This page is dedicated to 2017 Fall’s Eng392 course “Studies in World Literature in English” with SFU’s Professor Colette Colligan; featuring the semi-autobiographical works of fiction and nonfiction of the Québécoise short story writer, essayist, novelist, and journalist Mavis Gallant who spent much of her life time living and writing in Paris, exploring the notions of Canadianism and identity, cosmopolitanism, refugees and migration, life after-war, and life living abroad.

In this menu, you will find some important newspaper and review articles, critiques, podcasts and secondary sources reviewed in the seminars as well as assigned written blogs for the course.

  • Amongst many works Explored in Class :
    • “The Ice Wagon Going Down the Street”
    • “Varieties of Exile”
    • “In Youth is Pleasure”
    • “From the Fifteenth District”
    • “Voices Lost in Snow”
    • “When We Were Nearly Young”
    • “The Cost of Living”
    • “Green Water, Green Sky”
    • “My Heart is Broken”
    • “Bernadette”
    • “The Moslem Wife”
    • “Paris Stories” and “Notebooks”
  • Interesting facts about Gallant and her literature : 
    • Gallant’s persona, “Linnet Muir”, is tacit to be her self-inserted semi-autobiographical character appearing in her short stories that mirrors much of Gallant’s thoughts and events that occurred in her lifetime.
    • You may definitely call her humble, spirited and a vigorous character in real life (as seen in her 2009 reading of “In Transit”at the Village Voice bookstore in Paris).
    • Much of her writings and published work was done through the New Yorker Magazine which brought her literary fame and a source of income to be an independent female writer all the way from the early 1950’s.
    • Gallant spent the last 60 years or so of her self-imposed exile life living and writing in Paris.
    • Gallant was married and divorced once in her young adult life and never conceived any children.
    • She is regarded in the same literary canons of Canadian writers like Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood.
    • She died at the age of 91 in Paris, February 18th 2014; leaving behind a trailblazing literature full of vivid habitat and concepts.