When the Other Is Me

Native Resistance Discourse, 1850 - 1990

Emma LaRocque (Author)

In this long-awaited book from one of the most recognized and respected scholars in Native Studies today, Emma LaRocque presents a powerful interdisciplinary study of the Native literary response to racist writing in the Canadian historical and literary record from 1850 to 1990. In When the Other is Me, LaRocque brings a metacritical approach to Native writing, situating it as resistance literature within and outside the postcolonial intellectual context. She outlines the overwhelming evidence of dehumanization in Canadian historical and literary writing, its effects on both popular culture and Canadian intellectual development, and Native and non-Native intellectual responses to it in light of the interlayered mix of romanticism, exaggeration of Native difference, and the continuing problem of internalization that challenges our understanding of the colonizer/colonized relationship.


  • Winner of the Manitoba Book Awards' Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction (2011)


“I know of no other study in Canada which approaches Native ‘resistance literature’ in such a comprehensive sweep, based on theories of (de)colonization as well as a broad and encompassing knowledge of primary texts by Native authors and critics in Canada. … Emma LaRocque addresses issues that put her once again at the cutting edge.”

– Hartmut Lutz, University of Greifswald, Germany

When the Other is Me offers many important insights and analytical tools to continue the struggle for decolonization in Canada and the fight for a more humane, just world.”

Labour, Spring 2011

“Becoming alien in your own land is truly a unique status to the Native American Indians in the United States and Canada. A fascinating and scholarly analysis, When the Other is Me is an excellent addition to any Native American studies collection.”

The Midwest Book Review

When the Other Is Me reviews a broad range of Native resistance literature and makes several valuable theoretical interventions. LaRocque’s bold acknowledgment and defense of her own positionality is especially notable. This book will interest scholars of Native literature as well as those wresting with the challenges of producing Native-centered scholarship.”

– James Jenkins, University of Texas at Austin, Studies in American Indian Literatures

About the Author

Dr. Emma LaRocque is a scholar, author, poet, social and literary critic, and a professor in the Department of Native Studies, University of Manitoba. She is the author of the groundbreaking book, Defeathering the Indian, and has also written extensively on contemporary Aboriginal literatures, Canadian historiography, and images of Aboriginal people in the media marketplace. She is a Plains Cree Metis from northeastern Alberta.

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