Jordan Abel, PhD, MFA, BA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Email
jabel@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

Jordan Abel is a Nisga’a writer from Vancouver. He is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize). Abel’s latest project NISHGA (forthcoming from McClelland & Stewart in 2020) is a deeply personal and autobiographical book that attempts to address the complications of contemporary Indigenous existence and the often invisible intergenerational impact of residential schools. Abel’s work has recently been anthologized in The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayward), The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry (Anstruther), Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), Counter-Desecration: A Glossary for Writing Within the Anthropocene (Wesleyan), and The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (ARP). Abel’s work has been published in numerous journals and magazines—including Canadian Literature, The Capilano Review, and Poetry Is Dead—and his visual poetry has been included in exhibitions at the Polygon Gallery, UNITT/PITT Gallery, and the Oslo Pilot Project Room in Oslo, Norway. Abel recently completed a PhD at Simon Fraser University, and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where he teaches Indigenous Literatures and Creative Writing.


Research

Creative Writing (poetry, non-fiction, and experimental fiction), Indigenous Literatures, Indigenous poetry and poetics, Intergenerational Trauma and Residential School narratives, Digital Humanities (text analysis), and Research Creation.


Teaching

Contemporary Indigenous Poetry, Creative Writing, Research Creation

Courses

ENGL 103 - Case Studies in Research

This variable content course introduces methods of literary research as an in-depth process through one or more case studies. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English. This course can only be taken once for credit. Note: refer to the Class Schedule and the Department of English and Film Studies website for specific topics.

Fall Term 2021
ENGL 216 - Introduction to Indigenous Literary Methods

A landscape of Indigenous literary methods addressing field and canon formations, shifts, debates, and the ethics of reading. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.

Winter Term 2022
ENGL 309 - Indigenous Poetics

Indigenous poetry and poetics in North America, including the study of the contemporary literary movement and its politics. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.

Winter Term 2022
ENGL 405 - Studies in Poetry

Prerequisites: *6 of junior English or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101; and *12 of senior-level English, *6 of which must be at the 300 level. Note: variable content course which may be repeated.

Fall Term 2021

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