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Tamara Palmer Seiler

  • Professor Emerita - Canadian Studies

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Education

A.A. Cottey College , B.A. (Honours) Brigham Young University , M.A. York University , PHD. University of Alberta

Research

Current Project:  Collaborating (with Robert M. Seiler) on a book about the history of film exhibition in the prairie West, At the Picture Show: Exhibitors, Movie Theatres and Audiences in Western Canada, 1910-70.  Expected completion: 2009.

Courses Taught

CNST 201
CNST 351
CNST 353
CNST 361
CNST 451
CNST 591
CUSP 601
GNST 201

Books

The Wild Rose Anthology of Alberta Prose .  (with George Melnyk) Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2003. 

Alberta: A New History. (with Howard Palmer)  Edmonton: Hurtig, 1990.

Peoples of Alberta, Portraits in Cultural Diversity. (with Howard Palmer) Saskatoon: Prairie Books, 1985.

Chapters in Books

"The Diversification of Canadian Literature," in Dirk Hoerder, Christiane Harzig and Adrian Shubert, eds. The Historical Practice of Diversity.  New York:  Berghahn Books,  2003.

"Multi-Vocality and National Literature: Towards a Post-Colonial and Multicultural Aesthetic," in Christl Verduyn, ed.  Literary Pluralities.  Peterborough ON: Broadview Press, 1998, pp. 47-63.

"Multiculturalism and the Arts," (with Beverly Rasporich) in David Taras and Beverly Rasporich, eds., A Passion for Identity, An Introduction to Canadian Studies (3rd ed.) Toronto: Nelson, 1997, pp. 243-264.

"Fictionalizing the Journey: Patterns of Transformation in Canadian Immigrant Fiction Since 1945", in John Lennox, et al., eds., VOYAGES, Real and Imaginary,Personal and Collective, CANADIAN ISSUES/ THEMES CANADIENS, VOL. 16,1994, Montreal: Association for Canadian Studies, 1994, pp. 99-119.

"Images of Winnipeg's North End: Fictionalizing Space for the Ethnic and Female 'Other', in Christine Mason Sutherland and Beverly Matson Rasporich, eds.,WOMAN AS ARTIST, Papers in Honour of Marsha Hanen. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1993, 41-70.

"Mythologizing the Journey to and from Otherness: Some Features of the Ethnic Voice in Canadian Literature," in Valeria Gennaro Lerda, ed., FROM MELTING POT TO MULTICULTURALISM, The evolution of Ethnic Relations in The United States and Canada.  Rome: Bulzoni Editore, 1990, 91-113.3.

 

Journal Articles

"Movie Exhibition in Manitoba: The Case of J.A. Schuberg." (with Robert M. Seiler) Manitoba History  No. 58 (June 2008): 11-18.

"Presenting the Self in Everyday Life: The Personalized License Plate as Rhetorical Phenomenon." (with Robert M. Seiler) Rhetor: The Journal of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric. Vol. I  (December 2004): 1-22.

"Model of Virtue or Candidate for Censure?  Assessing Canada's Treatment of Ethnic Minorities" in Kenneth G. Pryke and Walter C. Soderlund, eds., Profiles of Canada (3rd edition).  Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press Inc., 2003, pp. 117-143.

"Canada and Multiculturalism," in Canada: Confederation to Present  (CD-ROM).  Edmonton:  Chinook Multimedia ( 2001).

"Thirty Years Later: Reflections on the Evolution and Future Prospects of Multiculturalism." Canadian Issues/Thémes Canadiens. Association for Canadian Studies (February 2002): 6-8.

"Melting Pot and Mosaic: Images and Realities," in David Thomas, ed., CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES: Differences that Count (2nd edition).  Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2000, pp. 97-120.

"Canadian Culture and Ethnic Diversity," (with Beverly Rasporich) Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples.  Paul Robert Magocsi, ed.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999, pp. 304-316.

Multiculturalism and the Arts," (with Beverly Rasporich) in David Taras and Beverly Rasporich, eds., A Passion for Identity, An Introduction to Canadian Studies (3rd ed.) Toronto: Nelson, 1997, pp. 243-264.

"The Fictionalization of the Vertical Mosaic: The Immigrant, Success and National Mythology," Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/Revue Canadienne de Literature, Comparee 16. 3-4 (1989): 619-655.

"Ethnic Response to the Canadian Prairies, 1900- 1950: A Literary Perspective on Perceptions of the Physical and Social Environment, " Prairie Forum 12.1 (1987): 49-73.

 

"David Alexander Coleville:  The Rhetoric of Ambiguity." (with Robert M. Seiler) The Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies 13 (September 2002): 85-102.

"Ceremonial Rhetoric and Civic Identity: The Case of the White Hat." (with Robert M. Seiler).  Journal of Canadian Studies 36.1 (Spring 2001): 29-49. 

"High Anxiety: The Rhetoric of Crime Reporting in Canadian Newspapers." (with Robert M. Seiler).   The Canadian Journal of Rhetorical Studies 10 (September 1999): 97-112.

Conference Presentations

"High Brow, Low Brow, and High Stakes: Contested Terrains in John Estacio's and John Murrell's Grand Opera, Filumena." Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association, February 9, 2006.  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque New Mexico. 

"Cinematic Representations of the Intellectual: An Historical Case Study." Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association, February 11, 2005.  Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque New Mexico. 

"Immigrant Experience and Narrative: Remembering the Personal Dimension." Invited paper presented to the Canadian/American Research Symposium.  Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York City.  September 9, 2004.

"Literature as Rhetoric: Fictionalizing Winnipeg's North End."  Paper Presented to the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric.  University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, June 1, 2004.

"Little Houses on the Canadian Prairie: Representations of Small-town Life in Western Canada, circa 1900-1960."  Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association, April 9,  2004, Marriott River Center Hotel, San Antonio Texas.

"Selling Dreams: The Rhetoric of Movie Theatre Design on the Prairies, 1920 to the Present."  Paper presented (with Robert M. Seiler) to the annual meeting of Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric in Halifax, May 29, 2003.

"Reflections on the Meaning and Significance of Bi and Bi Commission's Book IV."  Invited paper presented to a conference sponsored by the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) to mark the 40th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism in Montreal, May 24, 2003.

"Reflections on the Multicultural Nature of Alberta Literature."  Invited paper presented September 26, 2002 to Canada: Global Model for a Multicultural State, a conference organized by the Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and held in Edmonton, September 25-27, 2002. 

"Thirty Years of Multiculturalism: Retrospect and Prospect."  Paper presented to the annual conference of the American Culture Association.  Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 14, 2002.

"David Alexander Colville and the Rhetoric of Ambiguity." Paper presented (with Robert M. Seiler) to the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR), in Quebec City, May 24.  2001. 

"Mark Kingwell: Exposing False Prophets and Debunking Worn Out Traditions." Paper presented (with Robert M. Seiler)at the annual meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) in Quebec City, May 25,  2001.

"Challenging the Limits to Diversity: The Case of Canadian Literature in English."  Invited Paper given to Examining the Limits to Diversity, a conference organized by the University of Ottawa's Centre for Governance and held at the Banff Centre October 25-28, 2001. 

"The Diversification of Canadian Literature."  Invited Paper presented to Recasting European and Canadian History:  National Consciousness, Migration, Multicultural Lives. Bremen, Germany, May 20, 2000. 

"Fictionalizing the Canadian City: Urban Images of Cross-Cultural Relations in Ethnic Minority Writing." Paper presented to the Biennial Conference of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association, Montreal, November 22, 1997.

"The Last Best West: Representations of the Cowboy at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede." Paper presented (With Robert M. Seiler) to the Boundaries Conference, University of Edinburgh Centre of Canadian Studies, Edinburgh UK, May 4, 1996.

"Will the Sun Never Set?: The Persistence of the Imperial Subtext in the Fictionalization of Immigrant Experience in Canada." Invited Paper presented (October 21) to the Biennial Meeting of the Canadian Ethnic Studies Association held at Gimli, Manitoba, October 21, 1995.

"Appropriation, Syncretism, Tradition, and the Nation State: The Impact of 'Ethnic Literatures on Canadian Culture." Invited Paper presented Aug. 26, 1995 to the "Windy Pines" Colloquium on Ethnicity and Canadian Literature, Trent University,Peterborough, ON, Aug. 24-26,1995.

"Henry Kreisel: immigration, A State of Mind." Invited paper presented to the annual meeting of the Canadian Jewish Historical Association, University of Calgary, June 12, 1994.

"When Politics, History, Sociology and Literary Criticism Meet: The Case of Canadian Ethnic Literature." Paper presented to Blurring Genres, A Conference on Alternative Forms of Critical Practice, The University of Calgary, April 6, 1989.

"When Public and Private Worlds Collide: Immigration Policy, Public Perceptions and the Asian Family in Western Canada." Paper presented to the 12th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Zagreb, Yugoslavia, July 30, 1988.
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