Eli MacLaren

Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 00803
Email address: 
eli.maclaren [at] mcgill.ca
Faculty Members
Assistant Professor

B.A. (University of Alberta); M.A. (University of Western Ontario); Ph.D. (University of Toronto), Assistant Professor

Nineteenth Century
Teaching areas: 

Canadian literature; copyright law, piracy, creativity; Canadian printing and publishing history; bibliography; history of the book; history of reading; scholarly editing; Ralph Connor; Sara Jeannette Duncan; Lionel Stevenson; Dorothy Roberts; Don McKay; Ryerson Poetry Chap-Books

Taught previously at: 

Carleton University

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 2011–13

Selected publications: 


Dominion and Agency: Copyright and the Structuring of the Canadian Book Trade, 1867–1918 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011)

Edited collection:

“Bibliography and Book History in Canada: Views on the State of the Discipline.” Special issue, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 46, no. 1 (2008).


Josée Vincent and Eli MacLaren. “Book Policy and Copyright in Canada and Quebec: Defending National Cultures.” Canadian Literature 204 (2010): 63–82. = “Les politiques du livre au Québec et au Canada, à la défense des cultures nationales.” In Réseaux et circulation internationale du livre: diplomatie culturelle et propagande 1880-1980, edited by François Vallotton. Paris: Éditions Nouveau Monde, 2011.

“Resistance, Rebellion, and Print in the Northwest.” In History of the Book in Canada. Vol. 2, 1840–1918, edited by Yvan Lamonde, Patricia Lockhart Fleming, and Fiona A. Black. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. 343–49.

“Facies cholerica: the Record of Cholera in Print.” In History of the Book in Canada. Vol. 1, Beginnings to 1840, edited by Patricia Lockhart Fleming, Gilles Gallichan, and Yvan Lamonde. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. 303–6.

Current research: 

What is a publisher? How do publishers encourage/discourage literary creativity? How has book publishing evolved in Canada, and how has it determined the forms that Canadian literature might take? Job printing, educational publishing, church-magazine publishing, vanity publishing, importing: such activities, although extraneous to what we might imagine a true literary publisher to do, have been the mainstays of the firms that have given us our books. My current project, The Production of Canadian Literature, seeks to reveal the diversity of publishing practices that Canadian authors have had to contend with as they struggled to get past the gatekeepers of print.