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Canadian Literature & Poetry
in English



The Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories Urquhart, Jane, editor A collection of sixty stories by Mavis Gallant, Carol Shields, Alistair MacLeod, and Margaret Atwood, Dennis Bock, Joseph Boyden, and Madeleine Thien.
PR 9197.32 .P455 2007 Stacks
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Canadian Women’s Short Stories Moore, Lisa, editor Includes stories published between the 1980s and the early twenty-first century from Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, Mavis Gallant, Jane Urquhart, Jacqueline Baker, Bonnie Burnard, Lynn Coady, Camilla Gibb, Eden Robinson, and Madeleine Thien.
PR 9197.33 .W65 P45 2006 Stacks
The Vancouver Stories: West Coast Fiction from Canada’s Best Writers Coupland, Douglas, compiler The stories in this collection all take place in Vancouver. Pauline Johnson, Emily Carr, Alice Munro, Ethel Wilson and Malcolm Lowry, William Gibson, Timothy Taylor, Zsuzsi Gartner, and Madeline Thien.
PR 9198.3 .V3 V36 2005 Stacks


Literature Online A database of English and American poetry, drama and prose. It includes texts, secondary criticism, bibliographies, links to internet sites and video clips of poets reading.


Short Story Index Includes citations as well as bibliographical and publication information pertaining to short stories. The database can be search by a specific title of a short story, author, subject, and keyword.
A Comprehensive Bibliography of English-Canadian Short Stories, 1950–1983 Weiss, Allan Main section of the work (Part Two) is a Canadian author index, listing short stories published in both large and small circulation magazines, anthologies, and story collections. Part One lists the cited publications and Part Three is a title index.
Z 1377 .F4 W44 1988 Reference

History, Literary Interpretation & Criticism: Online Sources

Short Story Criticism Entries provide an introductory biographical essay of short-story writers, a primary bibliography, a selection of full-text or excerpted critical essays reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. Also provide sources for additional research.
Literature Online A database of English and American poetry, drama and prose. It includes texts, secondary criticism,bibliographies, links to internet sites and video clips of poets reading.

History, Literary Interpretation & Criticism: Books

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
The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature Howells, Coral A, and Eva-Marie Kröller, editors A complete English-language history of Canadian writing in English and French from its beginnings, with an emphasis on literary, poetic, and dramatic works published since the 1960s. Analyzes the emergence of multicultural and Indigenous writing, popular literature, nature-writing, life-writing, and the interaction of anglophone and francophone cultures throughout Canadian history.
Available Online PR 9184.6 .C26 2009 Stacks
The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature Kröller, Eva-Marie A comprehensive introduction to major writers, genres and topics in Canadian literature: fiction, drama, and poetry, Aboriginal writing, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women, urban writing, nature-writing, exploration and travel-writing, and short fiction.
Available Online PR 9184.3 .C34 2004 Stacks
The Canadian Short Story Metcalf, John Metcalf, an editor, anthologist, writer, critic, and teacher, has written an authoritative book on the place of short stories in the Canadian literary canon. It also includes an expanded and reconsidered “Century List”, Metcalf’s critical guide to the best Canadian short story collections of the last one hundred years.
PR 9192.52 .M47 2018 Stacks
The English Short Story in Canada: From the Dawn of Modernism to the 2013 Nobel Prize Nischik, Reingard M. Traces the development and highlights of the Canadian short story from the late nineteenth century up to the present. The history and theoretical approaches to the genre are covered, with in-depth examination of exemplary stories by prominent writers, such as Margaret Atwood, Thomas King, John Metcalf, and Alice Munro.
PR 9192.52 .N576 2017 Stacks
How Stories Mean Metcalf, John, and J.R. (Tim) Struthers, editors Canadian short-story writers provide short articles on how they write short stories and cope with literary theory.
Available Online PR 9192.52 H68 1993 Stacks
The Canadian Short Story: Interpretations Nischik, Reingard M., editor An anthology of critical interpretations of major Canadian short stories, composed by Charles G.D. Roberts, Stephen Leacock, Raymond Knister, Frederick Philip Grove, Morley Callaghan, Sinclair Ross, Ethel Wilson, Hugh Garner, Mordecai Richler, Sheila Watson, Thomas King, and Carol Shields, among others.
PR 9192.52 .C36 2007 Stacks
Double-Voicing the Canadian Short Story: Birdsell, Findley, Hodgins, King, MacLeod, Senior, Shields, Vanderhaeghe Kruk, Laurie A comparative study of eight nationally and internationally-acclaimed Canadian short story writers in English: Sandra Birdsell, Timothy Findley, Jack Hodgins, Thomas King, Alistair MacLeod, Olive Senior, Carol Shields and Guy Vanderhaeghe. Drawing on narratological and formalist theory, including an interpretation of Bakhtin’s important discussion of the “dialogical” nature of fiction, the author examines the multiple ways and means whereby this “double-voicing” manifests itself in the authors’ stories.
PR 9192.52 .K77 2016 Stacks
The Voice is the Story: Conversations with Canadian Writers of Short Fiction Kruk, Laurie Kruk is interested in the “voice” in the short story, she follows this theme in her interviews with ten writers who in many cases write longer fiction as well. Following the conversations, there are short notes on each author and the interviews are indexed. Carol Shields, “Inhabiting the World”; Timothy Findley, “I Want Edge”; Alistair MacLeod, “The World is Full of Exiles.”
PR 9192.52 .K78 2003 Stacks
The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism Ernst, Jutta, and Brigitte Glaser, editors A collection of essays written by scholars from various disciplines who investigate the geographical, sociological, political, economic, literary, and cultural implications attached to the concept of the Canadian mosaic in an age of mobility and globalization. Includes a chapter on short fiction composed by First Nations and Chinese Canadian writers.
PR 9189.7 .C36 2010 Stacks
Tropes and Territories: Short Fiction, Postcolonial Readings, Canadian Writing in Context Dvořák, Marta and W.H. New, editors Analyzes the influence of postcolonial criticism on the reading, writing, and status of short fiction: Métis narratives, Maori myth, and stories by Alice Munro, Salman Rushdie, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Emily Carr, and Thomas King.
PR 9084 .T76 2007 Stacks

updated by: Agatha Barc, 9 May 2019
originally compiled by: Irene Dutton, Alison Girling