Table of contents

Introduction: Paul D. Morris and Albert Braz, “The Nation and Its Literature(s): Representing People, Representing a People”
1: Paul D. Morris (Université de Saint-Boniface), “Reticent Nations: Governor General’s Award-Winning Fiction and the Representation of Canada”
2: Matthew Cormier (University of Alberta), “Cultural Memory, National Identity: The Changing Paradigms of Acadian Literature”
3: Matthew Tétreault (University of Alberta), “Literary Resistance: Situating a Métis National Literature”
4: Sabujkoli Bandopadhyay (University of Regina), “Intersections of Nationhood, Multiculturalism, and Globalization in South Asian Canadian Fiction: A Study of Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?”
5: Asma Sayed (Kwantlen Polytechnic University), “Canadian Literature in Heritage Languages and the Politics of Canon Formation”
6: Doris Hambuch (United Arab Emirates University), “‘No nation now but the imagination’: No Caribbean Nation without the Dutch Caribbean”
7: Jerry White (University of Saskatchewan), “Rediscovering the Republic: The Work of Joan Daniel Bezsonoff”
8: Clara Joseph (University of Calgary), “A Multinational Narrative in a Case Study of Translating an Eastern Christian Play”
9: Albert Braz (University of Alberta), “Nigeria’s Other Civil War: Ken Saro-Wiwa and Ogoni Nationalism”
10: Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike (University of Alberta), “‘Write Only the Truth’: (Re)Contesting the Nigerian Nation in Chimeka Garricks’s Tomorrow Died Yesterday and Helon Habila’s Oil on Water”


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