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1. Author Not Available. “One Small Way”: Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction,1980-2000.

Degree: PhD, Department of English, 2011, Dalhousie University

Canada’s Multiculturalism Act insists that Canada embraces its ethnic and racial diversity. At the same time, the broader discourse of multiculturalism tends to figure Canada as a tolerant but essentially white nation that accommodates minority cultures. In an attempt to expand established arguments about the ways in which the ideology and practice of official multiculturalism elides our history of racism and violence and perpetuates racist myths and stereotypes, this dissertation examines the depiction of a civil, multicultural nation in women’s fiction produced during Canada’s multicultural period of the 1980s and 1990s. With an eye to understanding the particular challenges that women who have been subject to racially-motivated violence and discrimination face in relating their experience, it considers the innovative ways in which fiction by Joy Kogawa, Anne Michaels, Eden Robinson, Bharati Mukherjee, Anita Rau Badami, and Catherine Bush grapples with the effects of systemic racism. While these writers explore the gendered trauma of women who have been subjected to racism, they do not depict their protagonists primarily as victims. Instead, they show these women forging innovative strategies to overcome trauma and victimization, and their silencing and debilitating effects. In exploring the merits of those strategies to understand how they might help us to grapple with the legacy of systemic racism and of the multicultural discourse that has sometimes masked racism in this country, I argue that literature can foster empathy in its readers, while demanding that we acknowledge our complicity with a social and political system that has frequently been racist, exclusionary, and even violent. Throughout the dissertation, I argue that the strategies for overcoming the traumatic effects of racism employed by these authors not only challenge conceptions of Canada as a civil, nonracist society, but also offer ways of extending our understanding of Canadian civility and diversity. In doing so, I suggest that Canadian literature can offer its readers the opportunity to accept responsibility for the abuses of our collective past and conceive of a more accepting, equal society. Advisors/Committee Members: Dr. Laura Moss (external-examiner), Dr. Trevor Ross (graduate-coordinator), Dr. Karen Macfarlane (thesis-reader), Dr. Alice Brittan (thesis-reader), Dr. David McNeil (thesis-reader), Dr. Carrie Dawson (thesis-supervisor), Not Applicable (ethics-approval), Not Applicable (manuscripts), Not Applicable (copyright-release).

Subjects/Keywords: Canadian Literature; multiculturalism; fiction; women

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APA (6th Edition):

Available, A. N. (2011). “One Small Way”: Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction,1980-2000. (Doctoral Dissertation). Dalhousie University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14198

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Available, Author Not. ““One Small Way”: Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction,1980-2000.” 2011. Doctoral Dissertation, Dalhousie University. Accessed October 17, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14198.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Available, Author Not. ““One Small Way”: Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction,1980-2000.” 2011. Web. 17 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Available AN. “One Small Way”: Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction,1980-2000. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Dalhousie University; 2011. [cited 2019 Oct 17]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14198.

Council of Science Editors:

Available AN. “One Small Way”: Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction,1980-2000. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Dalhousie University; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10222/14198

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