News Archive

Welcome to the New CanLit Guides

May 19, 2016

In support of our ongoing commitment to improving and enhancing the CanLit Guides, we are excited to announce some major updates to the website.

Many of these changes derive from the first CanLit Guides Chapter Workshop (May 2016), where Canadian literature scholars converged for two days of chapter writing, peer editing, and discussion about the future of CLG. The participants provided many thoughtful and attentive remarks about the website, for which we are extremely grateful. Based on their feedback, we have added new web features and an updated look and feel, as well as incorporated responsive design for desktop, tablet, and mobile access.

One important change is that instructors no longer have to create accounts and login to create curated guides. Instead, any user can add chapters to a reading list, which will be sent to their email. The list can be added to syllabi or redistributed as many times as needed, to students, other instructors, and more. For more information, see the “How to Use” guides on the CLG homepage.

Other features include:

  • An updated homepage that emphasizes our range of chapter categories;
  • Print or save the pages as PDF for offline use;
  • A dynamic “All Chapters” page for quick and easy reading list selections;
  • Filter and view chapters by category or by theme;
  • And so much more!

We welcome your feedback and suggestions on the new website, especially if you notice any broken links or functionality. Don’t forget to update your bookmarks, and we hope you enjoy the improvements!

Reporting Broken Links on CanLit Guides

February 3, 2016

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) Please include the URL of the affected page and a list of the broken links, so that we can quickly amend the issue. Our team is working as efficiently as possible to ensure a smooth transition to the new Canadian Literature website. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

National Poetry Month 2015

May 6, 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 senses: sight and visuality. Head over to Poetic Visuality and Experimentation to learn about how poets such as Jordan Abel, Eric Zboya, and Rita Wong have played with visual form to unsettle our expectations.

To learn more about how to close read poetry , check out our dedicated Research Skills section for explanations, exercises, and examples.

Governor General’s Literary Award: Thomas King

December 4, 2014

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 on how to participate in/respond to journalistic academic discourse.

To learn more about reading, engaging with, and studying Indigenous works in Canada, check out our Introduction to Indigenous Literatures in Canada: Listening to Stories.

New Guide: “Producing and Evaluating Canadian Texts”

September 16, 2014

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.