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Dominick Grace and Eric Hoffman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815118

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815118.001.0001

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Making Space for Making Space

Making Space for Making Space

Jeff Lemire’s Essex County and the Canadian Alternative

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The Canadian Alternative
Jocelyn Sakal Froese
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter employs a framework informed predominantly by queer theory in order to untangle the complex structures that Lemire uses in writing the Canada that he does, and ultimately suggests that the text contains the possibility for another, less conservative Canada than the predominately white, masculinist and heteronormative model that appears on the surface. Lemire's text acts dually as one that writes a particular kind of Canada: one that makes claim to rural life as freeing, that centralizes particular forms of masculinity, and that makes claims to rightful ownership and occupancy on behalf of those citizens with ties to the land rooted equally in settler lineages and a combined commitment and ability to make the land productive. In accordance with the logics of extermination that make up the foundation for modern settler sexualities, and by extension modern settler structures of power, indigenous populations are necessarily excluded from all markers of proper occupancy that the text puts forth.

Keywords:   Canadianness, Heteronormativity, Jeff Lemire, Queer Theory, Post-colonialism

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