Soji Cole


Thesis title: Ideo-Aesthetic Forms in Contemporary Indigenous Canadian Drama

Abstract: My dissertation explores the debates/enquiries on the subject of indigeneity and its relevance to the discourse of power and identity in Canada.  Particularly, it focuses on the epistemic valuation of written drama as relevant/important material for the Indigenous peoples’ expression of ‘de-coloniality’—an ongoing national process that constantly involves resistant behaviors and discourses. By studying selected Indigenous drama texts, the dissertation examines shared methodologies of ideology and aesthetics with which these dramas authenticate and affirm the Indigenous peoples’ presence and relationship to and with Canada. My work engages the themes of memory and trauma, politics, testimony, environment/bio-diversity, culture, and Indigenous epistemology and identity. The process of literary analysis references the notion of “collective unconscious” (Adler 1984), as well as what W. B. Yeats termed “the great memory” (1959).

Keywords: Drama, Identity, Ideology, Aesthetic, Cultural Memory, Indigeneity.Supervisor: Dr. David Fancy