Public + Women = Risky

Introduction to the 2013 CWILA Count By Erin Wunker “Écrire: je suis une femme est plein de conséquences.” (Nicole Brossard L’Amér, 45) “This question of publicness can’t be underestimated, particularly, as my blog posts attest, for women.” (Sina Queyras Unleashed, … Continue reading

2013 CWILA Count Methods and Results

By Judith Scholes Since CWILA began producing an annual Count of book reviews in Canada, our major objective has been to quantify the existing but often silent gender inequities within Canadian critical culture. Now in its third year, the Count … Continue reading

Reflections On Risk and “Running with the Pack”

By Erin Wunker There is a certain exhaustion that comes with teaching within a field. As a scholar trained in the field of Canadian literature I periodically find myself tired of the eternal return to the question “what makes it … Continue reading

Processing Negatives: A Big Picture of Poetry Reviewing

By Helen Guri I have no beef with negative reviews, per se. Some are vitally necessary. Many more are not, but have entertainment value, or stimulate conversation, or lend insight. If my own consumer behaviour is anything to go by, … Continue reading

Circles of Intimacy: Translation, Corporeality, Responsibility: Mi Versión

By Erín Moure This essay was first delivered in May 2012 as one of the keynote addresses to the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP) 2012 conference at Humber College, Toronto; and it was first printed in Arc Poetry … Continue reading

The CWILA Numbers 2012: An Introduction

By Gillian Jerome   “A big, empty, silent nothing sits at the centre of our literary discourse.” —novelist Madeleine Thien, “On Transparency”, National Post, March, 2013   In May 2013, author and Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith presented a … Continue reading

Measuring Canadian Support on the “Literary Assembly Line”

By Laura Moss In an interview conducted for CWILA, Savanna Scott Leslie asked Mark Medley, the Books Editor at the National Post, to contextualize the fact that 70 per cent of the books reviewed in the Post’s Books Section were … Continue reading

A Philosophy of Criticism by Sue Sinclair

This statement is not intended to stand for all time, which is to say that in my year as CIR, I hope that my understanding of criticism and its role will continue to evolve. Nor is it intended to reflect … Continue reading

The CWILA Numbers: An Introduction by Gillian Jerome

“What is commonly called literary history is actually a record of choices.” —Louise Berkinow, The World Split Open: Four Centuries of Women Poets in England and America 1552-1950 “In fact, I think that redefining literary criticism has nothing to do … Continue reading

Context for the CWILA Numbers by Lorri Neilsen Glenn

In the Sixties, women made bitter jokes about making coffee for the revolution, about cleaning the big tables we should have been speaking at. About needing men like fish need bicycles, as the Australian feminist Irina Dunn said. Close to … Continue reading