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“Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam"
|Published in||Markides, J. & Forsythe, L. Research Journeys in/to Multiple Ways of Knowing. New York: DIO Press. 2019, 8p.|
|Abstract||This paper argues that reading Margaret Atwood's post-apocalyptic novel, MaddAddam, through the theoretical lens of the Anishinaabe philosophy of Mino-Bimaadiziwin, or “the way of the good life,” highlights the complex means by which the novel is entirely composed upon the idea and necessity of interconnectivity, using it as a structuring device, a central thematic, and a means of plot resolution (Rheault 140). Critics have approached the novel (and the trilogy) from a variety of Euro-American philosophies, but with little input from Indigenous philosophies; in contrast, this paper argues that Mino-Bimaadiziwin clarifies MaddAddam's inventive use of discontinuous narrative, time, and multi-voiced discourse, as well as the novel's reliance on inter-species interconnectivity to resolve the plot. Subsequently, MaddAddam offers a sustained critique of, and alternative to, ingrained Euro-American ontologies of rigid binaries, linear time, and human exceptionalism. At the same time, the theoretical framework of Mino-Bimaadiziwin provides a concrete, comprehensive, and underrepresented approach to engage the issue of interconnectivity in the novel. As a result, this paper aims to participate in the necessary and valuable act of decolonizing academic ontologies by emphasizing the importance and need for Indigenous philosophies and ontologies in critical theory.|
|Keywords||Atwood — Canadian Literature — Anishinaabe — Ojibwe — Indigenous — Indigenous Studies — Speculative fiction — Posthumanism — Posthuman — Apocalypse — Apocalyptic — Dystopia|
|SKIBO-BIRNEY, Bryn. “Anishinaabe Mino-Bimaadiziwin in Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam". In: Markides, J. & Forsythe, L. (Ed.). Research Journeys in/to Multiple Ways of Knowing. New York : DIO Press, 2019. p. 8p. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:115453|