Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review

Canadian Literature is an academic quarterly that publishes peer-reviewed scholarly articles in French or English related to the field of Canadian literature, broadly defined. The journal’s deep commitment to Canadian writing does not stop there. We also publish book reviews of critical and creative works, poems, short notes, writings of importance that have been rediscovered in the archives, interviews with writers, and articles by writers about their craft.

In the spirit of its founding editor, George Woodcock, the journal enacts a broad concept of intellectual hospitality: “Canadian Literature seeks to establish no clan, little or large. It will not adopt a narrowly academic approach, nor will it try to restrict its pages to any school of criticism or any class of writers.” We seek the work of new and established writers from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds, and we welcome creative approaches to language and ideas. Canadian Literature strives to make a profound contribution to the discipline and to the study of literature and the humanities today.

Since its founding in 1959, Canadian Literature has been widely acknowledged to be the leading journal in the field. Each year the journal publishes twenty-four peer-reviewed scholarly articles, several hundred book reviews, and selected poetry.  It has a global readership and a proven impact on the discipline. The journal is published by the University of British Columbia, housed in the Faculty of Arts, and supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Scholarly Publications grant.

As of 2021, Canadian Literature has transitioned to a 12-month embargo. All issues before 238 are available freely online.

ISSN: 0008-4360

Print design: George Vaitkunas
Illustrations: George Kuthan


Canadian Literature is indexed in Canadian Periodical Index, Canadian Magazine Index, The Humanities International Complete, and the MLA International Bibliography, among numerous others. The journal is indexed and abstracted by EBSCO, PROQUEST, and ABES. Full text of articles and reviews from 1997 is available from PROQUEST, Gale, and EBSCO. The journal is available in microfilm from University Microfilm International.

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