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Hannah Skrynsky

Research Interests

Indigenous literatures, affect theory, decolonization, national mythologies, Canadian literature

Awards and Recognition
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Awarded 2021
James W.S. Jamieson Award, Queen’s University, Awarded 2021
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Awarded 2019 & 2020
Arthur B. McDonald Award for Academic Excellence, Queen’s University, 2018
Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Award, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Awarded 2016

My dissertation traces representations of settler anxiety toward Indigeneity within 20th century canonical works of Canadian fiction to show how these anxious representations constitute a founding trope of the canon. I place settler colonial critique in conversation with theories of affect to consider affect’s role in maintaining settler colonial structures of power in Canada.

Department of English, Queen's University

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Kingston ON K7L 3N6

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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.