CanLit Dumpster Fire - a reading list

 

This list is not complete. It is a living document, and new resources can be added as they come. Its purpose is to compile the important work that is responding to issues and discussions in "CanLit".

If you have a new resource, essay or link to add, let me know. I don’t plan on revising this regularly, so please be patient. 

Please share and use! Thank and cite the folks who did the heavy lifting in writing these essays.

(To update the list, please contact Carrianne Leung at carrianneleung@gmail.com)

 

Multiple Fires

http://open-book.ca/Columnists/CanLit-is-a-Raging-Dumpster-Fire

Alicia Elliott

http://carte-blanche.org/canlit-time-no-contact-rule/

Gwen Benaway

http://humberliteraryreview.com/jen-sookfong-lee-essay-open-letters-and-closed-doors//

Jen Sookfong Lee

http://gutsmagazine.ca/sometimes-women-have-to-make-hard-choices-to-be-writers/

Kai Cheng Thom

http://cwila.com/celebrating-diversity-by-dismantling-canlit/

Amanda Leduc

https://hookandeye.ca/2017/11/16/guest-post-another-dumpster-fire-an-opinionated-review-of-arrival-the-story-of-canlit-by-nick-mount/

Julie Rak

 

Appropriation Prize Fire

http://winnipegreview.com/2017/05/facing-the-legacy-of-erasure-and-cultural-appropriation-in-canadian-literature/

Gwen Benaway

https://www.tiahouse.ca/notes-indiginegativity-addendum-joshua-whitehead/

Joshua Whitehead

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-cultural-appropriation-debate-is-over-its-time-for-action/article35072670/

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

http://www.chatelaine.com/living/indigenous-representation-literature/

Helen Knott

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/the-cultural-appropriation-debate-isn-t-about-free-speech-it-s-about-context-1.4117142

Alicia Elliott

https://quillandquire.com/omni/whitney-french-examining-the-root-of-cultural-appropriation/

Whitney French

https://www.buzzfeed.com/scaachikoul/so-hows-that-whole-diversity-in-media-thing-going?utm_term=.nd3a17oVx#.lnQYr4o8b

Scaachi Khoul

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/wnd97z/what-colour-is-your-beadwork-joseph-boyden

Ryan McMahon

http://aptnnews.ca/2016/12/23/author-joseph-boydens-shape-shifting-indigenous-identity/

Jorge Barrera

https://jezebel.com/what-can-we-learn-from-canadas-appropriation-prize-lite-1795175192

On Appropriation Prize

http://www.macleans.ca/society/on-diversity-canadian-media-is-throwing-stones-in-a-glass-house/

Murad Hummadi

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/jesse-wente-appropriation-prize-1.4115293

Jesse Wente

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/05/13/cultural-appropriation-prize-fund-was-the-unkindest-cut-of-all-paradkar.html

Shree Paradkar

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joshua-ostroff/cultural-appropriation_b_16562760.html

Josh Ostroff

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/pg7q8m/a-bunch-of-white-canadian-editors-really-love-cultural-appropriation

Sarah Hagi

https://quillandquire.com/omni/qa-doyali-islam-write-magazines-new-editor/

An interview with Quill and Quire with Doyali Islam. 

 

UBC Accountable and CanLit Accountable Fires

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-after-galloway-we-must-value-a-womans-pain-above-a-mans-reputation/?utm_medium=Referrer:+Social+Network+/+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links

Alicia Elliot

https://www.pyriscence.ca/home/2018/1/21/open-letter-to-the-globe-and-mail-re-ubc-accountable

Julie Rak

https://dorothyellenpalmer.com/2017/01/12/surrogates-sycophants-soldier-antsand-sheep-debunking-the-steven-galloway-innocence-project/#comments

Dorothy Palmer

https://www.change.org/p/ubc-accountable-open-counter-letter-about-the-steven-galloway-case-at-ubc

Counter letter to UBCAccountable

https://sites.google.com/ualberta.ca/counterletter/context-for-the-galloway-case?authuser=0

A list of resources and collected twitter threads by Julie Rak

https://thewalrus.ca/canlit-has-a-sexual-harassment-problem/

Zoe Whittall

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/concordia-says-allegations-of-sexual-harassment-serious/article37549425/

https://canlitaccountablenewvoice.wordpress.com/

The Power in Words By Celyn Harding-Jones

http://www.flare.com/news/margaret-atwood-feminism/

Stacy Lee Kong

https://tvo.org/article/current-affairs/shared-values/margaret-atwoods-failure-of-imagination

Chantal Braganza

http://www.ccwwp.ca/a-statement-against-the-culture-of-male-privilege-and-abuse-of-power-in-canadian-creative-writing-programs/

Concordia Fire

https://www.thehairpin.com/2014/10/stories-like-passwords/

Emma Healey

https://andthenamansaidit.wordpress.com/

Julie McIsaac

https://www.thestar.com/amp/news/canada/2018/01/12/the-interest-is-in-sex-not-writing-says-one-concordia-creative-writing-grad.html

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/two-concordia-teachers-removed-from-classes-amid-sexual-misconduct-investigation-1.3757433

 

Sexual assault/harrassment in CanLit

http://tiahouse.ca/nikki-reimer-hold-fucking-communities-accountable/

Nikki Reimer

http://humberliteraryreview.com/jen-sookfong-lee-essay-open-letters-and-closed-doors

Jen Sookfong Lee

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/artists-deal-with-abuse-in-our-work-so-why-do-we-struggle-to-confront-it-in-our-communities-1.4252989

Alicia Elliot

http://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-metoo-movement-failing-in-canada

Sabrina Maddeaux

https://nowtoronto.com/news/the-ghomeshi-effect/

Jacob Scheier

http://www.hookandeye.ca/2015/01/feminism-and-emotional-labour-redux.html

Erin Wunker on Love, Anonymous project

 

UBCA

https://www.buzzfeed.com/nataliezinawalschots/this-isnt-the-witch-hunt-youre-looking-for?utm_term=.if56qZVXZ#.rkZPw8qL8

Natalie Walschots

https://bookriot.com/2016/11/22/when-due-process-is-a-demand-for-silence-ubcaccountable-and-the-scandal-rocking-canadian-literature/

Brenna Clarke Gray

https://www.ubyssey.ca/culture/we-all-fall-down/

Julia Burnham

 

Concordia

https://thehairpin.com/stories-like-passwords-bf04e46c3fb6#.ysjcw3pfy

Emma Healey

http://towncrier.puritan-magazine.com/ephemera/concordia/

Kailey Havelock

https://andthenamansaidit.wordpress.com/

Julie McIsaac

https://medium.com/@heather.cromarty/part-ii-8de328c6491f

Heather Cromarty

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/prominent-montreal-writers-investigated-in-concordia-sexual-misconduct-allegations-inquiry-1.4552716

CBC

 

Coach House

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2018/01/16/coach-house-books-puts-poetry-on-hiatus.html

Toronto Star

https://www.buzzfeed.com/scaachikoul/a-canadian-poet-who-appeared-on-a-shitty-media-men-list-is?utm_term=.ouN01NQML#.qybMoWqKE

Scaachi Koul

https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/books/2018/03/14/ex-coach-house-poetry-editor-sees-vendetta-in-accusations.html

Toronto Star

 

Toronto spoken word community

https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2015/03/01/poet-sues-peers-for-more-than-300000-for-libel-and-defamation.html

Toronto Star

http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2015/08/26/donations-wanted-for-ottawa-poets-named-in-defamation-suit.html

Metro News

http://www.jacqbrass.com/i-support-ruthanne-edward-and-rusty-priske/

Jacq Brass

 

Canadian law on defamation and sexual assault/harrassment

https://quillandquire.com/omni/qa-lawyer-lisa-jean-helps-on-canlit-metoo-and-defamation-laws/

Lisa Jean

https://cippic.ca/en/defamation-and-slapps

On defamation law and possible defenses

https://www.cbabc.org/For-the-Public/Dial-A-Law/Scripts/Your-Rights/240

Canadian Bar Assoc on defamation and libel law

https://www.writersunion.ca/legal-assistance-writers

The Writers Union of Canada

http://nationalpost.com/opinion/why-the-soulpepper-four-skipped-the-cops-and-went-after-albert-schultz-in-civil-court

Edward Prutschi on civil versus criminal harrassment cases

http://ottawalitigation.com/defamation-on-the-internet/

Owen Bourns on online defamation law

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/news/rare-sex-assault-ruling-will-discourage-victims-from-speaking-out-advocates-say-1.1391413

CBC

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/jane-doe-wins-case-against-police-force-1.163867

CBC

 

Sexual assault/harrassment in academia and creative writing programs

http://carte-blanche.org/on-covered-mouths/

Lauren Turner

https://www.chronicle.com/article/Why-Creative-Writing-Programs/242767?key=Vsp5df7WwhGNPuakdKhVXvAMiL1ngqG0o-nOo3wDLPHUyiPjHJseCeOxrHh63cZ6V2hUU1ZNdXhobmNMdEtobWx4WTUwUEZZMDJnRS1OTUstdTVsYUtnVjNHaw

Nell Gluckman on sexual harrassment in creative writing programs

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1S9KShDLvU7C-KkgEevYTHXr3F6InTenrBsS9yk-8C5M/edit#gid=1530077352

Various contributors

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/predatory-men-academic-creative-writing#disqus_thread

John Warner

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2018/01/17/analysis/professors-power-and-predators-why-student-teacher-relationships-should-be

National Observer

https://www.buzzfeed.com/karthikshankar/why-i-published-a-list-of-sexual-predators-in-academia?bffbdialogue&utm_term=.bfPNY2Wov#.wipw4vgQJ

Karthik Shankar on students publishing list of abusers in India

http://www.chronicle.com/article/AbusersEnablers-in/241648

K.A. Amienne

 

Sexual assault/harrassment in American lit circles

https://jezebel.com/is-this-the-end-of-the-era-of-the-important-inappropri-1765684275

Jia Tolentino

http://www.tinhouse.com/blog/45377/experts-in-the-field.html

Bonnie Nadzam

http://lithub.com/roxane-gay-aimee-bender-and-more-on-assault-and-harassment-in-the-literary-world/

Various authors

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/58d5b420e4b0f633072b37c3

Kate Manne

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/martha-c-nussbaum/why-some-men-are-above-the-law_b_8992754.html?1452889415

Martha C. Nussbaum

https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/famous-philosophy-professor-accused-sexual-harassment?utm_term=.coBAXJ2XO#.ro2GAarAp

Katie J.M. Baker

https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/sexual-reckoning-in-publishing

S.E. Smith

 

Miscellaneous

https://twitter.com/alexandraerin/status/933005078516174848

Alexandra Erin on convicting abusers

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/harvey-weinsteins-army-of-spies

Ronan Farrow on systemic victim silencing

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/11/20/art-monstrous-men/

Claire Dederer on the art of abusive men

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/26/opinion/sunday/larry-nassar-rachael-denhollander.html?smid=fb-share

Rahael Denhollander on the prive of coming forward

https://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeednews/whos-the-harvey-weinstein-of-your-industry?utm_term=.wgQLzqM2A#.jfm8P5g1q

Buzzfeed call for tips

http://politicsslashletters.live/reviews/art-of-metoo-cara-coles-illuminated-manuscript/

Theresa Smalec "Art of #MeToo: Cara Cole's Illuminated Manuscript,"Politics/Letters Live, 3 Aug. 2018.