UPDATE: [20th] Comparative Canadian Literature

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Albert Braz
contact email: 
albert@sas.upenn.edu

Comparative Canadian Literature in the Twenty-First Century

The Canadian Review of Comparative Literature/ Revue Canadienne de
Littérature Comparée is seeking submissions for a special issue on
comparative Canadian literature, guest edited by Albert Braz (University
of Alberta) and Marie Carrière (University of New Brunswick). As an
officially bilingual and multicultural country, Canada almost begs for a
comparative approach to the study of its literatures. The main focus of
comparative Canadian literature has usually been the Québec/ English
Canada divide, as these literatures often call into question the very
idea of national belonging, identity and (internal or external) unity.
However, for this issue, the editors encourage contributors to consider
not only English Canadian and Québécois literatures, but also Acadian,
Franco-Ontarian, Franco-Manitoban, Indigenous, diasporic, and any other
significant body of writing produced in Canada. In the process, we invite
contributors to address such questions as:

- What is a national literature in the age of globalization?
- What is a national literature in a country in which purportedly
there are many national literatures?
- What is the status of Indigenous literatures in Canada?
- What are the merits, if any, of studying the literatures of
Canada comparatively today?
- More precisely, what are some of the methodologies or theoretical
approaches (for example, postcolonial, feminist, new historical) that
lend themselves productively to the comparative study of literatures
produced in Canada?

Essays, which must adopt a comparative perspective, may be written in
either English or French. They should be between 5000 and 7000 words and
adhere to the MLA style. Please send electronically, in WORD or RTF
format, completed essays by October 1, 2007 to both editors: Albert Braz
(albert.braz_at_ualberta.ca) and Marie Carrière (carriere_at_unb.ca).

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