Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal: Cultural Practices and Decolonization in Canada
From the Canadian Indian Act to Freud's Totem and Taboo to films such as Nanook of the North, all manner of cultural artefacts have been used to create a distinction between savagery and civilization. In Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal, Julia V. Emberley examines the historical production of aboriginality in colonial cultural practices and its impact on the everyday lives of indigenous women, youth, and children.
Adopting a materialist-semiotic approach, Emberley explores the ways in which representational technologies - film, photography, and print culture, including legal documents and literature - were crucial to British colonial practices. Many indigenous scholars, writers, and artists, however, have confounded these practices by deploying aboriginality as a complex and enabling sign of social, cultural, and political transformation. Emberley gives due attention to this important work, studying a wide range of topics such as race, place, and motherhood, primitivism and violence, and sexuality and global political kinships. Her multidisciplinary approach ensures that Defamiliarizing the Aboriginal will be of interest to scholars and students of cultural studies, indigenous studies, women's studies, postcolonial and colonial studies, literature, and film.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 320 pages
- Illustrations: 23
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Author InformationJulia V. Emberley is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Western Ontario.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Of Soft and Savage Bodies in the Colonial Domestic Archive
An Origin Story of No Origins: Biopolitics and Race in the Geographies of the Maternal Body
The Spatial Politics of Homosocial Colonial Desire in Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North
Originary Violence and the Spectre of the Primordial Father: A Biotextual Reassemblage
Post/Colonial Masculinities: The Primitive Duality of 'ma, ma, man' in Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy
The Family in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Aboriginality in the Photographic Archive
Inuit Mother Disappeared: The Police in the Archive, 1940-1949
The Possibility of Justice in the Child's Body: Rudy Wiebe and Yvonne Johnson's Stolen Life: The Journey of a Cree Woman
Genealogies of Difference: Revamping the Empire? Or, Queering Kinship in a Transnational Decolonial Frame
Conclusion: De-signifying Kinship
Subjects and Courses