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CanLit Guides and #readwomen2014

February 5, 2014

Are you reading women authors in 2014?

Writer and artist Joanna Walsh’s Twitter hashtag #readwomen2014 has gone viral, encouraging readers worldwide to share their favourite women authors. CanLit Guides has lots of content to help contextualize debates around gender and literature, starting with our Gender, Sexuality, and Canadian Literature guide. We also have plenty of literary case studies on work written by Canadian women authors:

As well, our Poetic Visuality and Experimentation guide features poetry by Canadian women poets M. Travis Lane and Rita Wong.

Explore CanLit Guides for lots more content on Canadian women writers!


Welcome back!

January 10, 2014

The January term is under way, and CanLit Guides has resources to help you navigate your lit courses this semester.

Close reading is an important skill skill for academic reading, and we have chapters that will guide you through the process:

And make sure to explore our site for even more great resources on Canadian fiction, drama, and poetry.

Happy reading, and have a great semester!


CanLit Guides will help you through exam and term paper season

December 4, 2013

Exam and term paper season is here! CanLit Guides is a great resource for university and college students struggling to come up with a great essay topic or need help studying.

Research: If you need help with research, our guides will help you understand the historical and cultural contexts around Canadian literature, and point you towards important scholarly sources from the archives of Canadian Literature.

Poetry: If poetry has you stumped, try our guide to experimental poetry, or our basic guide to Close Reading Poetry. In it you’ll find lots of tips on how to read poetry, including an example of a line-by-line poem analysis.

Novels and Plays: For tips on reading novels closely for interpretation, have a look at our guide to Close Reading Prose.

For essay topic ideas, or for help wrapping your mind around the book you read in your CanLit class, take a look at our case studies on major Canadian novels and plays, including Thomas King’s Green Grass, Running Water, Wayson Choy’s The Jade Peony, and more.

For even more resources to help get you through exam season, take a look through all of our chapters.

Happy studying!


New Guide: “Indigenous Literatures in Canada”

November 21, 2013

Our latest guide, Indigenous Literatures in Canada, includes case studies of The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway, Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson, and a discussion of the visual poetry of Shane Rhodes and Jordan Abel.


New Guide: “Poetic Visuality and Experimentation: A Brief Guide to English-Canadian Poetry”

April 15, 2013

“Look! It’s a poem; it’s visual art; it’s a computer program; it’s … experimental poetry!”

Poetic Visuality and Experimentation introduces some different types of experimental poetry and issues that they raise, as well as techniques for engaging with them critically, with a special emphasis on visual poetry.