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 can survive and 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, Anxiousness as Affect in Modernist Women’s Writing, examines how anxiety is embodied by women as they navigate their ambiguous feelings towards feminine identities. Analyzing works by Dorothy Livesay, Nella Larsen, Jean Rhys, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf, I examine the ways that anxiety as affect transmits between bodies and spaces, focusing on how feelings of unease can either constrain or release feminine potential. I find that while the characters do not always successfully redirect their feminine anxiousness—based on differing lived experiences of race and diaspora—each text is invested in generating spaces where the characters’ new relation to an unbound femininity overwrites their male-dominated environments. I argue that the overwhelming sense of feminine anxiousness and unease is dismantled by creating ambiguous women who recognize their position as a misaligned with feminine ideals, thus exploring different orientations and creating new worlds through their movements. Several prestigious awards have supported this research, including a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Queen Elizabeth II Scholarships, Alberta Indigenous Graduate Awards, and the University of Calgary 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.