Literary Land Claims

The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat

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Table of Contents for Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac's War to Attawapiskat by Margery Fee
List of Illustrations
1 Imagining "The Indian Land Question" from Here
2 "Why have they taken our hunting grounds?": John Richardson's Lament for a Nation
3 "That 'ere Ingian's one of us!": Richardson Rewrites the Burkean Savage
4 "We have to walk on the ground": Constitutive Rhetoric in Riel's Addresses to the Court
5 "We Indians own these lands": Performance, Authenticity, Disidentification, and E. Pauline Johnson / Tekahionwake
6 "They taught me much": Imposture, Animism, Ecosystem and Archibald Belaney / Grey Owl
7 "They never even sent us a letter": Literacy and Land in Harry Robinson's Origin Story
Conclusion: Attawapiskat v. #Ottawapiskat
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La description

Literature not only represents Canada as “our home and native land” but has been used as evidence of the civilization needed to claim and rule that land. Indigenous people have long been represented as roaming “savages” without land title and without literature. Literary Land Claims: From Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat analyzes works produced between 1832 and the late 1970s by writers who resisted these dominant notions. Margery Fee examines John Richardson’s novels about Pontiac’s War and the War of 1812. She provides a close reading of Louis Riel’s addresses to the court at the end of his trial in 1885. Fee argues that both Grey Owl and E. Pauline Johnson’s visions are obscured by challenges to their authenticity. Finally, she shows how storyteller Harry Robinson uses a contemporary Okanagan framework to explain how white refusal to share the land meant that Coyote himself had to make a deal with the King of England.


  • Short-listed, Finalist for the 2015 ACQL Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism 2015


Fee contributes to the decolonization of literary studies in Canada and readers will benefit from Fee's contextualization of Indigenous notions of land rights and language. ... scholars interested in issues related to decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty will find this work especially useful

- Lianne Leddy, H-Envirnoment, 2016