Appel de textes pour le numéro spécial « Chercheur.e.s émergent.e.s, nouvelle édition »

December 10, 2019

Le monde et la discipline de la littérature canadienne ont changé au cours des cinq années qui se sont écoulées depuis l’appel de textes du numéro inaugural destiné aux chercheur.e.s émergent.e.s. Une situation d’urgence climatique a été déclarée. Nous avons assisté à une montée des formes d’exclusion et des dangers liés aux nationalismes, et cela à l’échelle globale. Des guerres et des crises humanitaires ont éclaté. Les manifestations de grande ampleur sont devenues la norme des revendications dans l’espace public. La prolifération des violences sexuelles et des formes d’intimidation a été mise en lumière. Les réseaux sociaux ont à la fois contribué à la création de communautés et sont devenus une plateforme privilégiée sur laquelle exprimer des opinions divergentes. Il semblerait que le monde soit constamment en état d’urgence. Ce temps d’urgence nous engage ainsi dans un désir d’écouter des voix émergentes. Les soumissions reçues pour les deux éditions précédentes dédiées aux « Chercheur.e.s émergent.e.s » ont démontré avec dynamisme quel était l’état de la discipline il y a cinq ans. De quelles manières est-ce que les chercheur.e.s qui définissent et définiront la discipline s’engagent-ils/elles, à l’heure actuelle, avec cette dernière ?

Comment est-ce que les chercheur.e.s émergent.e.s engagent-ils/elles actuellement un discours critique au sujet des œuvres romanesques, du théâtre, de la poésie, des œuvres intermédiales, des textes autobiographiques, des essais littéraires ou des adaptations ? Que ce soit par le biais des humanités environnementales, énergétiques, publiques ou médicales, ou encore à travers les théories critiques de la race, les études décoloniales, les études sur la migration et les réfugié.e.s ou les études du genre, voire depuis des approches critiques différentes, de quelle façon est-ce que les jeunes chercheur.e.s contribuent-ils/elles aux recherches les plus actuelles ? Pour quelles raisons étudier aujourd’hui l’histoire de la littérature ou la réception et les contextes historiques de la production culturelle ?

Une fois de plus, nous nous tournons vers des personnes qui sont (relativement) nouvelles dans la discipline afin de faire une place à de nouveaux travaux de recherche en littérature canadienne. Ce numéro contribuera de cette manière à mettre en lumière les travaux des chercheur.e.s émergent.e.s et à offrir une vitrine aux nouvelles avenues de recherche. Nous invitons les étudiant.e.s aux cycles supérieurs, les chercheur.e.s postdoctoraux et celles et ceux qui se considèrent comme chercheur.e.s émergent.e.s (sans limite d’années d’expérience pour cette catégorie) à soumettre des propositions en français ou en anglais sur tous les sujets.

Nous sommes, dès MAINTENANT, à la recherche de soumissions pour ce numéro, alors n’hésitez pas à partager le mot !

Photo par Alex Radelich sur Unsplash

Tous les textes soumis à Canadian Literature doivent être inédits et donc ne pas avoir fait l’objet d’une publication antérieure. Les textes doivent se conformer au protocole éditorial du MLA (MLA Handbook, 8th éd.). Les articles devront comprendre entre 6500-7000 mots incluant les notes de fin et la bibliographie.

Les articles devront être téléchargés sur le portail OJS au plus tard le 31 janvier 2020. Le protocole de soumission est disponible ici : canlit.ca/submissions.

Enfin, toutes les questions à propos de ce numéro spécial peuvent être envoyées directement à canlit.editor@ubc.ca ou à can.lit@ubc.ca.


Un poste de professeur.e en littérature canadienne à UBC : une nouvelle aventure pour Canadian Literature

November 21, 2019

En 2019, la revue Canadian Literature a célébré son 60e anniversaire… et le Département de langue et de littératures anglaises (Department of English Language and Literatures) a récemment annoncé un nouveau poste de professeur.e agrégé.e/titulaire en littérature canadienne. Mais quel lien entre les deux?

Depuis son inauguration, Canadian Literature a toujours eu pour domicile administratif la Faculté des Arts et, à sa barre, un ou une rédacteur.trice en chef dont le département d’affiliation principal était celui d’études anglaises. Comme le mandat de notre redoutable rédactrice en chef actuelle, Laura Moss, arrive à sa fin, ce n’est pas une mince affaire de trouver la personne qui prendra la relève! De plus, au cours des prochaines années, la revue devra adopter quelques changements pour mieux refléter notre société contemporaine, où le libre accès à l’information est de plus en plus de mise. Ainsi, entre autres, Canadian Literature devra adopter un format en libre accès afin de se conformer aux règlements de financement du CRSH au cours des 3 prochaines années. Outre les tâches éditoriales habituelles — et n’oublions pas tout le travail qui se passe dans les coulisses — le nouveau ou la nouvelle rédacteur.trice en chef devra diriger la revue tout au long de cette transition, et collaborer avec le reste de l’équipe éditoriale afin d’explorer les nouvelles opportunités de diffusion qui s’offrent à nous. Pour reprendre les mots de Bilbo Baggins, « nous partons à l’aventure! »

Restez donc à l’affût, en visitant notre site web, des développements à venir… et, en attendant, pourquoi ne pas contribuer à notre prochain numéro spécial « Emerging Scholars, Redux » ? Les choses ne changent bien évidemment pas seulement à Canadian Literature… nous assistons actuellement à de grands bouleversements, à l’échelle mondiale, qui affectent notre société, nos idéologies, nos vies. Comment les concilier avec les littératures et les arts? Comment nos recherches contribuent-elles à envisager, à créer un meilleur futur, une société plus juste?

—Sarah Henzi, rédactrice adjointe


Stephen Collis wins 2019 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize

November 14, 2019

Congratulations to our former poetry editor Stephen Collis for winning this year’s Latner Writer’s Trust Poetry Prize!

The Prize considers all Canadian poets and awards a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.

The Writers’ Trust recognizes Stephen’s works Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016), The Commons (Talonbooks 2014), To the Barricades (Talonbooks 2012), and On the Material (Talonbooks 2010).

Jurors Hoa Nguyen and Margo Wheaton writes:

Through six collections of poems, Stephen Collis has achieved something remarkable: an invigorating body of work that convincingly addresses both the urgency of the present moment and the long echoes of our historical and lyrical past.

In disrupted language simultaneously unsettled and musical, Collis passionately investigates subjects as diverse as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, John Clare and the English countryside, the increasing disappearance of public space, and, in a hauntingly beautiful sequence, the death of his sister from cancer. The depth and scope of Collis’ vision is startling and impressive; so are the courage, precision, and care he brings to the poems he creates.

In Collis, we find a poet ferociously hitting his stride. We’re looking forward with eagerness to what comes next.

Likewise, Canadian Literature is excited to see what’s in store for Stephen and we wish him all the best.

 

Links to Stephen Collis’ works in Canadian Literature
New York Visitation: 29 July 2009
By Stephen Collis
Published in 21st-Century Poetics. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 210-211 (Autumn/Winter 2011): 133-134

The Kropotkin Poems
By Stephen Collis
Published in Radio, Film, and Fiction. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 225 (Summer 2015): 165-166
Almost Islands: Phyllis Webb and the Pursuit of the Unwritten
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in Productive Uncertainties by Dougal McNeill
Once in Blockadia
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in Energy Fabulations by William V. Lombardi
Published in Meanwhile, Home. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 232 (Spring 2017): 134-135
To the Barricades
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in The Revolution(ary) Left by Gregory Betts
Published in Science & Canadian Literature. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 221 (Summer 2014): 149-50
Dispatches from the Occupation: A History of Change
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in Occupying Change by Julie L. MacArthur
Published in Contested Migrations. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 219 (Winter 2013): 148-49
Decomp
By Jordan Scott and Stephen Collis
Reviewed in Pipelines, Decomposition and Poetic Activism by Laura Moss
Published in Of Borders and Bioregions. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 218 (Autumn 2013): 140-43
On the Material
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in Poetic Off-roading and the Roads More Travelled by Joel Deshaye
Published in Canadian Literature 212 (Spring 2012): 142-144
Mine
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in Mine Not Mine by Robert Stanton
Published in Writers Talking. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 183 (Winter 2004): 109-110
The Commons
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in The Utopia of a Remembered Spring by Emily Wall
Published in Disappearance and Mobility. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 201 (Summer 2009): 176-178
Phyllis Webb and the Common Good: Poetry/Anarchy/Abstraction
By Stephen Collis
Reviewed in The Poetics of Response and Response-ability by Amanda Lim
Published in Diasporic Women’s Writing. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 196 (Spring 2008): 140-141


Call for Papers for a Special Issue on “Emerging Scholars, Redux”

October 29, 2019

In the five years since the first call for our inaugural Emerging Scholars issue, both the world and the field of Canadian literature have changed. A climate emergency has been declared. There has been a global rise in dangerous and exclusionary forms of nationalism. There have been wars and humanitarian crises. Large-scale public protest has become the norm. There has been a spotlight on the pervasiveness of sexual violence, intimidation, and bullying. Social media has both helped create communities and become a place for sharp dissent. We seem to be living in a state of sustained urgency. Urgent times prompt us to want to hear from emergent voices. The submissions for the first two Emerging Scholars issues (226, 228/9) dynamically showed the state of the field five years ago. How are researchers who will shape the field and its future engaging with it today?

How do emerging scholars critically engage with works of fiction, drama, poetry, intermedia, memoire, creative nonfiction, or adaptation today. Whether through a lens of environmental, energy, public, or medical humanities, or by way of critical race, decolonial, migration, refugee, or gender studies, or any other approach, what are newer scholars contributing to contemporary scholarship? Why study the history of literature and the historical contexts of cultural production and reception today?

We again turn to people who are (relatively) new to the field to call attention to new work in the field of Canadian literature. This issue will highlight the work of Emerging Scholars and showcase the directions the field is taking. We welcome submissions on any topic in English or French from senior graduate students, postdocs, and those who might consider themselves to be Emerging Scholars (we place no time limit on this category).

We are actively seeking submissions for this issue NOW, so please help spread the word!

Photo by Alex Radelich on Unsplash

All submissions to Canadian Literature must be original, unpublished work. Essays should follow current MLA bibliographic format (MLA Handbook, 8th ed.). Word length for articles is 6,500-7,000 words, which includes endnotes and works cited.

Submissions should be uploaded to OJS by the deadline of January 31, 2020. Our Submission Guidelines can be found at canlit.ca/submissions.

Questions about the special issue may be directed to canlit.editor@ubc.ca or can.lit@ubc.ca.


New Issue: Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings #238

October 4, 2019

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Canadian Literature, Issue 238, Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings. In her editorial, guest editor Eva Darias-Beautell reminds us of the original questions posed in the initial Call for Papers for this special issue: “How are Canadian texts read and circulated beyond the national borders? What is the place of Canadian literature in the institutional spaces of universities outside Canada? Are there defining differences in the ways non-Canadian scholars approach CanLit? And how does transnational scholarship influence, challenge, enrich and rescale Canadian literary production?” She further elucidates the concept of “Rescaling CanLit”:

Rescaling in this sense means recontextualizing, establishing the value of Canadian writing on a different scale, shifting the site of reading to look at texts from new critical lenses. While it is now commonly accepted that Canadian literature has become a global literature, implying that any understanding of textual localities is traversed by vectors that exceed, complicate, and extend the nation in literal and metaphorical ways, the gaze is seldom reversed and little attention has been paid to the role of international scholarship in the current transformation of the field.

—Eva Darias-Beautell, “Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings”

This issue also features:

  • Articles by Simona Bertacco, Anna Branach-Kallas, Ana María Fraile-Marcos, Hsiu-chuan Lee, and Kristiana Karathanassis and Andrea King
  • Poetry by John Donlan, Chris Johnson, Sherry Johnson, Jake Kennedy, Shane Neilson, and Catherine Owen
  • Reviews by Zachary Abram, Joel Baetz, Emily Ballantyne, Alex Bellemare, Gregory Betts, Nicole Birch-Bayley, Myra Bloom, Natalie Boldt, Liza Bolen, Marie-Eve Bradette, Nicholas Bradley, Sunny Chan, Tim Conley, Paul Denham, Joel Deshaye, Jamie Dopp, Scott Duchesne, Margery Fee, Ryan Fitzpatrick, James Gifford, Patricia Godbout, Dominique Hétu, Nancy Holmes, Evangeline Holtz Schramek,Weldon Hunter, Renée Jackson-Harper, Suzanne James, Jenny Kerber, Daniel Laforest, Rebekah Ludolph, Jessi MacEachern, Kenneth Meadwell, Dana Medoro, Jean-Sébastien Ménard, Geordie Miller, Nathaniel G. Moore, Saghar Najafi, Catherine Owen, Olivia Pelegrino, Carl Peters, Richard Pickard, Catherine Rainwater, Madeleine Reddon, Michael Roberson, Laurel Ryan, Dani Spinosa, Neil Surkan, Dale Tracy, Véronique Trottier, Hilary Turner, Nathalie Warren, Carl Watts, Jeffrey Aaron Weingarten, Bart H. Welling, R. J. (Ron) Welwood, Kinga Zawada, and Suzanna Zelazo
  • Opinions and Notes by Tereza Virginia de Almeida

The new issue can be ordered through our online store. Happy reading!


Statistically Speaking… Tracking CanLit Guides Traffic

September 9, 2019

Since we launched the 2018 Collection of our open-access educational resource CanLit Guides last May, we’ve seen a significant increase in engagement and readership in Canada and around the world.

[F]or an entirely online resource such as this, the most accessible and powerful tool at our disposal for gauging engagement is web analytics (Google), which offers a range of data sets that enable us to better understand how the site is being used, from where, on what platforms, in which languages, for how long, on what pages, and so on. It also helps us to see how trends develop over time as the content of the CanLit Guides evolves and as the interests amongst its users shift. In late April, we conducted an audit of some of our high-level web statistics for the ~11-month period since the May 2018 launch of the 2018 Collection. We then placed this data alongside the comparable prior-year period to see what we could learn. What story do the numbers tell?

Read here for Brendan McCormack’s summary illuminating noteworthy traffic changes of CanLit Guides.


Dionne Brand Wins 2019 Trillium Book Award

July 3, 2019

A huge congratulations to Dionne Brand for winning Ontario’s Trillium Book Award! Her book The Blue Clerk (McClelland & Stewart) was named the best English-language title in the province.

 

Image result for dionne brand blue clerkIn The Blue Clerk, award-winning poet Dionne Brand stages a conversation and an argument between the poet and the Blue Clerk, who is the keeper of the poet’s pages. In their dialogues—which take shape as a series of haunting prose poems—the poet and the clerk invoke a host of writers, philosophers, and artists, from Jacob Lawrence, Lola Keipja, and Walter Benjamin to John Coltrane, Josephine Turalba, and Jorge Luis Borges.

—from Penguin Random House Canada

The Blue Clerk was also a finalist for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize and the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry. As well, it was on the longlist for The League of Canadian Poets’ 2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Brand’s poetry collection Land to Light On also won the Trillium Book Award in 1998.

We are proud to congratulate Brand on this honour, and we invite you to visit Canadian Literature’s articles on and book reviews of her work:

 

Articles

Book Reviews

See also CanLit Guides chapters on Dionne Brand’s works


2019 Scholarly and Research Communication Journal Innovation Award

June 7, 2019

Photo (from left to right): Emmanuel Hogg, President of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals / Donna Chin, Managing Editor / Rowly Lorimer, Editor of Scholarly and Research Communication

We have some great news to share! Canadian Literature has been awarded the 2019 Scholarly and Research Communication Journal Innovation Award for the CanLit Guides project, more specifically for the 2018 Collection of chapters. The award intends to recognize “new Canadian scholarly journal communication initiatives that are designed to increase the influence of a journal among readers and are noted by peers as significant. More generally, the award is intended to underline the creative and innovative contributions that scholarly journals make to effective and inspired scholarly communication.”

The CanLit Guides 2018 Collection was edited by Kathryn Grafton, Ceilidh Hart, Laura Moss, and Shannon Smyrl. Congratulations to the editors, the contributors, and the journal staff who worked together to make the innovations happen. The authors of the 2018 Collection include:

  • Sarah Banting
  • Shelley Boyd
  • Nathalie Cooke
  • Nadine Fladd
  • Brenna Clarke Gray
  • Ceilidh Hart
  • Tiffany Johnstone
  • Christine Kim
  • Lucia Lorenzi
  • Bronwyn Malloy
  • Sophie McCall
  • Brendan McCormack
  • Farah Moosa
  • Gillian Roberts
  • Shannon Smyrl
  • L. Camille van der Marel
  • Carl Watts

We were presented the award at the Canadian Association of Learned Journals AGM at Congress held at the University of British Columbia this past weekend. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the new chapters one year ago at Congress 2018. For more information about the award, kindly visit https://www.calj-acrs.ca/news/src-innovation-award.


Winner of Canadian Literature’s 60th Anniversary Graduate Student Essay Prize

June 4, 2019

Congratulations Christina Turner!

Canadian Literature is pleased to announce the winner of the 60th Anniversary Graduate Student Essay Prize, awarded as part of the journal’s anniversary celebrations taking place during Congress 2019 at UBC. The winner is Christina Turner for her article “Atlantic Cosmopolitanism in John Steffler’s The Afterlife of George Cartwright” published in the Emerging Scholars special issue of Canadian Literature (no. 226, Autumn 2015, pp. 55-72). The prize is awarded to the best essay by an author who was a graduate student at the time of publication among the most recent sixty articles appearing in Canadian Literature—a corpus that includes two special issues on the work of emerging scholars.

Our thanks to past editors W. H. New, Laurie Ricou, and Margery Fee who served as the selection committee for the prize. The committee praised Christina Turner’s article for the quality of writing and the quality of organization. They note that Turner establishes her thesis early and allows the argument to unfold clearly, drawing as necessary on Steffler’s text, on Cartwright’s journal, and on existing research. The committee in particular applauded the way she reads the novel both for the implications of its formal strategies and in the context of international economic history.

The prize was established on the occasion of the journal’s anniversary to simultaneously reflect on the journal’s history and celebrate the future of the field. We also want to signal Canadian Literature’s continuing commitment to recognizing the significant contribution graduate student scholarship is making to the discourse of the journal and the field of Canadian literature.

 

Congratulations also to the wonderful shortlisted authors:

Dallas Hunt
“Nikîkîwân: Contesting Settler-Colonial Archives through Indigenous Oral History”
Published in Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 230-231 (Autumn/Winter 2016): 25-42.

Rebekah Ludolph
“Humour, Intersubjectivity, and Indigenous Female Intellectual Tradition in Anahareo’s Devil in Deerskins
Published in Literary History. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 233 (Summer 2017): 109-126.

Shane Neilson
Claire’s Head and Pain: Beyond the Sign of the Weapon”
Published in Emerging Scholars 2. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 228-229 (Spring/Summer 2016): 73-90.

Kate Siklosi
“‘the absolute / of water’”: The Submarine Poetic of M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!
Published in Emerging Scholars 2. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 228-229 (Spring/Summer 2016): 111-130.

 


Call for Papers Deadline Extension: “Decolonial (Re)visions of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror”

May 23, 2019

Deadline extended to July 1, 2019 from May 15, 2019.

Special Issue: Decolonial (Re)visions of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Whether in outer space, an alternate universe, a haunted house, or a mythic time, the worlds built in genre fiction re-present and transform the colonial conditions of our shared and still incommensurable world. We seek contributions on Black Canadian and Indigenous work in the genres of SF, fantasy and horror. How, for example, do Black and Indigenous writers respond to the different positions colonialism historically imposed on those who were subjected to alien abduction versus alien invasion? How might genre fiction address relations with other racialized immigrant peoples? Possible themes: diaspora, critical utopias, futurity, haunting, Enlightenment critique, racial science.

Special issue editors: Lou Cornum, Suzette Mayr, and Maureen Moynagh

Submissions should be uploaded to Canadian Literature‘s online submissions system OJS by the deadline of May 15, 2019. Questions about the special issue may be directed to can.lit(at)ubc.ca.

For more details about the special issue, visit our Calls for Papers page.