Canadian Literature and Poetry in English

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Encyclopedias, Dictionaries & Handbooks

Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia
Charlebois, Gaetan

Information on plays, productions, performances, publications, playwrights, theatres and theatre practitioners.

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre
Benson, Eugene and L.W. Conolly, editors

Documents the growth and development of Canadian drama and theatre in English and French, from the nineteenth century to the late 1980s.

The book offers biographies of actors, playwrights, directors, and designers; major theaters, including nineteenth-century theaters, and companies; major plays; and numerous miscellaneous subjects such as collective theatre, design, directing, ethnic theater, musical theater, radio and television drama, and local theatre.

PN2301 .O93 1989
Reference & Stacks
Theatre in Context Collection
Alexander Street Press

A comprehensive reference resource covering all aspects of the Canadian and American theatre.

It includes major reference materials, together with records to plays, people, theatres, productions, production companies, as well as images, playbills, postcards, scrapbooks and other resources. Updated annually.

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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 drama and the history of the Statford Festival.

Available Online

PR9180.2 .O95 2016

The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature
Kröller, Eva-Marie

A comprehensive introduction to major writers, genres and topics in Canadian literature, such as drama, fiction, and poetry, Indigenous writing, autobiography, literary criticism, writing by women, urban writing, nature-writing, exploration and travel-writing, and short fiction.

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PR9184.3 .C34 2017

The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature
Howells, Coral Ann and Eva-Marie Kröller, editors

A complete history of Canadian writing in English and French from its beginnings, including drama, performing communities, and contemporary Indigenous theatre.

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PR9184.6 .C26 2009

Digital Collections

Theatre in Video
Alexander Street Press

Recordings of the stage work of legendary directors and actors and interviews with directors, designers, writers, and actors, including Canadian.

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North American Women’s Drama
Alexander Street Press

102 full-text plays by Canadian writers: Carol Bolt, Sharon Pollock, Rachel Wyatt, and others.

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Bibliography of Theatre History in Canada: The Beginnings through 1984
Ball, John L., editors

Contains entries on theatre history, little theatre, festivals, biographies, criticism, Indigenous theatre, lighting, drama in education, young people’s theatre, theatre on radio, and television drama.

Z8218.78 S63 2014
A Bibliography of English-Language Theatre and Drama in Canada 1800–1914
Sedgwick, Dorothy


Z1377 .D7 S4
A Bibliography of Robertson Davies
Spadoni, Carl and Judith Skelton Grant, compilers

Lists Included Davies’ plays, novels, journalism, academic writing, translations, interviews, speeches, lectures, unsigned articles and editorials, films, audio recordings, and multimedia editions. Also included is a generous sampling of unsigned articles and editorials.

Z8218.78 S63 2014


Major Plays of the Canadian Theatre, 1934–1984
Perkyns, Richard

An anthology of Canadian plays by David French, John Herbert, Sharon Pollock, James Reaney and other playwrights, produced between 1934 and 1984.

PR9196.6 .M34 1984
Canada on Stage: Scenes and Monologues—A Survey of Canadian Theatre
Turcott, Iris, and Keith Turnbull

A survey of scenes and monologues from contemporary Canadian theatre, drawn from around fifty plays, produced between

PR9196.6 .C34 2006
She Speaks: Monologues for Women
Thompson, Judith

A collection of contemporary Canadian monologues for women, intended for auditions, study or general interest, and addressing such subjects as adolescence, body, childhood memories, identity, and others.

PN2080 .S53 2006

History, Literary Interpretation & Criticism

The Opening Act: Canadian Theatre History, 1945–1953
McNicoll, Susan

Traces the beginnings of Canadian theatre to the postwar period and examines the role of numerous theatre companies in the shaping of professional theatre in Canada, including Everyman in Vancouver, New Play Society in Toronto, Canadian Repertory Theatre in Ottawa, and many more.

PN2304 .M35 2012
Canadian Theatre History: Selected Readings
Rubin, Don, editor

A sourcebook, including articles, essays, reviews, and biographies, contributed by critics, historians, playwrights, actors, directors and cultural commentators, which documents the development of theatre in Canada, beginning in the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.

PN2301 .C35 2004
English-Canadian Theatre
Benson, Eugene, and L.W. Conolly

A survey of the history of theatre and drama in English Canada, the dominance in the nineteenth century of foreign plays, companies and stars, and the development of an Indigenous Canadian theatre in the twentieth century.

PN2301 .B38 1987
Performing National Identities: International Perspectives on Contemporary Canadian Theatre
Grace, Sherrill, and Albert-Reiner Glaap

Examines the importance, reception, and the contributions of Canadian plays to the world stage, including the work of Michel Tremblay, Sharon Pollock, George F. Walker, Joan MacLeod, Tomson Highway, Marie Clements, Michel Marc Bouchard, Morris Panych, Monique Mojica, and Djanet Sears.

PR9191.5 .P47 2003
Staging Strangers: Theatre and Global Ethics
Freeman, Barry

A study of cultural difference in contemporary Canadian theatre. Theatre in Canada has long been a forum for cultural communities to celebrate their traditions, but it has now emerged as a forum for staging stories that stretch beyond local and national communities. This book onsiders the new demand this global shift is placing on theatre’s narratives and strategies.

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PN2304.2 .F74 2017

Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations
Betts, Gregory

Presents a rich body of evidence to illustrate the extent to which Canadians have been producing avant-garde art since the start of the twentieth century, as mystical revolutionaries from the 1910s to the 1930s, Surrealists/Automatists from the 1920s to the 1960s, and as Canadian Vorticists from the 1920s to the 1970s.

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PR9194.52 .E97 B43 2012

Contemporary Canadian Theatre: New World Visions
Wagner, Anton, editor

An edited overview of the performing arts and their cultural and economic impact in French and English Canada in the 1980s. Includes an assessment of playwrighting, theatre production, opera and dance, radio and television drama in each province.

PN2304 .C66 1985
Establishing Our Boundaries: English-Canadian Theatre Criticism
Wagner, Anton, editor

Examines the cultural influence of prominent English-language theatre critics from 1829 to 1998, such as the work of B.K. Sandwell (1876–1954) the editor of Saturday Night between 1932 and 1951.

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PN1707 .E78 1999

The Theatre of Form and the Production of Meaning: Contemporary Canadian Dramaturgies
Knowles, Richard P.

Studies the effect of dramatic forms shape social formations by analyzing a diverse range of wide range of contemporary Canadian plays, such as community plays and historical metadramas.

PR9191.5 .K56 1999
Setting the Stage: Montreal Theatre, 1920–1949
Whittaker, Herbert, and Jonathan Rittenhouse

The history of theatrical cultures of Montreal and their part in the development of the Canadian national theatre.

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PN2306 .M6 W45 1999

Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Culture in Montreal, 1904– 1945
Margolis, Rebecca

Examines the contributions of performers and other artists to the Yiddish theatre and culture in Montreal in the first half of the twentieth century, with consideration to the social landscape of the city.

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F1054.5 .M89 J563 2011

Whittaker’s Theatre: A Critic Looks at Stages in Canada and Thereabouts, 1944–1975
Bryden, Ronald and Boyd Neil, editors

A collection of reviews written by Whittaker, a theatre critic and journalist of The Gazzette and later Globe and Mail and published between 1944 and 1975.

PN2304 .W5
Sharon Pollock: First Woman of Canadian Theatre
Coates, Donna, editor

As playwright, actor, director, teacher, mentor, theatre administrator, and critic, Sharon Pollock has played an integral role in the shaping of Canada’s national theatre tradition. This collection is comprised of new and original assessments of her work and contribution to theatre.

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PR9199.3 .P57 Z84 2015

Indigenous Drama & Theatre

Indian Act: Residential School Plays
St. Bernard, Donna-Michelle, editor

A collection of works by Indigenous playwrights Drew Hayden Taylor, Tara Beagan, Curtis Peeteetuce, Yvette Nolan, and more. Seven plays by contemporary Indigenous playwrights cover the broad scope of residential school experiences.

PR9196.7 .I53 I55 2018
Honouring the Strength of Indian Women: Plays, Stories, Poetry
Manuel, Vera, and Coupal, Michelle, et al., editors

This critical edition delivers a comprehensive collection of the works of Ktunaxa-Secwepemc writer and educator Vera Manuel, daughter of prominent Indigenous leaders Marceline Paul and George Manuel.

A vibrant force in the burgeoning Indigenous theatre scene, Manuel was at the forefront of residential school writing and did groundbreaking work as a dramatherapist and healer.

Long before mainstream Canada understood and discussed the impact and devastating legacy of the residential schools, Manuel wrote about it as part of her personal and community healing.

PR9199.3 .M288 2019
Performing Turtle Island: Indigenous Theatre on the World Stage
Archibald-Barber, Jesse Rae, et al., editors

This book analyzes theatre as a tool for community engagement, education, and resistance, and examines how communities in turn influence the construction of Indigenous identities through theatre.

PN2301 .P47 2019
Aboriginal Drama and Theatre
Appleford, Robert

Examines trickster drama, performance culture, specific plays, and historical heritage of Indigenous theatre and drama in Canada.

PR9194.5 .I5 A36 2005
Pursued by a Bear: Talks, Monologues, and Tales
Moses, Daniel D.

Collection of essays about First-Nations Canadian playwrights and authors, which examines how Indigenous stories contribute to the Canadian collective memory.

PR9188.2 .I54 M67 2005


Theatre Research in Canada
University of Toronto Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies

Peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal on theatre research in Canada, including theatre history. The articles are published in English and French, and the journal also includes book reviews.

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Canadian Theatre Review
A peer-reviewed, illustrated journal publishing playscripts, dramatic criticism, interviews, and reviews.
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reviewed & updated 20 May 2021 | compiled by Agatha Barc

Last updated: October 26, 2023