Canadian Literature Symposium 2017: Draft Conference Programme

Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet

April 28 -30, 2017

Final programme can be downloaded here (PDF), or viewed below.


A symposium at the University of Ottawa

Friday, April 28, 2017

2:30 and onwards – Registration (free) in Simard Hall rotunda

60 University

(The front entrance on Waller is temporarily closed.)

3:30 – 5: 00 Opening Sessions

Backgrounds to Robert Kroetsch – Simard Hall 125

Chair: Nicole Markotic

University of Windsor

  • “Home from Away: Kroetsch’s American Decades”

David Eso (University of Victoria)

  • “American Borders: Robert Kroetsch, Albert Johnson, and the Northern Frontier”

Albert Braz (University of Alberta)

Robert Kroetsch – The Hornbooks of Rita K – Simard Hall 129

Chair: Martin Kuester

University of Marburg

  • “Hearing-Speaking, Reading-Writing: Decolonising the Hybrid Form and Function of Story-Archives in The Hornbooks of Rita K

Jordan Bolay (University of Calgary)

  • “The Absence of Rita Kleinhart”

Jay Gamble (University of Lethbridge)

5:00 – 7:00 DINNER BREAK

7:00 – 8:30 Plenary Session – Simard Hall 125

Chair: Ian Dennis

University of Ottawa

  • Driving Towards Digression”

Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary)

  • Kroetsch Abroad: The Travel Poems”

Dennis Cooley (University of Manitoba)

Reception to follow – Simard 129

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10:00 – 11:30

In the Vein of Kroetsch’s Poetics (1) – Simard Hall 125

Chair: Smaro Kambourelli

University of Toronto

  • “letter as basic form right now”: Kroetsch’s Epistolary Poetics

Jason Wiens (University of Calgary)

  • “Reading Kroetsch without Kroetsch: Reflections on a Poetic Genre”

Simona Bertacco (University of Louisville)

In the Vein of Kroetsch’s Poetics (2) – Simard Hall 129

Chair: Shannon Griffin-Merth

University of Ottawa

  • “(In)Complete Field Notes: The Print Histories of ‘Seed Catalogue’ and Seed Catalogue”

Cameron Anstee (University of Ottawa)

  • “’because it was neither human / nor useful’: Re-situating Kroetsch’s ‘The Ledger”

Jennifer Baker (University of Ottawa)

11:30 – 1:00 LUNCH BREAK

1:00 – 2:30 Plenary Session –Simard Hall 129

Chair: David Staines

University of Ottawa

(1) “Motion, Commotion, Emotion: Travelling with Kroetsch and His Writings”

Wolfgang Klooss (University of Trier)

(2) “Puppeteers and Collectors, or, Is God a Woman? –

Godgames in Kroetsch’s Writing and Teaching”

Martin Kuester (University of Marburg)

2:30 – 3:00 COFFEE BREAK

3:00 – 4:30

On Kroetsch’s Poetry- Simard Hall 125

Chair: Gerald Lynch

University of Ottawa

  • “Sketches of a Layman”

Laurie Ricou (University of British Columbia)

  • “Poem for My Dead Sister”

Phil Hall (Perth, ON)

On Kroetsch’s Fiction - Simard Hall 129

Chair: Robert Stacey

University of Ottawa

“Re/inventing the World: A Reading of Selected Novels by Kroetsch”

Vijay Sheshadri (University of Mysore (India))

4:30 – 6:00

Further Kroetschian Investigations – Simard Hall 125

Chair: Cameron Anstee

University of Ottawa

  • “’like when the sun, similarly’: Fragmenting the Fragment in Kroetsch’s Uncollected Poetry”

Nicole Markotic (University of Windsor)

  • “The Event of Landscape: Exploring Home and Away in Kroetsch’s Poetry”

Lea Graham (Marist College)

(3) “The Tyranny of (W)rote: Textual Archiving and Absurdity in Kroetsch’s Fiction”

Will Best (University of Calgary)

6:00 – Wine and Cheese Reception – Simard Hall 129

To launch the publication of Robert Kroetsch: Essays on His Works

Edited by Nicole Markotic

Sunday, April 30, 2017

9:30 – 11:00

Kroetsch’s Fiction – Simard Hall 129

Chair: Claire Farley

University of Ottawa

  • Gone Indian and New World Myth”

Tanja Cvetkovic (University of Nis)

  • “A Sound That Was Almost Human”: Non-Speech and the Animal Body in What The Crow Said

Robert Stacey (University of Ottawa)

11:00 – 12:00 Closing Plenary Session –Simard Hall 129

Chair: Wolfgang Klooss

University of Trier

“Robert Kroetsch: The Author and the Man”

Rudy Wiebe (University of Alberta)

12:00 pm Symposium adjourns.

All sessions will take place on the first floor of Simard Hall, University of Ottawa,

60 University, Ottawa.