Article Update – My Article on Myrna Kostash…

Good news:  I’ve just received the copyright permission form for an article of mine that I’ve submitted to a University of Alberta Press edited collection, Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples Unsettle the Nation-State. I figure that if U of A Press is at the stage where they’re sending out the copyright forms, the edition must be going to print sometime soon…right?

The articles collected in this peer-reviewed academic publication came out of a 2007 conference hosted by the University of Alberta.  That conference’s website is:  http://www.nofcit.com/index.html.  There you will find abstracts, video presentations, and pdfs of the papers as they were presented.  If you’d like to see yours truly present her paper (a much shorter version of the article that will be coming out in the U of A collection), I think the following links should work:

http://www.ualberta.ca/~nancyv/Ledohowski1.mov

and

http://www.ualberta.ca/~nancyv/Ledohowski2.mov.

The longer version of my article that appears in this edited collection is called “‘I am enchanted':  The Home Country as Dead Lover in The Doomed Bridegroom.”  I look specifically at the chapter, “Inside the Copper Mountain,” from Myrna Kostash’s 1998 book The Doomed Bridegroom:  A Memoir. I admit that I offer a rather ethnocentric reading of this chapter, analyzing what Kostash does with the figure of Vasyl Stus, a martyred Ukrainian poet, in relation to larger theoretical contexts surrounding the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.  Of course, there is much, much more going on not just in this chapter of Kostash’s book, but in the entire book as a whole.  In fact, if you are looking for a Ukrainian-Canadian book to read, and you’re wondering where to start, you don’t have to work your way through every item on the Bibliography (although you’re more than welcome to do that), but rather you can start with this book of Kostash’s.  You won’t be disappointed!

And as for me…well, I’ll let you know when the U of A Press actually releases the book hot from the press!  But it’s got to be close now…