Call for Papers

Program and
Paper Abstracts




Previous Symposia

Reappraisals: Canadian Writers from University of Ottawa Press

Department of English

Maps and Directions



The Symposium gratefully acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the University of Ottawa, its Faculty of Arts
and Department of English.

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Ottawa Tourism

Web design credit:
Suzanne Bowness

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.

The next symposium, the 34th in the series is Double-Takes: Intersections Between Canadian Literature and Film and will take place from May 1-3, 2009. Click through for the CFP - UPDATE: The deadline for submissions has been EXTENDED to October 10, 2008.

UPDATE: Featured keynote speaker will be novelist and screenwriter Paul Quarrington (WHALE MUSIC, THE RAVINE), and other guest keynote presenters include Peter Dickinson (SCREENING GENDER, FRAMING GENRE), Katherine Monk (WEIRD SEX AND SNOWSHOES), and Jim Lynch (CANADIAN FILM).

The previous symposium was entitled Re: Reading the Postmodern and took place on May 9-11, 2008. Please visit the program page for the conference schedule and paper abstracts.

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