Jason Purcell, Dylan Bateman & Jennifer Quist

Getting Inside the Bag: Building a Digital Research Archive

The Canadian Literature Centre’s Inside the Bag: CanLit Alive! is an open-access online digital archive and resource to encourage the study of contemporary Canadian literature. Phase I compiles the biographies and extensive bibliographies of ten living Canadian authors, as well as author questionnaires, photographs, and video recordings of one-on-one interviews and their public readings at the CLC. Phases II and III will add a total of twenty more writers who feature heavily on Canadian literature course syllabi to further its impact as both a research and a teaching tool. This project is an interactive resource for students, researchers, and general readers that sets the stage for literary research by compiling information about these writers in a single place. As a pedagogical resource, Inside the Bag fosters conversation between works by different writers in Canada as well as various critical perspectives on their work, collecting primary source material with information on secondary scholarship.

This presentation by co-editor Jason Purcell and researchers Dylan Bateman and Jennifer Quist will cover the project’s vision and its genesis as a digital resource that accompanies a print anthology. We will discuss our research methods and the challenges we face as we work to build an ongoing digital research platform for Canadian literary studies.

Jason Purcell is the Communications Officer at the Canadian Literature Centre. Dylan Bateman is a graduate student in the Department of English and Film Studies and is a research assistant at the Canadian Literature Centre. Jennifer Quist is a writer, a graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies and was a research assistant at the Canadian Literature Centre.