Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community After Residential Schools

by Sam McKegney
Foreword by Basil Johnston

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA PRESS | November 7, 2007 | Trade Paperback

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The legacy of the residential school system ripples throughout Native Canada, its fingerprints on the domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide rates that continue to cripple many Native communities. Magic Weapons is the first major survey of Indigenous writings on the residential school system, and provides groundbreaking readings of life writings by Rita Joe (Mi'kmaq) and Anthony Apakark Thrasher (Inuit) as well as in-depth critical studies of better known life writings by Basil Johnston (Ojibway) and Tomson Highway (Cree). Magic Weapons examines the ways in which Indigenous survivors of residential school mobilize narrative in their struggles for personal and communal empowerment in the shadow of attempted cultural genocide. By treating Indigenous life-writings as carefully crafted aesthetic creations and interrogating their relationship to more overtly politicized historical discourses, Sam McKegney argues that Indigenous life-writings are culturally generative in ways that go beyond disclosure and recompense, re-envisioning what it means to live and write as Indigenous individuals in post-residential school Canada.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 241 pages, 3.54 × 1.97 × 0.26 in

Published: November 7, 2007

Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887557023

ISBN - 13: 9780887557026

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Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community After Residential Schools

by Sam McKegney
Foreword by Basil Johnston

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 241 pages, 3.54 × 1.97 × 0.26 in

Published: November 7, 2007

Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA PRESS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0887557023

ISBN - 13: 9780887557026

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The legacy of the residential school system ripples throughout Native Canada, its fingerprints on the domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide rates that continue to cripple many Native communities. Magic Weapons is the first major survey of Indigenous writings on the residential school system, and provides groundbreaking readings of life writings by Rita Joe (Mi'kmaq) and Anthony Apakark Thrasher (Inuit) as well as in-depth critical studies of better known life writings by Basil Johnston (Ojibway) and Tomson Highway (Cree). Magic Weapons examines the ways in which Indigenous survivors of residential school mobilize narrative in their struggles for personal and communal empowerment in the shadow of attempted cultural genocide. By treating Indigenous life-writings as carefully crafted aesthetic creations and interrogating their relationship to more overtly politicized historical discourses, Sam McKegney argues that Indigenous life-writings are culturally generative in ways that go beyond disclosure and recompense, re-envisioning what it means to live and write as Indigenous individuals in post-residential school Canada.

About the Author

Sam McKegney is Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen''s University, author of Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School, and numerous articles on Indigenous and Canadian literatures.

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