Narrating Citizenship and Belonging in Anglophone Canadian Literature

Narrating Citizenship and Belonging in Anglophone Canadian Literature

by Katja Sarkowsky

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Overview

This book examines how concepts of citizenship have been negotiated in Anglophone Canadian literature since the 1970s. Katja Sarkowsky argues that literary texts conceptualize citizenship as political “co-actorship” and as cultural “co-authorship” (Boele van Hensbroek), using citizenship as a metaphor of ambivalent affiliations within and beyond Canada. In its exploration of urban, indigenous, environmental, and diasporic citizenship as well as of citizenship’s growing entanglement with questions of human rights, Canadian literature reflects and feeds into the term’s conceptual diversification. Exploring the works of Guillermo Verdecchia, Joy Kogawa, Jeannette Armstrong, Maria Campbell, Cheryl Foggo, Fred Wah, Michael Ondaatje, and Dionne Brand, this text investigates how citizenship functions to denote emplaced practices of participation in multiple collectives that are not restricted to the framework of the nation-state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319969343
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 08/27/2018
Edition description: 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 213
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Katja Sarkowsky is Professor of American Studies at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-University at Muenster, Germany, and author of the monograph AlterNative Spaces: Constructions of Space in Native American and First Nations Literatures (2007). Recent publications include the edited volume “Cranes on the Rise”: Metaphors in Life Writing (2018).

Table of Contents

1.Recognition, Citizenship, and Canadian Literature


1.1 Approaching Citizenship and Literature


1.2 Recognition, Multiculturalism, Difference: Critical Debates on Belonging


1.3 Conceptualizing Citizenship: Membership and Belonging


1.4 Citizenship and Canadian Literature


1.5 Outline of this Study




2. “This is my own!”: Negotiating Canadian Citizenship in Joy Kogawa’s Novels


2.1 National Belonging and the Violation of Citizen’s Rights


2.2 Struggling for Recognition: Japanese Canadian Citizens


2.3 The Urgency of History


2.4 Family Feuds: Writing the Redress Movement


2.5 Citizenship, Recognition, and the Shift from the National to the Transnational


2.6 Citizenship and Redress



3. “Dismissing Canada”? AlterNative Citizenship and Indigenous Literatures


3.1 Aboriginal Citizenship in Canada



3.2 “Second class citizens instead of first class Indians”: Patriation in Slash


3.3 Global Indigeneity and Environmental Citizenship: Whispering in Shadows


3.4 Writing Indigenous Citizenship: Narratives and Metaphors of Belonging




4. Writing Lives: Cartographies of Citizenship and Belonging


4.1 Place, Life Writing, and Citizenship


4.2 Narrative Structures and Cultural Citizenship: Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed


4.3 “Black, Canadian, one of my family”: Cheryl Foggo’s Purin’ Down Rain


4.4 The BC Interior and the Instability of the Subject: Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill


4.5 Claiming Place, Claiming Space



5. Cityzenship? Writing Immigrant and Diasporic Toronto


5.1 Diasporic Spaces, Urbanity, and Localized Citizenship



5.2 Paradoxical Relations: Foreigners and Citizens in Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion


5.3 Longing and Beloning: Claiming Citizenship in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For


5.4 The Limits of Urban Citizenship



6. Cultural Citizenship and Beyond


6.1 Contradictory Negotiations: Membership and Belonging


6.2 The Global Spaces of Human Rights and Citizenship


6.3 Reframing Citizenship and Human Rights in the Canadian Global Novel


6.4 Cultural Citizens in a Globalized World

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From the Publisher

“15 years ago, Irish rock band front-man superstar Bono announced, ‘The world needs more Canada!’ Many under-educated intellectuals may have wondered, ‘Why?’ Professor Katja Sarkowsky explicates the formidable, globalist rationales in her 7-novel study. Sarkowsky understands that Canada is the chief oddity, among the so-called Commonwealth nations, for it is a white-majority, Eurocentric, nation-state with a French-speaking (British) Queen as sovereign, a more-or-less Americanized 'pop' culture, Indigenous peoples—nations—who contest Federal power, and a national policy of Multiculturalism that obscures white supremacy as much as it recognizes so-called ethnics and racialized minorities. Sarkowsky's study leads us through decades of late political struggle in Canada that has witnessed a retrenchment of liberal ideals, despite countervailing tendencies in the next-door United States. Sarkowsky suggests that Canadian writers and intellectuals have evolved (or are evolving) a notion of ‘global citizenship’ that is a progressive answer to the dislocations and pressures of economic globalization and nationalist (proto-fascist) reaction.” (George Elliott Clarke, Professor of African-Canadian Literature, University of Toronto, Canada)

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