Supported by a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship, Interrogating In-between-ness: Embodiment, Identity Politics, and World Building in Métis Women’s Writing builds on my previous research by addressing how the selected writers’ trouble, unravel, and reconfigure the uneasy space of their Indigenous/settler womanhood. Reading texts by Maria Campbell, Marilyn Dumont, Sharron Proulx-Turner, Marie Clements, Katherena Vermette, and others, this project explores how characters articulate themselves as Indigenous subjects, decolonizing the lenses which attempt to stratify them as racially liminal. I argue that womanhood, as navigated through iterations of indigeneity and whiteness, unfolds in the texts by enacting a mode of Indigenous feminism to dismantle their complex, marginalized subject positions. As such, these writers create new worlds in which they thrive outside of the oppressive demarcations of their femininity ordered through colonial heteropatriarchal structures. Reading unease, dissonance, and subversion considers how these writers work to find their identities and spaces in which to express themselves unhindered and rooted in their Métis-ness while also contending with the ongoing effects of colonization.
My book project, Waves of Anxiousness: Reading 20th-century Women’s Writing, examines how anxiety is embodied by women as they navigate their ambiguous feelings towards feminine identities. Analysing global works from across the twentieth century in connection with the waves of Western feminism, I examine the ways that anxiety transmits between bodies and spaces, focusing on how feelings of unease can either constrain or release feminine potential. I find that even though the characters do not always successfully redirect their feminine anxiousness—based on differing lived experiences of race, diaspora, and socioeconomics—each text is invested in generating spaces where the characters’ new relation to an unbound femininity overwrites (if even temporarily) their male-dominated environments. Thus, this study considers the personal radicalism of shifting towards alternative spaces for women to interact with new modes of subjectivity while the authors disrupt how society reads women, composing new worlds in the process. This intervention into feminist scholarship shifts how we approach representations of femininity and the constructed boundaries of womanhood. Several prestigious awards have supported this research, including a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships, and the ii’taa’poh’to’p Indigenous Graduate Scholarship.
I am coediting the collection The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Global Literature, to be released in the Spring of 2021. I am also guest editing a special issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany, “Virginia Woolf: Mobilizing Emotion, Feeling, and Affect.” This issue considers Woolf’s exploration of emotions and feelings in her work and life, asking further how these states are mobilized into affective reactions and/or actions.