Associate Professor in English, Cross-appointed with Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Creative Writing; Indigenous Literature and Cultural Studies; Canadian Literature
Phone:613-533-6000, ext. 74425
Office:Watson Hall, Room 535
M. A.in literature and creative writing, University of Windsor
B. A.H. in English, University of Ottawa
Professor Ruffo is Associate Professor in the Department of English and cross-appointed with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. His scholarly and creative work—strongly influenced by his Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage—sheds light on contemporary Native issues such as the environment, spirituality, education and self-determination. Professor Ruffo is the author of the biography Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014) and three books of poetry: Opening In The Sky (Theytus Books, 1994), Grey Owl: The Mystery of Archie Belaney (Coteau Books, 1997) and At Geronimo’s Grave (Coteau Books, 2001). In addition to writing an award-winning film, A Windigo Tale (2010), he has also edited and co-edited (Ad)Dressing Our Words: Aboriginal Perspectives on Aboriginal Literatures (Theytus Books, 2001) and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (Oxford University Press, 2013). His latest work, Introduction to Indigenous Literary Criticism in Canada (Broadview Press 2015, edited with Heather Macfarlane), collects 26 seminal critical essays indispensable to our understanding of the rapidly growing field of Indigenous literatures. The texts gathered in this collection, selected after extensive consultation with experts in the field, trace the development of Indigenous literatures while highlighting major trends and themes, including appropriation, stereotyping, language, land, spirituality, orality, colonialism, residential schools, reconciliation, gender, resistance, and ethical scholarship.
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