Welcome to the online home of the Canadian Literature Symposium, an annual event hosted by the Department of English at the University of Ottawa.
Since 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.
Over 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 previous symposia including The Alice Munro Symposium (2014), Whatever Else: An Irving Layton Symposium (2013), The Worlds of Carol Shields (2012), 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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