Élise Couture-Grondin

Postdoctoral Fellow

E: elise_couture-grondin@sfu.ca
Website: https://sfu.academia.edu/EliseCoutureGrondin


  • FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University
  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Toronto
  • MA, Hispanic Studies, Université de Montréal
  • BA, Hispanic Studies, Université de Montréal


I am from Montreal and I began my research on Indigenous lifewriting in 2010 when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission had just initiated its work. In my dissertation, I explored how Indigenous women’s autobiographies published decades before the TRC reframe debates about transitional justice. As a settler feminist scholar, I work on unlearning colonial habits of research and learning from Indigenous methodologies and pedagogies. I have learned a great deal from the community of writers and researchers met at Kwahiatonhk! Salon du livre des Premières Nations (https://kwahiatonhk.com) and ILSA (http://www.indigenousliterarystudies.org/home). My research interests include diverse forms of lifewriting, Indigenous literatures in Turtle Island and Latin America, Indigenous-settler relations, the ethics of research, and antiracist and anticolonial feminist practices and theories. I published two articles on Aimititau! Parlons-nous! (2008) a collection of correspondence between Indigenous and Quebecer authors in Voix Plurielles and Transitional Justice Review. Articles on the work of Naomi Fontaine, Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau, An Antane Kapesh, Mini Aodla Freeman and Rigoberta Menchu are forthcoming. My postdoctoral project, “Rewriting colonial and patriarchal history: Women’s voices in Jovette Marchessault’s autobiographical novels” focuses on the feminist and anticolonial writing of the Innu/Québécoise feminist writer and playwright Jovette Marchessault born in Montreal in the 1930s.

Course taught at SFU

INDG 110W International Indigenous Lifewriting