Appel à contributions francophones

November 29, 2018

Chères lectrices, chers lecteurs de la revue Canadian Literature,

Vous le savez déjà, la revue Canadian Literature est une revue trimestrielle avec comité de lecture qui publie des articles en anglais et en français sur les littératures canadiennes. Depuis presque 60 ans, la reconnaissance de Canadian Literature n’a cessé de croître et lui vaut aujourd’hui de figurer au premier rang des publications dans sa discipline. Son engagement à l’égard des lettres se traduit par la publication de comptes rendus d’ouvrages critiques et d’œuvres de création, de poèmes, d’essais, de textes d’archives et d’entrevues d’auteurs. Récemment, nous avons reçu beaucoup plus de soumissions en anglais qu’en français, et je me permets ce petit mot pour souligner notre enthousiasme à recevoir des contributions écrites en français. Nous recherchons aussi des personnes intéressées à écrire des comptes rendus, car nous avons une belle bibliothèque de livres qui n’attendent que d’être recensés — ceux-ci incluent des romans, de la poésie, du théâtre, mais aussi des essais politiques, historiques, et même des livres pour enfants! Bien sûr, si vous avez en tête des titres que vous aimeriez suggérer, en littérature canadienne, québécoise, autochtone, acadienne, etc., nous accueillons avec grand plaisir de telles suggestions. Enfin, les fêtes approchent, quel plus beau cadeau qu’un abonnement à Canadian Literature? Ceux et celles qui aiment la littérature en seront ravis.

De la part de nous tous, ici, à Canadian Literature, nous vous souhaitons de joyeuses fêtes et au plaisir de vous lire en 2019, l’année de notre 60è anniversaire!

—Sarah Henzi, rédactrice en chef adjoint

Call for Papers: Decolonial (Re)visions of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

November 21, 2018

Special Issue: Decolonial (Re)visions of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Whether in outer space, an alternate universe, a haunted house, or a mythic time, the worlds built in genre fiction re-present and transform the colonial conditions of our shared and still incommensurable world. We seek contributions on Black Canadian and Indigenous work in the genres of SF, fantasy and horror. How, for example, do Black and Indigenous writers respond to the different positions colonialism historically imposed on those who were subjected to alien abduction versus alien invasion? How might genre fiction address relations with other racialized immigrant peoples? Possible themes: diaspora, critical utopias, futurity, haunting, Enlightenment critique, racial science.

Special issue editors: Lou Cornum, Suzette Mayr, and Maureen Moynagh

Submissions should be uploaded to Canadian Literature‘s online submissions system OJS by the deadline of May 15, 2019. Questions about the special issue may be directed to can.lit(at)

For more details about the special issue, visit our Calls for Papers page.

New Issue: Concepts of Vancouver: Poetics, Art, Media #235 (Winter 2017)

October 25, 2018

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Canadian Literature, Issue 235 (Winter 2017), Concepts of Vancouver: Poetics, Art, Media, guest edited by Gregory Betts and Julia Polyck-O’Neil. They write:

Many of the authors in this collection pick up on this theme of contested space, uncertain and malleable borders, and generative tensions. . . . The consequences of this ongoing spirit of contest, this spirit of necessary caution, are manifold, entrenched by oscillating waves of lefist utopianism, centrist compromise, and rightist austerity. . . . We thus arrive at the lush plurality of a city with both ocean and mountains, tankers and pipelines, with links to Asia and Europe (yet insistently North American), colony and driver of the nation’s decolonial agenda. A city shaped by the expansion of neoliberal and imperial discourses met by generations of aesthetic communities increasingly attuned to the necessity (and seeming impossibility) of resistance.­­

—Gregory Betts and Julia Polyck-O’Neill, “Contesting Vancouver: Case Studies in a Cultural Imaginary

This issue also features:

  • Articles by Jamie Hilder, Mathieu J. P. Aubin, Felicity Tayler, Jason Wiens, Dani Spinosa, and Christopher Gutierrez.
  • Poetry by Chelene Knight, Dana Claxton, bill bissett, Ajmer Rode, Joseph Dandurand, and Jeff Derksen.
  • Reviews by Jennifer Baker, Sarah Banting, Gisèle M. Baxter, Britney Burrell, Laura Cameron, Warren Cariou, Sunny Chan, Eury Coling Chang, Karen Charkeson, Kit Dobson, Alicia Fahey, Margery Fee, Jon Flieger, Graham Nicol Forst, Sarah Galletly, Louis-Serge Gill, Patricia Godbout, Neta Gordon, Brenna Clarke Gray, Carla Harrison, Beverley Haun, Thomas Hodd, Evangeline Holtz, Crystal Hurdle, Suzanne James, David Johnstone, Anne L. Kaufman, Jan Lermitte, Andrea MacPherson, Dancy Mason, Shana Rosenblatt Mauer, Emily McGiffin, Kenneth Meadwell, Geordie Miller, Stephen Ney, Michelle Siobhan O’Brien, Catherine Owen, Malissa Phung, Conrad Scott, Emily Robins Sharpe, Dani Spinosa, Tracy Ware, Kailin Wright, and Robert Zacharias.

The new issue can be ordered through our online store. Happy reading!

New Issue: Eclectic Mix #234 (Autumn 2017)

August 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Canadian Literature, Issue 234 (Autumn 2017), Eclectic Mix! Nicholas Bradley writes in his editorial:

I ponder the notion that at the heart of teaching and learning, and of reading and writing, is a dance between forgetting and remembering. Literary scholarship is shaped in no small part by the limitations of scholars themselves. We aspire to expertise, and bear a professional obligation to know what is not generally known, yet there is always more to read, and our interpretative claims are governed by how little any one of us can remember, let alone truly comprehend. […] The articles in this issue of Canadian Literature are engaged in these
very processes of revisitation, reappraisal, and reckoning. For Kirsten Alm, the poetry of Robert Bringhurst and Tim Lilburn demands recognition of colonial injustices in North America, while for Ben Hickman, the poetry
 of Wayde Compton, Peter Culley, and Meredith Quartermain illustrates 
the complexity of establishing a sense of place in contemporary Vancouver. In order to understand familiar works differently, Robert David Stacey looks again at P. K. Page’s “After Rain,” Margaret Boyce at Martha Ostenso’s Wild Geese, and Donna Pennee at Sara Jeannette Duncan’s The Imperialist. And Carrie Dawson shows how certain stories are misused in service of a comforting national narrative. These studies attest to the surprises that lie in store for attentive readers.

—Nicholas Bradley, “Surprise, Surprise”

This issue also features:

  • Articles by Carrie Dawson, Donna Palmateer Pennee, Robert David Stacey, Ben Hickman, Margaret Boyce, and Kirsten Alm.
  • Poetry by Bola Opaleke, Changming Yuan, dee Hobsbawn-Smith, Rocco de Giacomo, David Eso, and Tom Wayman
  • Reviews by Tania Aguila-Way, Alyssa Arbuckle, Emily Ballantyne, Emily Bednarz, Gregory Betts, Magali Blanc, Myra Bloom, Natalie Boldt, Liza Bolen, Nicholas Bradley, David M. J. Carruthers, Paul Chafe, Lily Cho, Heidi Tiedemann Darroch, Laura K. Davis, Susie DeCoste, Jeff Fedoruk, Graham Nicol Forst, Stephanie Fung, Julian Gunn, Adam Hammond, Benjamin Hertwig, Shaina Humble, Crystal Hurdle, David Johnstone, Dorothy F. Lane, Stephanie L. Lu, Heather Macfarlane, Andrea MacPherson, Krzysztof Majer, Ryan Melsom, Tina Northrup, Neil Querengesser, Michael Roberson, Will Smith, Sylvie Vranckx, Jeffrey Aaron Weingarten, and Lorraine York.

The new issue can be ordered through our online store. Happy reading!


New Research Note: Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed and the Excised Passage

May 29, 2018

In “‘I write this for all of you’: Recovering the Unpublished RCMP ‘Incident’ in Maria Campbell’s Halfbreed (1973),” Deanna Reder and Alix Shield document their experiences as archival researchers uncovering a passage excised from the manuscript of Maria Campbell’s pathclearing autobiography Halfbreed by its publisher, McClelland & Stewart, prior to the book’s publication. Describing the manuscript’s publishing history and bringing to light the contents of this passage—removed against Campbell’s wishes—Reder and Shield analyze how its excision influences Halfbreed as a book, how its recovery reflects Campbell’s original intentions as a writer, and how the passage might inform both the historical legacy and contemporary relevance of Halfbreed. A version of this essay will appear in print in the Opinions and Notes section of the forthcoming special issue of Canadian Literature on “Diversity, Inclusivity, and Mentorship in Canadian Literary Culture: Histories and Futures.”  We post it here in preview of that issue.

May 2019 update: A version of this article has now been published in Canadian Literature Issue 237 (pp. 13-25).

Excised manuscript pages from “Halfbreed Woman.” Used by permission of Maria Campbell.

CanLit Guides at Congress: Launch Event and Roundtable

May 24, 2018

Congress 2018 at the University of Regina is fast approaching, and at that time we will be officially launching 16 new CanLit Guides chapters. In order to celebrate the launch and also to reflect on the project and how it relates to broader questions about research and pedagogy in CanLit, we will be hosting two events, both jointly sponsored by ACCUTE: a roundtable discussion on research and teaching Canadian literature, followed by an official launch event for the new CanLit Guides Chapters (details below).

These events will take place consecutively on Monday, May 28, in LC 215. ACCUTE’s program for Congress 2018 can be found here.


Roundtable: “Working at the Intersections of Research and Teaching”

10:30am-12:00pm, LC 215

This roundtable discussion amongst CanLit Guides authors and editors uses the CLG project as a case study to open questions around the relationship between research, teaching, and learning, and what constitutes changing notions of “legitimate” academic work. Questions for discussion include:

  • Where and how does teaching diverge from scholarship? Are they valued differently?
  • What challenges do we face in bringing research and teaching together? And what practical strategies can we share for bringing together these roles in new forms and practices?
  • How do we balance work in our fields of interest with obligations to and passions for teaching and learning?
  • How is academic work defined and valued in different disciplinary and institutional contexts?

The following CanLit Guides authors will be participating in this roundtable:

  • Brenna Clarke Gray (Douglas): “The Labour of Teaching CanLit”
  • Nathalie Cooke (McGill) and Shelley Boyd (Kwantlen): “When Pedagogy and Research Meet: Creating Intellectual Frameworks for the Study of Restaurant Literature”
  • Nadine Fladd (Waterloo): “The CanLit Guides workshop: making scholarship public and accessible for learners and researchers”
  • Lucia Lorenzi (McMaster): “Shifting the Access of Power: Bringing Marginalized Voices into Classrooms with Open Educational Resources”
  • Farah Moosa (VIU): “Transitions: Researching, Teaching, and Writing about Joy Kogawa’s Obasan”
  • Gillian Roberts (Nottingham): “Internationalizing and Interdisciplining Canadian Literary Studies”
  • Carl Watts (Royal Military College): “Double Apostrophes: CanLit Guides and the Voice of the Teacher-Scholar”

Launch Celebration: New CanLit Guides Chapters

12:00-1:30, LC 215 

We are excited to be launching 16 new chapters for CanLit Guides, an open-access teaching resource produced by Canadian Literature. We will be celebrating the culmination of collaborative work between our expert chapter authors and our team of editors that began at the CanLit Guides Workshop in 2016. The launch also marks a significant shift in how the CanLit Guides are produced: previously, chapters in the guides were written in-house by editors and graduate students; now, we have transitioned to a system where area specialists write chapters. Our 16 new chapters span a wide variety of topics of interest to scholars and teachers of Canadian literature, including:

  • The Periodical Press and Early Print Culture in Canada
  • Chinese Restaurant Literature
  • Intersections of Diasporic and Indigenous Literatures
  • Dionne Brand’s No Language Is Neutral
  • Marie Clements’ Burning Vision
  • Joy Kogawa’s Obasan
  • Official Multiculturalism and Funding Canadian Literature
  • Literary Censorship in Canada
  • and many more…

We hope you can join us to contribute your voices to the roundtable discussion and to help celebrate with our authors and editors the launch of these new chapters, which are now available on the CanLit Guides website (!


« Refaire surface » : Une conférence dévouée aux écrivaines canadiennes des années 1970 au Nouveau-Brunswick

April 12, 2018

Sheila Butler
Three Swimmers
Sketching and linocut on paper
Collection of the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University

Du 26 au 28 avril prochain, se déroulera, à l’Université Mount Allison à Sackville et à l’Université de Moncton, une conférence intitulée « Refaire surface : écrivaines canadiennes des années 1970 ». Tel qu’indiqué par le comité organisateur, « ce colloque découle de l’idée selon laquelle les auteures canadiennes – anglophones et francophones – de la fin des années 1960 jusqu’au début des années 1980 sont en voie d’être redécouvertes ou recontextualisées par la critique littéraire universitaire. Cette période a été fondamentale pour le mouvement féministe ainsi que pour le paysage littéraire à travers le Canada. » De fait, au programme, des communications qui se penchent sur les écrits de femmes canadiennes, québécoises, autochtones, migrantes, anglophones et francophones (entre autres) dévoilent la richesse intellectuelle émanant de ces décennies et, surtout, de l’intérêt de la part des chercheur.e.s contemporain.e.s de revisiter, récupérer, et réactualiser certaines de ces approches critiques. Outre les communications, la conférence accueillera, dans le cadre de tables rondes plénières, des invitées de renommée, dont Marie Carrière, Louise Forsyth, Kathy Garay, Carole Gerson, Sherrill Grace, Karen Gould, Mary Jean Green, Linda Hutcheon, Smaro Kamboureli, Jane Koustas, Lucie Lequin, Jane Moss, Arun Mukherjee, Joseph Pivato, Lori Saint-Martin, Patricia Smart, Conny Steenman Marcusse, Aritha Van Herk. En passant par le théâtre des femmes, la censure d’écrits polémiques, les rencontres du Grand Roman de 1978 ou de Writing Thru Race en 1990, aux presses comme Anansi ou Theytus, et aux droits politiques liées à la publication et à l’édition, le programme promet un large éventail de réflexions autour des institutions, des approches intersectionnelles et de la revitalisation d’œuvres parfois délaissées, et comment celles-ci influencent et informent les processus de recherche, d’écriture et de création de la génération d’aujourd’hui.

Pour tout complément d’information, voir :



New Issue: Literary History #233 (Summer 2017)

March 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Canadian Literature, Issue 233 (Summer 2017), Literary History! Laura Moss begins her editorial:

In November 2017, we ran a promotion for themed bundles of issues of Canadian Literature and called it a Black Friday sale. University of Saskatchewan professor Kevin Flynn responded to the promotion on our Facebook page saying, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, “Am I allowed to be slightly offended that *Canadian Literature* has adopted the VERY American ‘Black Friday’ tradition to peddle its wares? The optics on this one are not so good, methinks.” I have to admit that my cultural nationalism was not on high alert when I agreed to the promotion. I was, however, thinking of how we need to sell some issues. Plain and simple. I was trying to “peddle” our “wares” because without peddling them, we won’t be able to produce them. If you want to maintain a notion of the purity of academic inquiry without sullying it with financial details, then you might want to stop reading here. I can’t ever stop thinking about the budget, though. It is fundamentally tied to Canadian Literature’s ongoing feasibility and that important question pressing upon this and other journals, especially in the humanities: What is the future of academic publishing?

—Laura Moss, “Literary History: Business Arising

This issue also features:

  • Articles by Eli MacLaren, Heather Murray, Myra Bloom, Ana María Manzanas-Calvo, Emily Ballantyne, and Rebekah Ludolph.
  • Poetry by Adam Dickinson, Arleen Paré, Derrick Stacey Denholm, Alan Hill, Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
  • Reviews by Kirsten Alm, Alex Asslay, Emily Ballantyne, Nicholas Bradley, David M. J. Carruthers, Ryan J. Cox, Heidi Tiedemann Darroch, Andrea A. Davis, Stephen M. Dunning, David Eso, Nadine Fladd, James Gifford, Marinette Grimbeek, Rob Jackson, Sarah-Jean Krahn, Emily L. Kring, Rachel Lallouz, Josephine Lee, Lucia Lorenzi, Jodi Lundgren, Shana Rosenblatt Mauer, Patrick McCann, Emma Morgan-Thorp, Nina Northrup, Neil Surkan, Christina Turner, Carl Watts, and Lorraine York.
  • And interviews with Di Brandt and bill bissett.

The new issue can be ordered through our online store ( Happy reading!

New Issue: Meanwhile, Home #232 (Spring 2017)

December 14, 2017

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Canadian Literature, Issue 232 (Spring 2017), Meanwhile, Home! Laura Moss and Brendan McCormack begin their editorial:

As we write in Vancouver in the summer of 2017, British Columbia remains in a state of emergency as hundreds of forest fires continue to burn across the province. Wild fires in BC burnt an estimated 1,170,000 hectares of land between April 1 and August 23. . . . After one of the wettest winters on record in Vancouver with 240.2 mm of rainfall in November 2016, we’ve seen one of the driest summers, with only 1.8 mm of rain in July 2017—making this the province’s “worst wildfire season on record.”

[…] With both the destructive reality and the regenerative potential of wildfires in mind, this editorial was conceived early in the summer as we considered the implications of drawing an analogy between the recent “firestorms” of CanLit (as amorphously defined as that field has become in public discourse) and the wildfires. After a year in which the asymmetries of power and privilege operating within and upon the field have been newly illuminated by a number of high-profile flare-ups, we have seen many people drawing on fire metaphorically on social media, often with images of dumpster fires accompanied by #CanLit. Statements like David Gaertner’s succinct tweet in response to the distressing re-emergence of the Appropriation of Voice debates abounded: “If this is #CanLit, let it burn” (n. pag). It’s a provocative metaphor to think with, given the state of both our home province and our critical fields this summer, for its power to acknowledge the damage wrought within a combustible climate but also to spark ways of looking forward and affirming new futures. What does CanLit need to regenerate after critical destruction? What conversations might grow after the critical fuels have burned away the old and sometimes even decaying ideas? What might thrive in a newly cleared out ecosystem that promotes diversity and enhanced habitability for a range of critics, writers, and publishers? What kind of impact could shifting winds have on public discourse? What is the critical, literary equivalent of fireweed? Given the pervasively tinder-dry conditions in Canadian literary culture these days, what might catch fire next?

[…] Meanwhile, as some of CanLit simmers, or not, the articles in this issue engage complex notions of home—as a space of failed futurity, as a space of refuge, as a volatile space, as a space to run to, and as a space of witnessing. “Meanwhile” also signifies “so long as a period of intervening time lasts; for the interim” (OED). Thinking about CanLit as a kind of home for criticism, meanwhile, we ask what futures will emerge from the embers of the intervening present and the interim.

We are in the meanwhile, it seems, in CanLit criticism, where conditions remain tinder dry.

—Laura Moss and Brendan McCormack, “Meanwhile, Home: Tinder-Dry Conditions

This issue also features:

  • An Interview with author Lawrence Hill by Laura Moss, Brendan McCormack, and Lucia Lorenzi
  • Articles by Dale Tracy, Petra Fachinger, Heather Olaveson, Evangeline Holtz, and Kailin Wright
  • Poetry by Arleen Paré, Jeremy Stewart, Sam Weselowski, Chris Oke, Robert Hilles, and Bill Howell
  • Reviews by Kristen Alm, Emily Bednarz, Nicole Birch-Bayley, Natalie Boldt, Liza Bolen, Nicholas Bradley, Connie T. Braun, Bettina B. Cenerelli, MLA Chernoff, Michael Collins, Joel Deshaye, David Eso, Caela Fenton, Susan Fisher, Marc André Fortin, Andre Furlani, James Gifford, Beverley Haun, Benjamin Hertwig, Karl E. Jirgens, Martin Kuester, Daniel Laforest, Dorothy F. Lane, William V. Lombardi, Andrea MacPherson, Dancy Mason, Jody Mason, Emily McGiffin, Robert McGill, Emma Morgan-Thorp, Shane Neilson, Catherine Owen, Ruth Panofsky, Laurie Ricou, Hilary Turner, Emily Wall, Carl Watts, Jeffrey Aaron Weingarten, Ian Williams, and Christine “Xine” Yao
  • A special Opinions and Notes by Nicholas Bradley


The new issue can be ordered through our online store. Happy reading!



Call for Papers for a Special Issue on “Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings”

December 7, 2017

It is now commonly accepted that Canadian literature has become a global literature, implying that any understanding of textual localities is traversed by vectors that exceed, complicate, and extend the nation in physical, historical, and cultural ways. But the gaze is seldom reversed and little attention has been paid to the role of international scholarship in the current transformation and development of the field.

How are Canadian texts read and circulated beyond the national borders? What is the place of Canadian literature in the institutional spaces of universities outside Canada? How do those transnational contexts negotiate the relationship between texts and readers? Are there defining differences in the ways non-Canadian scholars approach CanLit? How does transnational scholarship influence, challenge, enrich, and rescale Canadian literary production?

This special issue invites scholars of Canadian literature from around the globe to engage critically with any aspect of Canadian literary production, dissemination, or reception. Essays should implicitly bring to view the two-way direction of reading and writing Canadian literature globally, demonstrating the porosity of transnational scholarship as well as advancing innovative perspectives that may contribute to the rescaling of the field.

All submissions to Canadian Literature must be original, unpublished work. Essays should follow current MLA bibliographic format (8th ed).
Articles should be between 6500 and 7000 words, including endnotes and works cited.

Submissions should be uploaded to Canadian Literature’s online submissions system (OJS) by the extended deadline of June 1, 2018. 

The guest editor of this issue will be Eva Darias-Beautell of University of La Laguna, Spain.