Deena Rymhs, University of British Columbia

Associate Professor Vancouver, British Columbia drymhs@interchange.ubc.ca Office: (604) 822-4738

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Deena Rymhs received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University and was Associate Professor of English at St Francis Xavier University until her appointment at UBC. Her recent book, From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Literature, examines the prison’s role in post-contract indigenous histor...

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Bio/Research

Deena Rymhs received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University and was Associate Professor of English at St Francis Xavier University until her appointment at UBC. Her recent book, From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Literature, examines the prison’s role in post-contract indigenous history. Drawing on prison memoirs, residential school narratives, prison serials, and collections of prisoners’ writing, From the Iron House looks at indigenous authors’ re-inflection of a Western autobiographical tradition. Working within a theoretical framework of life writing, this work emphasizes the power of self-narration to re-make a sovereign self, a self that resists colonial discourses of guilt.

Deena is currently completing a SSHRC-funded project on prison literature in Canada. Her teaching and research interests include indigenous literatures (within tribal, regional, as well as transnational frameworks), narratives of incareration, life writing, and indigenous masculinity in the contexts of war, prison, and the city.


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