Nearing the one-year anniversary — if such a term applies — of my dissertation defence, I am taking this opportunity to mark the occasion by chatting about an author I’ve spent around a decade of my life studying: Douglas Coupland.
In this episode, I talk about teachin’ Coupland’s novel JPod (2006) in a third-year Canadian literature course. Of note, from the episode: feeling unprepared but doing things anyway; forms of reading and how they’re validated in teaching and learning spaces (what about skimming, skipping, scrolling?); and teaching a difficult text which includes material that’s tough to navigate using traditional methods of literary study. And more!
- You will likely be able to order JPod from your local bookstore. In Saskatoon, I like Turning the Tide and McNally Robinson.
- If you want to read more about the topic of JPod, paratext vs. text, and the “interstitial material” that interrupts the plot of the novel, I have an article on that very topic.
- Emmy Lee Wall’s “Douglas Coupland: A Selected Chronology” in Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything provides an extensive list of Coupland’s written and visual work, as well as other events and milestones, up to 2014.
- You can find more about Gérard Genette’s theory of paratext in the book Paratexts: Thresholds of Interpretation. See this piece for more on how paratext affects literary value and shapes meaning (and check out the other pieces in CanLit Guides for more teaching resources!).
- Check out Paul Martin’s Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of the Literatures of Canada and Lorraine York’s Literary Celebrity in Canada (for more on literary celebrity and citizenship), both of which I refer to in the episode.
- Read âpihtawikosisân’s / Chelsea Vowel’s piece “Beyond territorial acknowledgements.”
- For the Land Acknowledgement videos created by Stryker Calvez and Rose Roberts at the University of Saskatchewan’s Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning, click here.
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**Read the transcript for this episode here.**