My scholarship restores pre-1783 cultural and historical contexts to the study of the literatures of northern Turtle Island. I am currently working on an academic overview of what I call Anglo Atlantic World literature, which is essentially an examination of key settler colonial literary archetypes from northern British America from roughly 1600 – 1800.
My first book, The Homing Place (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), considers what it says about Settler and Indigenous relations in this era of so-called reconciliation that Settlers still can’t or won’t 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, about where those contexts come from, and about how those contexts actively interfere with our ability to listen to our Indigenous neighbours. It’s about the amount of work that Settlers 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 deep listening, of listening across the barriers and interruptions that were built into northeastern Settler societies and worldviews across centuries.
In 2018, The Homing Place received 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.”
- “Honey from the Rock: John Gyles and the Northeastern North American Search for Anglo Indigeneity” (University of Toronto Quarterly, 2016)
- “Cartographic Dissonance: Between Geographies in Douglas Glover’s Elle” (Canadian Literature, 2014)
- “Imaginary Lines: Transcending the St. Croix Legacy in the Northeast Borderlands” (NAIS, 2014)
- “Toward the Desertion of Sycorax’s Island: Challenging the Colonial Contract” (English Studies in Canada, 2013)
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