Multiculturalism and Its Dungeons: Gothic Anxieties in Canadian Culture

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dc.contributor.authorSikora, Tomasz
dc.contributor.organizationPedagogical University of Cracowen
dc.description.abstractIt has been argued, at least since the 1970s, that Canadian literature is pervaded by gothic themes, moods and conventions. This Canadian streak of Gothicism may be defined as a predilection for the grotesque and the excessive, which threaten the established boundaries so dear to a culture outwardly dedicated to moderation and stability, to "a constant pursuit of a consensus beyond the incongruous and opposing interests and ideological visions," as the conference's Call for Papers puts it. Drawing examples from Canadian literature and film, I would like to demonstrate how the challenges of history and a rather extreme geography trigger anxieties over identity, corporeality, gender, sexuality, and even such basic categories as "the human" and "the organic." With their disparate histories (indigenous, French, English, immigrant, queer) Canadians may appear, both to themselves and to the outside world, a Frankenstein of a nation, an arbitrary entity stitched roughly together from a number of heterogenous elements and maintained by a neoliberal enforcement of the politics of multicultural consensus.en
dc.description.epersonRafał Majka
dc.identifier.citationSikora, T., Multiculturalism and Its Dungeons: Gothic Anxieties in Canadian Culture, in: Rétrospectives, parcours et défis / From the foundation of Québec City, ed. Krzysztof Jarosz, Zuzanna Szatanik, Joanna Warmuzińska - Rogóż, Katowice: Wydawnictwo Para, 2009, pp. 209-217en
dc.publisherWydawnictwo Para
dc.rightsUznanie autorstwa-Na tych samych warunkach 3.0 Polskapl_PL
dc.subjectCanadian cultureen
dc.subjectCanadian literatureen
dc.subjectmulticultural policyen
dc.subjectCanadian Gothicen
dc.titleMulticulturalism and Its Dungeons: Gothic Anxieties in Canadian Cultureen
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