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Kristina Bidwell

Kristina Bidwell

B.A. (Memorial), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Dean of Aboriginal Affairs, College of Arts and Science; Associate Professor of English

Office: Arts 228
Phone: 966-6397


Kristina Bidwell is the first Associate Dean of Aboriginal Affairs in the College of Arts and Science.   In this position, she is responsible for building Aboriginal student success and encouraging the College to engage meaningfully with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal knowledge.  As a researcher and teacher, she specializes in aboriginal writing and storytelling in Canada.  She is the co-editor of Call Me Hank: A Sto:lo Man's Reflections on Logging, Living and Growing Old and Orality and LIteracy: Reflections Across Disciplines.  Her current research is on autobiography and storytelling among her people, the people of NunatuKavut.


Chapters in Books:

“What’s the Trouble with the Trickster? An Introduction” Troubling the Trickster: Revisioning Critical Conversations. Ed. Deanna Reder and Linda Morra. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 2010. 3-20.

"Codeswitching Humour in Aboriginal Literature." Across Cultures / Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures. Ed. Renate Eigenbrod, Paul de Pasquale, and Emma LaRocque. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2009. 25-42.

Papers in Refereed Journals:

“‘Well Done Old Half Breed Woman’: Lydia Campbell and the Labrador Literary Tradition.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 48.1 (Spring 2010): 49-76.

"Weesageechak Meets the Weetigo: Storytelling, Humour, and Trauma in the Fiction of Richard Van Camp, Tomson Highway, and Eden Robinson. Studies in Canadian Literature 34.1 (2009): 204-226.

With Stephanie Danyluk, Bryce Donaldson, Amelia Horsburgh, Robyn Moore, and Martin Winquist.  “Reading the Reception of Maria Campbell's Halfbreed." Canadian Journal of Native Studies 29.1-2 (2009): 257-281.

Daniel Justice, Keavy Martin, Sam McKegney, Deanna Reder, and Niidonwedom Sinclair. "Canadian Indigenous Literary Nationalism?" Critical Approaches in Canadian Indigenous Contexts."  Canadian Journal of Native Studies 29.1-2 (2009): 19-44.   Collaborative Essay. Fagan wrote 5 page conclusion.