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Introduction: Inheriting What Lives On 1. The Present Pasts of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside 2. Following Ghosts: Different Knowings, Knowing Differently 3. Looking at Images of Vancouver's Disappeared Women: Troubling Desires to "Humanize" 4. Shadowing the "Missing Women" Story: "Squaw Men," Whores, and other Queer(ed) Figures 5. Memory's Difficult Returns: Memorializing Vancouver's Disappeared Women Conclusion: Reckoning (for the Present)
"A decade in the making, this book is a fine-grained, ethically minded, and passionately argued act of commemoration. With tenderness, verve, and theoretical rigour, Amber Dean insists that present-day legacies of gender-based settler colonial conquest are continuously re-enacted, with bloody consequences. Interrogating paintings, videos, photographs, posters, and poetry through her feminist-decolonial-queer lens, Dean unleashes a fierce, urgent imperative to become 'inheritors' of what lives on, rather than 'bystanders' to multiple losses. Her arguments supply precious fuel for national inquiry into disappeared and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, and globally." -- Becki L. Ross, Department of Sociology and Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, University of British Columbia "Dean's work is an ambitious and ground-breaking examination of how our re-telling of stories affects our visceral responses to violence; she provokes her readers to contemplate how we are implicated in these acts of terror." -- Deanna Reder, Departments of First Nations Studies and English, Simon Fraser University "Using a rigorously interdisciplinary approach, Remembering Vancouver's Disappeared Women offers a thoughtful, reflexive feminist account of how Vancouver's 'missing women' live on and reverberate through the present." -- Adele Perry, Department of History, University of Manitoba
Amber Dean is an assistant professor in the Gender Studies and Feminist Research Program and the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University.