Kate Smyth is a PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin, having previously obtained an M.Phil in Literatures of the Americas at TCD and an MA in Writing at NUI Galway. Her research focuses on memory and place in the Canadian short story, specifically those of Margaret Atwood, Mavis Gallant, and Alice Munro.

Book Review: Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory, Edited by Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty

In contemporary Canada, especially with the on-going Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s attempts to provide a platform for the stories of injustice from the survivors of the Residential School system, discussions are taking place in relation to memory issues. How is the “truth” about the past constructed by different social groups? How can memory be “inherited” through generations? How can memory shape identity and a sense of belonging? Continue reading