Information related to the upcoming CACLALS 2016 conference at Congress (University of Calgary) is now available through the link “CFPs and Conferences.”


Welcome to the website of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS). Founded in 1973, the Association brings together critics, scholars, teachers, students, and writers who share an interest in Commonwealth and postcolonial literatures and oratures as well as the versions of the English language they employ. Through its affiliation with ACLALS and its framings of the critical act, the Association provides members with an international context for studying Canadian literature, fostering a deeper understanding of Canada's multicultural tradition and of cultures in other parts of the world.


THE PROGRAM FOR CACLALS 2017 IS NOW ONLINE! Please view the attachment here, and watch for regular updates and corrections as we count down to May 27th. We are currently seeking chairs for many sessions; if you are interested in serving in that role, contact me directly at


Full description of our co-sponsored roundtable discussion is here


Since we are not yet on track with our publication of CHIMO, we are continuing to publish news of members, Calls for Papers, and book reviews on this website.

Please see the “CFP and Conferences” page for meetings that may be of interest to you.

Attached are the most recent book reviews:

Jennifer Bowering Delisle, The Newfoundland Diaspora: Mapping the Literature of Out-Migration. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier UP, 2013. Reviewed by Libe García Zarranz

Kamboureli, Smaro, and Robert Zacharias, eds., Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. Reviewed by Naava Smolash



===== Jason Sunder Wins CACLALS 2016 Graduate Student Presentation Prize===== CACLALS warmly congratulates Jason Sunder, PhD candidate at Western, for being selected by judges Drs. Herb Wyile, John Ball, and Pamela McCallum as the winner of the 2016 CACLALS Graduate Student Presentation Prize for “Narratology and Human-Animal Conflict in Tania James’ The Tusk That Did the Damage.” Finalists Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba and Christina Turner are also commended for their impressive and engaging presentations. Studies in Canadian Literature provided certificates and subscriptions to the finalists, along with consideration of revised papers for publication.

For a description, criteria for judging, and other information about the prize, see Graduate Student Conference Presentation Prize


CACLALS gratefully acknowledges the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for helping to fund travel costs of graduate students, un(der)employed, and, where possible, retired members of the Association, to our annual conference.