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ERIC Number: EJ973274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3238
"Through White Man's Eyes": Beatrice Culleton Mosionier's "In Search of April Raintree" and Reading for Decolonization
Hanson, Aubrey Jean
Studies in American Indian Literatures, v24 n1 p15-30 Spr 2012
"In Search of April Raintree" by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier is a text that continues, over twenty-five years after its initial publication, to call its readers to reflect on racism in Canada and beyond. It is precisely this call that must incite readers also to exercise a vigilant critical consciousness and to seek out spaces in the text that require--in Sherene Razack's words--"unmapping". In her essay "Gendered Racial Violence and Spatialized Justice: The Murder of Pamela George," Razack challenges, or unmaps, the naturalization of violence in the social space of Aboriginal womanhood and the converse naturalization of the violent and colonial brutalization of Aboriginal women by white men. In this essay the author employs aspects of Sherene Razack's formulations on race and space in a decolonizing reading of "In Search of April Raintree," with a twofold purpose: first, to demonstrate and advocate for a decolonizing approach to reading and, second, to locate readers' social responsibility to read with a decolonizing approach within the context of relations of domination in North America. This essay is particularly concerned with the teaching of Aboriginal literatures and emphasizes that such teaching is an endeavor embedded within a broader social context. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; North America