Gold Room, 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA
In recent years, The World Needs More Canada has become a beloved slogan. It encapsulates one of the country’s favourite stories about itself: open-minded, immigrant-friendly, tolerant, cosmopolitan. Why do Canadians believe this? Are these values specifically “Canadian”? How did this national narrative come into existence? The answers to these questions tell us who we think we are, and what we want the world to think of us. They go to the heart of Canadian culture and its relationship to the world. This lecture looks at the literature, history and politics of Canadian cosmopolitanism and how this story is shaping its future.
Michèle Mendelssohn is a literary critic and cultural historian. She is Associate Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and 2018 Eakin Visiting Fellow at McGill. Born and raised in Montreal, she earned her doctorate from Cambridge University and was a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. Her books include Making Oscar Wilde (forthcoming in summer 2018), Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and Aesthetic Culture and two co-edited collections of literary criticism, Alan Hollinghurst and Late Victorian Into Modern (shortlisted for the 2017 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize). She has published in The New York Times, The Guardian, African American Review, Journal of American Studies, Nineteenth Century Literature, and Victorian Literature and Culture.
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