Public Poetics, Public Women with Dr. Erin Wunker

Dr Erin Wunker, Mount Allison University

Monday, April 14 @ 4:00 – 5:30pm
Buchanan Tower, Room 599, UBC

The title of this talk, “Public Poetics, Public Women”, is meant to signal the double task of the literary scholar to look at historic contexts as well as material conditions of literary production. These are the contexts in which I explore the notion of publicness and of women’s publicness. Which publics? Which women? And how are poetics “public”? In this talk I will situate these terms within the contemporary terrain of Canadian cultural and literary studies. My examples, which range from thinking about Pauline Johnson’s nineteenth-century performance tactic, to Sina Queyras’s twenty-first century blogging as public praxis, to a multi-modal collaboration between a Metis/Dene writer, a settler-colonial photojournalist, and a nineteenth-century American salvage ethnographer, consider some of the ways in which we can trace public poetics and public women in the shifting terrain of Canadian literary discourse..

Dr. Erin Wunker is an Assistant Professor (limited term) in the Department of English LIteratures at Mount Allison University. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminist, Slow Academe. She has recently become Chair of the Board of CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). This event is co-sponsored by Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) @ UBC Research Network.