METHODOLOGY AND OBJECTIVES
 


 

From a methodological perspective, this project will have a general poststructuralist framework, within which each researcher will explore the possibilities of contemporary theoretical notions and languages, including the current revision of poststructuralism's tenets as in affect theory, neoregionalism or ecocriticism, in order to analyse and articulate the bases of recent Canadian narrative production. The intersection between new postcolonial and feminist analyses will figure prominently, as both discursive contexts seem especially relevant not only as theoretical tools but also as social and political movements in contemporary Canada. There will be an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and on the interconnections of theories and concepts.

 

The team is composed of 6 researchers from different Spanish universities, plus two foreign researchers: one fromCanada and one from the UK. All of us are specialists in different areas of contemporary Canadian literature. Additionally, we count on the participation of graduate researcher who is completing his PhD Thesis in the field of Canadian literature. Each researcher would cover a theoretical area and the analysis of a number of texts from the point of view of the designed theoretical framework and within the thematic and structural scope of the project’s description. The process of selection of a representative corpus of texts would not precede the project, but be one of its objectives. Yet a preliminary tentative list of texts is offered from the beginning as initial corpus.

 

RESEARCH TEAM:

 

Dr. Eva Darias Beautell (University of La Laguna, Research Director)

Dr. Ana Fraile Marcos (U. of Salamanca)

Dr. María Jesús Hernáez Lerena (U. of La Rioja)

Dr. María Jesús Llarena Ascanio (U. of La Laguna)

Dr. Belén Martín Lucas (U. of Vigo)

Dr. Coral Ann Howells (U. of Reading)

Dr. Smaro Kamboureli (U. of Guelph)

Mladen Kurajica (PhD Candidate and Research Assistant. U. of La Laguna)

 

 

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

 

 

Our project will carry out a thorough critical study of the Canadian narrative production in English during the last quarter of the 20th century. Our starting hypothesis will be that the literature written and published in that period often aims at deconstructing the national myths created in the 1960s, producing and supporting, instead, an incipient literary tradition which is potentially more solid, inclusive, plural and based on consensus. On the larger cultural and social planes, we will trace lines of connection and interaction between contemporary Canadian narrative and transnational discourses of culture, as well as with current social and political movements that have preceded this production and that now go hand in hand with it, such as feminism, multiculturalism, postcolonial and diaspora studies, theories of hybridity and environmentalism. On the theoretical and methodological planes, our project will address and articulate the role of the foresaid Canadian narrative production in the new context defined by end-of-the-century theoretical paradigms such as postmodernism, poststructuralism, new historicism, gender studies, globalization and planetarity studies.

 

We will carry out the following concrete tasks:

 

1)      Analyze the Canadian narrative production in English between 1972 and 2001.

2)      Articulate the relationship of this production with major contemporary. theoretical discourses, social contexts and movements in and outside Canada.

3)      Study, retrieve and reclaim a corpus of texts as belonging to the contemporary Canadian literary tradition.

4)      Evaluate the influence of current social and theoretical paradigms, such as multiculturalism, new historicism, environmentalism and gender studies, on the current processes of construction and revision of the literary canon.

5)      Trace lines of connection between literature and visual arts, and between literature and other disciplines such as history, philosophy, geography.