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Canadian Literature & Poetry
in English

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Literary and Poetic Culture

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and Handbooks

The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage: A Reader’s Companion to the Writers and Their Works, from Antiquity to the Present Summers, Claude J., editor Includes an entry, “Canadian Literature in English”, pages 127–132, authored by Douglas Chambers. It outlines the history, publishing, as well as major works and authors associated with LGBTQ literary works and themes. A bibliography with further readings and related sources accompanies the article.
PN 56 .H57 G35 2002 Reference


Sexing the Maple: A Canadian Sourcebook Dickinson, Peter, and Richard Cavell, editors A sourcebook that raises issues of nationalism and sexuality in Canada through a rich and diverse selection of fiction, poetry, criticism, and history. The collection considers topics as wide-ranging as First Nations sexuality, censorship, assisted reproduction, and religion. Literary works by Alice Munro, Jane Rule, Timothy Findley, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton, Lynn Crosbie, Michael Turner, and many others are included.
HQ 18 .C2 S395 2006 Stacks
Dykewords: An Anthology of Lesbian Writings Lesbian Writing and Publishing Collective, editors Texts in the collection are diverse, covering lesbian love, cultural identity, overcoming alcohol abuse, a coming out story, and lesbian history.

History, Literary Interpretation & Criticism

“Queerly Canadian: Introduction” Stewart, Janice
The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature Sugars, Cynthia, editor A comprehensive, authoritative guide to many different genres, topics, and aspects of Canadian literary history, including the influence of literature on the Canadian national identity, authorship, postcolonialism, short story, drama, poetry, Indigenous literatures, women’s writing, children’s literature, gay and lesbian literature, creative work from the Confederation period, regional fiction, and minority writers.
PR 9180.2 .O95 2016 Stacks
Here is Queer: Nationalisms, Sexualities and the Literatures of Canada Dickinson, Peter Considers how the interconnected concepts of nationalism and sexuality have helped shape the production and reception of Canadian and First Nations literatures.
PR 9185.5 .H6 D52 1999 Stacks
Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada McCall, Sophie, et al., editors Examines how the terms of critical debate in literary and cultural studies in Canada have shifted with respect to matters of race, nation, and difference.
Available Online PR 9188.2 .M55 C84 2011 Stacks
Queer Canlit: Canadian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Literature in English: An Exhibition Rayter, Scott, et al. Includes an essay on Queer CanLit by Scott Rayter, illustrations, bibliographical references, and photographs of the exhibition.
Available Online PR 9188.2 .G39 R39 2008 Stacks

updated by: Agatha Barc, 20 October 2017
originally compiled by: Irene Dutton, Alison Girling