Barbara Godard (1942–2010) was a Professor of English, the Historica Chair in Canadian Literature at York University, and a woman of vision. The editor of many books, she lectured widely in Canada and abroad, and was the recipient of various awards, including teaching awards from York University's Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools. Godard has long been one of the most influential readers of Canadian literature. Whether writing about feminist theory, orality and Native women writers, or the exigencies of the cultural field, she has been instrumental in interrogating, time and time again, the normative ways in which we think about Canadian culture.
Her collection of essays, Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture, was released in November 2008. It is the first book to gather essays by this leading and prolific figure in the field of Canadian studies.