"Not Drowning but Waving...gestures both at the difficulties faced by feminists in the humanities in Canada and at the possibilities of hope, of new 'waves' of feminism."
Twenty-two essays explore topics such as feminism in the liberal arts disciplines; the relationship of the liberal arts to the larger university; the costs and rewards for women in administration; the corporatization of university campuses; intergenerational and transcultural tensions within feminist communities; balancing personal life with professional aspirations; the relationship of feminism to cultural studies; women, social justice, and the liberal arts. Not Drowning But Waving is a welcome progress report on the variety of feminisms at work in academe and beyond. It provides crucial insights for university administrators, faculty, and literate non-specialists interested in the Arts and Humanities.
About the authors
Susan Brown is a visiting Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and Professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She leads the Orlando Project and the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory.
Jeanne Perreault has recently retired from the University of Calgary, where she taught women’s writing, Indigenous literature, and American Literature. Her publications include Writing Selves: American Feminist Autography (1995), Writing the Circle (1993; co-edited with Sylvia Vance), and Photographs, Histories, Meanings (2009; co-edited with Marlene Kadar and Linda Warley).
Jo-Ann Wallace is Chair of the Women's Studies Program and Professor in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She co-authored Women Artists and Writers: Modernist (Im)Positionings with Bridget Elliot.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Heather Zwicker has lived in Honolulu, New York City, San Francisco and Mzumbe, Tanzania, but she always comes back to Edmonton. A professor of English at the University of Alberta, she has taught cultural studies courses on the city during the Edmonton Centennial, she served as an adjudicator for the Edmontonians of the Century competition. This book grew from her love of urban history and her desire to give voice to diverse perspectives on Edmonton. She lives in the neighbourhood of Inglewood with her partner and two cats.
Amber Dean is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Her first book, Remembering Vancouver’s Disappeared Women: Settler Colonialism and the Difficulty of Inheritance (2015), offers a critical analysis of the public representations, memorials, and activist strategies that brought the story of Vancouver’s disappeared women to a wider public. In addition to publishing work on the topic of Air India, she has also published several journal articles and book chapters on artistic and (counter)memorial responses to murdered or missing women from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and on gentrification in Edmonton, Hamilton, and Vancouver. With Vancouver writer Anne Stone, she has guest edited a special issue of West Coast Line on representations of murdered or missing women, and she has contributed chapters to several edited books, including Reconciling Canada: Critical Perspectives on the Culture of Redress.
Cecily Devereux is a professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Her publications include Growing a Race: Nellie L. McClung and the Fiction of Eugenic Feminism (2005).
Lise Gotell is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Atkinson College, York University.
Elizabeth Groeneveld is an assistant professor of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University. Her work is published in the Journal of Gender Studies, the Canadian Review of American Studies, and the edited collections Not Drowning, But Waving: Women, Feminism and the Liberal Arts (2011) and Modern Print Activism in the United States (2013). Her current research examines transnational feminist media events.
Tessa Jordan is a Vancouver-based researcher and educator whose work focuses on histories of Canadian feminism and the private sector’s role in the fight for social justice and ecological sustainability.
Christine Overall is a professor emerita of philosophy and holds a University Research Chair at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received two research awards from the Royal Society. She held the Humphrey Professorship in Feminist Philosophy at the University of Waterloo (2003), the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (2006–2007), and the Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan (2011–2012). Her research is in the areas of feminist philosophy, applied philosophy, and philosophy of religion. She has published over a hundred articles and book chapters, many of which have been republished. She is the author of six books, including Why Have Children: The Ethical Debate (MIT Press, 2012) and the editor of five books, including Pets and People: The Ethics of Our Relationships with Companion Animals (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Heather Murray is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
Julie Rak is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She holds an Eccles Fellowship at the British Library for 2017-2018 and is also a Killam Professor at the University of Alberta for 2017-28. She is the University of Alberta nominee for the Royal Society of Canada 2018 Lorne Pierce Medal for excellence in Canadian literature scholarship. The author of Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market (2013) and Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004), Julie has contributed as an editor to many volumes of critically-acclaimed work. With Hannah McGregor, she is the co-author of the Counter-Letter against UBCAccountable, and she sponsors the letter and signatures on a website, accompanied by resources about the controversy. Julie was born on traditional Haudenosaunee territory in New York State, and grew up in Delmar, NY, the traditional territory of the Kanien'kehaken (Mohawk). She currently lives and works on Treaty 6 and Metis territory in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Ann B. (Rusty) Shteir teaches in the Graduate Programme in Women's Studies at York University.
Aritha van Herk teaches Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and Contemporary Narrative. Her novels include Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address (nominated for the Governor General's Award for fiction), Places Far From Ellesmere (a geografictione) and Restlessness. Her critical works, A Frozen Tongue (ficto-criticism) and In Visible Ink (crypto-frictions) stretch the boundaries of the essay and interrogate questions of reading and writing as aspects of narrative subversion. With Mavericks: an Incorrigible History of Alberta (winner of the Grant MacEwan Author's Award) van Herk ventured into new territory, transforming history into a narratological spectacle. That book frames the new permanent exhibition that opened at the Glenbow Museum in 2007. van Herk is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and is active in Canada's literary and cultural life, writing articles and reviews as well as creative work. She has served on many juries, including the Governor General's Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She is well known in the broader community of the city, the province, and the country as a writer and a public intellectual.
Erin Wunker is Chair of the Board of the national non-profit organization Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (www.cwila.com) and co-founder, writer, and managing editor of the feminist academic blog Hook & Eye: Fast Feminism, Slow Academe. She teaches courses in Canadian literature and cultural production with a special focus on cultural production by women. She lives in Halifax with her partner, their daughter, and Marley the dog. Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life, forthcoming from BookThug in the fall of 2016, is Wunker's first book.
"However difficult the swim sometimes seems, feminists in the liberal arts aren't drowning, as long as Canadian institutions continue to employ a range of thoughtful voices such as these, who remind us of the temperature of the water and the hazards therein."
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