Individual texts copyright © 2018 by the authors
Introductions copyright © 2018 by Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak and Erin Wunker
No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
The production of this book was made possible through the generous assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Book*hug also acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit and the Ontario Book Fund.
Book*hug acknowledges the land on which it operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Refuse : CanLit in ruins / Erin Wunker, Julie Rak, Hannah McGregor, editors. —First edition.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-1-77166-431-8 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-77166-432-5 (HTML)
ISBN 978-1-77166-433-2 (PDF)
ISBN 978-1-77166-434-9 (Kindle)
1. Canadian literature (English) —History and criticism. 2. Race discrimination in literature. 3. Imperialism in literature. 4. Social classes in literature. 5. Sex discrimination in literature. 6. Literature and society—Canada—History. I. Wunker, Erin, 1979–, editor II. Rak, Julie, 1966–, editor III. McGregor, Hannah, editor
PS8071.R44 2018 C810.9 C2018-904944-8
Living in the Ruins
Part One: Refusal
Rape Culture, CanLit, and You
The You Know
Stars Upon Thars
How It Works
But I Still Like
#CanLit at the Crossroads
Part Two: Refuse
CanLit Is a Raging Dumpster Fire
Check Your Privilege!
refuse: a trans girl writer’s story
When a Cow Saves Your Life, You Learn that Audre Lorde Is Always Right
CanLit Hierarchy vs. the Rhizome
How Do We Get Out of Here?
Part Three: Re/fuse
On Not Refusing CanLit
Visions and Versions of Resilience
In the “New CanLit,” We Must All Be Antigones
Refusing the Borders of CanLit
Hearing the Artificial Obvious
Writing as a Rupture