Runner-up, Gabrielle Roy Prize - Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures 2018


"This excellent scholarly collection includes seven essays in English and five in French on various facets of the relationship between space and memory. ... The book will be of interest not only to scholars of Canadian literature, but also to those of postcolonial and diasporic literatures. ... [This] book serves as a valuable challenge to scholars in both languages to deepen our understanding of Canada’s literary past in both ways. "

- Laurel Ryan