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Land/Relations: Possibilities of Justice in Canadian Literature
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Land/Relations: Possibilities of Justice in Canadian Literature (Paperback)

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Essential reading for those interested in questions of justice and cultural representation, Land/Relations speaks to and moves beyond the critical junctures in the study of Canadian literatures today. In the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and following Canada's sesquicentennial, Land/Relations presents a collaborative effort at what Smaro Kamboureli and Larissa Lai call 'counter-memory,' a collective effort to recognise 'relationships that have always been' - between peoples, between humanity and other living forms, between us and the land - in an effort to avoid erasure, loss, and trauma. Twenty influential literary critics engage a variety of genres-essay, life writing, testament, polemic, poetry-to explore the ways Canadian cultural production has been shaped by social and historical relations and can be given new and various forms to decolonize the institutions associated with the creation of this country's vision of Canadian literature.

Smaro Kamboureli is a professor and the Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature in the English Department at the University of Toronto. She is the founder of the TransCanada series of books, published by WLU Press, originating from interdisciplinary conferences that initiated collaborative research on the methodologies and institutional structures and contexts that inform and shape the production, dissemination, teaching, and study of Canadian literature. Her most recent publications include Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies (WLU Press 2012), co-edited with Robert Zacharias and Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace (WLU Press, 2013), co-edited with Kit Dobson. Larissa Lai is the author of two novels, When Fox Is a Thousand and Salt Fish Girl. A recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Writers' Award, she has been shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Tiptree Award, and the Dorothy Livesay Prize. She is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia.

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