How Do We Get Out of Here?
An Atwood Scholar Signing Off
In her contribution, Lorraine York, one of the leading scholars of Margaret Atwood’s work, thinks about the ethics of academic cultural capital and how it can work to either shore up or, alternately, critique and thus decentre the power of literary celebrity.
LORRAINE YORK is Distinguished University Professor and Senator William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature and Culture in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. She is the author of Literary Celebrity in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2007), Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity (University of Toronto Press, 2013), and Celebrity Cultures in Canada, co-edited with Katja Lee (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016). Her most recent book, Reluctant Celebrity, which examines public displays of celebrity reluctance as forms of privilege intertwined with race, gender, and sexuality, appeared with Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.