Generally Kit Dobson hates malls. But he is fascinated by them, by their place in our society, by how we interact with them and how they end up in our books, movies and art. In Getting Malled, the author explores malls and the shopping that occurs in and around them from one end of Canada to the other. From Chinook Centre in Calgary to the underground malls of Montreal and even up to the famous Walmart in Whitehorse, he looks at our culture of consumerism, and how malls are both shaped by their location and shape the spaces around them. While Kit may never become fond of aspects of consumer culture like the selfie stick or the Elf on the Shelf, by the end of Getting Malled, he has found a peace with our spaces for shopping, which he suggests are only a more recent reflection of a need that will never go away.
About the author
Kit Dobson is an assistant professor of Canadian literature at Calgary’s Mount Royal University. He is the author of [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/dobson.shtml Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization] (WLU Press, 2009).
Smaro Kamboureli is a Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of Guelph. Her publications include Retooling the Humanities: The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities, co-edited with Daniel Coleman (2011), [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/kamboureli-miki.shtml Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature], co-edited with Roy Miki (WLU Press, 2007), and [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/kamboureli.shtml Scandalous Bodies: Diasporic Literature in English Canada] (2000; WLU Press, 2009), which won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Criticism. She is the editor of Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literature in English Canada (1996, 2006).
Other titles by Kit Dobson
All the Feels / Tous les sens
Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada
Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom
Wisdom in Nonsense
Invaluable Lessons from My Father
Ten Canadian Writers in Context
Producing Canadian Literature
Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace
Transnationalism, Activism, Art
Please, No More Poetry
The Poetry of derek beaulieu
Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization