Listening to Old Woman Speak


Author:
Laura Smyth Groening
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
183
Publisher:
McGill-Queen's University Press
Copyright Data:
2005

Price:
Sale price$29.95

Description

While Canadian First Nations writers have long argued that non-Native authors should stop appropriating Native voices, many non-Native writers have held that such a request constitutes censorship. Listening to Old Woman Speak: Natives and alterNatives in Canadian Literature provides the historical context missing from this debate. Laura Groening examines issues of gender and genre, historical fiction and historical metafiction, and postcolonial theory to provide compelling evidence that it is virtually impossible to escape one's own cultural conditioning. She concludes by listening to what First Nations writers have to say about cultural identity and the need to establish a healing aesthetic. Concordia University professor revisits the appropriation issue in the historical literary works of Susanna Moody, Anna Jameson, and Duncan Campbell Scott. Contemporary Canadian authors under review include Rudy Wiebe, Mordecai Richler, and Basil Johnston.

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