Dr. B Asks, “What are you reading?”

“There is another way to build a world”

Article by Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce

28036 NCdt (III) Eve Baker, 3 Squadron, is doing all sorts of interesting things with what she’s reading: in order to write her final paper for one of her current courses in the English, Culture, and Communication Department – ENE413: Literature, Culture, and Ecology – she’s drawing on material she’s encountered from other places in her degree. This is truly synthesizing knowledge!

Writing her critical response to a post-apocalyptic world-building novel in which no women are granted a seat at the governing table, NCdt Baker has drawn in material she’s read for psychology, as well as from other English classes. “The favourite piece I’m using right now is actually from my ENE110 class: Thomas King’s essay ‘You’ll Never Believe what Happened is Always a Good Place to Start.’ It’s part of his collection The Truth About Stories, and talks about what distinguishes First Nations creation narratives from Judeo-Christian ones.”

What elements of Kings’ essay reverberate for her? “In the post-apocalyptic novel, the creation of the world is based on competition and struggle, two elements that are prevalent in Judeo-Christian tradition. King explains that First Nations origin stories emphasize cooperation over competition: with nature, with other animals, and with each other.” Does this help her critically respond to the novel? “Oh yes, for me, it’s proof that there is another way to build a world.”