Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Social Dynamics of Mourning & Grief
Transitional and Restorative Justice
Indigenous Legal Traditions
German and Austrian Literary Modernism
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Current Research project
This program of research emerges against the backdrop of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This pivotal moment in the history of Canada’s relations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples presents a unique opportunity to harness the national imagination to tell new and different stories about ourselves and to reinvent our histories and our futures. While Storying Justice is informed by the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it is not principally about this or other truth commissions. Rather, my project reads these and other quasi-judicial processes as well as narrative and cultural responses to them in order to deepen our understanding of the ways in which advanced democracies can attend to colonial legacies and historical oppression and find new beginnings for repair of Indigenous-settler relations.
The central claims are three-fold:1) narrative practices can function as restorative measures and generate new and as yet unimagined forms of justice; 2) literary and cultural texts can reveal important insights about restorative justice; and 3) employing literary critical methodology to analyse restorative processes can further enhance our understanding of restorative justice
Project summary(PDF 207 KB)
In the post-9/11 era, mourning seems to dominate our collective consciousness. But what of forgiveness? We hear about public rituals of mourning, monuments and memorials in the wake of September 11, but is there room in our current age of terror and revenge to engage with the work of forgiveness? The aim of this study is to analyse cultural responses to loss and wrongdoing in order to gain greater insight into the circularity of suffering in our present age and to investigate how and if forgiveness and reconciliation can offer opportunities to move beyond this stasis.
Despite recent interest in forgiveness and reconciliation, relatively little research has been conducted on forgiveness in literary studies. A Poetics of Forgiveness explores the profound links between creativity and forgiveness, and argues that creative production and interpretation can play a vital role in practices of forgiveness. Developing a model of “poetic forgiveness” through the work of Julia Kristeva, Jacques Derrida, and Kelly Oliver, A Poetics of Forgiveness asks how forgiveness is expressed in literature and other art forms, and what creative works can bring to secular debates on forgiveness and conflict resolution. Jill Scott explores these questions in a wide variety of historical and cultural contexts, from Homer’s Iliad to 9/11 novels, from postwar Germany to post-Apartheid South Africa, in canonical texts and in diverse media, including film, photography, and testimony.
Electra after Freud: Myth and Culture . Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005.
Almost everyone knows about Oedipus and his mother, and many readers would put the Oedipus myth at the forefront of Western collective mythology. In Electra after Freud, Jill Scott leaves that couple behind and argues convincingly for the primacy of the countermyth of Agamemnon and his daughter. Through a lens of Freudian and feminist psychoanalysis, this book views renderings of the Electra myth in twentieth-century literature and culture.
Scott reads several pivotal texts featuring Electra to demonstrate what she calls “a narrative revolt” against the dominance of Oedipus as archetype. Situating the Electra myth within a framework of psychoanalysis, medicine, opera, and dance, Scott investigates the heroine’s role at the intersections of history and the feminine, eros and thanatos, hysteria and melancholia. Scott analyzes Electra adaptations by H.D., Hofmannsthal and Strauss, Musil, and Plath and highlights key moments in the telling and reception of the Electra myth in the modern imagination.
Refrence: C. Susan Fostaty Young, Robert J. Wilson Assessment and Learning: The ICE Approach. Winnipeg: Portage & Main
Courses taught since 2001
INTS 322* Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law & Human Rights (2011)