This collection of essays focuses on the varied and complex roles that editors have played in the production of literary and scholarly texts in Canada. With contributions from a wide range of participants who have played seminal roles as editors of Canadian literatures—from nineteenth-century works to the contemporary avant-garde, from canonized texts to anthologies of so-called minority writers and the oral literatures of the First Nations—this collection is the first of its kind. Contributors offer incisive analyses of the cultural and publishing politics of editorial practices that question inherited paradigms of literary and scholarly values. They examine specific cases of editorial production as well as theoretical considerations of editing that interrogate such key issues as authorial intentionality, textual authority, historical contingencies of textual production, circumstances of publication and reception, the pedagogical uses of edited anthologies, the instrumentality of editorial projects in relation to canon formation and minoritized literatures, and the role of editors as interpreters, enablers, facilitators, and creators.
Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada situates editing in the context of the growing number of collaborative projects in which Canadian scholars are engaged, which brings into relief not only those aspects of editorial work that entail collaborating, as it were, with existing texts and documents but also collaboration as a scholarly practice that perforce involves co-editing.
About the authors
Dean Irvine is an associate professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University and director of the SSHRC-funded Editing Modernism in Canada project. He is the author of Editing Modernity: Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956 (University of Toronto Press, 2008), and editor of Archive For Our Times: Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay (Arsenal Pulp, 1998), Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson, 1924-61 (Vehicule, 2003), and The Canadian Modernists Meet (University of Ottawa Press, 2005). His forthcoming work includes a new monograph, Variant Readings: Editing Canadian Literature in English, under contract to McGill-Queen's University Press, and a two-volume critical edition, co-edited with Robert G. May, of F.R. Scott's complete poems and translations. He is a general editor, with Zailig Pollock and Sandra Djwa, of the multivolume print edition and digital archive of the collected works of P.K. Page and the director and English-language general editor of the University of Ottawa Press's Canadian Literature Collection/Collection de littérature canadienne.
Smaro Kamboureli is Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of Guelph. Her publications include Scandalous Bodies: Diasporic Literature in English Canada, which won the Gabrielle Roy Prize, and, with Roy Miki, Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature (WLU Press, 2007). She is currently completing a new edition of her anthology Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literature.
Robert Zacharias is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. His research interests include migration literature, Canadian literature (with a focus on Mennonite literature), 18th-century studies, and critical pedagogy. His work has been published in Mosaic and Studies in Canadian Literature, as well as in the edited collections Embracing Otherness and Narratives of Citizenship.
- Runner-up, Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism
Other titles by Dean Irvine
Canadian Digital Humanities
Sieve Reading Beyond the Minor
Acadian France Daigle’s Pour sûr
Making Canada New
Editing, Modernism, and New Media
Marshall McLuhan, Wyndham Lewis, Wilfred Watson, and Sheila Watson
Regenerations / Régénérations
Canadian Women's Writing / Écriture des femmes au Canada
Women and Little-Magazine Cultures in Canada, 1916-1956
The Canadian Modernists Meet
The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkenson
Archive For Our Times
Previously Uncollected and Unpublished Poems of Dorothy Livesay
Other titles by Smaro Kamboureli
Possibilities of Justice in Canadian Literatures
All the Feels / Tous les sens
Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada
Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature / Habiter la mémoire dans la littérature canadienne
Beyond "Understanding Canada"
Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature
Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies
Producing Canadian Literature
Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace
Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies
Nation-State, Indigeneity, Culture
Retooling the Humanities
The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities
My Beloved Wager
Essays from a Writing Practice
Diasporic Literature in English Canada