New Editorial Team Members

November 15, 2016

Canadian Literature is pleased to welcome four new members to our editorial team!

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(left to right, top to bottom) Ceilidh Hart, Shannon Smyrl, Nicholas Bradley, Sarah Henzi

Nicholas Bradley (University of Victoria) has joined us for a three-year term as Associate Editor of Reviews, bringing his expertise in poetry and environmental literatures to the shelves. Sarah Henzi (McGill University), a specialist in Indigenous literary studies, has come on board as Assistant Editor of Francophone Writing for the next year.

We also welcome two new Assistant Editors for the CanLit Guides project. Shannon Smyrl (Thompson Rivers University) and Ceilidh Hart (University of the Fraser Valley) will be working with CanLit Guides Associate Editor Kathryn Grafton (UBC) to bring sixteen new chapters to publication, on topics such as food as metaphor; comics and graphic texts; song lyrics; narratives of technology and identity; Indigenous and diasporic texts; and many more.

With the continued service of Poetry Editor Stephen Collis (SFU) and Glenn Deer (UBC) returning to help with reviews, we now have members of the editorial team from six different universities. We are immensely grateful to our new colleagues for joining us, and we look forward to working with them.

Co-editors of The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature Write Foreword to Newly-Released Japanese Translation

November 10, 2016

We would like to congratulate former editor of Canadian Literature, Professor Eva-Marie Kröller (UBC Department of English), as well as 9781107646193former editorial board member and contributor Coral Ann Howells (Professor Emerita, University of Reading; Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, University of London) on the release of a Japanese translation of their co-edited volume The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature.

The translation—entitled Kemburijji-ban Kanada Bungakshi—was published this past August as an 830-page volume, and took four years and 26 translators to complete, with Toshiko Tsutsumi, Takayasu Oya, and Ayako Sato as general editors.

The book connects Japanese audiences to a complete history of Canadian writing featuring works by Indigenous, francophone, and multicultural authors, including Japanese-Canadian writers. The foreword to the translation is jointly authored by Professor Kröller and Howells.


We are pleased to celebrate research in Canadian literature by and for Japanese scholars and students, and invite you to visit Canadian Literature’s archives for other works of Professor Eva-Marie Kröller:


Book Reviews

Editorials by Kröller

Articles by Kröller

For a complete list of Kröller’s works, please click here.


Editorial by Howells

Book Reviews by Howells

  • “Shadow Play” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Agency & Affect. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 223 (2014): 135-37.
  • “Imagination’s Life” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Letters & Other Connections. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 134 (1992): 158-159.
  • “In My Fashion” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Queerly Canadian. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 205 (2010): 189-190.
  • “Mythologizing History” by Coral Ann Howells Published in First Nations Writing. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 167 (2000): 149-151.
  • “Sketches, Fragments and Echoes” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Canadian Literature 154 (1997): 183-185.
  • “Writing Women” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Hispanic-Canadian Connections. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 142-143 (1994): 221-223.
  • “Dynamics of Memory” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Systems of Value, Structures of Belief. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 128 (1991): 182-183.
  • “Up in the Air” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Poets’ Words. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 115 (1987): 150-152.
  • “Acts of Survival” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Canadian Literature 206 (2010): 196-197.
  • “Context Is All” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Canadian Literature 206 (2010): 191-193.
  • “Writing Family History” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Context(e)s. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 195 (2007): 166-168.
  • “Surfaces and Secrets” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Canadian Literature 188 (2006): 158-159.
  • “Mythologizing History” by Coral Ann Howells and Judith Leggatt Published in Women & the Politics of Memory. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 186 (2005): 126-127.
  • “Bad News” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Writers Talking. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 183 (2004): 92-93.
  • “Regulated Anger” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Literature & War. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 179 (2003): 107-109.
  • “Double Vision” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Archives and History. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 178 (2003): 160-161.
  • “Canadian Panorama” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Archives and History. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 178 (2003): 161-162.
  • “Lest We Forget” by Coral Ann Howells. Published in Canadian Literature 173 (2002): 114-116.
  • “Wastelands” by Coral Ann Howells. Published in Female Subjects & Male Plots. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 137 (1993): 107-108.
  • “Imagining Native” by Coral Ann Howells. Published in Native Writers & Canadian Writing. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 124-125 (1990): 307-308.
  • “Women & Les Mots” by Coral Ann Howells. Published in Slavic and East-European Connections. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 120 (1989): 177-179.
  • “The Gaiety of Dread” by Coral Ann Howells Published in Poets & Politics. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 105 (1985): 165-166.
For a complete list of Howells’ works, please click here.

Online Store Updates

October 31, 2016

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From November 2nd to 4th, our online store will be temporarily out of service for updates. Please contact can.lit(at) to process any subscription or issue orders.

We look forward to bringing you improved usability, and thank you for your patience!

Govenor General’s Literary Award for Fiction: Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing

October 27, 2016

There is a saying in Dutch: Never do you forget the language in which your mother loved you. For me, that language is English. Like many new immigrants, my parents raised my siblings and I to speak and think in the language of the new home. My mother watched in quiet curiosity as I hoarded books from the library. Like my sister’s daughter, who is now 11, I read at the breakfast table, in the car, on the bus, even while walking. She must have been certain that I dreamed in English because it was the only language that I had, and the one in which she had loved me.

—Madeleine Thien, “But, I dream in Canadian

Penguin Random House Canada

Penguin Random House Canada

Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing has won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. The novel follows “the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century” (from Random House Canada).

Do Not Say We Have Nothing is also a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Man Booker Prize, and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. We are proud to congratulate Thien on this honour, and we invite you to visit Canadian Literature’s articles on and book reviews of her work:


Book Reviews

LiterASIAN 2016: A Festival of Asian Canadian Writing

September 16, 2016

Literasian 2016 - Promo PosterLiterASIAN is a literary festival celebrating Pacific Rim Asian Canadian writing, hosted by the Asian Canadian Writer’s Workshop Society. From September 21st to 25th, museums, libraries, and learning centres across the city will host workshops and panels led by critically acclaimed authors such as Paul Yee, SKY Lee, Joy Kogawa, and many more. Students can register for free using the literasian promotional code at

In recognition of this event, Canadian Literature is pleased to offer a promotion for our upcoming special issue, Asian Canadian Critique Beyond the Nation #227. Guest editors Christopher Lee (UBC) and Christine Kim (SFU) argue that the issue extends the journal’s “commitment to Asian Canadian studies” even as it “interrogates how national epistemes have become sedimented in the field itself, often in barely discernible ways. It is this self-reflexivity that we hope distinguishes Asian Canadian critique from the many cultural, activist, political, and institutional projects that have coalesced around this term.”

Asian Canadian Critique Beyond the Nation features articles on film, art, poetry, and fiction by Timothy Yu, Jenny Heijun Wills, Guy Beauregard, Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Donald Goellnicht, and Malissa Phung, as well as a discussion forum with Smaro Kamboureli, Robert Diaz, Y-Dang Troeung, Masumi Izumi, Lisa Yoneyama, and Iyko Day.

Visit and use the discount code literasian2016 for 25% off this special issue today! The discount is open to all interested readers and is not limited to event attendees.

New Issue: Emerging Scholars #226 (Fall 2015)

September 1, 2016

<cite>Emerging Scholars.</cite> Special issue of <cite>Canadian Literature</cite> #226Canadian Literature’s Issue 226 (Fall 2015), Emerging Scholars, is now available for order. Sheila Giffen and Brendan McCormack, our journal assistants, interrogate what it means to be an emerging scholar:

When we sat down and discussed the simple question “What is new?” we quickly realized how it opens to other, complex questions concerning novelty that we both find ourselves contending with as we imagine how to position our work as graduate students—Sheila in transnational literature and postcolonial theory, Brendan in Canadian and Indigenous literatures. What are the implications of claiming newness in scholarly work? What past or present conditions give rise to novelty? How might charting the new also involve a process of historicization and return? As scholars, how can we do the work of situating our current condition within a genealogy of thought that contextualizes critical moments and turns? Reflecting beyond the specific call for this issue led us to speculate more widely on the idea of newness itself as a concept we’ve broached in our thinking as emerging scholars—what is new?

—Sheila Giffen and Brendan McCormack, “What’s New?

Emerging Scholars also features articles by Ariel Kroon, Dominique Hetu, Christina Turner, Kristina Getz, and Christopher Doody; interviews with Orly Lael Netzer, Rebecca Fredrickson, Brandon Kerfoot, Katherine Meloche, Mini Aodla Freeman, Keavy Martin, Julie Rak, and Norma Dunning; new Canadian poetry by Stephanie May McKenzie, Norman F. Cornett, Cassidy McFadzean, Stephen Heighton, and Douglas Walbourne-Gough; and book reviews.

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

In Memoriam: Herb Wyile

July 5, 2016

It is with great sadness that we at Canadian Literature mark the passing of Herb Wyile, Editorial Board member since 2012. Herb published his first book review in the journal in 1991 and has contributed valuably ever since. He was a kind man with a lovely chuckle, a fierce intellect, incredible generosity, and a compassionate pen. He was always willing to help when asked and was as sharp and compassionate a reader of articles as he was of literary works. Canadian literary studies has lost a good friend. Herb was a professor of Canadian literature in the Department of English and Theatre at Acadia University with research on regionalism, historical fiction, Atlantic Canada, globalization, and neoliberalism. Herb’s influential publications included Speculative Fictions: Contemporary Canadian Novelists and the Writing of History (2002), Speaking in the Past Tense: Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction (2007), and Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature (2011). He was also committed to the Waterfront Views: Contemporary Writing of Atlantic Canada project. A consummate academic citizen, Herb served as the co-editor of Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne since 2014. Cynthia Sugars, his co-editor at SCL/ÉLC, remembers Herb as “an exemplary scholar, a wonderful editor and collaborator, a generous colleague and mentor, and a treasured friend.” Herb’s life and work touched many people, including those of us lucky enough to work with him at this journal. He will be deeply missed.

Beyond being a long-time friend of the journal and member of our Editorial Board, Herb was also a significant contributor to Canadian Literature, having published four articles and numerous book reviews over the past 25 years. See below for a list of works published by and about Herb Wyile in Canadian Literature.

Book Reviews by Herb Wyile
Book Reviews of Herb Wyile’s Works

CanLit Guides Workshop – May 25-26, 2016

June 23, 2016

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CanLit Guides 2016 Workshop Participants

From May 25 to 26, 2016, Canadian Literature hosted scholars from across the country for the first CanLit Guides Workshop at UBC’s Vancouver Campus. The workshop aimed to foster a sense of community amongst post-secondary educators specializing in Canadian literature, generate discussion on approaches to teaching CanLit, and produce new chapters for CanLit Guides (an open-access teaching resource produced by Canadian Literature).

The event marks a shift in how we produce CanLit Guides: 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. Prior to the workshop itself, participants drafted 16 new chapters on a wide range of topics (from Marie Clements’ Burning Vision to diasporic studies to comics and more). Then, participants gathered at UBC for a series of highly collaborative sessions to offer each other peer-review feedback on chapter drafts. Participants also discussed approaches to teaching and the future of CanLit Guides. The workshop was an opportunity for a community of academics to come together as teachers, share ideas about pedagogy, and translate research expertise into classroom learning.

Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our participants, the workshop was an energizing and productive event. Keep an eye out for new CanLit Guides chapters in the next year and, in the meantime, be sure to take a look at the newly redesigned website. Photos of the workshop can be found on Canadian Literature‘s Flickr page.

Canadian Literature would like to thank the following people and organizations for making the 2016 CanLit Guides Workshop such a success:

Workshop Participants

Sarah Banting, Shelley Boyd, Clint Burnham, Nathalie Cooke, Nadine Fladd, Brenna Gray, Ceilidh Hart, Tiffany Johnstone, Christine Kim, Lucia Lorenzi, Bronwyn Malloy, Sophie McCall, Brendan McCormack, Farah Moosa, Gillian Roberts, Shannon Smyrl, Katja Thieme, Camille Van der Marel, Carl Watts

Canadian Literature Team (Workshop Organizers)

Laura Moss, Kathryn Grafton, Donna Chin, Sheila Giffen, Josephine Lee, Christy Fong, Zoya Mirzaghitova

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Hampton Fund (UBC Office of the Vice-President)
  • UBC Faculty of Arts
  • SFU English Department
  • UBC English Department
  • UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers Work Learn Program
  • Green College
  • UBC Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology
  • SPARC (Support Programs to Advance Research Capacity)
  • Development and Alumni Engagement, Faculty of Arts, UBC
  • Museum of Anthropology
  • UBC Bookstore

CanLit Guides – New Website Launch

June 16, 2016

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In support of our ongoing commitment to improving and enhancing the CanLit Guides, we are excited to announce some major updates to the website.

Many of these changes derive from the first CanLit Guides Chapter Workshop (May 2016), where Canadian literature scholars converged for two days of chapter writing, peer editing, and discussion about the future of CLG. The participants provided many thoughtful and attentive remarks about the website, for which we are extremely grateful. Based on their feedback, we have added new web features and an updated look and feel, as well as incorporated responsive design for desktop, tablet, and mobile access.

One important change is that instructors no longer have to create accounts and login to create curated guides. Instead, any user can add chapters to a reading list, which will be sent to their email. The list can be added to syllabi or redistributed as many times as needed, to students, other instructors, and more. For more information, see the “How to Use” guides on the CLG homepage.

Other features include:

  • An updated homepage that emphasizes our range of chapter categories;
  • Print or save the pages as PDF for offline use;
  • A dynamic “All Chapters” page for quick and easy reading list selections;
  • Filter and view chapters by category or by theme;
  • And so much more!

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on the new website, especially if you notice any broken links or functionality. Don’t forget to update your bookmarks, and we hope you enjoy the improvements!

New Issue: Radio, Film, and Fiction #225 (Summer 2015)

May 17, 2016

cover225Canadian Literature’s Issue 225 (Summer 2015), Radio, Film, and Fiction, is now available for order. Laura Moss opens her inaugural issue as the sixth editor of Canadian Literature with her ambitions for the journal:

My vision is straightforward, albeit aspirational: publish important work on Canadian literature and culture; support the teaching of Canadian writing through the continued development of CanLit Guides; buoy multidisciplinarity; circulate criticism that counts; value literary history; pay attention to a diversity of voices and perspectives; read broadly and deeply; review equitably; imagine communities; think in planetary terms; honour the place we stand and the territories we are in; never be seared by the beauty of crocuses; take on ethical debates and issues of social justice; think intersectionally; continue to make connections across generations between scholars, readers, and writers; share knowledge; avoid siloes; fight fiercely for the humanities; care about the state of the profession; acknowledge precarity; nourish generosity; recognize originality; appreciate creativity; question generic expectations; welcome radical play; experiment with ideas; surprise people; enjoy intellectual arguments; slow down; remember that no language is neutral; harness the power of speech; stimulate conversation; speak with a loud voice; listen well; sustain interest; and be empowered by learning. In short, my goal is to ensure that the journal is vital to a wide readership.

—Laura Moss, “Canadian Literature 6.0”

Radio, Film, and Fiction also features articles by Anna Sajecki, Vikki Visvis, David Gaertner, Joel Deshaye, Marlene Goldman, Sarah Powell, and Kait Pinder, as well as new Canadian poetry and book reviews.

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