Rick Monture, PhD

Assistant Professor of English & Cultural Studies
Location: Chester New Hall, Room 209
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 23726
E-mail: monture@mcmaster.ca


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First Nations, Metis and Inuit literature and critical theory; nineteenth-and twentieth century American literature; Beat literature; American counterculture movements and music, especially country, blues and punk

Rick Monture does research and work in the areas of First Nations literature, history and intellectual tradition, with a special focus on the significance of Indigenous language and culture.  His PhD Dissertation, entitled “Teionkwakhashion tsi Niionkwarihoten (we share our matters): A Literary History of Six Nations of the Grand River,” examined the intersections between oral traditions, Indigenous sovereignty and Haudenosaunee resistance to colonialism in Canada.  He has published on the writing of Six Nations poet/performer E. Pauline Johnson, and is actively involved with community history work, including a SSHRCC funded project that will be gathering ethnographic materials at the Smithsonian Institute in order to digitize and return them to Six Nations.  Rick has taught courses on Native Literature in Canada and the United States, Iroquois History, Indigenous Intellectual Traditions, and Indigenous Celebrity, among others.  His future research projects include examining the (mis)representation of Native subjects in the work of Jack Kerouac and Gary Snyder, and exploring the substantial contributions made by Mohawk musician Robbie Robertson to American popular music in the sixties and seventies.