The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada hosts the double launch for CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event(McGill-Queen's University Press), edited by Jason Camlot and Katherine McLeod, and for Jody Mason's Home Feelings: Liberal Citizenship and the Canadian Reading Camp Movement (McGill-Queen's University Press). The event will feature 10-minute presentations by the books' respective editors and author. Books will be available for purchase.
About CanLit Across Media: Unarchiving the Literary Event
The materials we turn to for the construction of our literary pasts — the texts, performances and discussions selected for storage and cataloguing in archives — shape what we know and teach about literature today. The ways in which archival materials have been structured into forms of preservation, in turn, impact their transference and transformation into new forms of presentation and re-presentation.
Showcasing the range of methods and theories researchers use to engage with these materials, CanLit Across Media reanimates archives of cultural meaning and literary performance.
Jason Camlot is a professor in the Concordia’s Department of English. Katherine McLeod is an affiliated researcher with SpokenWeb at Concordia.
About Home Feelings: Liberal Citizenship and the Canadian Reading Camp Movement
Literature, literacy and citizenship took on new and contested meanings in early 20th-century Canada, particularly in frontier work camps. In this critical history of the reading camp movement, Jody Mason, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University, undertakes the first sustained analysis of the organization that became Frontier College in 1919.
Shifting the focus away from urban centres and postwar state narratives of citizenship, Home Feelings tracks the importance of reading projects and conceptions of literacy to the emergence of liberal citizenship in Canada prior to the Second World War.