Canadian Literature and Poetry in English

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Ethnic & Religious Minority Writers

Encyclopedias, Handbooks & Bibliographies

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 diasporic literatures and Asian-Canadian literatures.

Available Online

PR9180.2 .O95 2016

The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature
Howells, Coral Ann 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. It analyzes social and cultural changes in Canada during the postwar period (and their influence on literature) and the emergence of multicultural writing.

Available Online

PR9184.6 .C26 2009

Canadian Literature
Hammill, Faye

A critical study of Canadian literature, which examines the role of ethnicity, race, colonization and other factors in the development of Canadian writing.

PR9189.6 .H36 2007
Five-Part Invention: A History of Literary History in Canada
Blodgett, E.D.

Composed of five parts: immigrant communities, English Canada, French Canada, First-Nations communities, and Inuit communities.

Available Online
Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English
Benson, Eugene, and L.W. Conolly, editors

Describes writing affected by the process of colonization, including Canadian literature: individual writers, national literary developments, and major genres that provide a cross-cultural view.

Available Online

PR9080 .A52 E6 2005

Ethnic and Native Canadian Literature: A Bibliography
Miska, John

An older book (published in 1990), but it remains an excellent resource for locating poetry, fiction, and drama authored by foreign-born authors residing in Canada.

Z1376 .E87 M57 1990 Reference

Asian-Canadian Literature & Poetry

Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry
Quan, Andy, and Jim Wong-Chu, editors

Poems by a number of well-known writers as well as fresh new poetic voices, forming an eloquent and fiery portrait of the Chinese-Canadian experience: Fred Wah, Rita Wong, Jim Wong-Chu, Kam Sein Yee, Paul Yee and others.

PR9195.35 .C54 S92 1999
Toward the North: Stories by Chinese-Canadian Writers
Wu, Hua Laura, et al., editors

The first anthology of thirteen short fiction pieces written and translated by Chinese-Canadian writers during the last two decades, each of which depicts the contemporary lives of new Chinese immigrants to Canada, and illustrates newcomers’ perspectives of multicultural Canada.

PR9197.3 .P65 2017
In Flux: Transnational Shifts in Asian Canadian Writing
Miki, Roy

Investigates the shifting currents of citizenship, globalization, and cultural practices facing Asian Canadians today through the connections of place and identity that have been forged through our developing national literature.

PR9195.35 .A8 M55 2011
Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority
Ty, Eleanor

An exploration of literature, plays, and film that reveals how young Asian Americans and Asian Canadians have struggled with the ethos of self-sacrifice preached by their parents.

E49.2 .A75 T92 2017

reviewed & updated 20 May 2021 | compiled by Agatha Barc

Last updated: October 26, 2023