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Current Issue: #221 Science & Canadian Literature (Summer 2014)

Canadian Literature’s Issue 221 (Summer 2014) is now available. This special issue focuses on science and Canadian literature and features a wide range of articles and book reviews as well as a selection of new Canadian poetry.

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.

Poémes de l'Origine

by Stéphane Girard

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Tant de Vie s'égare by Andrée Lacelle

Lamenting Ignorance

by Neta Gordon

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Sanctioned Ignorance: The Politics of Knowledge Production and the Teaching of Literatures in Canada by Paul Martin

Buffy, Unmuffled

by Hilary Turner

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. The Heart Accepts it All: Selected Letters of John Glassco by Brian Busby

S/Tex(t)ual Transgression

by Ziyan Yang

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Transgressive Transcripts: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Chinese Canadian Women's Writing by Bennett Yu-Hsiang Fu

Body and Soul

by Shelley Scott

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Drama: Pilot Episode by Karen Hines
  2. It is Solved by Walking by Catherine Banks
  3. Leave of Absence by Lucia Frangione


by Jerry Wasserman

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Performing Autobiography: Contemporary Canadian Drama by Jenn Stephenson
  2. The Emblems of James Reaney by Thomas Gerry

Family Matters

by Tina Trigg

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
  2. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese

Wordplay, Play on Words

by Natasha Dagenais

Book(s) reviewed:
  1. Tracing the Lines: Reflections on Contemporary Poetics and Cultural Politics in Honour of Roy Miki by Maia Joseph, Larissa Lai, Christopher Lee, and Christine Lee
  2. Words, Words, Words: Essays and Memoirs by George Bowering


by W. H. New

Book(s) reviewed:

    Small Presses

    by George Woodcock

    Book(s) reviewed:


      by George Woodcock

      Book(s) reviewed:

        "Ophélie hypermoderne"

        by Marie-Andrée Bergeron

        Book(s) reviewed:
        1. Les désastrées by Mélikah Abdelmoumen

        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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