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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter provides an overview of gay and lesbian literature in English in Canada, while recognizing the limitations presented by identity categories. The categories of sex and gender are further complicated by their intersections with that of race, a point of particular concern in diasporic and Aboriginal writing. With few exceptions, literary works in Canada taking up what could loosely be described as an overtly queer theme, poetics, or dramaturgy have been met historically with marginalization from the canon and limited critical attention, but this is changing. From John Richardson’s Wacousta (1832) to Ivan E. Coyote and Rae Spoon, the sexual diversities in Canada have found many expressions.

Keywords: gay, lesbian, queer, gender, marginalization, Ivan E. Coyote, Rae Spoon, John Richardson

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