Calls for Papers

Canadian Literature and Sports

In recognition of Vancouver 2010, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics, Canadian Literature proposes to publish a special issue devoted to Canadian Literature and Sport. We welcome any submissions that embrace the two elements of this topic. An Olympic or winter sport connection is not essential. Some topics might include:

  • the narrative of particular team games as they structure novels, stories, plays, and poems
  • sports heroes and antiheroes, past and present in Canadian writing
  • gendered, ethnic, cultural, and racial aspects of sports as articulated in Canadian imaginative writing
  • the poetics and languages of curling, cricket, synchronized swimming, etc.
  • games and sports in First Nations cultures and writing
  • athletics in general, or a specific sport, as a source of metaphor
  • performance studies as they bear on sports
  • literary interpretation of women in sports

Papers on sports other than hockey are particularly encouraged. We must find one publishable essay on soccer (aka football) or the issue will be abandoned. We also welcome original submissions of creative non-fiction, poetry, or short short fiction on related themes.


Pour fêter Vancouver 2010, les Jeux olympiques d’hiver et les Jeux paraolympiques, Littérature canadienne va publier une livraison spéciale consacrée à « La littérature canadienne et le sport ». Toutes les soumissions traitant des deux aspects de ce thème sont les bienvenues. Un rapport aux Jeux olympiques ou aux sports d’hiver n’est cependant pas essentiel. Parmi les thèmes, on peut aborder les sujets suivants :

  • les récits appuyés sur des sport d’équipe et donnant lieu à des romans, des histoires, des pièces de théâtre et des poèmes
  • les héros et antihéros du passé et du présent dans la littérature canadienne
  • l’articulation dans la littérature canadienne des aspects du sport concernant le genre, les ethnies, les cultures et les races.
  • la poétique et les langages du curling, du cricket, de la natation synchronisée, etc.
  • les jeux et le sport dans la littérature aborigène du Canada
  • le sport comme métaphore
  • les mesures de performance et comment elles concernent le sport
  • l’interprétation littéraire des femmes dans le sport

Les textes sur les sports autres que le hockey sont spécialement bienvenus. Il nous faut trouver au moins un bon essai sur le soccer (le football) ou nous serons forcés d’abandonner le projet. Les soumissions originales de non-fiction créative, poésie, ou fiction courte sur ces thèmes sont aussi bienvenues.


TransCanada 2

Canadian Literature and the TransCanada Institute (U of Guelph) invite submissions for a special issue on shifts in the field of Canadian literature. CanLit may play a major role in Canada’s cultural economies, but it has become apparent that its study can no longer take place in isolation from the larger forces that shape the nation, global relations and the corporatization of higher education. The task of identifying the implications of these shifts and, above all, of devising constructive ways of responding to them involves a long-term and multilateral project that can only be a shared endeavour, undertaken in interdisciplinary and collaborative terms. Current transnational forces have destabilized the “national myth” established in the 1960s and 1970s. Such questions as “is Canada post-colonial?” intersect with formulations such as “multicultural citizenship,” “white civility” or “recovering Canada” in ways that require new mappings of a shifting field. We invite submissions that critically examine the disciplinary and institutional frameworks within which Canadian literature is produced, disseminated and taught from an interdisciplinary perspective.