- Canadian literature written in English
- American literature
- Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island
- Literary theory
- Comparative Canadian-American studies
- Hons BA (McGill)
- MA, PhD (University of Toronto)
I am the current Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University and a member of the English Faculty at Dalhousie, having previously worked as a Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick for 23 years. My teaching interests include Canadian and American literature in English, Indigenous literatures of Turtle Island, literary theory, and cultural studies. My research ranges from the nineteenth- to the twenty-first centuries and is informed primarily by shifting nation-state relationships between Canada and the United States. I’m most interested in how cross-border relationships have shaped literary and cultural studies in both Canada and the U.S.
I have supervised MA and PhD theses on a wide array of academic topics including the poetry of Leonard Cohen, English-Canadian short fiction by women, Dionne Brand’s poetry, Indigenous adaptations of Shakespearean drama, English-Canadian female fiction writers’ use of humour, Douglas Coupland, depictions of female adolescence in Atlantic Canadian literature, the increasing conservatism of recent English-Canadian historical novels, body image in contemporary Canadian women’s writing, healing in recent Indigenous women’s literature, and the reformation of Northeastern literary relations. I have also supervised several creative writing theses (plays, poetry, and prose).
“Reading Evangeline and What is Left the Daughter: Tracing American Projections of Grief Across the Forty-Ninth Parallel.” Comparative American Studies 18 (2021).
“Becoming Bird(ie): Exposing Canadian Government Complicity with Forced Adoptions in Christina Sunley’s The Tricking of Freya” 2021. Exploring Canada: Exploits and Encounters. Eds. Gerd Bjørhovde and Janne Korkka. Bruxelles, Belgium: Peter Lang. 121-130.
“German Internment Camps in the Maritimes: Another Untold Story in P.S. Duffy’s The Cartographer of No Man’s Land.” Peer-reviewed contribution to On the Other Side(s) of 150: Untold Stories and Critical Approaches to History, Literature, and Identity in Canada. Eds. Linda Morra and Sarah Henzi. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2021. 221-239.
“The Missionary Position: The American Roots of Northrop Frye’s Peaceable Kingdom.” The Journal of Canadian Studies 52.2 (2018): 361-380.
“Escape to Canada: Richard Ford’s Fugitive Novel.” Canadian Review of American Studies 48.1 (2018): 38-62.
“Refusing the Borders of Can. Lit.” Refuse: CanLit in Ruins. Eds. Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker. Toronto: BookThug, 2018. 165-176.
“Acadian Identities, Arcadian Dreams: Ted Dykstra's Evangeline.” Reading Between the Borderlines. Ed. Gillian Roberts. Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018. 310-351.
In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in the Poetry of Native Women Writers. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011. ASPP funded.
Border Crossings: Thomas King’s Cultural Inversions. Co-authored with Professor Priscilla
Walton, and Professor Arnold Davidson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.
SSHRC Insight Grant, 2022-2027
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2014-2017
SSHRC Research Grant, 2002-2007
SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 1998-1999
Fulbright Doctoral Scholarship, 1998
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 1994-1998