The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature

ISBN : 9780199941865

Cynthia Sugars
992 Pages
171 x 248 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
Oxford Handbooks of Literature
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The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature provides a broad-ranging introduction to some of the key critical fields, genres, and periods in Canadian literary studies. The essays in this volume, written by prominent theorists in the field, reflect the plurality of critical perspectives, regional and historical specializations, and theoretical positions that constitute the field of Canadian literary criticism across a range of genres and historical periods. The volume provides a dynamic introduction to current areas of critical interest, including (1) attention to the links between the literary and the public sphere, encompassing such topics as neoliberalism, trauma and memory, citizenship, material culture, literary prizes, disability studies, literature and history, digital cultures, globalization studies, and environmentalism or ecocriticism; (2) interest in Indigenous literatures and settler-Indigenous relations; (3) attention to multiple diasporic and postcolonial contexts within Canada; (4) interest in the institutionalization of Canadian literature as a discipline; (5) a turn towards book history and literary history, with a renewed interest in early Canadian literature; (6) a growing interest in articulating the affective character of the "literary" - including an interest in affect theory, mourning, melancholy, haunting, memory, and autobiography. The book represents a diverse array of interests - from the revival of early Canadian writing, to the continued interest in Indigenous, regional, and diasporic traditions, to more recent discussions of globalization, market forces, and neoliberalism. It includes a distinct section dedicated to Indigenous literatures and traditions, as well as a section that reflects on the discipline of Canadian literature as a whole.




Cynthia Sugars (Ottawa)

Part I: Reflections on the Discipline

1. Constructing "Canadian Literature": A Retrospective

Frank Davey (Western)

2. National Literature, Canadian Criticism, and National Character

Adam Carter (Lethbridge)

3. Remembering Canada: The Politics of Cultural Memory

Richard Cavell (British Columbia)

4. Canadian Celebrity Authorship Moves On

Lorraine York (McMaster)

5. Towards a Planetary Poetics: Canadian Poetries after Globalization

Kit Dobson (Mount Royal) and Erin Wunker (Dalhousie)

6. Cultural Studies in Canada: Past, Present, and Future

Imre Szeman (Alberta) and Andrew Pendakis (Brock)

Part II: Indigenous Literatures and Contexts

7. Contemporary Metis Literature: Resistance, Roots, Innovation

Emma LaRocque (Manitoba)

8. From Profound Silences to Ethical Practices: Aboriginal Writing and Reconciliation

Jonathan Dewar (Aboriginal Healing Foundation/Algoma)

9. Indigenous Autobiography in Canada: Uncovering Intellectual Traditions

Deanna Reder (Simon Fraser)

10. "What Inuit Will Think": Taqralik Partridge and Keavy Martin Talk Inuit Literature

Taqralik Partridge and Keavy Martin (Alberta)

11. In/Hospitable "Aboriginalities" in Contemporary Indigenous Women's Writing

Julia Emberley (Western)

Part III: Literary Periods and Genres

12. Reading, Writing, and Speaking of Contact: Explorations from Both Sides

Jennifer Brown (Winnipeg) and Frieda Klippenstein (Parks Canada)

13. Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French-Canadian Literature

Andrea Cabajsky (Moncton)

14. English-Canadian Narratives of Settlement

Janice Fiamengo (Ottawa)

15. British Poets, Classical Myths, Canadian Locations

D.M.R. Bentley (Western)

16. Cosmopolitan Nationalism: Canadian Literature of the Confederation Period, 1867-1914

Tracy Ware (Queen's)

17. Modernist Poetry in Canada, 1920-1960

J.A. Weingarten (Concordia)

18. Mid-Century Modernity and Fiction by Women, 1920-1950

Carole Gerson (Simon Fraser)

19. Mainstream Magazines: Home and Mobility

Faye Hammill and Michelle Smith (Strathclyde)

20. Canadian Drama and the Nationalist Impulse

Craig Walker (Queen's)

21. The Stratford Festival and Canadian Cultural Nationalism

Ian Rae (Western)

22. The Not So Quiet, Nor Short, Revolution Tranquille

David Leahy (Independent Scholar)

23. The Canadian Short Story in English: Aesthetic Agency, Social Change, and the Shifting Canon

Alexander MacLeod (St. Mary's)

24. The English-Canadian Novel: Counter-Memory and the Claims of History, 1950-2000

Cynthia Sugars (Ottawa)

25. Fracture Mechanics: Canadian Poetry since 1960

Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier)

26. Humour and Irony in Quebec Women's Writing, 1970-2010: Taking the Pulse of a Resistance

Lucie Joubert (Ottawa)

27. The Digital Turn in Canadian and Quebecois Literature

Kate Eichhorn (New School)

Part IV: Intra-National Perspectives and Traditions

28. Diasporic Citizenship and De-Formations of Citizenship

Lily Cho (York)

29. Black Canadian Literature: Fieldwork and "Post-Race"

David Chariandy (Simon Fraser)

30. (East and Southeast) Asian Canadian Literature: The Strange and the Familiar

Eleanor Ty (Wilfrid Laurier)

31. South-Asian Canadian "Geographies of Voice": Flagging New Critical Mappings

Mariam Pirbhai (Wilfrid Laurier)

32. You Say You've OD'd on Leonard Cohen: Canadian Jewish Writers, Celebrity, and the Mainstream

Norman Ravvin (Concordia)

33. For Better or for Worse: Revisiting ecriture migrante in Quebec

Marie CarriPre (Alberta) and Catherine Khordoc (Carleton)

34. On the Poetics of Arab-Canadian Literature in French and English

Elizabeth F. Dahab (California State)

35. "People are made of places": Perspectives on Region in Atlantic-Canadian Literature

Tony Tremblay (St. Thomas)

36. "If I were a rugged beauty ...": Contemporary Newfoundland Fiction

Paul Chafe (Ryerson)

37. Retracing Prairie Literature

Alison Calder (Manitoba)

38. Canadian Literature on the Pacific Coast

Nicholas Bradley (Victoria)

Part V: Critical Fields and New Directions

39. Ecocriticism in Canada

Pamela Banting (Calgary)

40. Canadian Postcolonialisms

Diana Brydon (Manitoba) and Bruno Cornellier (Winnipeg)

41. Reading Historiography and Historical Fiction in Twentieth-Century Canada

Renee Hulan (Saint Mary's)

42. Canadian Book History

Eli MacLaren (McGill)

43. Canadian Auto/biography: Life Writing, Biography, and Memoir

Julie Rak (Alberta)

44. Canadian Children's Literature in English

Deirdre Baker (Toronto)

45. Canadian Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory in the "Second Wave"

Cecily Devereux (Alberta)

46. Gay and Lesbian Literature in Canada

Terry Goldie and Lee Frew (York)

47. Survival of the Fittest: CanLit and Disability

Sally Chivers (Trent)

48. Canadian Literature in the Neoliberal Era

Herb Wyile (Acadia)

About the author: 

Cynthia Sugars is Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

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