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Bibliography for Janice Kulyk Keefer

Compiled by Deborah Saidero, University of Udine


White of the Lesser Angels. Charlottetown: Ragweed Press, 1986.

Marrying the Sea. Toronto: Brick Books, 1998.

Midnight Stroll. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2006.


The Paris-Napoli Express. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1986.

Transfigurations. Charlottetown: Ragweed Press, 1987.

Constellations. Toronto: Random House, 1988.

Travelling Ladies. Toronto: Random House, 1990.

Rest Harrow. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1992.

The Green Library. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1996.

Anna’s Goat. Victoria, BC: Ocra Book Publishers, 2000.

Thieves. Toronto: HarperCollins, 2004.


Honey and Ashes: A Story of Family. Toronto: HarperCollins, 1998.

Critical Works

Under Eastern Eyes: A Critical Reading of Maritime Fiction. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1987.

Reading Mavis Gallant. New York: Oxford UP, 1989.

Precarious Present/Promising Future?: Ethnicities and Identities in Canadian Literature. Co-edited with Richard E. Sherwin and Danielle Schaub. Jerusalem:Magnes Press, 1996.

Two Lands, New Visions: Stories from Canada and Ukraine. Co-edited with Solomea Pavlychko. Regina: Coteau Books, 1998.

Dark Ghost in the Corner: Imagining Ukrainian-Canadian Identity. Saskatoon: Heritage Press, 2005.

Essays and Articles

“Gender, Language, Genre”. In Language in Her Eye: Writing and Gender Views by Canadian Women Writing in English. Eds. Libby Scheier, Sarah Sheard and Eleanor Wachtel. Toronto: Coach House Press, 1990. 164-171.

“Another Country.” Canadian Literature 120 (Spring 1990): 6-11.
“Divided Loyalties.” Books in Canada 19.7 (1990): 18-21.
“From Mosaic to Kaleidoscope: Out of the multicultural past comes a vision of a transcultural future.” Books in Canada 20.6 (Sept. 1991): 13-16.

“Writing and Fathers and Daughters and Death.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 7.2 (1992): 148-214.

“Kiev, November 1993.” In Writing Away: The PEN Canada Travel Anthology. Ed. Constance Rooke. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1994, 123-146.

“What I’d Be If I Were Not a Writer: Janice Kulyk Keefer.” Brick 50 (1994): 25.

“Coming across bones: historiographic ethno-fiction.” Essays on Canadian Writing 57 (Winter 1995): 84-104.

“Telling Stories in Poems: An ongoing look at the narrative element in poetry.” New Quarterly 16.2 (Summer 1996): 28-30.

“From Dialogue to Polylogue. Canadian Transcultural Writing during the Deluge.” In Difference and Community: Canadian and European Cultural Perspectives. Eds. Peter Easingwood, Konrad Gross and Lynette Hunter. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996. 57-70.

“Who’s Afraid of Josef Skvorecky? The ‘Reactionary’ Immigrant Writer in a Multicultural Canada.” In Ethnic Literature and Culture in the USA, Canada, and Australia. Ed. Igor Maver. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 1996. 249-261.

“My own private Eden Mills: and a river runs through it.” Globe & Mail, 18 March, 1998.

“The East is Read: New Canadian Voices from out of the Other Europe.” In Italy and Canadian Culture: Nationalisms in the New Millennium. Eds. Anna Pia De Luca and Deborah Saidero. Udine: Forum, 2001. 141-151.

Critical Works on Janice Kulyk Keefer


Saidero, Deborah. ed. Janice Kulyk Keefer: Essays on Her Works. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2010.

Essays and Articles

De Luca, Anna Pia. “‘A Story about Mansfield:’ Reading Thieves by Janice Kulyk Keefer.”  in Saidero, 2010,  151-161.

Howells, Coral Ann. “Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Travelling Ladies (for Simone Vauthier).” British Journal of Canadian Studies 7.2 (1992): 415-425.

Ledohowski, Lindy. “Fatherland/Loverland: Incestuous Nationalism in Janice Kulyuk Keefer’s The Green Library.” in Saidero, 2010, 102-119.

Mårald, Elisabeth. “In Transit: Aspects of Transculturalism in Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Travels.” In Acta Universitatis Umensis. Umea Studies in the Humanities. Uppsala: Umea Univ., 1996.

---. “Virginia Woolf as Context, Text and Intertext in Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Rest Harrow.” In From Runes to Romance: A Festschrift for Gunnar Persson on His Sixtieth Birthday. Eds. Mats Rydén, Henryk Kardela and Bengt Odenstedt. Uppsala: Swedish Science Press, 1997.

---. “Literature and Homeland: Janice Kulyk Keefer between Ukraine, Britain and Acadie.” In Migrants and the Homeland: Images, Symbols and Realities. Ed Harald Runblom. Uppsala Multiethnic Papers 44, Centre for Multiethnic Research. Uppsala: Uppsala Univ., 2000.

---. “History and Memory in Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels and ‘Bella Rabinovich/Arabella Rose’ by Janice Kulyk Keefer.” In The Evidence of Literature: Interrogating Texts in English Studies. Eds. Sven-Johan Spånberg, Henryk Kardela and Gerald Porter. Lublin: Maria Curie-Sklodowska UP, 2000.

---. ”Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Counter-Journey to her Ukrainian Roots in Honey and Ashes: A Story of Family.” in Saidero, 2010, 120-150.

Nicholson, Colin. “’Grain of the Actual’: Janice Kulyk Keefer and Her Writing.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 7.2 (1992): 397-414.

Olinder, Britta. “Geografiction: Literary Exploration in Aritha van Herk and Janice Kulyk Keefer.” In Informal Empire?: Cultural Relations Between Canada, the United States and Europe. Eds. Peter Easingwood, Konrad Gross and Hartmut Lutz. Kiel: 1&f Verlag, 1998. 219-227.

---.. “Old and New Environments in Janice Kulyk Keefer’s The Green Library.” In Literary Environments: Canada and the Old World. Ed. Britta Olinder. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2006. 207-17.

---. “The Poetic World of Janice Kulyk Keefer.”  in Saidero, 2010, 162-185.

Saidero, Deborah. “Retelling History: Oral Narrative and Memoir in Women’s Writing.” In Il Canada del Nuovo Secolo: gli archivi della memoria. Ed. Giovanni Dotoli. Bari:Schena, 2002: 139-149.

---. “Through the looking-Glass: The Madwoman’s Authorial Quest in Rest Harrow.”  in  Saidero, 2010, 79-101.

Schaub, Danielle. “Acadian Estrangement and Reunion: Janice Kulyk Keefer’s ‘April Showers.’” In Tricks with a Glass: Writing Ethnicity in Canada. Eds. Rocio G. Davis and Rosalia Baena. Amsterdam: Rodopi: 2000.

Tarnawsky, Maxim. “What is Told in The Green Library: History, Institutions, Language (Portrayals of the Ethnic Ukrainian Community in Canada and the United States).” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal 31.3 (1999): 104-115.


Archer, Bert. “Sententious Park.” Rev. of The Green Library. Books in Canada 26.1 (Feb. 1997): 17.

Clayton, Cherry. “Divided Loyalties: Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Travels Through Life and Literature Prove that You Can Come Home Again.” Books in Canada 19.6 (1990): 18-21.

---. “Finding the Other Family: A Profile of J.K. Keefer.” Books in Canada 27.8 (1998): 40-1.

Diakunchak, Yuriy. “A new memoir by Ukrainian-Canadian Kulyk Keefer.” Rev. of Honey and Ashes. The Ukrainian Weekly, 28 Feb., 1999,

Govier, Katherine. “A Trip to the Old World’s Dark Side.” Rev. of The Green Library. The Toronto Star, 6 July, 1996.

Howells, Coral Ann. “Writing Women.” Rev. of Rest Harrow. Canadian Literature 142/143 (Fall/Winter 1994): 221-223.

---. “Isolation Helps Nurture Keefer’s Writing.” Globe & Mail (Metro Edition) 28 C5.

---. “Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Twin Speaks.” Images 9.5 (1992): 54.

Itani, Frances. “Tender tale of family unravels in flashes.” Rev. of The Green Library. The Ottawa Citizen, 7 July, 1996.

MacFarlane, Susan. “Train & Balloon.” Rev. of Travelling Ladies. Canadian Literature 132 (Spring 1992): 209-210.

Naves, Elaine Kalman. “Heavy freight tips Green Library from tragedy into melodrama.” Rev. of The Green Library. The Gazette, 20 July, 1996.

Panofsky, Ruth. Rev. of Marrying the Sea. Quill & Quire 64.9 (1998): 56.

Porter, Helen Fogwill. “Lovers of Sorts.” Rev. of Rest Harrow. Books in Canada 21.8 (Nov. 1992): 44-45.

Rigelhof, T.F. “Mad About Mansfield.” Rev. of Thieves. Globe & Mail Feb. 7, 2004: D3.

Robb, Nancy. “Kulyk Keefer’s Rising Star: Five Books in Three Genres in One Year.” Quill & Quire 53.7 (1987): 69-70.

Sacuta, Norm. “Keefer’s ordinary truly extraordinary.” Rev. of The Green Library. The Edmonton Journal, 28 July, 1996.

Steinberg, Sybil. Rev. of Travelling Ladies. Publishers Weekly, 14 Dec.,1990: 54.

Turbide, Diane. Rev. of The Green Library. Maclean’s, 9 Sept., 1996: 52.


Balan, Jars. “Interview with J.K. Keefer.” In Other Solitudes: Canadian Multicultural Fictions.” Ed. Linda Hutcheon and Marion Richmond. Toronto: U of Toronto P,1990. 290-296.

Clayton, Cherry. “Janice Kulyk Keefer Interviewed by Cherry Clayton.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 34.1 (1999): 183-197.

Ferri, Laura. “Projecting Katherine Mansfield.” Books in Canada 31.9 (Dec. 2002): 23-5.

Kainer, Tara. “Fictions of Contentment: An Interview with J.K. Keefer.” Quarry 42.1 (1993): 85-94.

Saidero, Deborah “Interview with Janice Kulyhk Keefer.” In Saidero, 2010, 186-206.

Spalding, Esta. “A Conversation with J.K. Keefer.” Brick 55 (1996): 31-38.

Zakydalsky, Oksana. “Interview: Governor General’s Award Nominee Janice Kulyk Keefer.” The Ukrainian Weekly, 10 Nov., 1996,

Updated November 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services

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