Dispatches from the Occupation

By Stephen Collis

Dispatches from the Occupation
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At the core of almost every intellectual discipline is an attempt to explain change—why and how things change, and how we negotiate these transformations. In this collection of essays, award-winning poet Stephen Collis investigates the Occupy movement as it takes up the cause ... Read more


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At the core of almost every intellectual discipline is an attempt to explain change—why and how things change, and how we negotiate these transformations. In this collection of essays, award-winning poet Stephen Collis investigates the Occupy movement as it takes up the cause of social, economic, and political change. Collis offers “dispatches”—short manifestos, theoretical musings, and utopian proposals—from his involvement in the movement, in addition to a longer critical examination of change and a prose-poem on the “eternal city” of Rome.

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review by Julie L. MacArthur

“English professor and Vancouver Occupier Stephen Collis offers up a unique and heartfelt window into the rise and fall – or more accurately, transformation – of the Occupy movement. […] This personal and locally grounded narrative is where the book makes real contribution. Other texts have emerged analyzing the global Occupy movement … but Collis’s level of involvement and embeddedness in Vancouver makes for a unique journey for the reader, as does its rather lyrical style. As such, I can see students of social movements and politics, as well as those interested in activism more generally, finding much to metabolize and debate within its pages. ”
– Canadian Literature

“English professor and Vancouver Occupier Stephen Collis offers up a unique and heartfelt window into the rise and fall – or more accurately, transformation – of the Occupy movement. […] This personal and locally grounded narrative is where the book makes real contribution. Other texts have emerged analyzing the global Occupy movement … but Collis’s level of involvement and embeddedness in Vancouver makes for a unique journey for the reader, as does its rather lyrical style. As such, I can see students of social movements and politics, as well as those interested in activism more generally, finding much to metabolize and debate within its pages. ”
– Canadian Literature

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