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The Riel Problem

Canada, the Métis, and a Resistant Hero

Tracing Louis Riel's metamorphosis from traitor to Canadian hero, Braz argues that, through his writing, Riel resists his portrayal as both a Canadian patriot and a pan-Indigenous leader. After being hanged for high treason by the Canadian state in 1885, the Métis politician, poet, and mystic has emerged as a quintessential Canadian champion. The Riel Problem maps this representational shift by examining a series of watershed cultural and scholarly commemorations of Riel since 1967, from a large-scale opera about his life, through the publication of his extant writings, to statues erected in his honour. Braz also probes how aspects of Riel's life and writing can be problematic for many contemporary Métis artists, scholars, and civic leaders. Analyzing representations of Riel in light of his own writings, the author exposes both the constructedness of the Canadian nation-state and the magnitude of the current historical revisionism when dealing with Riel.

About the Author

Albert Braz is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Alberta. He is the author of The False Traitor: Louis Riel in Canadian Culture (2003) and Apostate Englishman: Grey Owl the Writer and the Myths (2015) and the co-editor, with Paul D. Morris, of National Literature in Multinational States (2022).

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Other Titles by Albert Braz

National Literature in Multinational States

edited by Albert Braz, Paul Morris
Dec 2022 - University of Alberta Press
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Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature / Habiter la mémoire dans la littérature canadienne

edited by Benjamin Authers, Maïté Snauwaert, Daniel Laforest, with contributions by Albert Braz, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Smaro Kamboureli, Janne Korkka, André Lamontagne, Margaret Mackey, Pamela Sing, Erin Wunker
Nov 2017 - University of Alberta Press
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10 Days That Shaped Modern Canada

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The Fur Trader

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Aug 2022 - University of Alberta Press
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Québec Confronts Canada

Edward M. Corbett
Dec 2019 - Johns Hopkins University Press
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