A Critical Bond: Cultural Transmission and Nation-Building in Métis and Chicana/o Picture Books

  • Author / Creator
    Lamb, Danielle Monica
  • It was not until the later part of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century that Métis and Chicana/o authors began to create picture books as a counter-literary response to the discrimination that they faced as mixed-race peoples. The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the literary contributions by Métis and Chicana/o writers to show how the bond between grandparent and grandchild shapes transcultural identities in picture books. I analyze Métis identity and nation-building elements in Relatives with Roots: A Story About Métis Women’s Connection to the Land/ Lii Peraantii avik la Rasin: Eñ Nistwaar Taanishi lii Faam di Michif E’ishi Kisheyitakik li Tayraeñ (2011) by Leah Dorion; Flour Sack Flora (2001) by Deborah L. Delaronde; Fiddle Dancer/Li daanseur di vyaeloon (2007), Dancing in My Bones/La daans daan mii zoo (2009), and Call of the Fiddle/ Li Vayaloon ka Tapypwatikooyen (2011) by Wilfred Burton and Anne Patton; and Jenneli’s Dance (2008) by Elizabeth Denny. I compare those Métis picture books with Chicana/o texts like Pat Mora’s The Beautiful Lady: Our Lady of Guadalupe (2012); Gloria Anzaldúa’s Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado (1993) and Prietita and the Ghost Woman/Prietita y La Llorona (1995); and Amada Irma Pérez’s My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aquí hasta allá (2002). My disseration offers a comparison of the children’s literature of New Peoples in North America. I argue that in this self-validating literature Métis and Chicana/o authors promote visual and textual literacy to create a sense of pride in being a member of their respective nations. Picture books provide the required space for identity recovery, assertion, and transmission of their transcultural identities.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-06:Spring 2017
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  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
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  • Institution
    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Comparative Literature
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Braz, Albert
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kaup, Monica (English)
    • Sywenky, Irene (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
    • Altamirano-Jiménez, Isable (Political Science)
    • Sing, Pamela V. (Campus Saint Jean)