Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies <div id="journalDescription"> <p><em>Canada and Beyond </em>is a peer-reviewed open access journal founded in 2011. As the only journal specializing in Canadian literary and cultural studies in Europe, it seeks to prompt meaningful interventions in how the literatures and cultures emerging from what is currently called Canada are perceived, analyzed, and interpreted both within and beyond Canada’s borders. It also aims to place the limelight on the function of literature and criticism as transformative social forces. In the spirit of their founding editors, the Spanish Canadianists Pilar Cuder-Domínguez and Belén Martín-Lucas, the journal favors a trans-national, global outlook spanning genres and schools of literary and cultural criticism that engage political, cultural, and environmental concerns. All in all, <em>Canada and Beyond</em> endeavors to make a significant contribution to the humanities.</p> <p>The journal is published annually by <em>Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca</em>, and housed in the English Department (Departamento de Filología Inglesa), Universidad de Salamanca. It invites original manuscripts all year round.</p> <p>ISSN online: 2254-1179</p> <p>The journal was published by UHU until vol. 9, 2020. </p> </div> en-US (Ana María Fraile Marcos) (Iván Pérez Miranda) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 OJS 60 Issue 9: cover Vida Simon Copyright (c) 2020 Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies Wed, 02 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Margaret Atwood´s Grace Marks as an Outcast: Rewriting Nathaniel Hawthorne´s Hester Prynne <div class="page" title="Page 2"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p><span>Margaret Atwood’s </span><span>Alias Grace </span><span>rewrites Nathaniel Hawthorne’s </span><span>The Scarlet Letter</span><span>. Both Grace Marks and Hester Prynne epitomize women’s oppression by the patriarchal system, and demonstrate how </span><span>they challenge and defy it. They are both “criminals,” outcasts that cannot fit in the ideal of True </span><span>Womanhood of their times because deviant females were shunned from “respectable society.” In the Victorian era, they were denied agency in their transgression, or deemed as monsters. Murderesses inspired fascination and stupor. Hester and Grace gain some empowerment and redemption when they confront their communities, in some measure, through their feminine skills, sewing and quilting.</span></p></div></div></div> Manuela López Ramírez Copyright (c) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The Vibrancy of Materiality and Otherwise-Than-Place in Susan Gillis’s Obelisk (2017) <p>This article deals with <em>Obelisk</em> (2017), a poetry collection by Canadian Susan Gillis (b. 1959) concerned with the impact of human action on Earth in a myriad of forms. Drawing on a wide spectrum of poets, thinkers and artists, including Du Fu, Czeslaw Milosz, Walter Benjamin, John Dixon Hunt, Don McKay, Xi Chuan and Edward Burtynsky, <em>Obelisk</em> looks like an essay in fragments where Gillis assembles the precious insights of her ancestors to shed light on homo sapiens’ intromission into physical space to make the Earth suit human needs. When put together, her heavily annotated and erudite poems read like a denunciation of the indelible mark humans are leaving on the face of the Earth to make it a habitable space, whilst destroying it in the process. However, there is room in <em>Obelisk</em> for a probing reflection on wilderness and place, for a celebration of the vitality of matter and the more-than-human world, for an environmentally-informed critique of the way human action is having a colossal impact on the planet in the age of the Anthropocene, and for a meditation on what poetry can do in the light of environmental degradation to encourage humanity to act and live responsibly on Earth. Thus, <em>Obelisk</em> warns readers against the destruction of the biosphere and celebrates the persistente of poetry as a mode of knowing and as a tool for fashioning an environmental ethics.</p> Leonor María Martínez Serrano Copyright (c) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Living in ‘The Dish With One Spoon’: Transdescendence and Convivance in Daniel Coleman’s Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place <div class="page" title="Page 2"><div class="layoutArea"><div class="column"><p><span>The subtitle of Daniel Coleman’s third book of non-fiction acknowledges in place the existence of a form of life and agency that the essay explores in exquisite detail. The living under scrutiny begins in the yard at the back of the Colemans’ house in Hamilton, the industrial city on the western tip of Lake Ontario where the Canadian critic and writer has made his home. The plasticity of the essay, a prospective, tentative form by definition, means that it is a most suited genre to try out new propositions regarding the practice of place in a vast area that used to be known as a “Dish With One Spoon” by the Indigenous populations who had agreed to preserve it as a neutral ground for their common use before the onset of colonisation. With the influx of European settlers, and the treaties that caused the morcelization of the region between the lakes, the area underwent profound transformations culminating with the industrial boom that boosted the development of the city of Hamilton in the twentieth century while causing great damage to its environment. The area is presently showing signs of ecological resilience that may lead to a renaissance with the waning of the industrial age. Although the timeline matters, Coleman is not writing a history of Hamilton. His approach is more geographical in spirit, looking at the languages, discourses and practices that have transformed a physical location into a place, i.e. portion of space imbued with signification for its human inhabitants, but also a milieu shared by myriad life-forms. This article will analyse the decentering </span><span>Yardwork </span><span>operates from the ego-centered genre of the biography to a form of writing which is eco-centered, by which I mean that it is rooted in an ontology where convivance serves as challenging model to help us rethink the borders that cut across life-giving places.</span></p></div></div></div> Claire Omhovère Copyright (c) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Introduction Suzette Mayr Copyright (c) 2020 Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The Brass Bowl Dania Idriss Copyright (c) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 The Disappearing Island Marjorie Rugunda Copyright (c) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Home of the Griffins Mikka Jacobsen Copyright (c) Fri, 18 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100