Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Barbara Godard, 1942-2010
Dr. Barbara Godard [pictured, left] passed away in Toronto. The author of over 200 articles (some reprinted in her 2008 book, Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture) and editor of several edited collections, Barbara played a major role in creating new critical approaches to Canadian and Quebecois writing, especially innovative women's writing. Barbara was deeply committed to working in collaboration with colleagues and students as well as writers, artists and activists. In 1984, she founded the journal Tessera with Daphne Marlatt, Gail Scott and Kathy Mezei. For many years, she served on the editorial board of Open Letter. In addition to her research and writing, Barbara supervised several generations of Canadian literary critics and cultural studies scholars. She will continue to have a tremendous impact on Canadian literature and culture, both terrains she helped to write.