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In the Guardian on Monday, Helen Gilbert observed that
many Britons today are barely aware of the extent of their nation’s imperial history, but the wounds of colonialism are never far from the surface of indigenous arts in the dozens of countries that were once former colonies.
… colonialism … leaves more subtle legacies for contemporary indigenous artists in the form of stereotypes that are hard to shift. One of the most prominent is the idea that ‘real’ indigenous peoples do not lead modern lives but traditional existences, in remote areas of the world and in harmony with the natural environment. Indigenous or native arts are presumed to be polar opposites of the objects and images spawned by the so-called digital revolution in western arts.
The article goes on to discover – through a discussion with playwright Marie Clements about her book The Edward Curtis Project (with photographs by Rita Leistner) and conversation with other native artists about other works – that the image of aboriginal peoples living traditional lives is simply a stereotype, and that, in fact, native artists use technological means for artistic purposes as much as anyone else – perhaps more.
Read the full article here.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, we asked our staff to recommend favourite Talon books that they felt contributed to the advancement of women and to the feminist literary canon.Tuesday February 6, 2018 in Meta-Talon
By Carl Peters
On Meta-Talon today, please enjoy the full text of the presentation given by Carl Peters at the Modern Languages Association convention in New York City on January 7, 2018. This talk responds to the question posed in the MLA convention session Rhetoric in Post-Factual Times: how to perform textual analysis in a time when facts are no longer the marker of good argumentation. (Peters’s talk is also related to his work on Stein; Peters is recently the author of Studies in Description: Reading Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons.)Thursday December 21, 2017 in Meta-Talon
Our little end-of-year present to you is a miniature from M.A.C. Farrant’s delightful collection of very short stories, The World Afloat. Happy Holidays from Talonbooks!
Our Spiritual Lives
We’ve seen stains on tea towels that look like Jesus Christ’s face so we know he exists. And we know that dried seaweed can save the Douglas fir from extinction so we hang dried seaweed from the tree’s branches.Tuesday December 5, 2017 in Meta-Talon
A finalist for the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, In a World Created by a Drunken God has been in steady demand since it was first published 11 years ago. From 2006 until the end of 2017, In a World Created by a Drunken God was in print with its original cover, which showed moving boxes and a flip phone. Now, Talonbooks has reprinted In a World Created by a Drunken God for the fourth time, and it wears a dynamic, new cover …
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