Bud Osborn, 1947-2014

May 5, 2014

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


derek beaulieu named Calgary Poet Laureate

April 30, 2014

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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 can read more about beaulieu and his work as Calgary Poet Laureate on his blog.


Alistair MacLeod, 1936–2014

April 22, 2014

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Canadian Literature 189: The Literature of Atlantic Canada

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:

 

Articles

Book Reviews of Alistair MacLeod’s Works

Reviews of Scholarship on Alistair MacLeod and His Work

  • Editing Talent by 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 Myths by Lawrence Mathews. #180 (Spring 2004): 119–20. HTML available. Review of: Alistair MacLeod: Essays on His Work by Irene Guilford.


April is National Poetry Month

April 2, 2014

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CanLit 210/211: 21st-Century Poetics

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Canadian Literature has been publishing Canadian poems in our journal throughout our history. You can read poems by browsing through back issues, and we have an archive of poems and interviews with poets on our CanLit Poets resource.

You’ll also find lots of poetry content on CanLit Guides, including our guide to Poetic Visuality and Experimentation.

Also make sure to browse through Reading and Writing Canada: A Classroom Guide to Nationalism to find lots of Canadian poems published in Canadian Literature.

The following is a list of poetry-related special issues we’ve published over the years:


Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps Shortlisted for BC Book Prize

March 12, 2014

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Today the BC Book Prizes announced their 2014 shortlist. Jordan Abel’s poetry collection The Place of Scraps, which we wrote about on CanLit Guides in the Indigenous Literatures in Canada resource, is among the finalists for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize.

In the chapter Visual Poetry and Indigenous-Settler Issues: Shane Rhodes and Jordan Abel, we compare The Place of Scraps to the visual poetry of Shane Rhodes to consider how the poets engage with assumptions about Indigenous-settler relations in the past and present.

Also check out our guide to Poetic Visuality and Experimentation for help reading visual poetry.


Fred Wah’s Poetry Connection

February 28, 2014

During his time as Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Fred Wah created a collection of resources for teachers and students of Canadian poetry. The collection features a series of videos on YouTube of poets reading their work, and accompanying PDFs that contain the poems, questions and prompts for classroom use.

Wah’s project serves as great accompaniment to the content on CanLit Guides—for example, our guide to Poetic Visuality and Experimentation. We encourage you to check out our guide and apply what you’ve learned to the poems in Wah’s Poetry Connection: Link Up with Canadian Poetry video series!


New CFP: Queer Frontiers in Canadian and Québécois Literature / Frontières queers dans la littérature québécoise et canadienne

February 26, 2014

The concept of frontier is most productive in thinking about queer experience. The spatial frontier separates the invisibility of private intimacy from the visibility of public life; the freedom and security of queer districts (for instance, the Village in Montreal, Church Street in Toronto, and Davie Street in Vancouver) from the heteronormative erasure of queer life in towns and cities throughout Canada. The border is also temporal and generational, separating childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age of those who live their queer experiences in extremely different ways. It marks queer legal status before and after same-sex marriage; queer history before and after the appearance of HIV, AIDS and tritherapies; and larger social histories before and after the sexual liberation struggles of the sixties and seventies. […more details…]

La notion de « frontière » est des plus productives afin de penser l’expérience queer. La frontière spatiale sépare l’invisibilité de l’intimité et la visibilité socio-culturelle ; la liberté et la sécurité des quartiers queers (par exemple le Village à Montréal, Church Street à Toronto et Davie Village à Vancouver) et l’oppression, le danger et l’effacement de la vie queer dans de nombreux villages et villes à travers le Canada. La frontière est aussi temporelle. Elle sépare l’enfance, l’adolescence, l’âge adulte et la vieillesse des personnes qui vivent leur expérience queer de manières fort différentes. Elle marque aussi l’histoire queer avant le droit au mariage de personnes de même sexe, et après ; avant la trithérapie contre le VIH, et après ; avant l’apparition du sida, et après ; avant les luttes de libération sexuelle des années 60 et 70, et après. […plus de détails…]


New Issue: Of Borders and Bioregions #218 (Autumn 2013)

February 20, 2014

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CanLit 218: Of Borders and Bioregions

Canadian Literature’s Issue 218 (Winter 2013), Of Borders and Bioregions, 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?
—Laura Moss, “”Sustaining the Humanities””

Issue 218 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!


Mavis Gallant, 1922–2014

February 19, 2014

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CanLit 93

Celebrated Canadian writer Mavis Gallant passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Gallant, who spent most of her career in Paris, France, was best known for short stories but also wrote novels, plays, and essays. In 1981, Gallant won the Governor General’s Award in fiction for her collection Home Truths: Selected Canadian Stories and was named to the Order of Canada.

Despite living most of her life outside of Canada, Gallant’s work received much critical attention in the pages of Canadian Literature. Here is a list of all articles, reviews of Gallant’s works, and reviews of scholarship on Gallant’s writing published in Canadian Literature:

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Book Reviews of Mavis Gallant’s Works

Reviews of Scholarship on Mavis Gallant’s Work


First Nations Public Library Week: February 10–15, 2014

February 13, 2014

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CanLit 215: Indigenous Focus

This week is First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario. The theme this year is “Celebrating Mother Earth.”

Our open-access classroom resource, CanLit Guides, has a guide to Indigenous Literatures in Canada—it’s a great resource for instructors, students, and anyone who wants to learn more about the complicated relationship between colonialism, culture, and language.

The guide features chapters on Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters, Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water, Eden Robinson’s Monkey Beach, and much more.