Martha Nandorfy, University of Guelph

Professor Guelph, Ontario mnandorf@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 52929

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Bio/Research

Dr. Nandorfy teaches primarily in the areas of postcolonial studies (Native and mestizo American, Latina/o, Latin American), and storytelling relating to the Americas, the U.S. / Mexico borderlands, and border thinking. Her theoretical interests focus on the implications of storytelling for liter...

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Bio/Research

Dr. Nandorfy teaches primarily in the areas of postcolonial studies (Native and mestizo American, Latina/o, Latin American), and storytelling relating to the Americas, the U.S. / Mexico borderlands, and border thinking. Her theoretical interests focus on the implications of storytelling for literary journalism and emergent, hybrid or mixed-genres that challenge Western epistemological distinctions between fiction and non-fiction, story and history, story and theory, Western knowledge and a global ecology of knowledges. Other research, teaching, and supervisory interests include film and media studies (especially creative journalism), globalization and migration as two of the greatest forces of current social change. Her main pedagogical interest is in teaching how multiculturalism challenges collective and personal identity, and how the united principles of equality and acceptance of difference relate to post-nationalist politics and transculturation. Students are encouraged to develop the skills needed to become cultural translators, which requires an understanding of the history and politics of colonization, and the challenges posed to Western supremacy by hybridization, revisionary (hi)stories, trickster hermeneutics, and creative human rights discourses. Theory and pedagogy intersect to explore the possibilities of decolonization through the comparative study of epistemologies, modes of representation, and storytelling.

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