Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of the Literatures of Canada

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"There is no such thing as 'the ivory tower.' Rather, there sit side by side numerous windowless towers of knowledge, each seeming to have only a small entrance and no discernable exit." -from the Introduction

Multilingual, multicultural, and vast, Canada enjoys a rich diversity of literatures. So why does "Canadian Literature," as it has been taught, fail to encompass a common geography, history, and government, yet reveal the diverse experiences of its immigrants, long-term residents, and original peoples? Martin's research-interviews with 95 professors in 27 universities-maps the institutional chasms in communication and the nature of their persistence. His own example of venturing out from his "tower" to dialogue with colleagues shows a way toward cultivating a conception of the literatures of Canada that is expansive and inclusive. Leaders in education, Canadianists, and professors of English, French, Postcolonial and Comparative Literatures will profit from Martin's frank investigations.

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Bilingual literary scholar builds bridges spanning institutional silos to found an inclusive "literatures of Canada."

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A decade-long study of course-text selection patterns, Sanctioned Ignorance is a groundbreaking case study of the role played by university literature departments in the construction and perpetuation of the literatures of Canada. "There is no such thing as 'the ivory tower.' Rather, there sit side by side numerous windowless towers of knowledge, each seeming to have only a small entrance and no discernable exit." -Paul Martin Why do Canada's English-language universities devote, relatively speaking, so little attention to the study of the literatures of Canada? More important, why do English departments frequently portray "Canadian Literature" in a way that fails to encompass Canada's rich multiplicity of literatures and the diverse experiences of its immigrants, long-term residents, and original peoples? Martin's research-interviews with 94 professors in 27 universities-maps the institutional chasms in communication and the nature of their persistence. His own example of venturing out from his "tower" to converse with colleagues shows a way toward cultivating a conception of the literatures of Canada that is both expansive and inclusive. Canadianists, professors of English, French, Postcolonial and Comparative Literatures, and leaders in education will profit from Martin's frank investigations.

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