to the online home of the Canadian Literature Symposium, an annual event
hosted by the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
The Alice Munro Symposium
May 9-11, 2014
1972, the symposium has brought together thousands of Canadian and international
scholars for the purpose of exploring particular topics relevant to the Canadian
literatures. In conjunction with the University of Ottawa Press, the symposium
has facilitated the publication of over thirty books of criticism, beginning in
1973 with The Grove Symposium, the first volume in the press's highly respected
Reappraisals: Canadian Writers series.
the years, the Canadian Literature Symposium has shed new light on the work of
such writers as Archibald Lampman, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Leacock, Margaret
Laurence, and Al Purdy, and addressed such topics as Canadian-American literary
relations, translation, the Canadian short story, Canadian modernism, children's
literature, and Canadian postcolonial theory. Together, the Symposium and the
Reappraisals book series have provided an invaluable opportunity for readers and
researchers to contribute to an ongoing re-examination of the history and theory
of Canadian literary practice.
Archival materials related to our four previous symposia, Material Cultures (2011), Rediscovering Early Canadian Literature (2010), Double-Takes: Intersections Between Canadian Literature and Film (2009) and Re: Reading the Postmodern (2008), can be found here.
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