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Diving Deep into Canadian Literature: What Is It? | NoveList Blog

What makes a book Canadian?

To answer this question, NoveList staffers recently compiled a set of resources including these helpful articles/books:

  • What is CanLit? (New York Times, August 22, 2006)
  • Canadian Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests (Libraries Unlimited, 2005)
  • Canadian Literature (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
Armed with those resources, they explored titles ranging from Kamouraska by Anne Hebert to How to be a Canadian by Will and Ian Ferguson. They discussed what makes a book Canadian and how the individual titles fit into the common themes of Canadian literature.

(Perhaps book club members, high school students and English teachers might want to delve further into this topic.)