My scholarship restores early contexts (transatlantic, Indigenous, and American) to the study of northern Turtle Island. I am currently working on several projects, including an academic overview of Anglo Atlantic World literature, which is essentially an examination of key settler colonial  archetypes from roughly 1600 – 1800.

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My first book, The Homing Place (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), considers why Settlers still can’t or won’t acknowledge, let alone read, the Indigenous (often non-alphabetic) literary traditions of this land. The book is about the contexts in which Settler Canadians understand themselves and others — where those contexts come from and how they interfere with our ability to listen to our Indigenous neighbours. And it’s about the amount of work that Settlers will need to do just to get to a place from which we will be able to listen or to be transformed. I call that place the homing place — the place of listening across the epistemological barriers and interruptions that were built into northeastern Settler societies and worldviews across centuries.

The Homing Place was shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing and awarded the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick Award for Non-Fiction. The judge, Andrew Westoll, had this to say about the book:

“Great nonfiction often challenges the reader to reconsider their place in the world, and that is exactly what Bryant has achieved with The Homing Place. Exhaustively researched, deeply informed by literary criticism, and written with the force of an impassioned thinker who has seen behind the veil of reconciliation in Canada, The Homing Place delivers a series of uncomfortable truths about the indigenous and settler relationship. A humanistic treatment that rewards, and deserves, deep engagement.”

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