Michelle Coupal

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Truth, Reconciliation, and Indigenous Literatures
PhD (Western University); MA (University of Waterloo); BEd (Western University); BA (University of Waterloo)

Office: AH 361
E-mail: Michelle.Coupal@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5068

Current classes
Winter 2023: ENGL 310AC; ENGL 310AH

Research interests

  • Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island
  • Residential School Literatures
  • Teaching Indigenous Literatures, Truth and Reconciliation Studies
  • Indigenous Film
  • Canadian Literature

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2022 with Deanna Reder, editors. How We Teach Indigenous Literatures. A special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL), Summer 2022. Forthcoming.

2022 “‘Hard to share, hard to hear’: Teaching Residential School Literature in Canada.” How We Teach Indigenous Literatures, guest edited by Michelle Coupal and Deanna Reder, a special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL), Summer 2022. Forthcoming.

2022    with Allison Hargreaves and Svetlana Seibel, editors. “Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress.” A special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature (SCL), vol. 47, no. 1, Spring 2022. Forthcoming.

2022    with Sam McKegney. “Called to Relationship and Reckoning through Story: Reflections on Reading, Teaching, and Writing about Residential School Literature. (A Conversation between Michelle Coupal and Sam McKegney).” Studies in Canadian Literature, vol 47, no.1, Spring 2022. Forthcoming.

2021    “Les pensionnats indiens dans la littérature et la pédagogie de la réconciliation.” L’enseignement des Traités à l’ère de la Réconciliation dans l’Ouest Canadien, edited Lace Brogden, Andrea Sterzuk, and James Daschuk, Presses de l'Université Laval, 2021, pp. 15-39.

2021    with Aubrey Hanson and Sarah Henzi. Editors’ Introduction. “Sovereign Histories, Gathering Bones, Embodying Land: Visiting with Contributors.” An ILSA special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL), vol. 32, nos. 3&4, Fall-Winter 2020. (Double Issue). https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/44252

2021    with Aubrey Hanson and Sarah Henzi, editors. “Sovereign Histories, Gathering Bones, Embodying Land.” An ILSA special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures (SAIL), vol. 32, nos. 3&4, Fall-Winter 2020. (Double Issue). https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/44252

2020    “Foreword.” Bevann Fox, Genocidal Love: A Life After Residential School, University of Regina Press, 2020, pp. xvii-xxix.

2020    “Residential School Literature Can Teach the Colonial Present and Imagine Better Futures.” The Conversation. 20 February 2020. https://theconversation.com/residential-school-literature-can-teach-the-colonial-present-and-imagine-better-futures-120383

2020    “Irreconcilable Spaces: the Canlit Survey Course in the Indigenous Sharing and Learning Centre Round Room.” Surveying CanLit: A Presentation-Interview Panel on Course Syllabi, with Manina Jones, Laura Moss, Lily Cho, Jennifer Andres, and Stephanie Oliver. Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review, January 2020. https://canlit.ca/resources/special-projects/surveying-canlit-a-presentation-interview-panel-on-course-syllabi/

2020    “Reconciliation Rainbows and the Promise of Education: Teaching Truth and Reconciliation in Neocolonial Canada.” Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada, edited by Sheila Cote-Meek and Taima Moeke-Pickering, Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2020, pp. 211-227.

2019   Coupal, Michelle, Deanna Reder, Joanne Arnott, and Emalene Manuel, editors. Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry by Vera Manuel, Foreword by Emalene Manuel, First Voices First Texts, General Ed. Warren Cariou, University of Manitoba Press.

2019    “Narrative Acts of Truth and Reconciliation: Teaching the Healing Plays of Vera Manuel.” Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry by Vera Manuel, edited by Michelle Coupal, Deanna Reder, Joanne Arnott, and Emalene Manuel, First Voices First Texts, General Ed. Warren Cariou, University of Manitoba Press, 2019, pp. 323-43.

2016    “Teaching Indigenous Literature as Testimony: Porcupines and China Dolls and the Testimonial Imaginary.” Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures, edited by Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra, Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016, pp. 477-86.

           

RECENT CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION AND SPECIAL EVENTS

 

2021    Conference Co-Organizer (with Marie-Eve Bradette and Melanie Braith). “‘I Pass the Talking Stick to You’: Sharing, Reading, Teaching Residential School Stories.” Virtual Event. 21-22 October 2021. (This event features Louise Halfe, David Robertson, Michelle Good, Jordan Abel, Nicola Campbell,  Bevann Fox, and Emalene Manuel.)

2021    Invited speaker for Open Congress Event, with Deanna Reder and Niigaanwewidam Sinclair. “Indigenous Sovereignty and Editing Practices.” Canadian Association of Learned Journals. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Alberta, Virtually, 27-28 May 2021.

2021    Invited Speaker for Open Congress Event, with Deanna Reder and Aubrey Hanson. “Pedagogy and Residential School Literatures: A Dialogue.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Alberta, 29 May – 1 June 2021.

2020    Interviewer and Moderator. Book Launch. Bevann Fox, Genocidal Love, University of Regina Press, 6 October 2020.

2020    Conference Organizer (with ILSA Executive Team). “Meeyau-ossaewin—Walking in Balance.” Indigenous Literary Studies Association. N’doo Minissing (Manitoulin Island), ON. 26-29 July 2020.

2019    Michelle Coupal, Joanne Arnott, and Emalene Manuel. Staged Reading. Celebrating the Work of Vera Manuel. University of Regina, Regina, SK. 1 November 2019.

2019    Conference Organizer (with ILSA Executive Team). “Indigenous Literary Arts of Truth and Redress.” Indigenous Literary Studies Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 3-5 June 2019.

2019    Vera Manuel Book Launch (with Joanne Arnott, Emalene Manuel, and Deanna Reder). Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry. Indigenous Literary Studies Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 4 June 2019.