Fraile, Ana María. The Protean Myth of Canadian (Literary) Identity: Makeda Silvera’s Her Head a Village. Into the Looking-glass Labyrinth: Myth and Mystery in Canadian Literature.  Ed. Heliane Ventura. Open Letter Canada 2 (2007): 72-86.

Hernáez Lerena, María Jesús. “Flight of Birds: A Note on the Significance of Katherine Govier’s Creation”. Canadian Literature. 194 (Autumn 2007): Issue: “Visual/Textual Intersections”.  190-195.

Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Limits of the Ethical Turn: Troping towards the Other, Yann Martel, and Self”. University of Toronto Quarterly 76. 3 (Summer 2007): 937-961


Kamboureli, Smaro.”Gambling with Failure (review)”. University of Toronto Quarterly 76.1 (Winter 2007): 646-648


Martín, Belén. “Antonia Navarro Tejero 2005: Gender and Caste in the Anglophone-Indian Novels of Arundhati Roy and Guiíta Hariharan. Feminist Issues in Cross-Cultural Perspectives”. Reseña. Atlantis XXXIX, 2 (Diciembre 2007): 107-113.




Darias Beautell, Eva.  “Where Has ‘Real’ Nature Gone, Anyway? Ecocriticism, Canadian Writing and the Lures of the Virtual”. Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 56 (Spring 2008): 81-98.


Hernáez Lerena. Mª Jesús. "Two Voices from Newfoundland: History and Myth addressed by Maura Hanrahan and Paul Butler. Two Interviews”. /Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses/ (RCEI). Special Issue on Contemporary Canadian Literature, 56 (Spring 2008): 99-122.

Hernáez Lerena. Mª Jesús. “`Changing Silk Gowns for Survival Suits´: A Written Conversation with Robin McGrath”. British Journal of Canadian Studies 21. 2 (2008): 257-273.

Hernáez Lerena. Mª Jesús. Helen Fogwill Porter’s novel /Finishing School/, Lawrencetown Beach: Pottersfield Press, 2007. Newfoundland and Labrador Studies (Fall 2008).

Martín Lucas, Belén. Reseña: Canon Disorders: Gendered Perspectives on Literature and Film in Canada and the United States”. Eds. Eva Darias Beautell y María Jesús Hernáez Lerena. Babel Afial 17 (2008): 281-286. ISSN: 1132-7332.




Fraile, Marcos, Ana.  “Scrutiny: The Case of Daisy Goodwill’s Rebellion”. Journal of English Studies (2009).


Hernáez Lerena. Mª Jesús.  “Narrative Genres and the Administration of Consciousness: The Case of Daisy Goodwill’s Rebellionen Journal of English Studies, 5-6 (2009): 155-172




Hernáez Lerena. Mª Jesús.  “Feeling the Alchemy of Stories in a

History Book on the Canadian Short Story” Reingard M. Nischik’s The

Canadian Short Story:Interpretations. Camden House. Canadian

Literature 205 (Summer 2010): 178-179.





Darias Beautell, Eva and María Jesús Hernáez Lerena, eds. Canon Disorders: Gendered Perspectives on Literature and Film in Canada and the United States. Logroño: Universidad de La Rioja/Universidad de La Laguna, 2007.


Darias Beautell, Eva. “Blood Road Leads to Promise: A Gendered Approach to Canada’s Past in Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Cure for Death by Lightning.” Canon Disorders: Gendered Perspectives on Literature and Film in Canada and the United States. Ed. Eva Darias Beautell and María Jesús Hernáez Lerena (Universidad de La Rioja/Universidad de La Laguna, 2007. 34-68.


Fraile, Ana María, ed. Richard Wright’s Native Son. Amsterdam-N.Y.: Rodopi, 2007.


Fraile, Ana María.Native Son’s ‘ideology of form’: the (African) American Jeremiad and American Exceptionalism”. Dialogues on Richard Wright’s Native Son. Ed. Ana Mª Fraile. Amsterdam-N.Y.: Rodopi, 2007. 119-142.


Fraile, Ana María. "Looking Backwards into the Future: Family and Ancestors as the Key to Caribbean Identity in Elizabeth Nunez' Beyond the Limbo Silence." Family Reflections: The Contemporary American Family in the Arts. Eds. Carmen Flys & Maurice A. Lee. Alcalá de Henares: Universidad de Alcalá, 2007. 255-274.


Hernáez Lerena, María Jesús. Entrevistada por Angela Antler para la el programa cultural de radio de la CBC Weekend Arts Magazine. Ver


Hernáez Lerena, María Jesús. “Surviving the Metaphorical Condition in Elle: Douglas Glover’s Impersonation of the First French female in Canada”. Canon Disorders: Gendered Perspectives on Literature and Film in Canada and the United States. Ed. Eva Darias Beautell and María Jesús Hernáez Lerena (Universidad de La Rioja/Universidad de La Laguna, 2007. 69-85.

Howells, Coral. "Canadian Gothic" in Routledge Companion to Gothic, eds. Catherine Spooner & Emma McEvoy(London & New York: Routledge,2007): 105-114.

Howells, Coral. "Larry's A/Mazing Spaces" in Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary, eds. Marta Dvorak & Manina Jones (Montreal & Kingston: McGill Queen's, 2007): 115-135.


Kamboureli, Smaro, ed. So This Is The World & Here I Am In It: Di Brandt. The Writer as Critic Series, vol. 10. Edmonton: NeWest, 2007.


Kamboureli, Smaro and Roy Miki, eds. Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007




Darias Beautell, Eva.  Contemporary Canadian Literature. Ed. Eva Darias Beautell. Número especial de la Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 56 (Spring 2008).


Darias Beautell, Eva.  “Gender Relations in the Wilderness: Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s The Cure for Death by Lightning”. Canada: Text and Territory. Ed. Máire Áine Ní Mhainnín and Elizabeth Tilley. Newcastle: Cambridge SP. 2008. 167-178.


Darias Beautell, Eva. Entrevista invitada. Programa especial sobre la escritora Alice Munro. EFECTO MARIPOSA.  Programa Cultural de Radio Nacional de Uruguay. 5 de mayo.

Fraile Marcos, Ana."Canadá y la auto/biografía contemporánea: Ondaatje, Kogawa, Blaise y Mukherjee.” Multidisciplinary Studies in Language and Literature: English, American and Canadian. Eds. Fuencisla García-Bermejo y Pilar Sánchez. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2008. 281-292.

Howells, Coral Ann. “Complex Transactions: Reading from a Distance.” Reading(s) from a Distance: European Perspectives on Canadian Women’s Writing. Ed. Charlotte Sturgess and Martin Kuester. (Studies in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Vol.2). Augsburg: Wissner-Verlag, 2008: 11-22.


Howells, Coral Ann. “We Can’t Help but Be Modern: The Penelopiad.Once Upon a Time: Myth, Fairy Tales and Legends in Margaret Atwood’s Writings. Ed. Sarah Appleton. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008: 57-72.


Howells, Coral Ann. “Filling in the Details of the City’s Outlines: Women Writing in the Multiethnic Metropolis.” La Donna nella Citta Multiethnica/ Women in the Multiethnic City. Eds. Luigi Bruti Liberati and Giovanni Dotoli. Fasano: Schema Editore, 2008: 85-101.


Howells, Coral Ann.  Reprint of “Cat’s Eye: Elaine Risley’s Retrospective Art” in Margaret Atwood: Essays on Her Works. Ed. Branko Gorjup. Toronto: Guernica, 2008: 130-147.


Kamboureli, Smaro, ed. Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture: Selected Essays by Barbara Godard: 1987-2005. Ed. with an introduction. NeWest, 2008. 512 pp. 


Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Critic, Institutional Culture, and Canadian Literature: Barbara Godard in Conversation with Smaro Kamboureli.” Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture: Selected Essays by Barbara Godard 1987-2005. NeWest. 7-54.


Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Politics of the Beyond: 43 Theses on Autoethnography and Complicity.” Asian Canadian Writing beyond Autoethnography. Eds. Eleanor Ty and Chrystl Verduyn. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2008. 31-53. 


Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Long Poem’s Race away from Modernity.” Krysinger: Nye perspektiver på  moderne nordisk lyrikk. Ed. Ole Karlesn. Tromso: Norway: Unipub. 2008. 185-209. 


Martín Lucas, Belén. “Postmodern, Postcolonial and Feminist : Marlene Nourbese Philip’s Poems at a Theoretical Junction”. En La fabrique du genre: (dé)constructions du féminin et du masculin dans les arts et la littérature anglophones . Eds. Sophie Marret y Claude Le Fustec. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2008. 175-187.




Los siguientes ensayos de nuestro grupo aparecen en el volumen titulado Canada Exposed / Le Canada à découvert.  Eds. Pierre Anctil, et al. Bruselas: Peter Lang, 2009:


Darias Beautell, Eva.  “A Descent into Local Splendour?: Cultural Exposure in Timothy Taylor’s Stanley Park

Fraile Marcos, Ana. “Exposing Blackness as Canadian (Literary) Identity

Hernáez Lerena, María J. “Visited Graves in Colonial Cemetries: The Resurrection of Marguerite de Roberval.”

Howells, Coral and Eva-Marie Kroller. “ Switching the Plot: From Survival to The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature.”

Martín Lucas, Belén. “On the ‘Dark Side of the Nation’: Racialized Women’s Critique of Canadian Nationalism(s)”

Además, anotamos a continuación otras publicaciones del grupo dentro del tema del proyecto editadas en 2009:


Fraile, Marcos, Ana. “The Transcultural Intertextuality of George Elliott Clarke’s ‘African Canadianite’: African American Models Shaping George & Rue”. Land and Freedom Narratives: African Americans in Dialogue with the World.  Ed. Virginia Whatley Smith. Mississippi University Press, 2009.


Hernáez Lerena. Mª Jesús. "Short-Storyness as Eye-Witnessing". In the forthcoming book: /Insights into the Short Story Genre in the 21^st century /(Rodopi). Ed. Viorica
Patea Birk. (Other contributors are Charles E. May, Farhat Iftekharuddin, Lauro Zavala, etc.), 2009.

Howells, Coral Ann. “Shifts of Emphasis in Contemporary Diasporic Writing in English Canada.” Diasporic Subjectivities and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures, ed. Igor Maver, 2009.


Howells, Coral Ann.  Cambridge History of Canadian Literature, co-ed. with Eva-Marie Kroller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.


Kamboureli, Smaro. “Diaspora and Modernity: The Postethnic Ethos in Denise Chong's The Concubine'sChildren.” Challenges in Languages and Literatures. Ed. Sandra Regina Goulart Almeida. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG, 2009. 26 p.


Kurajica, Mladen. “John Cage and 4’33’’: Silence, Simulacrum, Global Village and…” Textural Identities of “Identity Politics”: Debates from Afar on Recent US Cultural Texts. Ed. Juan José Cruz. La Laguna: SPULL, 2009. 255-272.


Martín Lucas, Belén. “‘Mum is the word’: Gender Violence, Displacement and the Refugee Camp in Yasmin Ladha’s Documentary-Fiction”. Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives. Violence and Violation. Eds. Zoe Brigley y Sorcha Gunne. Londres: Routledge, 2009. 239-271.

Martín Lucas, Belén. “Metaphors of the (M)Otherland: The Rhetoric and Grammar of Nationalism”. Her Na-rra-tion, Women’s Narratives of the Canadian Nation. Eds. Françoise Le Jeune y Charlotte Sturgess. Université de Nantes, 2009.


Finalmente, el siguiente volumen de ensayos, trabajo final del grupo dentro de este proyecto está siendo evaluado para su publicación en la editorial canadiense Wilfrid Laurier University Press:

TITLE: Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts: Narratives of English Canada Today




Dr. Eva Darias Beautell (University of La Laguna, Spain) (Editor)

Dr. Ana Fraile Marcos (U. of Salamanca, Spain)

Dr. María Jesús Hernáez Lerena (U. of La Rioja, Spain)

Dr. Belén Martín Lucas (U. of Vigo, Spain)

Dr. Coral Ann Howells (U. of Reading, UK)

Dr. Smaro Kamboureli (U. of Guelph, Canada)

Dr. Michèle Lacombe (Trent U., Canada)

Dr. Richard Cavell (UBC, Canada)




This collection of essays will offer an innovative study of the cultural and literary contexts as well as the narrative texts of English Canada over the last forty years. It takes as its starting point the nationalist movement of the 1960s and 1970s, when the supposed absence or weakness of a national sense becomes the touchstone for official discourses about the cultural identity of the country. At the time, that type of metaphor provides the nation with the distinctive elements it is looking for, contributing thus to the creation of a sense of tradition that has survived to the present. In the following decades, however, critics, artists and writers have repeatedly questioned such a model of the national identity, still fragile and in need of articulation, by reading the nation from alternative perspectives such as multiculturalism, environmentalism, (neo)regionalism, feminism or postcolonialism. We could, in fact, suggest that the artistic and cultural flowering we are now experiencing in Canada at the beginning of the 21st century is, to a great extent, based on the dismantlement, from the above perspectives, of the few images constructed only 40 years ago to represent the nation. Through their readings of representative primary texts, their contextual analysis and their selected methodological tools, the essays in this collection will offer a tapestry of alternative approaches to that process of dismantlement. Together, they will read as an unruly Penelopiad, their unraveling readings self-consciously interrogating Canada’s (lack of) ghosts.


List of contents:


Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts: Narratives of English Canada Today

Ed. Eva Darias-Beautell







Chapter I: Revising Tradition: Stories and Literary Histories since 1970

Coral Ann Howells (U. of Reading)


Chapter II: Disciplining Asian Canadian Literature: Method, Diaspora, Nation

Smaro Kamboureli (U. of Guelph)


Chapter III: When Race Does Not Matter “except to everyone else”: The Zebra Poetics of Lawrence Hill and Kim Barry Brunhuber

Ana María Fraile (U. of Salamanca)


Chapter IV: Of Aliens and Monsters: Gothic Fantasy in Transnational Feminist Fiction 

Belén Martín-Lucas (U. of Vigo )


Chapter V: Histories of Forgetting: Jane Rule and Cultural Memory 

 Richard Cavell (University of British Columbia)


Chapter VI: “Two Vancouvers Tied in a Snot": The Shadow City and the Production of Locality in Recent Fiction and Art

Eva Darias-Beautell (U. of La Laguna)


Chapter VII: The Calling of All things to Their Hollows: River Thieves, The Big Why, and Alligator

María Jesús Hernáez Lerena (U. de La Rioja)


Chapter VIII: “One Good Story, that One”?  Contemporary Indigenous Critical Theory and Fiction in Canada 

Michèle Lacombe (U. of Trent)








(Otros trabajos en prensa)




Darias-Beautell, Eva. 2011.Home Truths: Teaching Canadian Literatures in Spanish Universities.” Rewriting English-Canadian Literature In Spain: Essays On Translation, Circulation And Reception. Ed. Pilar Somacarrera McGill-Queens UP. En prensa.

Darias-Beautell, Eva. 2011. “Prototypes for New Understandings: Literature, Arts and Ecology from Canada’s West Coast.”  Cultural Crossings: The Case Studies of Canada and Italy. Proceedings of the Conference Held in Pisa, 27th-29th November 2008. Ed. Biancamaria Rizzardi And Viktoria Tchernichova. Pisa: University of Pisa P. 35-42.

Darias-Beautell, Eva. 2011.“The Production of Vancouver: Termination Views in the City of Glass.” Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts: Narratives of English Canada Today. Ed. Eva Darias-Beautell. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP. En fase de revisión.

Darias-Beautell, Eva. 2011. "Who's Afraid of the Urban? Canadian Literature Goes Downtown.” Multidisciplinary Aspects in Canadian Studies/Aspects multidisciplinaires en Études canadiennes (30 Years of ICCS / Les 30 ans du CIEC). Ed. Klaus-Dieter Ertler/Stewart Gill/Susan Hodgett. Ottawa: U of Ottawa. En prensa.