Native American and Canadian Aboriginal literature, Prof David Stirrup
Credits: University of Kent
Prof David Stirrup research interests centre on Native American and Canadian Aboriginal literature in all genres–fiction, poetry, memoir, and children’s writing—and Native North American visual art. I am particularly interested in the relationship between literary and artistic production and major legal, political, and theoretical debates over cultural and political sovereignty, indigeneity, modernity, and community. In addition, I am particularly focused currently on the relationship between the literary and the visual, and on innovation and genre/medi-mixing in contemporary literature. My interests extend to the rise of discourses of global indigeneity in forums such as the UN and the International Labour Organisation, and to comparative understandings and constructions of the indigenous in a variety of locations. My work to date has drawn on a wide variety of disciplines, including Indigenous Studies, literary theory, Cultural Anthropology, History, Border Studies, and Law Studies, and focuses on literature and art from c.1880 to the present.
I am Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme Trust funded research network titled “Culture and the Canada-US Border” (CCUSB), and am a founding editor of the online open access journal Transmotion.