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Bibliography of Works about Dorothy Livesay


Archer, Violet. Canadian Art Songs: For High Voice. Calgary: Alberta Keys Music Publishing, 2003. [Includes a setting of "Green Rain" by Dorothy Livesay.]

____. Gold Sun: A Song for Contralto and Piano. 1971.

____. My Hands: A Song for Contralto and Piano. 1972.

____. Plainsongs: A Cycle for Mezzo Soprano and Piano. 1977. Music score.

Bisailon, Cindy. "Dorothy Livesay: The Woman I Am." Perf. Jennifer Dale and Andrew Burashko. CBC Radio, 2004.

Call My People Home. Videocassette. Dist. McNabb/Connolly Films. Massey Productions, 1989.

Pentland, Barbara. Disasters of the Sun: On 7 poems by Dorothy Livesay for Mezzo-Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Horn, 2 Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, Violoncello, and Prepared Tape. Vancouver New Music Ensemble, 1976.

____. Ice Age: For Soprano and Piano. 1987.

____. The Lake: One Act Chamber Opera for 4 Soloists & 15 Instruments or Version 2 for 8 Instruments: For Stage, Radio or Television. 1952. Libretto by Dorothy Livesay. Toronto: Canadian Music Centre, 1977.

Weaver, Carol Ann, and Rebecca Campbell. Awakenings. Text by Dorothy Livesay and Di Brandt. CD. Waterloo, Ont.: C. A. Weaver, 2003.


British Columbia Archives. T992:3-4; T1601-T1609; T1611-T1633; T1637-T1638.. Victoria, B.C.

Bruce Peel Special Collections Library. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.

Douglas Library Archives. Queen’s University. Kingston, Ont.

Grant McEwan College, Edmonton, Alberta.

Special Collections. Simon Fraser University. Burnaby, B.C.

University of Manitoba Archives. MSS 37, PC 43, TC 31. Winnipeg, Manitoba

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick. W. C Desmond Pacey Series 2.3, UNB Archives

University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections. SC068. Victoria, B.C.


The Woman I Am. Dir. David Tucker. Film Art/D.L.T. in assoc. with the CBC, 1981.


Banting, Pamela, and Kristjana Gunnars. "An Interview with Dorothy Livesay." Prairie Fire 17.3 (1986): 8-13.

Beardsley, Doug, and Rosemary Sullivan. "An Interview with Dorothy Livesay." Canadian Poetry 3 (1978): 87-97.

Canadian Poets on Tape: Dorothy Livesay (Dorothy Live). Toronto: OISE P, 1970.

Carlsen, Jørn. "Dorothy Livesay: Interview." Kunapipi 1 (1979): 130-34.

Dorothy Livesay and Eli Mandel. Compact disc. London, Ont.: Canadian Poetry Association, 1999.

Lever, B. "Interview with Dorothy Livesay." Canadian Forum Sept. 1975: 45-52.

Marshall, Joyce. "Dorothy Livesay: A Bluestocking Remembers." Branching Out 7.1 (1980): 18-21.

Meyer, Bruce, and Brian O'Riordan. "Dorothy Livesay: Unabashed Romantic." In Their Words: Interviews with Fourteen Canadian Writers. Toronto: Anansi, 1984. 73-84.

Robertson, Heather. ‘Dorothy Livesay at 73—The Unquiet Thoughts of an Unabashed Romantic." Quill & Quire Marc. 1983: 4, 6.

Articles and Books

Anderson, Doris, et al. "Symposium on the New Decade: Nine Distinguished Canadians Share their Hopes and Concerns for the Coming Decade." Canadian Forum Jan. 1990: 8-17.

Arnason, David. "Dorothy Livesay: A Memoir." Prairie Fire 18.2 (1997): 5-9.

Banting, Pamela. "The Archive as a Literary Genre: Some Theoretical Speculations (Dorothy Livesay Research Tool Project)." Archivaria 23 (1986/87): 119-122.

____. "Daddy’s Girl: Dorothy Livesay’s Correspondence with Her Father." Canadian Poetry 22 (1988): 10-21.

____. "Dorothy Livesay (1909-)." Canadian Writers and Their Works. Poetry Ser. Vol. 3. Ed. Robert Lecker, Jack David, and Ellen Quigley. Toronto: ECW, 1987. 61-107.

____. "Dorothy Livesay’s Notations of Love and the Stance Dance of the Female Poet in Relation to Language." CVII 8.3 (1984): 14-18.

Billings, Robert. "Regionalism and Internationalism." Waves: Fine Canadian Writing 11.2-3 (1983): 37-46.

Brandt, Di. "Revisiting Dorothy Livesay’s The Husband." Capilano Review 2.32 (2000): 75-89.

Butler, Tanya. "Dorothy Livesay’s Poetic Re/Vision: Reading Binaries, Lesbian Love, and Androgyny in The Self-Completing Tree." Canadian Poetry 50 (2002): 32-50.

Chen, John Zhongming. "Women’s Autobiography as Counter-Discourse: The Cases of Dorothy Livesay and Yu Loujin." Feminism/Femininity in Chinese Literature. Ed. Peng-hsiang Chen and Whitney Crothers Dilley. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002. 33-43.

Collin, William Edwin. "My New Found Land." The White Savannahs. Toronto: Macmillan, 1936. 147-73. 147-73.

Cooley, Dennis. "Dorothy Livesay’s Political Poetry." The Vernacular Muse: The Eye and Ear in Contemporary Literature. Winnipeg: Turnstone, 1987. 223-75.

Crawley, Alan. "Dorothy Livesay." Leading Canadian Poets. Ed. W. P. Percival. Toronto: Ryerson, 1948. 117-24.

Davey, Frank. "Dorothy Livesay." From There to Here: A Guide to English-Canadian Literature Since 1960. Erin, Ont.: Porcépic, 1974. 168-72.

____. "Livesay, Dorothy." Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature. 2nd ed. Ed. Eugene Benson and William Toye. Toronto: Oxford UP, 1997. 674-75.

____. "Surviving the Paraphrase." Canadian Literature 70 (1976): 5-13.

Denham, Paul. "Dorothy Livesay (1909- )." ECW’s Biographical Guide to Canadian Poets. Ed. Robert Lecker, Jack David, and Ellen Quigley. Toronto: ECW, 1993. 121-25.

____. Dorothy Livesay and Her Works. Toronto: ECW, 1987. Downey, Donn."Poet, Feminist, Received Two G-G Awards: Obituary: Dorothy Livesay Claimed To Be the First to Write an English Language Poem about the Birthing Process." Globe & Mail 1 Jan. 1997: C1.

Dorney, Lindsay, Gerald Noonan, and Paul Tiessen, Eds. A Public and Private Voice: Essays on the Life and Work of Dorothy Livesay. Waterloo, Ont.: U of Waterloo P, 1986.

Foulks, Debbie. "Livesay’s Two Seasons of Love." Canadian Literataure 74 (1977): 63-73. Gibbs, Jean. "Dorothy Livesay and the Transcendentalist Tradition." Humanities Association Bulletin 21 (1970): 24-39.

Gilman, Marvin. "Lines of Intersection: The Two Dorothys and Marxism." New Literatures Review 28-29 (Winter 1994-Summer 1995): 23-32.

Gingell, Susan. "Claiming Positive Semantic Space for Women: The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Essays on Canadian Writing 74 (2001): 1-24.

Givner, Joan. "Livesay, Dorothy." Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Ed. W. H. New. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2002. 670-73.

Gnarowski, Michael. "Anti-Intellectualism in Canadian Poetry." Canadian Author and Bookman Spr. 1965: 3-5.

Harrison, R.T. "Taking the Prairies Seriously: Dorothy Livesay’s A Winnipeg Childhood; Laurence Ricou’s Vertical Man/Horizontal World; Donald Stephens' Writers of the Prairies ." World Literature Written in English 13 (1974) 266-74.

Hutchison, Sandra. "Frontiers of Imagination: The African Writings of Dorothy Livesay and Karen Blixen." Canada and the Nordic Countries. Ed. Jørn Carlsen and Bengt Streijffert. Lund: Lund UP, 1988. 139-48.

Irvine, Dean J. "Among Masses: Dorothy Livesay and English Canadian Leftist Magazine Culture of the Early 1930s." Essays on Canadian Writing 68 (1999): 183-212.

Kelly, Peggy. "Politics, Gender, and New Provinces: Dorothy Livesay and F. R. Scott." Canadian Poetry 53 (2003): 54-70.

Kirk, Heather. "Anecdotes of Canadian Literary Life: Dorothy Livesay, Anne Szumigalski, John Newlove, Irving Layton, Alden Nowlan." Cross Canada Writers Quarterly 10.1 (1988): 3.

Kizwk, Alex R. "Some Theoretical Considerations on Reading Dorothy Livesay’s Poetry." Journal of Literary Theory 4 (1983): 45-64.

Kreisel, Henry. "The Poet as Radical: Dorothy Livesay in the Thirties." CVII 4.1 (1979): 19-21.

Leland, D. "Dorothy Livesay: Poet of Nature." Dalhousie Review 51 (1971): 404-412.

Marshall, Tom. Harsh and Lovely Land: The Major Canadian Poets and the Making of a Canadian Tradition. Vancouver: U of British Columbia P, 1979. 50-53.

McInnis, Nadine. Dorothy Livesay’s Poetics of Desire. Winnipeg: Turnstone, 1994.

____. "Small Miracles: Memories of Dorothy Livesay, Past and Present." ARC 27 (1991): 20-25.

Mitchell, Beverly. "'How Silence Sings' in the Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Dalhousie Review 54 (1974): 510-28.

Moffat, Kenneth. "Dorothy Livesay’s Politics of Engagement." A Poetics of Social Work: Personal Agency and Social Transformation in Canada, 1920-1939. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2001. 46-68.

O'Donnell, Kathleen. "Dorothy Livesay and Simone Routier: A Parallel Study." Humanities Association Review 23.4 (1972): 28-37.

Pacey, Desmond. "The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Essays in Canadian Criticism 1938-1968. Toronto: Ryerson, 1969. 135-44.

Pratt, E.J. "Dorothy Livesay." Gants du ciel Spr. 1946: 61-65.

Rauwerda, Antje M. "Upsetting an Already Unquiet Bed: Contextualizing Dorothy Livesay’s 'Zambia.'" Canadian Poetry 43 (1998): 103-125.

Relke, Diana. "The Task of Poetic Mediation: Dorothy Livesay’s Early Poetry." Ariel 17.4 (1986): 17-36.

Ricketts, Alan. Dorothy Livesay. Downsview, Ont.: ECW, 1983.

____. "Dorothy Livesay: An Annotated Bibliography." The Annotated Bibliography of Canada’s Major Authors. Vol. 4. Ed. Robert Lecker and Jack David. Downsview, Ont.: ECW, 1983. 129-203.

Ricou, Laurie. "The Naive Eye in the Poetry of Dorothy Livesay, P. K. Page, and Miriam Waddington." Voices from Distant Lands: Poetry in the Commonwealth. Ed. Konrad Gross and Wolfgang Klooss. Wurzburg: Konigshausen & Neumann, 1983. 108-114.

Sanchez-Pardo, Esther. "Canonization or Exclusion?: Dorothy Livesay’s Wayward Modernism from the 1940s." Atlantis: Revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos 22 (2000): 167-86.

Saunders, Doris. "Manitoba in Literature: An Issue on Literary Environment." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 3.3 (1970): 1-225.

Sharma, Benita. Why We Are Here: Changing Perspectives in the Poetry of Dorothy Livesay. Bombay: S. N. D. T. Women’s U, 1989.

Sparrow, Fiona. "The Self-Completing Tree: Livesay’s African Poetry." Canadian Poetry 20 (1987): 17-30.

Stevens, Peter. Dorothy Livesay: A Writer’s Life. Toronto: ECW, 1992.

____. "Dorothy Livesay: The Love Poetry." Canadian Literature 47 (1971): 26-43.

____. Dorothy Livesay: Patterns in a Poetic Life. Toronto: ECW, 1992.

____. "Dorothy Livesay: Patterns in a Poetic Life." American Review of Canadian Studies 23.3 (1993): 456-460.

____. "Out of the Silence and Across the Distance: The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Queen’s Quarterly 78 (1971): 579-91.

Thompson, Lee Briscoe. "A Coat of Many Cultures: The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Journal of Popular Culture 15.3 (1981): 53-61.

____. Dorothy Livesay. Twayne’s World Authors Series. Boston: Twayne, 1987. University of Manitoba Dept. of Archives and Special Collections. The Papers of Dorothy Livesay: A Research Tool. Winnipeg: U of Manitoba, 1986.

Varma, Prem. "The Love Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Journal of Canadian Poetry 3.1 (1980): 17-31.

Weaver, Robert. "The Poetry of Dorothy Livesay." Contemporary Verse 26 (1948): 18-22.

Whitney, Joyce. "Death and Transfiguration: The Mature Love Poems of Dorothy Livesay." Room of One’s Own 5:1-2 (1979): 100-02.

Wilson, Milton. Poets Between the Wars: E. J. Pratt, F. R. Scott, A. J. M. Smith, Dorothy Livesay, A. M. Klein. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1967.

Woodcock, George. "Sun, Wind, and Snow: The Poems of Dorothy Livesay." Room of One’s Own 5.12 (1979): 46-62.

____. "Transmuting the Myth: Dorothy Livesay and the 1930s." Northern Spring: The Flowering of Canadian Literature. Vancouver: Douglas and McIntyre, 1982. 235-45.

York, Lorraine M. "‘A Thankful Music’: Dorothy Livesay’s Experiments with Feeling and Poetic Form." Canadian Poetry 12 (1983): 13-23.

Zimmerman, Susan. "Livesay’s Houses." Canadian Literature 61 (1974): 26-43.

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