CanLit Guides Video Tutorial
Did you know that CanLit Guides, the online educational resource created by Canadian Literature, is customizable? 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 structure lessons, to assign as 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!
Current Issue: #219 (Winter 2013)
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,
which uses an ecological model to work through major issues facing the humanities in higher education:
Sustaining the Humanities,
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?
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, 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize Winner
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:
(PDF) by Monique Tschofen. #180 (Spring 2004): 31–50.
First I Must Tell about Seeing: (De)monstrations of Visuality and the Dynamics of Metaphor in Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red
Gifts and Questions: An Interview with Anne Carson(PDF) by Anne Carson and Kevin McNeilly. #176 (Summer 2003): 12–25.
(PDF) by Robert Stanton. #176 (Summer 2003): 28–43.
I am writing this to be as wrong as possible to you: Anne Carson’s Errancy
Anne Carson and the Solway Hoaxes(PDF) by Ian Rae. #176 (Summer 2003): 45–65.
The Pilgrim and the Riddle: Father-Daughter Kinship in Anne Carson’s(PDF) by Tanis Macdonald. #176 (Summer 2003): 67–81.
The Anthropology of Water
Reading Paul Celan with Anne Carson:(PDF) by Andre Furlani. #176 (Summer 2003): 84–104.
What Kind of Withness Would That Be?
(PDF) by Ian Rae. #166 (Autumn 2000): 14–41.
Dazzling Hybrids: The Poetry of Anne Carson
The Poet’s Novel (Un)framedby Kevin McNeilly. #212 (Spring 2012): 173–74. Review of: From Cohen to Carson: The Poet’s Novel in Canada by Ian Rae
Subversion by Soundby Chris Jennings. #182 (Autumn 2004): 176–77. Review of: Electra by Sophocles, translated by Anne Carson
]Thought ]Barefootby Chris Jennings. #176 (Spring 2003): 108–10. Review of: If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho by Anne Carson
The Battle of Tangoby Chris Jennings. #176 (Spring 2003): 110–11. Review of: The Beauty of the Husband: a fictional essay in 29 tangos by Anne Carson
Flights of Verseby Ian Rae. #169 (Summer 2001): 185–87. Review of: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
A Gift of Prophecyby Jed Rasula. #161–162 (Summer/Autumn 1999): 187–89. Review of: Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Transformationsby Alexander Forbes. #144 (Spring 1995): 177–79. Review of: Short Talks by Anne Carson. Reviews section PDF available.
Stanzas, Sexes, Seductionsby Anne Carson. #178 (Autumn 2003): 57. Issue PDF available.
Guillermo’s Sigh Symphonyby Anne Carson. #176 (Spring 2003): 57. Issue PDF available.
The Fall of Romeby Anne Carson. #106 (Autumn 1985): 76–79. Issue PDF available.
2013 Canadian Literature Best Essay Prize Winner
Canadian Literature is proud to announce the winner of the 2013 Best Essay Prize.
The winner of the Best Essay Prize goes to
Thinking Together: A Forum on Jo-Ann Episkenew’s Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy and Healing by Deanna Reder, Susan Gingell, Allison Hargreaves, Daniel Heath Justice, Kristina Bidwell, and Jo-Ann Episkenew. (#214, Autumn 2012)
Jury Citation: According to one jurist,Thinking Together: A Forumis hands down the most productive and stimulating work. Together the jury argued that the forum does a wonderful job of introducing new topics for consideration as well as troubling the very medium of academic discourse. The forum represents multiple engagements with a chosen book; the format is designed to bring this work into conversation with other scholars of different generations working in related areas. The power of this piece lays not only in its attention to the complexities of Indigenous literature and its affective powers, but also in its polyvocal considerations of the transformative potential of literature and its limits. Awarding the prize to an entire forum is unorthodox but the argument about community discourse in the forum justifies the decision.
Honourable Mention goes to Germaine Warkentin for
(#214, Autumn 2012)
The Age of Frye: Dissecting the Anatomy of Criticism, 1957–1966.
Jury Citation: This article provides an insightful assessment of the early criticism and reception of Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism. In this elegantly styled paper that captures the tone and attitudes of the intellectual elite, Germaine Warkentin also offers a portal through which to view the period, not simply a re-evaluation of Frye’s accomplishment. It is essential reading for those learning about the history of literary criticism in (and outside of) Canada.
Honourable Mention also goes to I. S. MacLaren for
Paul Kane’s Wanderings of an Artist and the Rise of Transcontinental Canadian Nationalism. (#213, Summer 2012)
Jury Citation: Through meticulous, immensely detailed historical scholarship, I. S. MacLaren peels back the contemporary designation of Paul Kane asa founding father of Canadian artto reveal an Irish-born, apolitical artist with American connections rather than the customary portrait of a mid-Victorian gentleman who is the symbol of Canadian nationalism. The article demands a new understanding of Kane and the nationalism that created his misrepresentation in Canadian history.
The editor would like to offer profound thanks to the shortlist jury of David Staines, Linda Morra, and Victoria Kuttainen and to the longlist jury of Ian Rae, Patricia Merivale, Cecily Devereux, Jon Kertzer, and David Williams.
Sherrill and John Grace, O.C.
This month, UBC English professor and frequent Canadian Literature contributor Sherrill Grace was named an officer of the Order of Canada at a ceremony in Ottawa. Dr. Grace was honoured alongside her husband John Grace, a UBC professor of chemical engineering and a longtime supporter of Canadian Literature.
You can watch the ceremony on the CBC website. Drs. John and Sherrill Grace appear starting at 55:09 into the video.
For more on Sherrill Grace, we have collected her extensive contribuitions to Canadian Literature from our archives.
Canadian Literature 2013 Best Essay Prize
Canadian Literature is excited to announce the shortlist for the 2013 Canadian Literature Best Essay Prize. The following five articles have been nominated:
- Richard Brock,
Body/Landscape/Art: Ekphrasis and the North in Jane Urquhart’s The Underpainter(#212, Spring 2012)
- Ana María Fraile-Marcos,
Urban Heterotopias and Racialization in Kim Barry Brunhuber’s Kameleon Man(#214, Autumn 2012)
- Deanna Reder, Susan Gingell, Allison Hargreaves, Daniel Heath Justice, Kristina Bidwell, and Jo-Ann Episkenew,
Thinking Together: A Forum on Jo-Ann Episkenew’s Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy and Healing(#214, Autumn 2012)
- Germaine Warkentin,
(#214, Autumn 2012)
The Age of Frye: Dissecting the Anatomy of Criticism, 1957–1966
- I. S. MacLaren,
Paul Kane’s Wanderings of an Artist and the Rise of Transcontinental Nationalism(#213, Summer 2012)
The winner will be announced at the ACQL reception on May 24th at Brock University in the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Centre, Room 200, from 6-7 p.m.
Bud Osborn Remembered
Vancouver poet and activist for social justice in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood Bud Osborn died on May 6. In his Canadian Literature review of Osborn’s books Hundred Block Road and Keys to Kingdoms, Adam Beardworth notes that Osborn’s work
offers piercing observations of society’s marginalized people and the social factors that sustain their dispossession.
Uniting activism and poetry, Osborn memorably wrote:
to raise shit is to actively resist
and we resist with our presence
with our words
with our love
with our courage
Farley Mowat 1921–2014
Popular Canadian writer and environmental activist Farley Mowat has died at age 92. Mowat wrote dozens of books and recived many honours, including the Governor General’s Award in 1956 for his children’s book Lost in the Barrens. Although Mowat’s work was beloved by many, it was controversial as well, with experts questioning his portrayal of the Arctic and Inuit peoples. In Canadian Literature 206 (Autumn 2010), Katja Lee wrote about the controversy surrounding Mowat’s 1963 book Never Cry Wolf (order issue #206 to read the article).
Canadian Literature has been reviewing Mowat’s work since 1960—the following is a list of book reviews from our archives:
Book Reviews of Farley Mowat’s Works
Me. Again.by Katja Lee. #209 (Summer 2011): 171–72. HTML available. Review of: Eastern Passage by Farley Mowat.
Farley Mowat’s Periplumby Bert Almon. #205 (Summer 2010): 176–78. HTML available. Review of: Otherwise by Farley Mowat.
Life at High Latitudesby Sherrill Grace. #183 (Winter 2004): 153–55. HTML available. Review of: High Latitudes by Farley Mowat.
Listening to the Northby Sherrill Grace. #174 (Autumn 2002): 145–47. HTML available. Review of: Walking on the Land by Farley Mowat.
Politics and Peaceby Bryan N. S. Gooch. #154 (Autumn 1997): 160–62. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World by Farley Mowat.
Clouds of Wonderby Al Purdy. #106 (Autumn 1985): 132–34. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Sea of Slaughter by Farley Mowat.
Mowat at Warby John Franklin McLean. #89 (Autumn 1984): 101–02. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: And No Birds Sang by Farley Mowat.
Mowat’s Leviathanby James Polk. #57 (Autumn 1984): 120–24. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: A Whale for the Killing by Farley Mowat.
Uncreeping Fleshby Frances Frazer. #35 (Winter 1968): 79–82. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: The Curse of the Viking Grave by Farley Mowat.
Landfall in Vinlandby A. W. Purdy. #33 (Summer 1967): 63–67. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Westviking by Farley Mowat.
Green Men and Owlsby Inglis F. Bell. #15 (Winter 1963): 70–73. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat.
Polar Dream Worldby T. C. Fairley. #8 (Winter 1963): 60–62. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Ordeal by Ice by Farley Mowat.
Dying Culturesby George Woodcock. #4 (Spring 1960): 77–78. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: The Desperate People by Farley Mowat.
derek beaulieu named Calgary Poet Laureate
This week, derek beaulieu was named Calgary Poet Laureate for 2014–16. We featured beaulieu's work on our CanLit Guides resource on
Poetic Visuality and Experimentation. In particular, check out the Reading Visual Poetry chapter for an in-depth close reading of his poem
this half is for the ceremony.
You read more about beaulieu and his work as Calgary Poet Laureate on his blog.
Alistair MacLeod 1936–2014
Alistair MacLeod, the acclaimed Cape Breton short story writer and novelist, passed away Sunday. Known for his carefully crafted short stories, MacLeod published just one novel, 1999’s No Great Mischief. The novel was feted both in Canada and abroad, winning multiple prizes including the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Trillium Book Award.
MacLeod’s work also received attention from scholars in the pages of Canadian Literature over the years. The following is a list of articles, reviews of MacLeod’s works, and reviews of scholarship on MacLeod’s writing from our archives:
Roots and Routes in a Selection of Stories by Alistair MacLeodby Claire Omhovère. #189 (Summer 2006): 50–67. Article: PDF available.
As Birds Bring Forth the Story: The Elusive Art of Alistair MacLeodby Arnold E. Davidson. #119 (Winter 1988): 32–42. Article: PDF available.
Signatures of Time: Alistair MacLeod & his Short Storiesby Colin Nicholson. #107 (Winter 1985): 90–101. Article: PDF available.
Book Reviews of Alistair MacLeod’s Works
Tales of the Seannachieby Dianne MacPhee. #179 (Winter 2003): 165–67. HTML available. Review of: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.
Writing Homeby David Carpenter. #129 (Summer 1991): 152–54. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood: New & Selected Stories by Alistair MacLeod.
Cameo & Conflictby Barbara Pell. #118 (Autumn 1988): 169–71. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories by Alistair MacLeod.
Story and Tellerby Laurie Ricou. #76 (Spring 1978): 116–18. HTML available. Review of: The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod.
Reviews of Scholarship on Alistair MacLeod and His Work
Editing Talentby Dee Horne. #205 (Summer 2010): 160. HTML available. Review of: Douglas Gibson Unedited: On Editing Robertson Davies, Alice Munro, W.O. Mitchell, Mavis Gallant, Jack Hodgins, Alistair MacLeod, etc. by Christine Evain.
Atlantic Mythsby Lawrence Mathews. #180 (Spring 2004): 119–20. HTML available. Review of: Alistair MacLeod: Essays on His Work by Irene Guilford.