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Current Issue: #222 Recursive Time (Autumn 2014)

Canadian Literature's Issue 222 (Autumn 2014), Recursive Time, is now available. The issue features articles by Hannah McGregor, Aleksandra Bida, Anne Quéma, Nicholas Milne, Jeffrey Aaron Weingarten, and Eric Schmaltz, as well as new Canadian poetry and book reviews.

New book reviews are posted here as soon as they become available. Please note that there may be editing changes between their appearance in this section and their appearance in the print journal.

Precarious Terrain

by Sam Knowles

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. red girl rat boy: stories by Cynthia Flood
  2. Running the Whale's Back: Stories of Faith and Doubt from Atlantic Canada by Mark Harris and Andrew Atkinson

Memory and Monuments

by Cameron N. Paul

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Monument Cycles by Mariner Janes
  2. The Place of Scraps by Jordan Abel

Au pays de la camelote

by Nathalie Warren

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Chinetoque by Marie-Claire Arbour
  2. Utop by Marie-Christine Arbour

Anticolonial Pedagogies

by Christina Turner

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Indian School Road by Chris Benjamin
  2. Indians Don't Cry by George Kenny and Patricia M. Ningewance
  3. Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 by Keith D. Smith

My G-G-G-G-Generation

by Tina Northrup

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. [Sharps] by Stevie Howell
  2. Canoodlers by andrea bennett

Imagining Histories

by Joel Martineau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Alll the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
  2. The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis

Feathering the Caw

by Crystal Hurdle

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. As If a Raven by Yvonne Blomer
  2. The White Crow by Christine Smart
  3. Thrum by Natalie Simpson

Obsession Examined

by Jan Lermitte

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Going Home Again by Dennis Bock
  2. The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Exultation des corps, des coeurs

by Sarah Henzi

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. L'amant du lac by Virginia Pésémapéo Bordeleau

Raconter autrement

by Benoît Melançon

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Numéro six by Hervé Bouchard

2011: A Retrospect

by Denyse Lynde

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Five @ Fifty by Brad Fraser
  2. Oil and Water by Robert Chafe
  3. Tom at the Farm by Michel Marc Bouchard

Beautiful Constraint

by Hannah McGregor

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Accusation by Catherine Bush
  2. Mãn by Kim Thúy and Sheila Fischman
  3. Sweetland by Michael Crummey

Unsettled Belongings

by Lorraine York

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship by Adrienne Clarkson
  2. Dreaming of Elsewhere: Observations on Home by Esi Edugyan

Shadow Play

by Coral Ann Howells

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Canadian Gothic: Literature, History, and the Spectre of Self-Invention by Cynthia Sugars
  2. The Permanent Nature of Everything: A Memoir by Judith Cowan
  3. Theory Aside by Jason Potts and Daniel Stout

Narrative Resistance and Lyric Personae in School, Pluck, and The Vestiges

by Natalie Thompson

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Pluck by Laisha Rosnau
  2. School by Jen Currin
  3. The Vestiges by Jeff Derksen

Times Squared

by Tina Trigg

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. 10:04 by Ben Lerner
  2. Little White Lies by Katie Dale

Derksen's Affections

by Dan Adleman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. After Euphoria by Jeff Derksen and Kathy Slade

Fame, US, & Last Words?

by Owen Percy

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Peacock Blue: The Collected Poems by John F. Hulcoop and Phyllis Webb
  2. The Metaphor of Celebrity: Canadian Poetry and the Public, 1955-1980 by Joel Deshaye

Ending Ad Infinitum: Looking For An End After the End After the End

by Niall McArdle

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel by Teresa Heffernan
  2. The Future and Why We Should Avoid It: Killer Robots, the Apocalypse, and Other Topics of Mild Concern by Scott Feschuk


by Alana Fletcher

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Outerspeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation by Daniel Fischlin
  2. Translation Effects: The Shaping of Modern Canadian Culture by Sherry Simon, Kathy Mezei, and Luise von Flotow

Collective Grievances

by Eric Schmaltz

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Downverse by Nikki Reimer
  2. Fortified Castles by Ryan Fitzpatrick

Friends Talking Poetry

by Owen Percy

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. In the Writers' Words: Conversations with Eight Poets by Laurence Hutchman
  2. We Go Far Back in Time: The Letters of Earle Birney and Al Purdy, 1947-1987 by Laurence Hutchman
  3. Why Poetry Sucks by Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jonathan Ball

'Disfluent' Reading

by Linda M. Morra

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Flowers We Will Never Know the Names Of by Cathy Ford
  2. Janey's Arcadia by Rachel Zolf
  3. Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 by Trish Salah

Couper la tête pour un navet?

by François-Emmanuel Boucher

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Révolutions by Dominique Fortier and Nicolas Dickner

Conducting Unreliable Narrators

by Joel Martineau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Confabulist by Steven Galloway
  2. Us Conductors by Sean Michaels

Sublimations variables

by Karoline Georges

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Variations endogènes by Karoline Georges

Quand la fiction rèvéle l'histoire et ses fabrications

by Francis Langevin

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Fabrications: Essai sur la fiction et l'histoire by Louis Hamelin

Canadian War Stories

by Alicia Fahey

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Letters Home: Maritimers and the Great War, 1914-1918 by Ross Hebb
  2. Remembrance: A Story by Alistair Macleod
  3. What We Talk about When We Talk about the War by Noah Richler

Je est les autres

by Anne-Claire Marpeau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Bad Girl by Nancy Huston

War: Secrets and Loss

by Jan Lermitte

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Tell by Frances Itani
  2. The War Poems : Screaming at Heaven by Keith Inman

At the Same Table

by June Scudeler

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Elder Brother and the Law of the People: Contemporary Kinship and Cowessess First Nation by Robert Alexander Innes
  2. Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood by Sam McKegney

Citadins et immigrants

by Molleen Shilliday

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Littératures québécoise et acadienne contemporaines au prisme de la ville by Anne-Yvonne Julien
  2. Vers l'imaginaire migrant: la fiction narrative des écrivains immigrants francophones au Québec (1980-2000) by Tina Mouneimné

A TransCan Environment

by Tina Northrup

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies by Smaro Kamboureli and Christl Verduyn
  2. Teaching North American Environmental Literature by Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long, and Fred Waage

The Persistence of Place and Personality

by Dorothy F. Lane

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. And Home was Kariakoo: A Memoir of East Africa by M. G. Vass
  2. Corporate Character : Representing Imperial Power in British India, 1786-1901 by Eddy Kent

On Turtle's Back

by Heather Macfarlane

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King

Personal Political

by Scott Inniss

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Einstein's Cat by Zöe Landale
  2. Night-Eater by Patricia Young
  3. The Book of Changes by Madeline Sonik

L'enterrement de la sardine: Dernier volet de la sinueuse trilogie lisboète

by Liza Bolen

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. L'enterrement de la sardine by Patrice Lessard

Family Romance

by Janice Fiamengo

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Hearts and Minds: Canadian Romance at the Dawn of the Modern Era, 1900-1930 by Dan Azoulay
  2. The Daughter's Way: Canadian Women's Paternal Elegies by Tanis Macdonald

Kitchen of Wonder

by Erin MacWilliams

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
  2. Spic-and-Span!: Lillian Gilbreth's Wonder Kitchen by Monica Kulling and David Parkins

Writing the Body

by Susie DeCoste

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Bonsai Love by Diane Tucker
  2. Ellipses by Andrea MacPherson

Recent Poetic Investigations into the Contemporary Milieu

by Eric Schmaltz

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Cinema of the Present by Lisa Robertson
  2. kern by derek beaulieu
  3. Loitersack by Donato Mancini

La route ardue de l'Amérique

by Michel Nareau

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Une certaine Amérique à lire: La Beat Generation et la littérature québécoise by Jean-Sébastien Ménard

Un autre Québec, le même

by Benoît Melançon

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Dixie by William S. Messier

De la colère en poésie québécoise

by Valérie Mailhot

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Poétique de l'émergence et des commencements: Les premiers écrits de Miron, Lefrançois, Gauvreau, Giguère et Hébert by Catherine Morency

Uncommon Lives

by Neil Querengesser

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  2. Hysteric by David Homel, Nelly Arcan, and Jacob Homel
  3. The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O'Neill


by Maude Lapierre

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Outside, Inside by Michael Penny
  2. Some Dance by Ricardo Sternberg
  3. Wavelengths of Your Song by Eleonore Schönmaier

Drawing the Curtain

by Niall McArdle

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Post-Communist Stories: About Cities, Politics, Desires by Stan Persky
  2. World War I in Cartoons by Mark Bryant
  3. World War II in Cartoons by Mark Bryant

In the Speculative Mode

by Krzysztof Majer

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature by Tara Lee, Gisèle M. Baxter, and Brett Joseph Grubisic
  2. Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy by B. W. Powe

Lire les chaînons manquants

by Marie-Hélène Constant

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Les femmes de lettres canadienne-françaises au tournant du XXe siècle by Chantal Savoie

Plural Singularities

by Sneja Gunew

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. M. G. Vassanji: Essays on His Works by Asma Sayed

Carving Texts

by Mike Borkent

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. By the Book: Stories and Pictures by Diane Schoemperlen
  2. Red: A Haida Manga by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Littérature de contact

by Claudia Bouliane

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Villes et traductions: Calcutta, Trieste, Barcelone, et Montréal by Sherry Simon and Pierrot Lambert

À la première personne

by Jane Everett

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. De Marie de l'incarnation à Nelly Arcan: Se Dire, se faire par l'écriture intime by Patricia Smart

Unanswered Questions

by Graham Huggan

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context by Nicholas Bradley and Ella Soper


by W. H. New

Book(s) reviewed:

    Small Presses

    by George Woodcock

    Book(s) reviewed:


      by George Woodcock

      Book(s) reviewed:

        Juggling Ghosts

        by Margaret Steffler

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. The Hungry Ghosts by Shyam Selvadurai
        2. The Juggler's Children: A Journey into Family, Legend, and the Genes that Bind Us by Carolyn Abraham

        The Thin Gender Line

        by Lourdes Arciniega

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Blue Box by Carmen Aguirre
        2. The Book of Esther by Leanna Brodie

        Language Known/Unknown

        by Lucia Lorenzi

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Attack of the Copula Spiders by Douglas Glover
        2. Voluptuous Pleasure: The Truth About the Writing Life by Marianne Apostolides

        La digne mère

        by Ariane Gibeau

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. La mauvaise mère by Marguerite Anderson

        Defying Definition

        by Erin Ramlo

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. unruly angels by Diane Buchanan
        2. V6A: Writing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside by John Mikhail Asfour and Elee Kraljii Gardiner

        Wrighting the World

        by Michael Roberson

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Cosmographia: A Post-Lucretian Faux Micro-Epic by Michael Boughn
        2. Escape Velocity by Carmelita McGrath
        3. Internodes by Ken Belford

        Reading Magpie - Patrick Lane

        by Louise Bernice Halfe

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane by Russell Morton Brown and Donna Bennett

        Home and Garden

        by Dale Tracy

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Garden Plots: Canadian Women Writers and Their Literary Gardens by Shelley Boyd
        2. The Domestic Space Reader by Kathy Mezei and Chiara Briganti

        After the Apple: Women and Power

        by Anne Nothof

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Maggie and Pierre & The Duchess by Linda Griffiths
        2. Penny Plain by Ronnie Burkett
        3. The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs/Thinking of Yu by Carole Fréchette and John Murrell

        The Art of Losing

        by Sara Jamieson

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. A Dark Boat by Patrick Friesen
        2. A Grain of Rice by Evelyn Lau
        3. Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry by Lorri Neilsen Glenn
        4. Wells by Jenna Butler

        Back in That Skin Again

        by Joel Martineau

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. The Macken Charm by Jack Hodgins

        Au-delà de l'hommage

        by Dominique Perron

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Actes du colloque international "Gabrielle Roy" by André Fauchon

        Found in Translation

        by Katharine Conley

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Paris Québec by Stephen Scobie, Marie Vautier, and Claudine Bertrand

        Dispelling the Shadows

        by Susan Gingell

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Dipped in Shadow by Claire Harris
        2. Fables from the Women's Quarters by Claire Harris
        3. The Conception of Winter by Claire Harris

        A Precarious Balance

        by Robin McGrath

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Ash Steps by M. Travis Lane
        2. Gift Horse by Mark Callanan
        3. Perfection by Patrick Warner
        4. The Port Inventory by Donald McGrath


        by George Woodcock

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. A Trust Betrayed: The Keegsta Affair by David Berguson and Douglas Wertheimer


        by George Woodcock

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. A Trust Betrayed: The Keegsta Affair by David Berguson and Douglas Wertheimer


        by Laurie Ricou

        Book(s) reviewed:

          Journey to the Inner Self

          by Stefan Haag

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. An der Grenze: Reise nach Quyta Wissenschaftlicher by Helmut Markus

          Charting Indigenous Pasts and Futures

          by Keavy Martin

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. Lines Drawn upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands by Karl S. Hele
          2. Where the Pavement Ends: Canada's Aboriginal Recovery Movement and the Urgent Need for Reconciliation by Marie Wadden

          La polysémie de l'altérité

          by Jorge Calderón

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. Altérité et insularité: Relations croisées dans les cultures francophone by Alessandra Ferraro
          2. L'Autre en mémoire by Dominique Laporte


          by W. H. New

          Book(s) reviewed:
          1. Contemporaire La Poésie Québécoise by Jean Royer

          Reference: 160

          by W. H. New

          Book(s) reviewed:

            Varied Voices

            by Darlene Shatford

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Shall: Ghazals by Catherine Owen
            2. The Octopus and Other Poems by Jennica Harper
            3. The Refrigerator Memory by Shannon Bramer

            Une femme de son temps

            by Mélanie Collado

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Louise Dupré: Le Québec au féminin by Anne-Marie Jézéquel

            Women Writing Women

            by A. Mary Murphy

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. I Married the Klondike by Laura Beatrice Berton
            2. Literary Sisterhoods: Imagining Women Artists by Deborah Heller

            De l'espace et du temps

            by Emmanuel Bouchard

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. L'étincelle suffit à la constellation by René Laubiès, Frédèric Benrath, Julius Baltazar, and Guy Cloutier
            2. La Grande Sortie by Pierre Raphaël Pelletier
            3. Sur le parvis des nuages by Marcil Cossette

            Cool Water May Just Break Your Heart

            by Lindy Ledohowski

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Cool Water by Dianne Warren


            by George Woodcock

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Piling Blood by Al Purdy

            Plain Talk and New Idioms

            by Glenn Deer

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Defying New Idioms and Alternative Forms of Expression by Eckhard Breitinger
            2. The Emperor's New Clothes: Literature, Literacy and the Ideology of Style by Kathryn T. Flannery

            Four Québec Novel(la)s

            by Dean J. Irvine

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. Badass on a Softail by T. F. Rigelhof
            2. Impala by Daniel Sloate and Carole David
            3. Maude by Suzanne Jacob and Luise von Flowtow
            4. Stained Glass by Concetta Principe


            by George Woodcock

            Book(s) reviewed:
            1. A New Endeavor: Selected Political Essays, Letters, and Addresses by Michiel Horne

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