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Rimstead, Roxanne L. 1953-

RIMSTEAD, Roxanne L. 1953-

PERSONAL:

Born July 24, 1953, in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada; daughter of Paul (a worker) and Rose-Marie (a homemaker; maiden name, Ranger) Rimstead; married Fernando Guerrero (a youth worker). Education: York University, B.A., 1975; Université de Montréal, M.A., 1988, Ph.D., 1995.

ADDRESSES:

Office—Faculté des sciences humaines, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec J1K 2R1, Canada. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER:

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, assistant professor, 1995-98; Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, assistant professor, 1999-2002, associate professor, 2002—.

MEMBER:

Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures (president, 2002-03).

AWARDS, HONORS:

Don D. Walker Award, Western Literature Association, 1992, for the article "Klee Wyck: Redefining Region through Marginal Realities"; Gabriel Roy Prize, Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures, 2001, for Remnants of Nation: On Poverty Narratives by Women.

WRITINGS:

Remnants of Nation: On Poverty Narratives by Women, University of Toronto Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2001.

Contributor to books, including What We Hold in Common: Introduction to Working-Class Studies, edited by Janet Zandy, Feminist Press (New York, NY), 1995; and The Language and Politics of Exclusion: Others in Discourse, edited by Steven Riggins, Sage Publications (Thousand Oaks, CA), 1997. Contributor to periodicals, including Race, Gender, and Class: Interdisciplinary Multicultural Journal, Women's Studies Quarterly, Michigan Feminist Studies Journal, Canadian Forum, and Canadian Literature. Guest editor, Essays on Canadian Writing, 2003.

WORK IN PROGRESS:

Remembering the Unemployed: The Making of Memories; research on the importance of cultural memory to counter-cultural identity.

SIDELIGHTS:

Roxanne L. Rimstead told CA: "I write about disenfranchised people, poor women in particular, in order to discover the secret behind their resilience and their resistance. I write out of anger for injustices and inequality. And I write out of my past, growing up on welfare with many sisters and brothers and two disabled parents in small-town northern Ontario. The British school of cultural studies has influenced my cultural criticism, along with writers like Paulo Freire and Franz Fanon. My current research is on cultural memory, dissent, and the way we represent the social identity of domestics, prostitutes, workers, the unemployed, welfare recipients, and school dropouts."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Essays on Canadian Writing, fall, 2002, Sally Chivers, "Resisting Poverty," pp. 50-56.

Resources for Feminist Research, fall, 2002, Jennifer J. Nelson, review of Remnants of Nation: On Poverty Narratives by Women, p. 263.

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