Jasmine Spencer

Jasmine Spencer studies the comparative poetics of Indigenous North-American oral narratives in Dene/Athabaskan languages, with a focus on the multi-modal poetics of animal stories in particular. She also works on ways to mobilize the historical archive for Indigenous-languages revitalization through teaching and studying at the Navajo Language Academy. Jasmine's dissertation applies theoretical approaches from linguistics and literary studies to engage with the aesthetic and epistemological dimensions of dual-language orature. She completed her doctorate at the University of British Columbia in June 2017, working with Margery Fee, Barbara Dancygier, and Patrick Moore. She is now working on a postdoctoral fellowship, supported by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, with Leslie Saxon at the University of Victoria and Keren Rice at the University of Toronto.

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