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Producing Canadian Literature

Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace

by (author) Kit Dobson & Smaro Kamboureli

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2013
Category
Authorship, Books & Reading, Publishing
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    ISBN
    9781554583553
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
    List Price
    $29.99
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    ISBN
    9781554586400
    Publish Date
    Jun 2013
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    $14.50

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Producing Canadian Literature: Authors Speak on the Literary Marketplace brings to light the relationship between writers in Canada and the marketplace within which their work circulates. Through a series of conversations with both established and younger writers from across the country, Kit Dobson and Smaro Kamboureli investigate how writers perceive their relationship to the cultural economy—and what that economy means for their creative processes.

The interviews in Producing Canadian Literature focus, in particular, on how writers interact with the cultural institutions and bodies that surround them. Conversations pursue the impacts of arts funding on writers; show how agents, editors, and publishers affect writers’ works; examine the process of actually selling a book, both in Canada and abroad; and contemplate what literary awards mean to writers. Dialogues with Christian Bök, George Elliott Clarke, Daniel Heath Justice, Larissa Lai, Stephen Henighan, Roy Miki, Erín Moure, Ashok Mathur, Lee Maracle, Jane Urquhart, and Aritha van Herk testify to the broad range of experience that writers in Canada have when it comes to the conditions in which their work is produced.

Original in its desire to directly explore the specific circumstances in which writers work—and how those conditions affect their writing itself—Producing Canadian Literature will be of interest to scholars, students, aspiring writers, and readers who have followed these authors and want to know more about how their books come into being.

About the authors

Kit Dobson is an assistant professor of Canadian literature at Calgary’s Mount Royal University. He is the author of [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/dobson.shtml Transnational Canadas: Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization] (WLU Press, 2009).

Smaro Kamboureli is a Canada Research Chair in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of Guelph. Her publications include Retooling the Humanities: The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities, co-edited with Daniel Coleman (2011), [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/kamboureli-miki.shtml Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature], co-edited with Roy Miki (WLU Press, 2007), and [http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/Catalog/kamboureli.shtml Scandalous Bodies: Diasporic Literature in English Canada] (2000; WLU Press, 2009), which won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian Criticism. She is the editor of Making a Difference: Canadian Multicultural Literature in English Canada (1996, 2006).

Kit Dobson's profile page

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.

Smaro Kamboureli's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A literature, if you can get someone to read it, will form a nation, will change that nation's form. We often think about ways in which the nation expresses itself through its writers; a few decades of Canadian criticism was promulgated on that notion. But writers are citizens, they live as citizens must, and they act politically as they write. They make a nation, but they do so by making a living. In Producing Canadian Literature a good sample of Canadian authors describe the text-making life as it has to be lived in our political reality."

George Bowering

"Smaro Kamboureli's TransCanada Institute produces cultural interventions that actively conjugate Canadian literary study into the present progressive tense.... Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies and Producing Canadian Literature ... make important contributions to the groundswell of methodological shifts in contemporary criticism seeking to unsettle the ‘national’ and ‘literary’ assumptions evoked by the category of ‘Canadian literature,’ from its production to its reception.... Producing Canadian Literature makes visible how authors respond to what Jeff Derksen's foreword calls the ‘forces we now rather casually generalize as “the market.”’.... [The] writers' diversity in terms of form, genre, politics, age, gender, race, and success reverberates in their wide-ranging opinions, suggesting these positionalities significantly inform literature's political economy.... Most notably, these writers all reveal a keen awareness of the expectations engendered by a cultural economy that tends to cater to the middle.... Producing Canadian Literature will be valuable to writers as well as scholars of Canadian literatures, particularly those interested in print culture and sites where the arts, markets, and public policy intersect. Together with Shifting the Ground, these TransCanada books should be read by Canadianists not for what they say about actual literary works—which is little, and not really their project—but for how they open the field itself by crossing it from exterior entry points. Absent of the literature, their contribution is more to the study of the study of CanLit—an increasingly undisciplined discipline."

Canadian Literature, 220, Spring 2014

Other titles by Kit Dobson

All the Feels / Tous les sens

Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada

edited by Marie Carrière, Ursula Mathis-Moser & Kit Dobson
contributions by Nicole Brossard, Matthew Cormier, Nicoletta Dolce, Louise Dupré, Margery Fee, Ana María Fraile-Marcos, Smaro Kamboureli, Aaron Kreuter, Daniel Laforest, Carmen Mata Barreiro, Heather Milne, Eric Schmaltz, Maïté Snauwaert & Jeanette Toonder

Dissonant Methods

Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom

edited by Ada S. Jaarsma & Kit Dobson
contributions by Kathy Cawsey, Rachel Jones, Kyle Kinaschuk, Namrata Mitra, Guy Obrecht, Katja K. Pettinen, Kaitlin Rothberger, Ely Shipley & Martin Shuster

Wisdom in Nonsense

Invaluable Lessons from My Father

by (author) Heather O'Neill
introduction by Kit Dobson

Malled

Deciphering Shopping in Canada

by (author) Kit Dobson

Ten Canadian Writers in Context

edited by Marie Carrière, Curtis Gillespie & Jason Purcell
contributions by Lynn Coady, Ying Chen, Michael Crummey, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Kit Dobson, Caterina Edwards, Marina Endicott, Lawrence Hill, Daniel Laforest, Alice Major, Don Perkins, Julie Rodgers, Joseph Pivato, Eden Robinson, Gregory Scofield, Winfried Siemerling, Pamela Sing, Maïté Snauwaert, Kim Thúy & Angela Van Essen

Transnationalism, Activism, Art

edited by Kit Dobson & Aine McGlynn

Please, No More Poetry

The Poetry of derek beaulieu

by (author) derek beaulieu & Kit Dobson

Transnational Canadas

Anglo-Canadian Literature and Globalization

by (author) Kit Dobson

Other titles by Smaro Kamboureli

All the Feels / Tous les sens

Affect and Writing in Canada / Affect et écriture au Canada

edited by Marie Carrière, Ursula Mathis-Moser & Kit Dobson
contributions by Nicole Brossard, Matthew Cormier, Nicoletta Dolce, Louise Dupré, Margery Fee, Ana María Fraile-Marcos, Smaro Kamboureli, Aaron Kreuter, Daniel Laforest, Carmen Mata Barreiro, Heather Milne, Eric Schmaltz, Maïté Snauwaert & Jeanette Toonder

Inhabiting Memory in Canadian Literature / Habiter la mémoire dans la littérature canadienne

edited by Benjamin Authers, Maïté Snauwaert & Daniel Laforest
contributions by Albert Braz, Jennifer Bowering Delisle, Lise Gaboury-Diallo, Smaro Kamboureli, Janne Korkka, André Lamontagne, Margaret Mackey, Pamela Sing & Erin Wunker

Beyond "Understanding Canada"

Transnational Perspectives on Canadian Literature

edited by Melissa Tanti, Jeremy Haynes, Daniel Coleman & Lorraine York
contributions by Michael Bucknor, Anne Collett, Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, Ana María Fraile-Marcos, Cristina Ivanovici, Milena Kalicanin, Smaro Kamboureli, Katalin Kürtösi, Vesna Lopicic, Belén Martín-Lucas, Claire Omhovère, Lucia Otrísalová, Don Sparling, Christl Verduyn & Elizabeth Yeoman

Editing as Cultural Practice in Canada

edited by Dean Irvine & Smaro Kamboureli

Critical Collaborations

Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies

edited by Smaro Kamboureli & Christl Verduyn

Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies

Nation-State, Indigeneity, Culture

edited by Smaro Kamboureli & Robert Zacharias

Retooling the Humanities

The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities

edited by Daniel Coleman & Smaro Kamboureli

My Beloved Wager

Essays from a Writing Practice

photographs by Erín Moure
edited by Smaro Kamboureli

Scandalous Bodies

Diasporic Literature in English Canada

by (author) Smaro Kamboureli

Trans.Can.Lit

Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature

by (author) Smaro Kamboureli
edited by Roy Miki