Rick Monture, Ph.D.
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23726
Office: Chester New Hall, Room 209
Areas of Interest
First Nations, Metis and Inuit literature and critical theory; nineteenth and twentieth-century American literature; Beat literature; American counterculture movements and music, especially country, blues and punk.
Rick Monture does research and work in the areas of First Nations literature, history, and intellectual tradition, with a special focus on the significance of Indigenous language and culture. His PhD Dissertation, entitled “Teionkwakhashion tsi Niionkwarihoten (we share our matters): A Literary History of Six Nations of the Grand River,” examined the intersections between oral traditions, Indigenous sovereignty and Haudenosaunee resistance to colonialism in Canada. He has published on the writing of Six Nations poet/performer E. Pauline Johnson, and is actively involved with community history work, including a SSHRCC funded project that will be gathering ethnographic materials at the Smithsonian Institute in order to digitize and return them to Six Nations. Rick has taught courses on Native Literature in Canada and the United States, Iroquois History, Indigenous Intellectual Traditions, and Indigenous Celebrity, among others. His future research projects include examining the (mis)representation of Native subjects in the work of Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder, and exploring the substantial contributions made by Mohawk musician Robbie Robertson to American popular music in the sixties and seventies.
We Share our Matters: Two Centuries of Writing and Resistance at Six Nations of the Grand River. University of Manitoba Press, 2014.
Refereed Journal Articles:
“Rebellious Younger Brother: Oneida Leadership and Diplomacy, 1750-1800.” University of Toronto Quarterly. 82.3 (2013): 649.
“The Edge of the Woods: Iroquoia.” The Canadian Journal of Native Studies. 31.2 (2011): 204-5.
“”Beneath the British Flag”: Iroquois and Canadian Nationalism in the Work of Pauline Johnson and Duncan Campbell Scott.” Essays on Canadian Writing. 75 (2001): 118-41.