Elle Beaver

By Kait Pinder and Ania Wroblewski

This summer, take a tour through Canadian literature guided by some of Canada’s strongest female voices. This reading list will give you a sense of the tradition of feminist women’s writing in Canada and the issues and aesthetics that have shaped it over the past seventy years. From the poetry of Elizabeth Smart’s affront to wartime propriety in By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept to Sheila Heti’s meditation on art and female friendship in our contemporary world, this reading list reveals not only the problems women have confronted in the past (and are still confronting today) but also highlights the creative and shifting methods of their confrontation.

Elizabeth Smart’s By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (1945)

The unnamed first-person narrator of Elizabeth Smart’s now classic novella tells the story of her affair with a married man during the…

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