New Book | Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada-US Border

Parallel Encounters

Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada-US Border is now available from Wilfrid Laurier University Press. This collection is edited by CCUSB network members Gillian Roberts and David Stirrup.

From WLU Press:

The essays collected in Parallel Encounters offer close analysis of an array of cultural representations of the Canada–US border, in both site-specificity and in the ways in which they reveal and conceal cultural similarities and differences. Contributors focus on a range of regional sites along the border and examine a rich variety of expressive forms, including poetry, fiction, drama, visual art, television, and cinema produced on both sides of the 49th parallel.

The field of border studies has hitherto neglected the Canada–US border as a site of cultural interest, tending to examine only its role in transnational policy, economic cycles, and legal and political frameworks. Border studies has long been rooted in the US–Mexico divide; shifting the locus of that discussion north to the 49th parallel, the contributors ask what added complications a site-specific analysis of culture at the Canada–US border can bring to the conversation. In so doing, this collection responds to the demands of Hemispheric American Studies to broaden considerations of the significance of American culture to the Americas as a whole—bringing Canadian Studies into dialogue with the dominantly US-centric critical theory in questions of citizenship, globalization, Indigenous mobilization, hemispheric exchange, and transnationalism.

Gillian Roberts is an associate professor in North American Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is co-investigator of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Culture and the Canada-US Border international research network. She recently completed a monograph on cultural representations of the Canada-US border.

David Stirrup is a senior lecturer in American literature at the University of Kent. He is the principal investigator of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Culture and the Canada-US Border international research network.


Table of Contents
Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada–Border


1. Introduction: Culture at the 49th Parallel: Nationalism, Indigeneity, and the Hemispheric | Gillian Roberts and David Stirrup

Popular Culture and/at the Border

2. Queer(y)ing Fur: Reading Fashion Television’s Border Crossings | Jennifer Andrews

3. Meanings of Health as Cultural Identity and Ideology Across the Canada—US Border | Jan Clarke

4. Television, Nation, and National Security: CBC’s The Border | Sarah A. Matheson

5. “Normalizing Relations”: The Canada/Cuba Imaginary on the Fringe of Border Discourse | Joanne C. Elvy and Luis René Fernández Tabío

6. How, Exactly, Does the Beaver Bite Back? The Case of Canadian Students Viewing Paul Haggis’s Crash | Lee Easton and Kelly Hewson

Indigenous Cultures and North American Borders

7. Discursive Positioning: A Comparative Study of Postcolonialism in Native Studies Across the Canada—US Border | Maggie Ann Bowers

8. Strategic Parallels: Invoking the Border in Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water and Drew Hayden Taylor’s In a World Created by a Drunken God | Gillian Roberts

9. Waste-full Crossings in Thomas King’s Truth & Bright Water | Catherine Bates

10. Bridging the Third Bank: Indigeneity and Installation Art at the Canada—US Border | David Stirrup

11. Cross-Border Identifications and Dislocations: Visual Art and the Construction of Identity in North America | Sarah E.K. Smith

12. Conversations That Never Happened: The Writing and Activism of Gloria Anzaldúa, Maria Campbell, and Howard Adams | Zalfa Feghali

Theorizing the Border: Literature, Performance, Translation

13. “Some Borders Are More Easily Crossed Than Others”: Negotiating Guillermo Verdecchia’s Fronteras Americanas | Maureen Kincaid Speller

14. Discounting Slavery: The Currency Wars, Minstrelsy, and “The White Nigger” in T.C. Haliburton’s The Clockmaker | Jade Ferguson

15. Detained at Customs: Jane Rule, Censorship, and the Politics of Crossing the Canada—US Border | Susan Billingham

16. Strangers in Strange Lands: Cultural Translation in Gaétan Soucy’s Vaudeville! | Jeffrey Orr

17. Bodies of Information: Cross-Border Poetics in the Twenty-First Century | Nasser Hussain

18. Bordering on Borders: Dream, Memory, and Allegories of Writing | Lynette Hunter

Notes on Contributors



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