Canadian Literature Archive has been online since October 4, 1994 and is a
repository for information about Canadian writers, novelists, poets, playwrights,
essayists, Canadian literary organizations, magazines, publications, texts and
library archives. It is a project of the English
Department of the University of
Manitoba. This archive is intended to be a collection of materials for
the study of Canadian literature. We expect this resource to grow and change,
and we invite participation from scholars around the world.
The aims of the Canadian Literature
- Electronically reprint out-of-print, out-of-copyright Canadian works of
fiction, poetry and drama. A substantial number of early Canadian works are
not available in print. Many of these earlier works exist only in magazines
or newspaper formats, and are unlikely ever to be put into print in conventional
formats, though they are important to scholarship.
- Bibliographies of Canadian writers.
An enormous amount of effort is expended across the country in the production
of identical bibliographies for courses in Canadian Literature. A central
registry for bibliographic material would be a valuable service to teachers
- Provide brief biographical information
about Canadian writers. Very little biographical material is now available
on any but the most widely known Canadian writers.
- Provide a photo archive of
images associated with Canadian literature. This might include photos of writers,
historical sites, shrines, locations and settings as well as sample manuscripts
- Electronically publish the proceedings
of conferences on Canadian literature held at the University of Manitoba.
St. John's College regularly holds the St. John's College Literary Conference,
devoted to Canadian literature. The conference held in the fall of 1995, is
now complete. The proceedings will be published in book format from the Canadian
Studies Unit at the University of Trier Germany. St. John's College Press
will also publish an electronic version of the book.
- Provide announcements of upcoming literary
conferences both in Canada and abroad.
- Publish an electronic journal devoted to Canadian prairie literature.