Canadian Literature Symposium 2017: Draft Conference Programme

Robert Kroetsch: Essayist, Novelist, Poet

April 28 -30, 2017

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

2:30 – 3:30   Registration

3:30 – 5:00 Opening Sessions

Backgrounds to Robert Kroetsch

(1) “Home from Away: Kroetsch’s American Decades”

David Eso (University of Victoria)

(2) “American Borders: Robert Kroetsch, Albert Johnson, and the Northern Frontier”

Albert Braz (University of Alberta)

Robert Kroetsch – The Hornbooks of Rita K.

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

Jordan Bolay (University of Calgary)

(2) “The Absence of Rita Kleinhart”

Jay Gamble (University of Lethbridge)

5:00 – 7:00   DINNER BREAK

7:00 – 8:30   Plenary Session

(1) “Driving Towards Digression”
Aritha van Herk (University of Calgary)

(2) “Kroetsch as Visitor”
Dennis Cooley (University of Manitoba)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10:00 – 11:30

In the Vein of Kroetsch’s Poetics

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

Jason Wiens (University of Calgary)

(2) “Reading Kroetsch without Kroetsch: Reflections on a Poetic Genre”

Simona Bertacco (University of Louisville)

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


Cameron Anstee (University of Ottawa)

(2) “’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

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

Wolfgang Klooss (University of Trier, Germany)

(2) “Puppeteers and Collectors, or, Is God a Woman? – Godgames in Kroetsch’s Writing and Teaching”

Martin Kuester (University of Marburg (Germany))

2:30 – 3:00         COFFEE BREAK

3:00 – 4:30

On Kroetsch’s Poetry

(1) “Sketches of a Layman”

Laurie Ricou (University of British Columbia)

(2) “Poem for My Dead Sister”

Phil Hall (Perth, ON)

On Kroetsch’s Fiction

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

Vijay Sheshadri (University of Mysore, India)

(2) “Heterotopia and the Banalization of the Supernatural in What the Crow Said

Jon Flieger (Windsor, ON)

4:30 – 6:00

Further Kroetschian Investigations

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

Nicole Markotic (University of Windsor)

(2) “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)


Sunday, April 30, 2017

9:30 – 11:00

Kroetsch’s Fiction

(1) “Gone Indian and New World Myth”

Tanja Cvetkovic (University of Nis)

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

Robert David Stacey (University of Ottawa)

11:00 – 12:00     Closing Plenary Session

(1) “Robert Kroetsch: The Author and the Man”

Rudy Wiebe (University of Alberta)

12:00 – 12:30    “Robert Kroetsch and Future Directions of Literary Studies”

12:30 pm    Symposium adjourns.