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Current Issue: #220 Tracking CanLit (Spring 2014)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 220 (Spring 2014) is now available. The issue features a wide range of articles and book reviews as well as a selection of new Canadian poetry.


130th MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver

December 18, 2014

MLA Convention 2015

Promoting the studying and teaching of languages and literatures since 1883, the Modern Language Association (MLA) has become one of the world’s largest scholarly organizations, with nearly 28,000 members in approximately 100 countries.

Their 130th Annual Convention will be taking place at the Vancouver Convention Centre, 8-11 January 2015. Visit the MLA website to learn about the presidential theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory, browse program events, speakers, and sessions, and access additional information about the convention.

All attendees must register to participate in or attend meetings, visit the exhibit hall, take part in job interviews, or reserve hotel rooms at special MLA rates.

For a discounted rate and other membership benefits, join MLA today.

Governor General's Literary Awards 2014

November 27, 2014

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The Canada Council for the Arts announced the results of the Governor General’s Literary Awards 2014 last week, and we are pleased to congratulate Canadian Literature contributor Thomas King on winning the fiction prize for his novel, The Back of the Turtle (2014).

Thomas King is a long-time figure of study for Canadian Literature scholars, among them Margaret Atwood, who have produced a significant body of critical work that includes articles, interviews, and a dedicated special issue.

Our online teaching resource, CanLit Guides, includes a module on King’s Green Grass, Running Water (1993). The guide provides an overview of key themes, critical questions, and suggested assignments, as well as an exercise on how to participate in/respond to journalistic academic discourse.

See below for a catalogue of work about and by Thomas King from our archives:

Poetry by Thomas King


Book Reviews of Thomas King's Works

Reviews of Scholarship on Thomas King's Works

Transcripts and Videos

Also see our reviews of other works by Governor General's Literary Award winners José Acquelin, Carole Fréchette, André A. Michaud, and Arleen Parée:

José Acquelin

Carole Fréchette

Andrée A. Michaud

Arleen Parée

Deadline Extension: Call for Papers on Queer Frontiers

November 20, 2014

Our Call for Papers on Queer Frontiers in Canadian and Québécois Literature has been extended. The new deadline is 1 March 2015. Learn more about the topic and review our submission requirements here.

Many thanks to everybody who has already submitted a paper for our consideration.

Send your articles through our online submission system, CanLit Submit, today.

The 2013 Canadian Women in the Literary Arts Count

October 7, 2014

Canadian Women in the Literary Arts (CWILA) just announced its 3rd annual count of book reviews in Canada. The Count documents the rates at which men and women are published and reviewed in major Canadian publications, indicating concretely where equitable access and representation exists and where it can be improved. According to CWILA, the 2013 Count looked at 5613 book reviews (4354 in English and 1259 in French) published in 31 Canadian publications, including 24 literary magazines, 5 metropolitan newspapers, and 2 national newspapers. Across the board, the 2013 Count found that 56.9% of review space went to writing by male authors and 37% was allocated to writing by female authors. The Count demonstrates in exact numbers the continuing need for improvement to access and representation within Canadian literary culture. See the numbers here.

We are proud to announce that Canadian Literature has continued to demonstrate equal coverage in reviewing books by male and female writers. Canadian Literature is one of the only publications that has consistently proven a commitment to gender parity in its review section. This year 45.95% of review space went to reviews of books by male authors, 46.62% to books by female authors, and 6.76 % of space went to books that were co-authored by male and female authors. The number of female reviewers writing for the journal continues to outpace the number of male reviewers for the third year in a row as well. 58.78% of reviewers were female, whereas 41.22% of reviewers were male.

For more information on the process of reviewing at the journal, see the interview with Reviews Editor Laura Moss.

Click here to view the 2013 CWILA Count Infographic.

New Issue: Tracking CanLit #220 (Spring 2014)

October 2, 2014

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Canadian Literature’s Issue 220 (Spring 2014), Tracking CanLit, is now available for order. Acting Editor Laura Moss opens the issue by investigating the applications, roles, and influences of numbers in contemporary literary cultures:

Why is the turn to numbers noteworthy? The diverse sets of data I mention here illustrate the paradox at the intersection of audit and literary cultures. On the one hand, as part of the increasing corporatization of everything in these neoliberal times, people turn to numbers for proof of productivity and the value that can be monitored and measured annually. … On the other hand, people have turned to statistics to strategically bolster support for issues of social justice and as ammunition for important cultural work. If information is power, there is a will to count.

—Laura Moss, Auditing, Counting, and Tracking CanLit

Tracking CanLit contains articles by Jody Mason; Michael Ross and Lorraine York; Roshaya Rodness; Petra Fachinger; Andrea Medovarski; and Rachel Bryant, and additional notes by Alexander Pettit and Dennis Duffy. This issue also features new work by Canadian poets Brian Cullen, Michael Prior, Cyril Dabydeen, Steve Noyes, and Alex Robichaud and a collection of book reviews.

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New guide, Producing and Evaluating Canadian Texts, on CanLit Guides

September 16, 2014

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The latest open access classroom guide is now live on CanLit Guides. Producing and Evaluating Canadian Texts features chapters on Paratexts and Literary Value, CBC’s Canada Reads, and Graphic Fiction— delving into the myriad ways texts are produced and evaluated in Canada.

The guide covers topics such as literary value, awards, celebrity, cultural nationalism, and much more.

CanLit Guides is a flexible learning resource, developed by Canadian Literature, that introduces students to academic reading and writing. The guides use articles from Canadian Literature’s online archive, helping students navigate scholarly conversations surrounding literature in Canada.

Website update

August 26, 2014

We are currently experiencing server issues on canlit.ca, and some of our web content is not functional at the moment. We’re working hard to get everything back up and running.

Thank you for your patience and we apologize for any inconvenience. We will post another update once everything is back to normal.

CanLit Guides Video Tutorial

July 8, 2014

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Did you know that CanLit Guides, the online educational resource created by Canadian Literature, can be customized? CanLit Guides features a series of published literature guides on topics such as Nationalism, Gender and Sexuality, and Indigenous Literatures. Literature instructors can use the guides to strcuture lessons, as assigned course readings, or to foster class discussion.

You can remix (rearrange) the chapter order of any published guide, or build your own guide using published chapters.We’ve just created a new video tutorial on how to customize CanLit Guides. Check it out over on YouTube!

New Issue: Contested Migrations #219 (Winter 2013)

June 23, 2014

Cover of issue 219 Canadian Literature’s Issue 219 (Winter 2013), Contested Migrations, is now available to order. The issue is led by Acting Editor Laura Moss’ timely editorial, Sustaining the Humanities, which uses an ecological model to work through major issues facing the humanities in higher education:

What if, instead of thinking of the humanities as in a state of crisis as we so often do, we think of the humanities as an ecosystem that is failing to thrive? How do we sustain the humanities as part of a system of diverse communities both within universities and in the public arena? In the face of the resource undernourishment, how can we prosper? How do we promote biodiversity (or a rich variety of communal life, research, and teaching in all its forms and combinations)? How do we protect educational habitats that are endangered by the damaging effects of human populations (be they administrators or voters)? Finally, how can we productively change the climate of graduate training in humanities faculties to create an ecology more conducive to intellectual growth, healthy life, and the maintenance of productive ground for future generations? How green and forward thinking could UBC actually be if the institution, alongside others in Canada, opted to work more equitably?

—Laura Moss, Sustaining the Humanities

Issue 219 also features articles by Vinh Nguyen, Mariam Pirbhai, Rachel Bower, Maude Lapierre, J. I. Little, and David Williams. As always, we bring you new Canadian poetry—from Weyman Chan, David Eso, Armand Garnet Ruffo, Derek Webster, Julie Paul, and Stephen Matthew Brown—and book reviews.

Head over to our online store to order a copy of this great issue!

Anne Carson wins 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize

June 11, 2014

Cover of issue #176 Anne Carson is the Canadian recipient of the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize for her work Red Doc>. Along with Brenda Hillman, the International winner, Carson was awarded $65,000.

Carson’s work has been discussed frequently in the pages of Canadian Literature, including a special issue dedicated to her work in Spring 2003. We have also published three of her poems. Have a look through our archives to discover more about Anne Carson:



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