Emily Bednarz is the recipient of the 2018 Barbara Godard Prize for emerging scholar for her paper “Assembling Urban Archives: Reading Daphne Marlatt’s Liquidities: Vancouver Poems Then and Now”. The prize was awarded during the Gabrielle-Roy Prize reception at the University of Regina.

In her paper, Emily Bednarz tackled an original and difficult topic, which consisted in tracing “Marlatt’s depiction of historical hauntings” in Vancouver, while also comparing the two editions of the texts “as representative of these urban hauntings”. Detailed analysis of poetry can be a quite daunting exercise, and the jury commented on the fact that it is not very frequent, in both Canadian and Québec literatures, to study poetry from a diachronic perspective. Emily’s paper is well-defined, clearly articulated, and convincingly argued. Congratulations to the author on a well-written and thought-provoking paper.


A special mention was awarded to Johane Lalonde for her paper « L’autoportrait littéraire dans la poésie lyrique de Joe Bocan: de la figure sociale de l’auteure-compositrice-interprète à la représentation idiosyncrasique de son intimité. » In her paper, Johanne Lalonde offers insightful textual and visual analysis of Joe Bocan’s songs, while suggesting parallels with Josephine Baker. From short texts that may seem easy at first sight, she conducts a very elaborated reading, demonstrating a great sensitivity to several major social issues.