Recent Graduates

Dalhousie M.A. students are highly competitive candidates for places in top Ph.D. programs across Canada and internationally. Recent graduates have been admitted to McGill, York, Alberta, Toronto, Victoria, and Western Ontario, as well as UC Santa Cruz, Cornell, Brown, Princeton, Columbia, Chicago, and Cambridge, and to Dalhousie’s own Ph.D. program. Others have gone on to careers in law, publishing, communications, journalism, and education.

Dalhousie Ph.D. students have been very successful in finding academic positions, even in today's uncertain job market. A significant number of our PhD graduates now hold full-time or part-time academic positions; these include tenure-track positions at the University of Victoria, the University of Regina, the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algoma University College, Mount Saint Vincent University, and Wilfred Laurier University, as well as contract appointments at Harvard, Dalhousie, Dawson College, and Saint Mary's.

Academia is only one of the career paths taken by our graduates; they have gone on to jobs in editing, public service, writing, web site development, freelance writing, and teaching.

Recent MA Theses


Mirror to the Soul: The Undead in Medieval Romance.  Maggie Gilchrist, 2016.

Morgaine Speaks for Trotula: Women's Medicine in Arthurian Lengend.  Emily Gaudet, 2016.

How to Lose a Queen in Three Comic Poems: A Discussion of Arthur's Kinship and His Loss of Guinevere. Sam Kehman, 2018.

Early Modern

Reading 'Circe's Court':  Politics and the Bed-trick from Boccaccio to Shakespeare.  Kirsten Inglis, 2007.

"Come Son, Let's Away": The Dialogue of Mothers and Young Sons on the Early Modern Stage. Lynne Evans, 2008.

Meter, Meaning, and Music in the Airs of Thomas Campion. Anna Lewton-Brain. October, 2009.

Affectionate Friends: Friendship and Collaboration in the Renaissance and Romantic Era. James Stevenson, 2011.

Forrests Full of Beats: Aristotelian Analyses of Antinomian Madness in King Lear and Timeon of Athens. Danen Poley, 2012.

Ideal Rule in Shakespeare's Romances: Politics in Winter's Tale and the Tempest.  Mikala Gallant, 2013.

Rejuvenating the Renaissance Sonnet: Writing in a Woman's Voice.  Michele Taekema, 2014.

Seventeenth Century

Writing to Women: Aemilia Lanyer and the Rhetoric of Equality.  Daniel Bergman, 2015.

Pioneers, Mothers, Virgins, Whores: (Anti)feminist Tropes in the Feminist Reception of Aphra Behn and Katherine Philips.  Sarah Deller, 2017.

Eighteenth Century

Nineteenth Century

Refiguring the Sage: Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Pluralistic Vision in Aurora Leigh.  Denae Dyck, 2015.

Rank and Power: The Diary's Intersection with Copyright Law in Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White.  Candice Albright, 2017.

Twentieth Century

Aestheticizing in Oscar Wilde and Any Warhol.  Liam Monaghan, 2015.

Broadcasting the Sentimental: Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Celebrity of Early Radio.  Genevieve Zimantas, 2015.

Non-Euclydean Eye Problems in the Geometry Lesson of Finnegan's Wake.  Reed Clements, 2015.

To Talk (Why?) with Mute Ash: Models of Mourning in Anne Carson's Elegies.  Catherine Lewis, 2016.

'If Only I Had a Girl-Friend!': Towards a Queer Reading of The Diary of a Young Girl.  Cheryl Hann, 2016.

Droogs and Linguists: How Gender Shapes Resistance in Control in anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange and Suzette Haden Elgin's Native Tongue.  Lisa Baker, 2016.

Radical Pacifism and The Great War in Dame Rose Macauley's Three Days.  Liz Tetzlaff, 2016.

Harold Bloom's Western Canon: What's the Use?  Christopher Shalom, 2017.

'We're Never Ourselves until We Contain Two Souls': Holocaust Postmemory and Intimacy in Anne Michaels' Fugitive Pieces.  Julia Schabas, 2017.

'Strangers Kiss Softly': Intimacy in the Writing of Dionne Brand and Michael Ondaatje.  Nicole Gerber, 2017.

A Trace of Memory or an Illusion: Identity, Learning and Emotions in J. M. Coetzee's Jesus Novels. Areej AlQowaifly, 2018.

Morlocks and Mudfish: Anthropocentricism and Evolution in the Early H.G. Wells. Michael Cameron, 2018.

The Life and Death of Paul Kalanithi: The Dilemma of Illness Identity in a Physician-Turned-Patient. Daniella Conley, 2018.

Keeping the Piece: Policing by Principle in Terry Pratchett's Night Watch. Helen Pinsent, 2018.



Twenty-First Century

Witnessing the Darkness: Light Movements in the Poetry of Souvankham Thammavongsa.  Brittany Kraus, 2015.

The Language of Selling Ethnicity: Satirizing the Commodification of Culture, Theatre, and Identity in the Ali & Ali Plays.  Jane Boyes, 2015.

Revising Documentary Modes: A Critical Study of American Iraq and Afghanistan War Documentaries, 2003-Present.  Samuel Edwards, 2015.

'It's All There Right in front of You': Corporate Ideology and Genetic Engineering in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl.  Vanessa Rachael Marsden, 2016.

Risky Business: The Communal Effects of Industrial Disaster in Lisa Moore's February and Leo McKay's Twenty-Six.  Linda Little, 2016.

Secular Decreation: Acts of Undoing in Priscilla Becker's Internal West.  Carrie Deleskie, 2016.

Reading Afghanistan.  Grant Curtis, 2016.

If You Go down in the Woods Today: The Rise of the Monstrous Child and the 'Save the Child' Discourse in The Walking Dead.  Krista Collier-Jarvis, 2016.

Between Disappearances: The Performance of Affective Archiving in Bracha L. Ettinger's Eurydice Series.  Julia McMillan, 2016.

Symbols and the Soul: Hyperreality, Dissensus, and Sacred Humanism in William Gibson's Pattern Recognition.  Grace MacDonald, 2017.

Constrained Women in Omkara: Marriage, Mythology, and Movies.  Rebecca D'Mello, 2017.

Aesthetic Scandal and Accessibility: The Subversive Simplicity of Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey. David McQuillan, 2018.

Recent PhD Theses


Simple Readers (Mis)Reading Profound Matter in English: The Lollard Heresy of Reading and its Effects on English Vernacular Theological Writing in the Late Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. Nicole Beare, 2013.

Word, Image, and Vision: Cardiosensory Sight and Cognition in the Work of the Pearl Poet.  Adam Hutka, 2016.

Early Modern

Receipt Books and the Politics of Food in Early Modern English Women's Writing. Madeline Bassnett. May, 2008.

Jonson's and Shakespeare's "Comedy of Affliction". Jonathan Goossen, 2011.

Shakespeare and the Drama of Politic Strategems. Jackie Cameron, 2012.

Will and Love: Shakespeare, Volition, and Theological Romance.  Darren Dyck, 2017.

Eighteenth Century

"Spleen Spreads his Dominion": Cultural, Literary, and Medical Representations of Hysteria in the Eighteenth Century.  Heather Meek, 2007.

Nineteenth Century

"Of Factory Girls and Serving Maids": The Literary Labours of Working-Class Women in Victorian Britain. Meagan Timney, 2010.

British Identity and the Antirevolutionary Novel: Nineteenth-Century British Novels About the French Revolution. Patricia Cove, 2013.

And He Loved Light Rather Than Darkness: Giacomo Leopardi's Poetics and Pessimism in the Work of Matthew Arnold, George Eliot, and A. E Houseman. Rose Sneyd, 2019.

Twentieth Century

Interviews at Work: Reading the Paris Review Interviews, 1953-1978. Kelley Lewis. October, 2008.

"We are Most Ourselves When we are Changing": Michael Winer, Lynn Coady, Lisa Moore, and the Literary Reconfiguration of Atlantic Canadian Regionalism.  Susanne Marshall, 2009.

Habitable Cities: Modernism, Urban Space, and Everyday Life. Connor Byrne, 2010.

"One Small Way:" Racism, Redress, and Reconciliation in Canadian Women's Fiction, 1980-2000. Rebecca Babcock, 2011.

Writing Left: The Emergence of Modernism in English Canadian Literature. Bart Vatour, 2011.

"I am not I": Late Modernism and Metafiction in Canadian Prose. Vanessa Lent, 2012.

Experience, Interpretation, and the Performance of Authorship: A Study of Multiple Perspective in the Work of George Orwell.  Robert Rose, 2014.

How to Be a Man: American Masculinities 1960-1989.  Bradley Congdon, 2015.

Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams, and Shirley Jackson: Crafting Postwar Maternity as Cultural Nightmare.  Lynne Evans, 2016.

An allegory of Value: American Literature within Noeliberalism.  Gordon Miller, 2016.

Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions. Graham Jensen, 2018.

Twenty-First Century