Colloquium by Lisa Jodoin
Friday, March 22nd, at 3:30 pm in Tilley 5
The Department of English at UNB Fredericton is pleased to announce that Lisa Jodoin will present a colloquium entitled, “Homesick: The (Un)homely Body in Cherie Dimaline’s Red Rooms.”
Ojibway and Métis author Cherie Dimaline’s short-story collection Red Rooms (2007) challenges the mixed-blood body and indigenous identity in representations of what I shall call métis gothic. The exclusionary identity categories set up by the Indian Act have profound ramifications for Métis people in particular because they imply that mixed blood is fractional or diluted and thereby inferior. Dimaline presents urban mixed-blood characters who struggle to belong both on and off the reserve. For these characters the body becomes a ‘homely’ site of cultural and ancestral connection that subverts contemporary definitions of First Nations identity.
The colloquium will take place Friday, March 22nd, at 3:30 pm in Tilley 5.
All are welcome!