Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
|Jennifer Bowering Delisle’s The Newfoundland Diaspora prompts us to revise not just our conceptions of Newfoundland identity but also our understanding of the very idea of diaspora. This is a significant meditation on the shifting nature of regionalism and national identity in the age of globalization, an era of increasing migration, mobility, and deracination. At a time in which the continuous inhabitation of the same place is becoming less and less common, we need more complex and nuanced descriptions of the relationship between place, cultural identity, and collective identification, and that is what The Newfoundland Diasporadelivers.
— Herb Wyile, author of Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature (WLU Press, 2011)
Out-migration, driven by high unemployment and a floundering economy, has been a defining aspect of Newfoundland society for well over a century, and it reached new heights with the cod moratorium in 1992. This Newfoundland “diaspora” has had a profound impact on the province’s literature.Many writers and scholars have referred to Newfoundland out-migration as a diaspora, but few have examined the theoretical implications of applying this contested term to a predominantly inter-provincial movement of mainly white, economically motivated migrants. The Newfoundland Diaspora argues that “diaspora” helpfully references the painful displacement of a group whose members continue to identify with each other and with the “homeland.” It examines important literary works of the Newfoundland diaspora, including the poetry of E.J. Pratt, the drama of David French, the fiction of Donna Morrissey and Wayne Johnston, and the memoirs of David Macfarlane. These works are the sites of a broad inquiry into the theoretical flashpoints of affect, diasporic authenticity, nationalism, race, and ethnicity.The literature of the Newfoundland diaspora both contributes to and responds to critical movements in Canadian literature and culture, querying the place of regional, national, and ethnic affiliations in a literature drawn along the borders of the nation-state. This diaspora plays a part in defining Canada even as it looks beyond the borders of Canada as a literary community.
For the next week, the talk is all about the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Please drop by and visit us at our booth if you’re in town for Congress and check out some of these new titles. We offer a 20% discount for all titles purchased using the Congress order form.
|Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global InsecurityTarah Brookfield
$39.95 Paper, 270 pp.
|Canadian Social Policy: Issues and Perspectives5th Edition
Anne Westhues and Brian Wharf, editors
$52.95 Paper, 456 pp.
|The Daughter’s Way: Canadian Women’s Paternal ElegiesTanis MacDonald
$85.00 Hardcover, 350 pp.
|Borrowed Tongues: Life Writing, Migration, and TranslationEva C. Karpinski
$39.95 Paper, 282 pp.
|Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking BeyondInterfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual
Susan Gingell and Wendy Roy, editors
$85.00 Hardcover, 388 pp.
|Crosstalk: Canadian and Global Imaginaries in DialogueDiana Brydon and Marta Dvořák, editors
$85.00 Hardcover, 330 pp.
Our new catalogue is here and it looks fantastic! There’s a beautiful cover image taken from the cover of the forthcoming Ornithologies of Desire: Ecocritical Essays, Avian Poetics, and Don McKay, by Travis V. Mason. Inside there are a number of outstanding new titles. I hope you’ll click through and take a look.
Not the Whole Story: Challenging the Single Mother Narrative
Lea Caragata and Judit Alcalde, editors
Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace
Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli, editors
Plans Deranged by Time: The Poetry of George Fetherling
selected with an introduction by A.F. Moritz
Dada, Surrealism, and the Cinematic Effect
Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp
Geoffrey Hayes, Mike Bechthold, and Matt Symes, editors
One recent release and a couple of books from earlier in the year stand out to me as gift ideas for this Christmas. Of course, if you have an academic on your list, many of our books would fit the bill. Please look through our catalogue for more ideas.
|Woldemar Neufeld’s Canada: A Mennonite Artist in the Canadian Landscapte, 1925-1995, is a beautiful “coffee table” book of art selected by Neufeld’s son Laurence with text by Paul Tiessen and Hildi Froese Tiessen. Please come out and meet Paul and Hildi at Words Worth Books, Sunday December 5th at 2:00.|
|We All Giggled: A Bourgeois Family Memoir is a new book by Laurier professor of political science Thomas O. Hueglin. It tells the story of the author’s grandparents, his parents, and his own growing up in postwar Germany. He chronicles the family’s ups and downs and abiding love for music, food, and art across several generations. From the back cover: “This book reminds us what the ideal family actually is: a collection of colourful, delightfully imperfect people who have, for better and worse, made up the music of our lives. May we all remember and honour our families with such care, respect, and willingness to giggle and forgive.” –Alison Wearing, author of Honeymoon in Purdah
|Blazing Figures: A Life of Robert Markle, by J.A. Wainwright, is the only full-length biography of the well-known painter, who died in 1990. During his lifetime, Markle was an infamous figure on the Canadian cultural scene for almost three decades. His paintings and drawings celebrating the female nude were deemed obscene by Ontario courts in 1965, and Markle defended them on national television, emphasizing what he considered a crucial distinction between eroticism and pornography. Although Markle was a Mohawk who employed Native symbolism in his later work, he refused to identify himself as a Native painter.|
You might think the lazy days of summer mean that not much is going on around here. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sales of books to university bookstores for September course use are booming, and we have a bunch of new titles we’re excited to tell you about!
Dead Woman Pickney chronicles life stories of growing up in Jamaica from 1943 to 1965 and contains both personal experience and history, told with stridency and humour. The author’s coming of age parallels the political stages of Jamaica’s moving from the richest Crown colony of Great Britain to an independent nation within the British Commonwealth of Nations.
The contributors in National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada critically examine texts with subject matter ranging from George Vancouver’s west coast explorations to the eradication of the Beothuk in Newfoundland. Reflecting diverse methodologies and theoretical approaches, the essays seek to explicate depictions of “the historical” in individual texts and to explore larger questions relating to historical fiction as a genre with complex and divergent political motivations and goals
Digital Diversity: Youth, Equity, and Information Technology is about youth, schools, and the use of technology. Youth are instrumental in finding novel ways to access and use technology. They are directly affected by changes such as the proliferation of computers in schools and elsewhere, and the increasingly heavy use of the Internet for both information sharing and for communication
I Have a Story to Tell You is about Eastern European Jewish immigrants living in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg in the early twentieth century. The stories encompass their travels and travails on leaving home and their struggles in the sweatshops and factories of the garment industry in Canada. Basing her work on extensive interviews, Seemah Berson recreates these immigrants’ stories about their lives in the Old Country and the hardship of finding work in Canada, and she tells how many of these newcomers ended up in the needle trades.