Tag Archives: Psychoanalysis

“Sorry, Sorry, Sorry, Sorry”: Canadian Political Apologies and the Desire to Repeat

This presentation is a brief theorization of post-Cold War political apologies as Lacanian drive. According to Roy L. Brooks, “we have clearly entered what can be called the ‘Age of Apology’” (3). Since the end of the Cold War, in the shift from realpolitik to what Elzar Barkan calls “the new age of international morality”, […]

“Memories and Songs”: The Work of Mourning in I Knew Two Métis Women

Gregory Scofield’s I Knew Two Métis Women mourns the loss of a mother and an aunt. The title itself, in its use of the past tense, alerts the reader to the book’s function as eulogy. The series of poems that follow re-tell the lives of two people Scofield loved, tracing the moments that make up his […]

Colonial Kettle Logic: Settler Colonialism as Wish Fulfillment

Nice Claim Bro None of us are leaving, so let’s stop the guilt and blame and find a way to live together and share. –Lynn Beyak As Daniel Justice has pointed out, settlers have opinions and most of them are ill-informed, hateful, and, grounded in an unwavering certainty–despite incoherent logic and internal contradictions. How are […]