Albert Braz, PhD (Comp Lit) Toronto, MA (Comp Lit) McGill, BA (English) Western Connecticut
Professor , Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
3-85 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H5
A comparatist whose research focuses on Canadian literature in both its national and inter-American contexts, I am especially interested in the relations between national/regional and world literature. In addition, I have worked extensively on aesthetic representations of relations between Indigenous peoples and Settlers in Canada and the Americas, translation, travel writing, and the status of real-world figures in literature. I am the author of Apostate Englishman: Grey Owl the Writer and the Myths (2015) and The False Traitor: Louis Riel in Canadian Culture (2003). I am also the co-editor of a special issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture on Indigenous Literatures (2011) and of a special issue of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature on Comparative Canadian Literature (2009) . My current projects are the Idea of South in the Canadian imagination and "national" literature in multination states.
Some Recent Publications:
Apostate Englishman: Grey Owl the Writer and the Myths. U of Manitoba P, 2015.
“Canada’s Hemisphere: Canadian Culture and the Question of Continental Identity.” American Review of Canadian Studies 46.3 (2016): 349-61.
“The End of Hybridity: Self-Indigenization in Métis Literature.” Interfaces Brasil/Canadá 16.3 (2016): 60-82.
“The Uneven World of Letters: Textual Migration, Translation, and World Literature.” Neohelicon: Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum 43.2 (2016): 577-89.
“Minus Literature: The Curious Canonisation of Len Findlay’s ‘Always Indigenize!’” British Journal of Canadian Studies 28.1 (2015): 89-104.
“9/11, 9/11: Chile and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Canadian Comparative Literature Review 42.3 (2015): 241-56.
“Chosen Literatures: Core Languages, Peripheral Languages, and the World Literary System.” Mosaic 47.4 (2014): 119-34.
Keywords: Canadian literature; Inter-American literature; national literature; translation; world literature
My teaching regularly consists of courses on various aspects of Canadian literature, including the Canada-US border and North American literature. In addition, I have taught courses on race and ethnicity, apocalyptic literature, fairy tales, the disciplines of literature, and world literature. I have supervised PhD theses bearing on Indigenous literature; the Métis in Canadian literature; Métis and Chicana/o children’s literature; Prairie literature; the novel of the artist in Canada and Brazil; and the contemporary Nigerian novel.