Call for Papers: Thoughts from the Eastern Edge: Rethinking the Place of Atlantic Canadian Literature


The 10th Raddall Symposium, held in early July 2017 at Acadia University, was a collegial, productive, and wide-ranging discussion of Atlantic Canadian literary criticism, animated by a collective desire to acknowledge and extend the influence of Herb Wyile’s work in this field. Building on the momentum of this conversation, Studies in Canadian Literature is planning a special issue that will feature scholarly essays based on papers presented at the conference and personal memoirs about our friend and colleague.

Ten years out from “Surf’s Up: The Rising Tide of Atlantic-Canadian Literature” (SCL 33.2, 2008), a special issue edited by Wyile and Jeanette Lynes, this volume will once again attempt to re-frame debates surrounding Atlantic Canadian literature. Following the example of Wyile’s wide-ranging curiosity, this call for papers places no limitations on historical periods, subject matter, authors, or genres. Papers that re-consider any aspect of Atlantic Canadian Literature’s past, present, and /or future are welcomed. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Atlantic Canada in the context of globalization
  • The representation/re-purposing of history and culture
  • The natural environment and resource extraction
  • Changing patterns of work
  • The folk paradigm
  • Gender, masculinity, sexuality
  • Outmigration, tourism, and other forms of movement in and out of the region

Alongside essays that build on and extend Herb Wyile’s formidable body of scholarship, we welcome personal reflections of 2000-4000 words.

Deadline for submissions is 1 November 2017.

Posted: 2017-07-18 More...

In Memoriam: Wendy Robbins


We are sad to announce that Dr. Wendy Robbins died on Tuesday, April 18 after a brief illness — the result of an aneurysm and ensuing complications.

Posted: 2017-04-21 More...

Seeking donations! The Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature

Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne is working to establish a Canadian Literature prize in honour of Herb Wyile (see the description below). As many gathered in Wolfville for a memorial service that brought together family, friends, and colleagues from Acadia and elsewhere, our talk naturally turned to ways that we could honour a colleague who was known for both his collegiality and scholarship. A Canadian literature prize in Herb’s name seemed like a fitting memorial.  
Posted: 2016-09-21 More...

Announcing... The Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature


This prize is awarded annually to the best essay published in Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne over the previous calendar year. The value of the prize is $500. The winning essay will be chosen on the basis of the quality of the research and writing, the originality of the argument, and the article’s potential impact on the field of Canadian literature.

A committee of three adjudicators will be appointed by the editor(s) of SCL/ÉLC each spring to review essays from the previous calendar year. Prize winners will be announced in the Fall. The winner will be contacted by the editor(s) of the journal. His/her name will be posted on the SCL/ÉLC website and announced in the subsequent issue.

For more information, please feel free to contact Cynthia Sugars, editor of SCL/ÉLC, at, or John C. Ball, associate editor and chair of English at UNB, at

Posted: 2016-09-21

In Memoriam: Herb Wyile


It is with immense sadness that I write with news of the death of Herb Wyile, on Sunday morning, July 3rd. Herb was a widely respected and well-loved scholar of Canadian literature, and co-editor of the journal Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en literature canadienne. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer just two weeks ago. We were hoping that it could be turned around, but that was not to be. Those of you who talked to Herb at the Congress in Calgary, where he was his usual witty and ebullient self, will be shocked by this news, as were we at SCL/ÉLC. As of two days before his death, Herb was still active at SCL/ÉLC, acknowledging his coming death with courage and dignity.

Herb was an exemplary scholar, a wonderful editor and collaborator, a generous colleague and mentor, and a treasured friend. As a researcher, he is best known for his two ground-breaking books, Speculative Fictions (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2002) and Anne of Tim Hortons (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2011), the second of which was the winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize in English Criticism.  He was a razor-sharp editor, both in his position as co-editor of SCL/ÉLC and as editor of the widely cited collection Speaking in the Past Tense (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007). To all who were fortunate to know him, Herb was an exemplar of integrity, enthusiasm, good humour, and insight. His passing is an immeasurable loss to the Canadian literature community.

With great sadness,

Cynthia Sugars

Co-editor, Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en literature canadienne

An obituary notice for Herb and information about the memorial service on Saturday, July 9th, has been posted here.

Posted: 2016-07-05
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