Julia M. Wright

George Munro Chair in Literature and Rhetoric / Professor of English

Email: julia.wright@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6902
Mailing Address: 
McCain 2193, 6135 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Literary theory
  • Irish studies
  • Popular culture
  • Literature and ideas of the nation
  • European studies
  • Research policy

University Research Professor (2016-2021)


  • HBA, MA, PhD (Western Ontario)

Since my graduate-school days, I have been interested in the ways in which stories (perhaps even this one) create facades of identity:  epics that suggest the greatness of a nation can be found in the story of the nation's founding; ballads that suggest that the nation is suppressed, and is ready to flourish if the people will rise up and insist on it; narratives of origin in which who we are, individually and collectively, is supposedly determined by where we were born and to who rather than how we choose to live and what we learn.  This led me to be centrally concerned in the problem of nationalism, but also of gender and more broadly about how we institutional relationships and values. Because of that larger interest, I have published on university issues since graduate school and, since about 2015, have also worked on research policy.

Selected Publications

  • Monographs: Men with Stakes: Masculinity and the Gothic in US Television (Manchester UP, 2016); Representing the National Landscape in Irish Romanticism (Syracuse UP, 2014); Ireland, India, and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Cambridge UP, 2007; paperback, 2009); Blake, Nationalism, and the Politics of Alienation (Ohio UP, 2003).
  • Other recent books (selected):  co-ed. with Jason Haslam, Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (Broadview, 2020); ed., The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys by Lady Morgan (Broadview, 2013); co-ed.  with Joel Faflak, A Handbook to Romanticism Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012); co-ed. with Elizabeth Sauer, Reading the Nation in English Literature (Routledge, 2010).
  • Book series: co-ed. with Kevin Hutchings, Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies (2005-2015)
  • View a full list of publications, including articles, book chapters, policy briefings, and op-eds.

Selected Professional Positions at Dalhousie

  • Acting Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (2021-22)
  • President, Dalhousie Faculty Association (2019-20; president-elect, 2018-19; past-president 2020-21)
  • Member, DFA Bargaining Team (2017-18)
  • Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (2013-2016)
  • Dalhousie SSHRC Leader (2013-2016)

Selected Professional Positions (Academic)

  • President, Academy of the Arts and Humanities, Royal Society of Canada (2019-22)
  • member, Royal Society of Canada Task Force on COVID-19 (2020- )
  • member, Board of Directors, Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (2015-19)
  • editorial boards:  Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net,  Nineteenth-Century Studies

Selected Awards

  • F.E.L. Priestley Award (1994)
  • John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature (1997)
  • Northeast MLA Book Award (2002)
  • SSHRC Standard Research Grants (1997-2000; 2002-2005; 2006-2009; 2009-2012)
  • CFI grants (2002-2005; co-applicant, 2007)
  • Canada Research Chairs (2002-2005, 2005-2010, 2010-2012)
  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-2018; 2020-2025)
  • SSHRC Connection Grants (2015, 2017)
  • elected FRSC (2017)