Retirement, or, The End of Canadian Literature? (1 Nov)

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ACCUTE conference, 28-31 May 2014

"Retirement, or, The End of Canadian Literature?" session
ACCUTE conference, 28-31 May 2014
Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Organizers: Nicholas Bradley (U of Victoria) and Robert McGill (U of Toronto)

Scholars and students of Canadian literature find themselves in a great era of retirement — in a time of retirement of the greats. Professors of Canadian literature who were born in the late 1930s or in the 1940s — influential editors, anthologists, critics, and theorists — have, in recent years, retired from their academic positions, or will do so soon. This wave of retirements provides an occasion to reflect upon a boom in studies of Canadian literature in the 1970s, '80s, and '90s, and upon the institutionalization of the field in (more or less) its current form. This session will look back on the recent history of Canadian literary studies and look ahead to new critical possibilities. Proposals are invited for papers that address any of the following topics and questions or related concerns:

• Anthologies and canons
• Boomer criticism
• Critics as teachers, teachers as critics
• Ideas of generations — of Canadian writers and Canadian critics
• The contributions of individual critics
• The rise and demise — institutional, aesthetic, commercial — of CanLit
• The currency of "old" topics (e.g., feminism, postmodernism, regionalism, postcolonialism)
• The "ends" of Canadian literary criticism: its outermost limits, its purposes, its conclusions, its afterlives
• How to read Canadian literature today — and in the future?

Following the instructions on the ACCUTE website for member-organized sessions (, send your 300–500-word proposal, a 100-word abstract, a 50-word bio, and a completed Proposal Information Sheet to by 1 November 2013.