Gillian Massel

MA Candidate

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Why Dal?

The English Department at Dalhousie hosts some of the best scholars in my field, Canadian Literature, and is home to the Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) research cluster. And Halifax offers a lively and exciting cultural scene coupled with the natural beauty of the East Coast, not to mention some of the best Fish & Chips in Canada!

What inspires you?

The unique experience of community (communion?) that only happens during a class discussion of great works of art.

Favourite novels

Beautiful Losers, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, The Cinnamon Peeler, Mrs. Dalloway, The Great Gatsby

Area of research

Canadian Literature

Teaching experience

ENGL 1000.06: Introduction to Literature (TA)

Awards & honours

  • Catherine M. Shaw Shakespeare Award - McGill University
  • Scarlet Key Award - McGill University
  • Arts Undergraduate Improvement Fund Internship Award - McGill University


  • Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference (QUEUC), Bishop's University - 2013 "Nationalizing the 'Self': Transformation and Selfhood in Margaret Atwood's The Journals of Susanna Moodie"
  • Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference (QUEUC), Bishop's University - 2012 "Hybrids of Genre: Re-conceptualizing 19th-Century Realism in George Eliot's Silas Marner and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles"