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…]
February 20, 2014
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!
February 19, 2014
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:
by Tamas Dobozy. #158 (Autumn 1998): 65–88. Article: PDF available.
Designed Anarchyin Mavis Gallant’s The Moslem Wife and Other Stories
The Secular Opiate: Marxisms as an Ersatz Religion in Three Canadian Textsby Christian Bök. #147 (Winter 1995): 11–22. Article: PDF available.
Structural Patterns of Alienation & Disjunction: Mavis Gallant’s Firmly-Structured Storiesby Danielle Schaub. #136 (Spring 1993): 45–57. Article: PDF available.
Artistry in Mavis Gallant’sby Lesley D. Clement. #129 (Summer 1991): 57–73. Article: PDF available.
Green Water, Green Sky: The Composition of Structure, Pattern, and Gyre
To Be (And Not To Be) Continued: Closure and Consolation in Gallant’sby Karen Smythe. #129 (Summer 1991): 74–86. Article: PDF available.
Linnet Muir Sequence
Exiles in Time: Gallant’sby David O’Rourke. #93 (Summer 1982): 98–107. Article: PDF available.
My Heart Is Broken
Book Reviews of Mavis Gallant’s Works
Selected Gallantby Ronald Hatch. #160 (Spring 1999): 159–61. HTML available. Review of: The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant.
Home & Abroadby Herb Wyile. #131 (Winter 1991): 235–37. Reviews section PDF available.
Review of: In Transit by Mavis Gallant.
Fire & Iceby Neil K. Besner. #116 (Spring 1988): 148–49. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Paris Notebooks: Essays & Reviews by Mavis Gallant.
From a Balloonby Peter Buitenhuis. #111 (Winter 1986): 154–56. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Overheard in a Balloon: Stories of Paris by Mavis Gallant.
Reading Playsby Neil K. Besner. #104 (Spring 1985): 128–30. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: What Is To Be Done? by Mavis Gallant.
The Art of Haunting Ghostsby W. H. New. #85 (Summer 1980): 153–55. HTML available. Review of: From the Fifteenth District by Mavis Gallant.
Reviews of Scholarship on Mavis Gallant’s 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.
Reclamation, Explorationby Laurie Kruk. #189 (Summer 2006): 149–50. HTML available. Review of: Transient Questions: New Essays on Mavis Gallant edited by Kristjana Gunnars.
The Craft of Fictionby Annette Kern-Stá?hler. #186 (Autumn 2005): 190–92. HTML available. Review of: Varieties of Exile: New Essays on Mavis Gallant edited by Nicole Côté and Peter Sabor.
Introducing Oeuvresby Robert Thacker. #167 (Winter 2000): 124–26. HTML available. Review of: Mavis Gallant by Danielle Schaub.
Mysteryby Ron Hatch. #129 (Summer 1991): 184–84. Reviews section PDF available. Review of: Reading Mavis Gallant by Janice Kulyk Keefer.
February 13, 2014
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.
February 5, 2014
Are you reading women authors in 2014?
Writer and artist Joanna Walsh’s Twitter hashtag #readwomen2014 has gone viral, encouraging readers worldwide to share their favourite women authors. Walsh’s campaign picks up on studies by organizations such as CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts) and VIDA that have found that far more books written by men are reviewed than ones written by women. The #readwomen2014 hashtag has sparked a lively online conversation about the role of gender in literary representation. CBC Books got into the fray with their list of
10 Canadian women you need to read, which includes writers such as Eden Robinson.
CanLit Guides has lots of content to help contextualize debates around gender and literature, starting with our
Gender, Sexuality, and Canadian Literature guide. The guide contains primers on academic theories about on topics such as feminism, sexuality, performativity, and their relationship to literature. For example, we have a chapter on Feminist History of Literature and Culture in Canada, which examines the waves metaphor of feminism and the history of feminist literary culture in Canada. Our page on CWILA helps contextualize the debate about gender and literary representation from a Canadian perspective.
We also have plenty of literary case studies on work written by Canadian women authors:
- What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
- Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson
- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald
- Ana Historic by Daphne Marlatt
- Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson
- Roughing It in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
As well, our
Poetic Visuality and Experimentation guide features poetry by Canadian women poets M. Travis Lane and Rita Wong.
Explore CanLit Guides for lots more content on Canadian women writers!
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 Canadian Literature.