Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne

Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne (SCL/ÉLC) is a biannual, bilingual journal devoted to the study of Canadian literature in English and French, and published at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. SCL/ÉLC is peer-reviewed, and welcomes submissions on all aspects of Canadian literature.

The Editor of SCL/ÉLC is Cynthia Sugars ( The Managing Editor is Kathryn Taglia ( The journal has published continuously since 1975, when it was founded by Barrie Davies, Desmond Pacey, Roger Ploude, and Michael Taylor. Past editors are Kathleen Sherf, John Ball, Jennifer Andrews, and Herb Wyile.

SCL/ÉLC is indexed in the Canadian Periodical Index, the MLA Index, and the American Humanities Index; it is available on-line in the Canadian Business and Current Affairs Database and in microform from Micromedia Inc. It is a member of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals, the Association of Canadian Studies, and the Canadian Magazine Publishers Association.

Publication of the journal is made possible by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the University of New Brunswick, and the Province of New Brunswick.

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Call for Papers: The Tenth Thomas H. Raddall Symposium


Thoughts from the Eastern Edge:
A Symposium in Celebration of Dr. Herb Wyile (1961-2016)
Acadia University 6-8 July 2017

As one of the country’s most influential scholars, Dr. Herb Wyile’s writings on subjects as diverse as regionalism, historical fiction, and neoliberalism fundamentally re-framed many of the core debates in contemporary Canadian literary criticism. Through his teaching, his editorial work, and his widely cited essays and monographs, Wyile consistently questioned dominant interpretations of Atlantic Canadian Literature and he often called for re-readings that challenged accepted wisdom or powerfully entrenched models of analysis. In “As For Me and Me Arse: Strategic Regionalism and the Home Place in Lynn Coady’s Strange Heaven,” for example, Wyile argued persuasively for “Atlantic-Canadian literature’s increasing and subversive self-consciousness” and he praised the way that this new-found self-awareness “was foregrounding and deconstructing the way in which Canada’s eastern edge tends to be framed from outside.” Similarly, in his prize-winning Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature, he focused on the ways that the forces of globalization and neoliberalism often commodified the complex lived reality of the Atlantic Canadian experience, transforming it into a folksy performance that was more act than actual. “(T)he stereotypes by which the region is framed present a substantial challenge,” Wyile argued, and these stereotypes have produced “a complex of misconceptions with which writers from the East Coast routinely have been compelled to contend.”

In an effort to both honour and extend the broad intellectual project Dr. Wyile helped to initiate, the organizers of the tenth Raddall symposium invite abstracts and panel proposals from all scholars who share in this collective desire to re-frame the debate 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. How do we understand, or how have we understood, the region in the context of globalization? How do, or how have, writers reconstruct(ed) and repurpose(d) history and culture to present new, hitherto unheard or unconsidered realities of the Atlantic Canadian experience? How do some artists move beyond notions of collective identity to produce stories that are, as Kjeld Haraldsen argues, “(s)ite-specific without being regionally straightjacketed?” “Edgy” essays that engage directly with Wyile’s work are encouraged, but participants are certainly not required to discuss his scholarship. Instead the symposium will give the community an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of a dear friend and a respected colleague. Developing scholars are particularly welcomed and registration fees will be dramatically reduced (and hopefully eliminated) for graduate scholars and underemployed colleagues. We are especially proud to announce that Studies in Canadian Literature’s inaugural Herb Wyile Prize in Canadian Literature will be presented as part of the program.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and should be accompanied by a 50-word biographical statement. These documents should be sent to before 31 January 2017. Potential symposium presenters will be notified of their acceptance by 28 February 2017. We look forward to welcoming you to Wolfville this summer.

Posted: 2017-01-16

Call for Papers: Re:Confederating Canada: New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Literature


Recent developments in fields such as digital media, book history, and globalization and transnational studies have revolutionized many of our most fundamental assumptions about literature, including ideas about the limits and power of reading publics, national and imperial literary traditions, contending forms of cultural memory, the impact of evolving publishing and copyright practices, and relations between literature and competing forms of civic authority. These reassessments have highlighted the ways print cultures enabled different types of writers to both entrench and unsettle prevailing forms of cultural difference along gender, religious, class, and racial lines. These changes have also cast earlier ideas about writing in an exciting new light by helping to denaturalize many key assumptions about early Canadian literature. In recent decades, we have become increasingly attentive to the crucial forms of cultural work that had to be done in order to consolidate the most fundamental features of a literary landscape that is now the subject of critical reconsideration. Few eras were characterized by more energetic, politically volatile, and wide-ranging cultural debates and developments, both locally and within larger transnational and imperial contexts, than nineteenth-century Canada. Many of the most powerful features of our own literary landscape, which are now the subject of major revision, have their roots in this era.

The 150th anniversary of Confederation presents an ideal moment for wide-ranging critical reflection on the longer historical context of these earlier debates. This special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne offers contributors a timely opportunity to explore these questions across a variety of historical and theoretical contexts. We welcome submissions on all authors or topics relating to nineteenth-century Canadian literature. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • transatlantic and transnational mobilities
  • literature and political protest
  • Indigenous interventions
  • counter-hegemonic responses to Confederation
  • women’s writing and questions of genre
  • francophone cultural nationalism
  • Confederation as imagined community
  • the impact of newspapers and periodicals
  • changing codes of literary professionalism
  • settler-invader legitimation
  • regionalism and the idea of the nation
  • emerging publishing opportunities 
  • copyright legislation in Canada, the USA, and Britain
  • literary piracy
  • the advent of literary societies
  • reappraisals of Loyalist communities
  • travel writing and local knowledge
  • emergent theatre practices
  • digitizing the 19th century
  • education and the formation of literary traditions
  • sites of cultural memory

Submissions should be 6,000-8,000 words, including Notes and Works Cited, and should conform to the MLA Handbook, 7th edition. Please submit essays electronically via Word attachment to Deadline for submissions is 15 February 2017, with publication scheduled for Fall 2017. We welcome submissions in English and in French.

Cynthia Sugars at


Paul Keen at

Posted: 2017-01-09
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