Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of the Literatures of Canada
Paul Martin (Author)
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"There is no such thing as 'the ivory tower.' Rather, there sit side by side numerous windowless towers of knowledge, each seeming to have only a small entrance and no discernable exit." -Paul Martin Multilingual, multicultural, and vast, Canada enjoys a rich diversity of literatures. So, why does "Canadian Literature," as it has been taught, fail to encompass a common geography, history, and government, yet reveal the diverse experiences of its immigrants, long-term residents, and original peoples? Martin's research-interviews with 95 professors in 27 universities-maps the institutional chasms in communication and the nature of their persistence. His own example of venturing out from his "tower" to dialogue with colleagues shows a way toward cultivating a conception of the literatures of Canada that is expansive and inclusive. Canadianists, professors of English, French, Postcolonial and Comparative Literatures, and leaders in education will profit from Martin's frank investigations.
About the Author
Formerly an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Vermont, Paul Martin is now Faculty Development Co-ordinator at MacEwan University. He lives in Edmonton.
- Contributor: Paul Martin
- Imprint: University of Alberta Press
- ISBN13: 9780888645456
- Number of Pages: 344
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x21mm
- Packaged Weight: 492
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University of Alberta Press
- Release Date: 2013-11-07
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Formerly an Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at the University of Vermont, Paul Martin is now Faculty Development Co-ordinator at MacEwan University. He lives in Edmonton.