Welcome to the New CanLit Guides

New website launch

Reporting Broken Links on CanLit Guides

Canadian Literature has recently migrated to a new website, and some links on CanLit Guides have been affected by this change. If you notice any broken links or faulty PDF downloads, let us know at canlit.guides(at)ubc.ca. Please include the URL of the affected page and a list of the broken links, so that we can […]

National Poetry Month 2015

April is National Poetry Month, and this year’s theme focuses on food and poetry. Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose, declares in her inaugural speech that “food is personal, political, sensual and powerful.” Poetry is inextricably connected to the way we perceive the world, andCanLit Guides provides a study of its engagement with one of these […]

Governor General’s Literary Award: Thomas King

We are pleased to congratulate Thomas King on winning the Governor General’s Literary Awards 2014 fiction prize for his novel, The Back of the Turtle (2014). We feature a module on King’s Green Grass, Running Water (1993). The guide provides an overview of key themes, critical questions, and suggested assignments, as well as an exercise […]

New Guide: “Producing and Evaluating Canadian Texts”

Our newest guide, Producing and Evaluating Canadian Texts, is now online! Featuring chapters on Paratexts and Literary Value, CBC’s Canada Reads, and Graphic Fiction, this guide discusses the myriad ways texts are produced and evaluated in Canada. This guide covers topics such as literary value, awards, celebrity, cultural nationalism, and much more.

derek beaulieu named Calgary Poet Laureate

This week, derek beaulieu was named Calgary Poet Laureate for 2014–16. We featured beaulieu’s work in our guide to Poetic Visuality and Experimentation. In particular, check out the Reading Visual Poetry chapter for an in-depth close reading of his poem this half is for the ceremony. You can read more about beaulieu and his work […]

Jordan Abel’s The Place of Scraps shortlisted for 2014 BC Book Prize

Today the BC Book Prizes announced their 2014 shortlist. Jordan Abel’s poetry collection The Place of Scraps, which we wrote about in our Indigenous Literatures in Canada guide, is among the finalists for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. In the chapter Visual Poetry and Indigenous-Settler Issues: Shane Rhodes and Jordan Abel,we read The Place of […]

Fred Wah’s “Poetry Connection: Link Up with Canadian Poetry”

During his time as Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Fred Wah created a collection of resources for teachers and students of Canadian poetry. The collection features a series of videos on YouTube of poets reading their work, and accompanying PDFs that contain the poems, questions and prompts for classroom use. Wah’s project serves as great accompaniment to […]

First Nations Public Library Week: February 10–15, 2014

This week is First Nations Public Library Week in Ontario. The theme this year is “Celebrating Mother Earth.” What better way to celebrate than to learn more about Indigenous literary history in Canada? Check out our guide to Indigenous Literatures in Canada—it’s a great resource for students, instructors, and anyone who wants to learn more […]

CanLit Guides and #readwomen2014

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 […]