About Canadian Poetry
has been created and published in collaboration with the Electronic Text
Centre at the University of New Brunswick Libraries. When it is complete
later this year, Canadian Poetry will comprise essentially the
complete canon of English-language Canadian poetry from the seventeenth
century up to the early twentieth. Currently the collection contains more
than 12,000 poems by 142 poets drawn from over 500 printed sources, many
of them rare and inaccessible outside Canada. Details of the works included
in Canadian Poetry are given in the bibliography.
The aim has been to
provide a comprehensive database of the poetry of Canadian authors whose
works were published up to and including 1900 and who died before 1950.
The database is not intended to function as a critical edition; variants,
composition history and scholarly apparatus are not provided.
All poems published
in book form have been included, as have uncollected broadsheet and serial
publications before 1850; post-1850 broadsheet and serial publications
have been included at the discretion of the editorial board. Translations
have not been included unless they assumed a wider importance and became
part of the fabric of contemporary cultural life.
Reliable modern critical
editions have been used as copy text where these are available. Where
no suitable modern edition exists, the policy has been to use reliable
collected works editions or editions published during the author's lifetime
reflecting his or her final intentions.
In all cases, the
electronic text is a diplomatic transcription of its printed source, free
of silent emendation. The entire text of each poem has been included.
Any accompanying text written by the poet and forming an integral part
of the poem, such as dedications, notes, arguments and epigraphs, is also
Front and back matter
from the source volume, such as advertisements, prefaces, introductions,
editorial apparatus, biographies, glossaries and indexes, is usually excluded.
The Editorial Board
Canadiana specialist at the University of Toronto Library, holds a Master
of Library Science degree from that university. An active member of the
Bibliographical Society of America, the Champlain Society, and several
university committees, she served as president of the Bibliographical
Society of Canada (1991-1993). Her articles on literary and bibliographic
subjects have appeared in Canadian periodicals. She has also produced
several books, including, in conjunction with Patricia Fleming, Early
Canadian Printing: A Supplement to Marie Tremaine's A Bibliography of
Canadian Imprints, 1751-1800 (University of Toronto Press, 1999),
Toronto in Print: A Celebration of 200 Years of the Printing Press
in Toronto, 1798-1998 (Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 1998), and,
with Karen Evans, A Bibliography of Canadiana, Being Items in the Metropolitan
Toronto Library Relating to the Early History and Development of Canada:
Second Supplement, 4 vols. (Metropolitan Toronto Library Board, 1985-1989).
In 1988 the Bibliographical Society of Canada awarded her the Tremaine
Medal in bibliography.
assistant professor of Canadian literature at the University of New Brunswick,
holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and an M.A. and a
Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her special areas of interest include
19th- and 20th-century English-Canadian and American literature, Native
North American literature, critical theory and humour studies. A Fulbright
scholar, she has presented papers at academic conferences in both Canada
and the United States. Her articles and reviews have appeared in several
academic journals including English Studies in Canada, Studies
in Canadian Literature, Textual Studies in Canada, University
of Toronto Quarterly and The Canadian Review of American Studies.
Currently she is co-authoring a book on Thomas King with Priscilla Walton
of Carleton University (University of Toronto Press). She is also a co-editor
of Canadian Literature and the Business of Publishing, a special
issue of Studies in Canadian Literature published in 2000 (25.1).
Davies is a graduate of Dalhousie-King's, the University of Toronto,
and York University. She has taught at the Centre d'Etudes Canadiennes,
Université de Bordeaux III, Mount Allison University, and, since 1988,
at Acadia University, where she is currently head of the English Department.
She has served on a number of national committees or executives, including
the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures, the Association for
Canadian Studies, the Canadian Association of Chairs of English, the Canadian
Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), and the Council of
the Bibliographical Society of Canada. She currently chairs the Social
Sciences and Humanities Committee of the Department of National Defence
and is on the Advisory Board of Newfoundland Studies, the editorial
boards of Canadian Literature and The Journal of Nova Scotia
Historical Society, and the editorial committee of the History of
the Book Project. She has contributed to The University of Toronto
Quarterly, Canadian Literature, the Dictionary of Canadian
Biography, and various book-length collections. She has edited several
scholarly collections, including Myth and Milieu: Atlantic Literature
and Culture, 1918-1939 (Acadiensis Press, 1993), and is the author
of Studies in Maritime Literary History, 1760-1930 (Acadiensis
Edwards, a graduate of Queen's University and the University
of Toronto, taught English at Acadia University and the University of
British Columbia before joining the English Department of Carleton University.
A specialist on Canadian literature, she has published articles and entries
in Canadian Literature, the Transactions of the Royal Society
of Canada, Revue de l'Université d'Ottawa, English Studies
in Canada, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada,
Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires du Québec, the Academic
American Encyclopedia, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography,
and The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, as well as chapters
in edited books, including the Transactions of the Society for Textual
Scholarship (TEXT) (AMS Press,1991), Inside the Poem: Essays and
Poems in Honour of Donald Stephens (Oxford University Press, 1992),
and The Editorial Gaze: Mediating Texts in Literature and the Arts
(Garland, 1998). An experienced editor, she has not only prepared four
anthologies of Canadian literature (Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1974ff.)
and the critical edition of The History of Emily Montague (Carleton
University Press, 1985) for the Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts,
but has also served as a member of the editorial board of Papers of
the Bibliographical Society of Canada and English Studies in Canada.
Currently, she is a member of the editorial committee of the Collected
Works of Northrop Frye Project, editor of English Studies in Canada
and general editor of the Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts, for
which she is preparing a critical edition of William Kirby's Le chien
d'or/ The Golden Dog. Her current research interests include bibliography
and textual studies, the history of the Canadian book, William Kirby and
other nineteenth-century Canadian authors, and Frances Brooke.
a native of Montreal and Professor of English at Simon Fraser University,
completed her undergraduate studies at Simon Fraser University, her M.A.
at Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia.
She is currently on the board of CIHM (Canadian Institute for Historical
Microreproduction), and was active for many years with several national
organizations, including the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures
and the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada. A frequent
presenter at conferences and symposiums, she has published numerous articles
and entries on Canadian women literary figures, including E. Pauline Johnson,
L. M. Montgomery, Marie Joussaye Fotheringham, Susanna Moodie, and Margaret
Atwood. She directs the Canadian Publishers' Records Database in the Canadian
Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University. Her books
include A Purer Taste: The Writing and Reading of Fiction in English
in Nineteenth-Century Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1989) and
Canada's Early Women Writers: Texts in English to 1859 (Canadian
Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, 1994). With Gwendolyn
Davies, she is the co-editor of Canadian Poetry: The Beginnings Through
The First World War (McClelland & Stewart, 1994).
director of creative writing at the University of New Brunswick, is a
graduate of McGill University, Concordia University and the University
of Toronto. His academic interests include 20th-century American and Canadian
literature, post-colonial literature and cultural studies. He has published
two books of poetry: A Slow Light (Signal Editions Series, Véhicule
Press) and The Authority of Roses (Brick Books, 1997). His creative
work has appeared in such journals as The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish
Review, Descant, Ariel, The New Republic, Denver
Quarterly, Southwest Review and American Literary Review.
He has also published articles in several academic journals, including
Essays in Literature, Studies in Short Fiction, Weber
Studies, Verse and the University of Toronto Quarterly.
He is currently editor of The Fiddlehead.
Ramraj holds an undergraduate degree from the University of London
and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick. A Professor
of English at the University of Calgary, he is a specialist on 19th century
and contemporary Canadian literature, Commonwealth and international English
literature, and post-colonial theory and criticism. He has served as President
of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies and
on the board of directors of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities.
He is currently the president of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals,
the editor of ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature,
and a member of the editorial advisory board of Broadview Press. He has
published a number of scholarly articles and several books, including
Mordecai Richler (G. K. Hall-Twayne, 1983) and Concert of Voices:
An Anthology of World Writing in English (Broadview Literary Press,
1995). With Kenneth Ramchand, he is co-editing West Indian Short Stories:
An Anthology 1880-1980 (Heinemann, in press). His current major research
interest is a study of "The Politics of Difference and Similarity in Postcolonial/Postindependence
dean of the Faculty of General Studies and Professor of Canadian Studies
at the University of Calgary, completed her undergraduate studies at the
University of Toronto and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of British
Columbia. She has served on several international, national, or executive
committees, including the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship
Committee, the Canadian Council of Teachers of English Steering Committee,
and the Executive Council of the Canadian Association of Learned Journals.
For a number of years, she was editor of Studies in Canadian Literature.
She is currently a member of the editorial advisory board of both Arachne
and The Malcolm Lowry Review. Her publications include several
books: The Collected Poetry of Malcolm Lowry (University of British
Columbia Press, 1992); The Collected Fiction of John Polidori,
with D. L. Macdonald, (University of Toronto Press, 1994), and Mary
Wollstonecraft's Two 'Vindications': A Scholarly Edition, with D.
L. Macdonald,(Broadview Literary Press, 1997). She has also contributed
articles and reviews to a number of scholarly journals, the American
Review of Canadian Studies, Studies in Canadian Literature,
Canadian Literature, The Malcolm Lowry Review, Matrix,
The University of Toronto Quarterly, and Prairie Forum.
Vincent, professor of English and head of the English Department
at the Royal Military College of Canada, is a graduate of Dalhousie and
Queen's universities. A specialist on 18th century British literature,
16th and 17th century English poetry, and early Canadian literature, he
currently teaches courses on the literature of war. His articles on Maritime
literary figures, such as Henry Alline, Jonathan Odell, and Bliss Carman,
have appeared in Canadian Literature, Journal of Canadian Fiction,
and Acadiensis. He has published several books, including Narrative
Verse Satire in Maritime Canada, 1779-1814 (Tecumseh Press, 1978)
and Canadian Forum: A Key to the Authorship of Anonymous Materials
and the Pseudonyms Used (LC Press, 1993); edited several scholarly
volumes, including The Lay of the Wilderness: a tale of Loyalist New Brunswick;
and has contributed entries to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography,
the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the New Canadian
Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography: Canada
Writers Before 1890. His bibliographical research is represented by
the CD-ROM publication Index to Pre-1900 English Language Canadian
Cultural and Literary Magazines (OPTIM Corporation, 1993). He is currently
on the editorial board of Canadian Poetry Journal and the advisory
board of Precursors and Aftermath: Journal of Literature in English
of print and microform texts to support the building of Canadian Poetry
was made possible through the generous cooperation of individuals and
Canadian and American research and public libraries. The Electronic Text
Centre at the University of New Brunswick Libraries would especially like
to note the assistance of the Canadian Institute of Historical Microreproductions
(CIHM). The Centre would also like to acknowledge the support and financial
assistance of Betty Gustafson.
Every effort has been
made to obtain permission from the copyright holders of works included
in Canadian Poetry. ProQuest Information and Learning Ltd would
be grateful for further information concerning any author for whom no
copyright holder has been traced.
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