Knots and Knowledges: The Canadian West, Settler Colonial Intimacies, and Aritha Van Herk’s Calgary Stampede

Stefanie Schäfer

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This paper explores the intimacies of settler colonial cultures in discourses
about the Canadian West. In a critical regionalist reading, it positions the region
between centrist and continental frameworks, Canadian variations of the West-
ern myth, and Albe rta’s revived struggle for cultural and political independence
from the nation state. A case in point is the annual celebration of the Calgary
Stampede , a Western Show and carnival. After addressing Stampede’s
lar production of Western culture, I r evisit the event through the oeuvre of Aritha
van Herk, whose 2017 prose poetry collection Stampede and the Westness of
West views Western intimacies from a white feminist perspective. By reading two
of her texts, I show how van Herk attempts to ensnare th e rodeo cowboy and his
audience in a synaesthetic of looking and feeling that unsettles white male
Western cultural hegemonies.
Seiten (von - bis)163-178
FachzeitschriftZeitschrift für Kanada-Studien
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 30 Jan. 2020
Extern publiziertJa

ÖFOS 2012

  • 602005 Amerikanistik
  • 605002 Kulturgeschichte
  • 605004 Kulturwissenschaft