There are more than forty faculty in the program membership. We are associated with various Divisions, Departments, Programs, and Centres across the university, including Humanities (School of Women’s Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, Classical Studies), Social Science (African Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, South Asian Studies), Education, Fine Arts, and Theatre & Performance Studies.

Full Members

Please note Full members may supervise Master's Research Projects and doctoral dissertations.

photo of Vermonja AlstonVermonja Alston

Associate Professor

Latin American and Caribbean literature (in English, French, and Spanish), Indigenous North American literature, Multiethnic literature of the United States, literary and cultural theory, theories of transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and diaspora, performance studies, environmental justice literature, and legal theory. Vermonja Alston is currently researching performance, disaster, and contested memories in the U.S Gulf Coast. She is the coordinator of the Chair in Multiculturalism for the Department of Equity Studies.

Caribbean literature
Diaspora theory
Performance and Social Memory
Global South and Human Rights
Research Interests:

Latin American and Caribbean literature (in English, French, and Spanish)
Indigenous North American literature
Multiethnic literature of the United States
Literary and cultural theory
Theories of transnationalism
Cosmopolitanism and diaspora
Performance studies
Environmental justice literature
Legal theory


Ian Balfour

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A. , York University

Ian Balfour's teaching and research interests include Romantic poetry and prose, contemporary theory and criticism (especially deconstruction and the Frankfurt School), and 18th-century literature and philosophy (especially aesthetic theory and philosophy of language).


The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2002. Northrop Frye(Boston: G.K. Hall, 1988).

Edited Collections

“Late Derrida”, special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, Vol. 106.2 (Spring 2007). Sole author of Introduction.
Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film.  Co-edited with Atom Egoyan. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. 532 pp. Co-author of Introduction, sole author of the Afterword.
And Justice For All?: The Claims of Human Rights.  Special double issue of South Atlantic Quarterly. Co-edited with Eduardo Cadava,  Vol. 103: 2/3 (Summer 2004). Duke University Press. 310 pp. Co-author of the Introduction. [Spanish translation in progress.] Special issue of diacritics on Walter Benjamin (Fall/Winter 1992-93). Co-edited with Cynthia Chase. Sole author of the introduction. Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Walter Benjamin and his Contemporaries
  • Romantic Texts: Aesthetics and Politics in the Era of the French Revolution
  • 18th Century Intellectual Texts: Theory of the Sublime


photo of Kym BirdKym Bird

Associate Professor

Kym Bird is Associate Professor of drama in “Culture and Expression,” a program within the Department of Humanities, Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, at York University. An award-winning teacher and scholar, her field of research is early Canadian women’s drama about which she has written several articles. Her book, Redressing the Past: The Politics of Early, English-Canadian Women's Drama, 1880-1920, (McGill-Queen's 2004) won the 2004 Association of Canadian Theatre Research Ann Saddlemyer Prize. She is presently working on an anthology of early Canadian women’s plays.

  • Suffrage and Sexuality on the Stage


photo of Marcia BlumbergMarcia Blumberg

Associate Professor

PhD in English, York University
MA in English, York University
BA Honours in English, York University

Marcia Blumberg teaches courses on theatre from the Greeks to the present and specializes in modern and contemporary drama and performance from South Africa, Britain and America. She has published many articles especially on South African theatre. She is co-editor of South African Theatre And/As Intervention (1999) and is working on a project “Theatre of ‘Post Apartheid’ South Africa: New Directions”.

Research Interests
Arts and Culture
Contemporary Theatre
South African Theatre


South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. and introduction Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 293 pp.
Book Chapters

“Queer(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser's Poor Super Man.” Reprinted in Queer Theatre in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English (Vol. VII). Ed. Rosalind Kerr. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2007: 60-70.
“Mapping Counter Truths and Reconciliations: Staging Testimony in Contemporary South Africa.” Crucible of Cultures: Anglophone Drama at the Dawn of a New Millennium. Ed. Marc Maufort and Franca Bellarsi. Brussels: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2002. 271-83.
“Rememorating: Quilt Readings.” Reprinted in Analysis, Argument, and Academic Writing: A Custom Reader for the Writing Program at Syracuse University. Boston: Pearson Custom, 2002. 57-69.
Introduction to Fatima Dike's Glass House. African Theatre: Women. Vol. 3. Ed. Jane Plastow. Oxford: James Curry, 2002.
“Puppets Doing Time in the Age of AIDS.” Performing Democracy: International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance. Ed. Susan Haedicke and Tobin Nellhaus. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 2001. 254-68.
“Rememorating: Quilt Readings.” Lesbian and Gay Studies and the Teaching of English: Positions, Pedagogies, and Cultural Politics. Ed. William J. Spurlin. Urbana, IL: NCTE, 2000. 288-310.
“Re-membering History, Staging Hybridity: Ubu and the Truth Commission.” Ed. Hal Wylie and Bernth Lindfors. Multiculturalism and Hybridity in African Literatures. Trenton, NJ: Africa World, 2000. 309-18.
“The AIDS Memorial Quilt as Performance: Creating Healing Narratives.” The Arts in Health Care: Learning from Experience. Ed. Duncan Haldane and Susan Loppert. London: King's Fund, 1999. 58-68.
“Revaluing Women‟s Storytelling in South African Theatre.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 137-46.
“More Realities: An Interview with Reza de Wet.” South African Theatre As/And Intervention. Ed. Marcia Blumberg and Dennis Walder. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999. 241-51.
“Re-Staging Resistance, Re-Viewing Women: 1990s Productions of Fugard's Hello and Goodbye and Boesman and Lena.” Staging Resistance: Essays on Political Theatre. Ed. Jeanne Colleran and Jenny S. Spencer. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1998. 123-45.
“Staging Hollywood, Selling Out.” Hollywood on Stage: Playwrights Evaluate the Culture Industry. Ed. Kimball King. New York: Garland, 1997. 71-82.
“Women Journeying at the South African Margins: Athol Fugard's The Road to Mecca.” Southern African Writing: Voyages and Explorations (Matatu Vol. 11). Ed. Geoff V. Davis. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994. 39-50.
“Fragmentation and Psychosis: Fugard's My Children! My Africa!” Madness in Drama (Themes in Drama 15). Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1993. 241-53.
“Languages of Violence: Fugard's Boesman and Lena.” Violence in Drama (Themes in Drama 13). Ed. James Redmond. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1991. 239-49.
“Eloquent Stammering in the Fog: O'Neill's Heritage in Mamet.” Perspectives on O'Neill: New Essays. Ed. Shyamal Bagchee. ELS Monograph Series 43. Victoria, BC: U of Victoria P, 1988. 97-111.

“South African Theatre beyond 2000: Theatricalising the Unspeakable.” Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa 21.1-2 (2009): 238-60.
“Performing Bulimia, Engendering Dis-ease in the South African Body Politic: Janine Denison's all the Rage.” Contemporary Theatre Review (Special Issue: Women, Politics and Performance in South African Theatre Today, ed. Lizbeth Goodman) 9.3 (1998): 19-35.
“Domestic Place as Contestatory Space.” New Theatre Quarterly 14 (1998): 195-201.
“Two Continents, No Refuge: Engendering the Problematics of Home.” Performance Research: On Refuge 2.3 (Autumn 1997): 30-38.
“Staging AIDS: Activating Theatres.” South African Theatre Journal 11.1-2 (May/Sept. 1997): 155-81.
“Negotiating the In-Between: Fugard's Valley Song.” Journal of Literary Studies 12.4 (Dec. 1996): 456-69.
“Queer(y)ing the Canadian Stage: Brad Fraser‟s Poor Super Man.” Theatre Research in Canada 7.2 (Fall 1996): 167-79.
“Re-evaluating Otherness, Building for Difference: South African Theatre after the Interregnum.” South African Theatre Journal 9.2 (Sept. 1995): 27-37.
“ReReading Gail Scott's Heroine: A Triple Lens of Sighting/Citing/Siting.” Open Letter 8.2 (Winter 1992): 57-69.

  • Post-Apartheid Drama: Theatricalizing the TRC
  • Staging South African Theatre Post-Apartheid
  • "9/11" Theatre


photo of Marcus BoonMarcus Boon


Ph.D., New York University
M. A., New York University
B. A., University College London

Marcus Boon teaches 20th and 21st century literature and cultural theory in the English Department, and is also cross-appointed to the programs/departments of Social and Political Thought, Visual Arts and Humanities. His research interests include contemporary literature; cultural and critical theory; global/comparative aesthetics; sound, vibration and energy studies; histories of global avant gardes and countercultures; the concept of practice considered philosophically and across disciplines; theories and practices of copying; Buddhism and its relationship to modernity. He is the author of The Road of Excess: A History of Writers on Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002), In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010) and The Politics of Vibration (Duke UP, forthcoming). He is the co-author, with Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn of Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (University of Chicago, 2015). He is the co-editor, with Gabriel Levine, of Practice (MIT/Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art series, 2018), and co-editor, with Davis Schneiderman, of The Book of Methods: Writings on the Cut Up by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin (U. Minnesota Press, forthcoming). He also edited America! A Prophecy: The Sparrow Reader (Soft Skull, 2006) and Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno (Soft Skull, 2008). He wrote the introduction to Walter Benjamin's On Hashish (Harvard UP, 2006). He is currently working on a book entitled On Practice: Aesthetics After Art. He writes about sound cultures for The Wire, Boing Boing and others. His website is www.marcusboon.com.

The Book of Methods: Writings on the Cut Up by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. Edited by Marcus Boon and Davis Schneiderman (U. Minnesota Press, forthcoming).
The Politics of Vibration (Duke University Press, forthcoming).
Practice. Edited with Gabriel Levine (MIT Press/Whitechapel Gallery, Documents of Contemporary Art series, 2018).
Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism w. Timothy Morton and Eric Cazdyn (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
In Praise of Copying (Harvard UP, 2010).
Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno. Edited by Marcus Boon (New York: Soft Skull Press, 2008).
America: A Prophecy. The Sparrow Reader. Edited by Marcus Boon (New York: Soft Skull Press, 2005).
The Road of Excess: A History of Writers and Drugs (Harvard UP, 2002).

Book Chapters
"Depropriation: The Real Pirate's Dilemma" in Postcolonial Piracy, eds. Lars Eckstein and Anja Schwarz (Bloomsbury Press, 2015).
"Digital Dance Musics and Globalization" in Epiphanies: Life Changing Encounters With Music, ed. Tony Herrington (Strange Attractor Press, 2015).
"Structures of Sharing: Depropriation and Intellectual Property Law", Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law, ed. Madelaine Saginur, Teresa Scassa and Mistrale Goudreau (Irwin Law, 2014).
“From the Right to Copy to Practices of Copying” in Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creative Canadian Culture Online, eds. Rosemary Coombe and Darren Wershler, (University of Toronto Press, 2013).
“Meditations in an Emergency: On the Apparent Destruction of My MP3 Collection” in Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices, and the Fate of Things, ed. David Banash and Kevin Moist (Scarecrow Press, 2013).
"Digital Mana: On the Source of the Infinite Proliferation of Mutant Copies in Contemporary Culture.” in Cutting Across Media: Interventionist Collage and the Politics of Appropriation, ed. Kembrew McLeod and Rudy Kuenzli (Duke UP, 2011).
“Erik’s Trip”, Introduction to Erik Davis’ Nomad Codes: Adventures in Modern Esoterica (Yeti Books, 2010).
“John Giorno’s Buddhist Poetics of Transgression” in The Emergence of Buddhist American Literature ed. John Whalen-Bridge and Gary Storhoff (SUNY Press, 2009).
Introduction to Subduing Demons in America: The Selected Poems of John Giorno, ed. Boon (Soft Skull, 2008)
Introduction to Walter Benjamin’s On Hashish, trans. Howard Eiland (Harvard UP, 2006).
“The Eternal Drone” in Undercurrents: The Hidden Wiring of Modern Music ed. Rob Young (20 p., Continuum, 2003)

  • Issues in Contemporary Theory: Writers on Drugs
  • Issues in Contemporary Theory: Love and Death
  • Theorizing Sonic Communities
  • Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Asian Religions, 20th C. Lit: Sadhana
  • Issues in Contemporary Theory: Practice/Praxis


photo of Stephen CainStephen Cain

Associate Professor

PhD, York University
MA, York University
BA in English Literature, Queen's University

Stephen Cain specializes in the field of cultural production including matters of book design distribution promotion and other paratextual issues as well as the culture of the small and micro presses in Canada.

Other fields include Avant-garde Movements, Poetry and Poetics, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Canadian Literature in general. With Tim Conley, he has written The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (Greenwood, 2006). He was the editor of two special issues of Open Letter: "Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now" and "The Little Literary Serial in Canada (1980-2000)". Other academic articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, Canadian Literature, and as chapters in the books Sound As Sense (2003), The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa, 2005), The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto (2006) and Antiphonies: Essays on Women’s Experimental Poetries in Canada (2008). He also serves as the Canadian Book Review Editor of Topia.

Research Interests
Arts and Culture
Canadian Studies
Canadian literature
Canadian poetry
Small press
Avant-garde movements
Cultural production
Little magazines

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.
Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.
Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.
Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.
Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

Book Chapters

Cain, S. 2006: "Annexing a Space for Poetry in the New Toronto." The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2006: 90-99.
Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.
Cain, S. 2003: "The Poetics of R. Murray Schafer." Sound as Sense: Contemporary US Poetry &/in Music. Eds. Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2003: 155-173.

Journal Articles
Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.
Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

Cain, S. 2006: Double Helix (with Jay Millar). Toronto: Mercury Press.
Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006.
Cain, S. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

  • Modern Canadian Poetry
  • Postmodern Canadian Literature
  • The International Avant–Garde (1896–1947)


photo of Lily ChoLily Cho

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Alberta
M.A., Queen's University
B.A., University of Alberta

My research focuses on diasporic subjectivity within the fields of cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, and Asian North American and Canadian literature. I have recently co-edited Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia with Susan Henders (York, Political Science). This book rethinks the contexts and subjects of human rights by taking its lead from writers, artists, filmmakers, and dramatists in Asia and the Asian diaspora. My book, Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada , examines the relationship between Chinese restaurants and Canadian culture. I am currently conducting research on a set of Chinese Canadian head tax certificates known as "C.I. 9's." These certificates mark one of the first uses of identification photography in Canada. Drawing from this archive, my research explores the relationship between citizenship, photography, and anticipation as a mode of agency. I am a member of the Toronto Photography Seminar. I am also co-editor, with Jody Berland, of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.


Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia Co-edited with Susan Henders. Published in the book series Global Encounters: Studies in Comparative Political Theory. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington, 2014.
Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010.

Book Chapters
“The Passport.” Handbook of Mobilities. Eds. Peter Adey, David Bissell, Kevin Hannam, Peter Merriman, and Mimi Sheller. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2014. 335-344.
"Anticipating Citizenship: Chinese Head Tax Photographs." Feeling Photography. Eds. Elspeth Brown & Thy Phu. Durham: Duke UP, forthcoming 2014. 159-180.
"Redress Revisited: Citizenship and the Chinese Canadian Head Tax." Reconciling Canada: Historical Injustices and the Contemporary Culture of Redress. Eds. Jennifer Henderson & Pauline Wakeham. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 87-99.
"Underwater Signposts: Richard Fung's Islands and Enabling Nostalgia." Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora and Indigeneity in Canada. Eds. Sophie McCall, Christine Kim and Melina Baum Singer. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. 191-205.
"Diasporic Citizenship: Contradictions and Possibilities for Canadian Literature." Trans.Can-Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature. Eds. Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007. 93-109. This essay will also be translated into Polish and published in Canadian Literary and Cultural Discourses and the Concept of Nationhood: Constructing / Deconstructing Canadianness edited by Eugenia Sojka and Miroslawa Buchholtz and funded by the ICCS.
"Serving Chinese and Canadian Food: Diasporic Agency and the Time of the Menu." Culture and Transnationalism: Film, Writing and Society. Eds. Philip Holden and Maria Ng. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2006. 37-62.
"'How taste remembers life': Diasporic Memory and Community in Fred Wah's Diamond Grill." Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures in English. Eds. Tseen Khoo and Kam Louie. Hong Kong: Hong Kong UP, 2005.81-106.

Journal Articles
“Intimacy Among Strangers: Anticipating Citizenship in Chinese Head Tax Photographs.” Interventions 15.1, special issue on“Postcolonial Intimacies” (2013): 10-23.
"Citizenship and the Bonds of Affect: the Passport Photograph." Photography and Culture 2.3 (2009): 275-287.
"Asian Canadian Futures: Indenture Routes and Diasporic Passages." Canadian Literature 199 (2008): 181-201.
"Future Perfect Loss: Richard Fung's Sea in the Blood." Screen 49.4 (2008): 426-439.
"The Diasporic Turn: Diaspora as a Condition of Subjectivity." Topia 17, special issue on "Diaspora" (2007): 11-30.
"Dislocations and Diaspora: Reading Evelyn Lau's Choose Me." Studies in Canadian Literature 32.1 (2007): 173-192.
“Rereading Head Tax Racism: Redress, Stereotype and Anti-racist Critical Practice.” Essays on Canadian Writing 75 (2002): 62-84.

  • Postcolonial Theory: Postcolonial Citizenship
  • The Canadian Short Story
  • Asian Canadian Literature: Intimate Futures


photo of Tina Young ChoiTina Young Choi

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University

Tina Young Choi specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and is especially interested in the intersections between formal and material concerns. Her published work includes a monograph, Anonymous Connections: The Body and Narratives of the Social in Victorian Britain (Michigan, 2015), an edited collection of archival materials, Medicine and Sanitary Science (Pickering and Chatto, 2012), and articles on a range of interdisciplinary subjects. Her latest research project considers probabilistic thinking in nineteenth-century science, economics, and literature. She is especially interested in the shaping of Victorian subjectivities around contingently imagined futures — around hypothetical “if, then” narratives and the possible consequences to which they give rise. A preliminary portion of this new project, on the use of hypothetical language in works by Charles Darwin, Robert Chambers, and George Eliot, appeared in the 2009 Darwin Anniversary issue of Victorian Studies.

She is President of the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario.


Nineteenth-century British literature, culture, and history
A focus on the Victorian novel.


Anonymous Connections: The Body and Narratives of the Social in Victorian Britain. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2015.
Medicine and Sanitary Science. Volume I of the six-volume Sanitary Reform in Victorian Britain. Gen. Ed. Michelle Allen-Emerson. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012.

Articles, Book Chapters, and Published Proceedings

“Physics Disarmed: Probabilistic Knowledge in the Works of James Clerk Maxwell and George Eliot.” Fact and Fiction. Ed. Christine Lehleiter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015. 130-52.

“The Railway Guide’s Experiments in Cartography: Narrative, Information, Advertising.” Victorian Studies 57.2 (2015): 251-83.

“The Late-Victorian Histories of Indian Art Objects: Politics and Aesthetics in Jaipur’s Albert Hall Museum.” Victorian Literature and Culture 41.2 (2013): 199-217.

“Bodies, Interstices, and the Victorian Imagination.” Workshop Proceedings, Max-Planck-Institut for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany (2011). 105-112.

“Vaccination, Poetry, and an Early-Nineteenth-Century Physiology of the Self.” Literature and Medicine 29 (2011): 58-80.

“Natural History’s Hypothetical Moments: Narratives of Contingency in Victorian Culture.” Victorian Studies 51 (2009): 273-95.

“Forms of Closure: The First Law of Thermodynamics and Victorian Narrative.” ELH 74 (2007): 301-322.

“Narrating the Unexceptional: The Art of Medical Inquiry in Victorian England and the Present.” Literature and Medicine 22 (2003): 65-83.

“Writing the Victorian City: Discourses of Risk, Connection, and Inevitability.” Victorian Studies 43 (2001): 561-89.

  • 19th Century British Fiction: Historical Novels - Novel Histories
  • Victorian Sexualities
  • Readings in Victorian Literature


photo of Elicia ClementsElicia Clements

Associate Professor

PhD in English Literature, York University
MA in English Literature, York University
BA (Honours) in English Literature, University of Western Ontario
BMus (Honours) in Music Education, University of Western Ontario

Elicia Clements is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Humanities and English. She has published several works on the interdisciplinary connections between the art forms of literature and music. In addition to establishing links between Ludwig van Beethoven’s late compositions and Virginia Woolf’s narrative method in The Waves, she has published on the performative interchange between the words and the music of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, The Mother of Us All. She was also invited to give a presentation on the composer Dame Ethel Smyth at the International Symposium on Ethel Smyth in Detmold, Germany.

Research Interests
Interdisciplinary & Intermedial Studies
Gender Studies


Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.
Book Chapters

"Pater's Musical Imagination: The Aural Architecture of 'The School of Giorgione' and Marius the Epicurean." Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010. 152-66.
Introduction. With Lesley Higgins. Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Pater Across the Arts. Eds. Elicia Clements and Lesley J. Higgins. Palgrave MacMillan, UK, 2010.

Journal Articles
''We Cannot Retrace Our Steps': Sonorous Performativity in Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All.Theatre Annual: A Journal of Performance Studies 59 (November 2006): 1-18.
"Transforming Musical Sounds into Words: Narrative Method in Virginia Woolf's The Waves." Narrative: The Journal of the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature 13.2 (May 2005): 160-81.
"Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, and Music: Listening as a Productive Mode of Social Interaction." College Literature. 32.3 (July 2005): 51-71.
"A Different Hearing: Voicing Night and Day." Virginia Woolf Bulletin. 11 (September 2002): 32-39.
"Oscar Wilde's Music: A Critical Response to Walter Pater." The Pater Newsletter. 59/60 (Spring/Fall 2011): 4-16.

"The Efficacy of Performance: Musical Events in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Music. Ed. Adriana Varga. Indiana UP, April 2014.

  • Modernism, Interdisciplinarity & the Arts
  • Intermedial Bloomsbury


photo of Julia CreetJulia Creet

Associate Professor

PhD in History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
MA in History and Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto
BA in Honours History, University of Victoria

Julia Creet is an Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto. She specializes in memory studies, literary nonfiction and sexuality studies (in a former life). She is the co-editor (with Andreas Kitzmann) of Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. U of T Press 2010, and the producer and director of a documentary, MUM, (2008) about the memoirs of a holocaust survivor who tried to forget. “The Unread Novel,” a book of documentary fiction based on the same story, is in progress. Julia Creet has published numerous essays and book chapters on memory and testimony, identity and sexuality, in various academic and literary publications including European Studies, The Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, differences, Applied Semiotics, Paradoxa, English Studies in Canada, Resources for Feminist Research, Toronto Life, West Coast Line and Exile. Several of her essays have been translated into Hungarian and Polish and others published in edited collections in Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. Creet is currently working on “A Genealogy of Genealogy,” a book project that looks the “innate” need to know one’s past and a documentary film on the genealogy industry called “All About You.”


Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann, eds. Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies.. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Book Chapters
“Introduction.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 3-26.
“The Archive as Temporary Abode.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 280-298.
“On the Sidewalk: Testimony and the Gesture.” Memory, Haunting, Discourse. Eds. Maria Holmgren Troy and Elisabeth Wennö. Karlstad: Karlstad UP, 2005. 139-159. Reprinted “Na poboczu: świadectwo i gest.” Trans. Tomaz Mazur. Ed. Zofia Rosińska. Pamiec w filozofii XX wieku. Warsaw: Warsaw UP, 2007. 137-157.
“Manufacturing Memory” an Afterward for Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Eds. Andreas Kitszman, Conny Mitlander and John Sundholm. Peter Lang, 2005. Frankfurt and Main: Peter Lang, 2005. 157-165.
“Hypermnesia and the Genealogical Archive.” Travelling Concepts: Memory. Ed. Nancy Pedri. Amsterdam: Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis Press (2003): 59-72.
Encyclopedia Entry on “Monique Wittig.” Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage. Ed. Claude J. Summers. Chester, Conn: New England Publishing Associates, 1995. 759-761. Reprinted, on-line, http://www.glbtq.com/literature/wittig_m,2.html. New England Publishing Associates, 2002.
Encyclopedia Entries on “Judith Butler” (450 wds); “Lesbian Autobiography” (450 wds); ”Lesbian Continuum” (150 wds); “Lesbian Literature” (1000 wds); “Queer Theory “ (1750 wds); “Monique Wittig” (450 wds). Routledge Encyclopedia of Femininst Theories. Ed. Lorraine Code. London: Routledge, 2000. 69-70; 294; 294-5; 301-303; 413-416; 492.
“Anxieties of Identity: Coming Out and Coming Undone.” Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects. Eds. Richard Henke and Monica Dorenkamp. New York: Routledge, 1994. 179-99.
“A Test of Unity: Lesbian Visibility in the British Columbia Federation of Women.” Lesbians in Canada. Ed. Sharon Stone. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 1990. 183-197.

Journal Articles
Creet, Julia. "Calling on Witnesses: testimony and the deictic" Journal of Aesthetics & Culture [Online], 1 28 Dec 2009
“Semiotics of Gesture in Witnesses of Holocaust Deportations from Hungary” Applied Semiotics 15 (April 2005): 31-45. www.chass.utoronto.ca/french/as-sa/ASSA-No15/index.html
“Az Eredet Archívuma.” (in Hungarian) Trans. Agnes Roman Argus 5.6-7 (May 2003):2-8.
“Voyage From Lesbos: Aggression, Ambivalence and Psychoanalysis in the Fifties” Fifties Fictions: Paradoxa 18. Eds. Samuel Delaney and Josh Lukin. (2003): 251-278.
“The Archive and the Uncanny: Danilo Kis’s ‘Encyclopedia of the Dead’ and the Fantasy of Hypermnesia.” Lost in the Archives: Alphabet City 8 . Ed. Rebecca Comay. (2002): 265-276.
“Fantasies of Identities Refused.” Tessera 17 (Winter 1994): 30-37.
“Fantasies of Identities Refused.” Tessera 17 (Winter 1994): 30-37.
“Anxiety and Repetition: Coming Out and Lesbian Identity.” Resources For Feminist Research 20:3-4 (Winter 1991): 82-87.
“Lesbian/Gay Sex: What’s the Difference?” OUT/LOOK: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly 11 (Winter 1991): 29-34.
“Daughter of the Movement: The Psychodynamics of Lesbian S/M Fantasy.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 3:2 (Summer 1991):135-159.
“Speaking in Lesbian Tongues: Monique Wittig and the Universal Point of View.” Resources for Feminist Research 16.4 (Feb. 1987):16-20.

Professional Journal Articles
“The Luminosity of Ordinary Things.” http://www.circuitgallery.com/ (August 2009)
Excerpt from “Our Private Dead.” Exile: The Literary Quarterly 32.1 (Spring 2008): 95-110.
“Narrative Paralysis.” English Studies in Canada 32.2-3 (June/Sept 2006): 24-27.
“The Archive of Origins.” Ghostworks: West Coast Line 37 (Spring 2002): 43-48.
“Treasure Island.” Toronto Life (December 2001): 53-64.
“Technobodies” Border/Lines 46 (Jan 1998): 18-23.
“What you see when Shonagh Adelman examines your body.” Border/Lines 44 (September 1997): 16-20.
Introduction. Homo Eroticus. Films of Wrik Mead. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 1997. 3-4.
“Sleeping With Eli.” Border/Lines 40 (April 1996): 10-14. Reprinted on Slowburn: Canadian On-line Site for Contemporary Art. http://www.baritone.net/slowburn (1996).
“Watching the Women’s Television Network.” Border/Lines 38/39 (Dec 1995): 37-41.
“PagliAttack.” Border/Lines. 37 (August 1995): 5-8.

  • Datamining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family (2016).  Documentary Film (56 min. HD)
  • MUM (2008).  Documentary Film (38 min. HD)
  • Theorizing Memory
  • Special Topics: Literary Nonfiction
  • Special Topics: The Sapphic Muse


photo of Andrea DavisAndrea Davis

Associate Professor

PhD, York University
MA, York University
BA (first class hons.), University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Andrea Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Humanities where she teaches courses in Cultures of the Americas.

She is also the deputy director of the Center for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). In addition, she serves on the Board of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples and is an affiliated faculty member with the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada.

Her research interests are Caribbean, African American and black Canadian literatures and theatre; postcolonial and diaspora studies; and black cultural and feminist studies.


photo of Igor DjordjevicIgor Djordjevic

Associate Professor

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto

Professor Djordjevic is the author of two books, Holinshed's Nation: Ideals, Memory, and Practical Policy in the Chronicles (Ashgate, 2010) and King John (Mis)remembered: the Dunmow Chronicle, the Lord Admiral's Men, and the Formation of Cultural Memory (Ashgate, 2015) as well as several articles in Renaissance and eighteenth-century studies.  His primary research interests are in the history of reading and the relationship between English cultural memory and historical writing.  His ongoing research project is related to the “topical clusters” of early modern English history plays and the relationships between the playing companies that performed them.


English Renaissance dramatic and non-dramatic literature (including Shakespeare)

  • Shakespeare:The Histories
  • The Early Modern History Play


photo of R. Darren GobertR. Darren Gobert


Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia
M.Phil, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia
M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia
M.A., English, McGill
B.A., French and English, Ottawa

R. Darren Gobert specializes in comparative modern and contemporary Western drama, dramatic and performance theory, and the philosophy of theatre. As a theatre practitioner, he has written stage adaptations and directed plays by Albee, Beckett, Chekhov, and others. As a critic, his publications include The Theatre of Caryl Churchill (Bloomsbury) and The Mind-Body Stage (Stanford UP), the latter of which won both the Ann Saddlemyer Prize from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research and the Barnard Hewitt Award from the American Society for Theatre Research. His other honours include a Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and, in 2007, the John Charles Polanyi Prize.

His current project is a cultural history of catharsis. He is editor of the journal Modern Drama.


The Theatre of Caryl Churchill. London: Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury, 2014.
The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2013.

“The Field of Modern Drama, or Arcadia.” Modern Drama 58.3 (Fall 2015): 284-300.
“The Immaterial Matters.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 250-67.
“Behaviorism, Catharsis, and the History of Emotion.” The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 26.2 (Spring 2012): 109-25.
“Arcadia and the Ghosts of Past Performance.” Lectures de Tom Stoppard: Arcadia. Ed. Liliane Campos and Julie Vatain. Rennes, France: Rennes UP, 2011. 147-59.
“Dramatic Catharsis, Freudian Hysteria, and the ‘Private Theatre’ of Anna O.” Emotions: A Cultural Studies Reader. Ed. Jennifer Harding and E. Deidre Pribram. New York: Routledge, 2009. 321-35.
“On Performance and Selfhood in Caryl Churchill.” The Cambridge Companion to Caryl Churchill. Ed. Elin Diamond and Elaine Aston. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 105-24.
“Historicizing Emotion: The Case of Freudian ‘Hysteria’ and Aristotelian ‘Purgation’.” Emotion, Place and Culture. Ed. Mick Smith, Joyce Davidson, Laura Cameron, and Liz Bondi. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009. 57-76.
“Cartesian Subjectivity on the Neoclassical Stage; or, Molière Acts Corneille for Louis XIV.”Theatre Survey 49.1 (Spring 2008): 65-89.
“Finding a Physical Language, Directing for the Nineties Generation: In Conversation with James Macdonald.” New Theatre Quarterly 24.2 (May 2008): 141-157.
“The Antitheatrical Paradox in Michel Marc Bouchard’s Les Feluettes, ou La Répétition d’un drame romantique.” Canadian Literature 188 (Spring 2006): 47-61.
“Cognitive Catharsis in The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” Modern Drama 49.1 (Spring 2006): 12-41.

  • Theatricality and Antitheatricality
  • Theory, Practice, Criticism
  • Play


photo of Terry GoldieTerry Goldie


Ph.D., Queen's University
M.A., Carleton University
B.A., University of Saskatchewan

Terry Goldie is author of The Man Who Invented Gender: Engaging the Ideas of John Money (UBC 2014) Queersexlife: Autobiographical Notes on Sexuality, Gender and Identity (Arsenal Pulp 2008), Pink Snow: Homotextual Possibilities in Canadian Fiction (Broadview 2003), and Fear and Temptation: The Image of the Indigene in Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Literatures (McGill-Queen’s 1989), editor of In a Queer Country: Gay and Lesbian Studies in the Canadian Context (ArsenalPulp 2001) and co-editor, with Daniel David Moses, of An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (fourth edition: Oxford 2013).

Queersexlife: Autobiographical Notes on Sexuality, Gender and Identity
An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (third edition: Oxford 2005). co-editor, with Daniel David Moses
Pink Snow: Homotextual Possibilities in Canadian Fiction (Broadview 2003)
In a Queer Country: Gay and Lesbian Studies in the Canadian Context (ArsenalPulp 2001)
Temptation: The Image of the Indigene in Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Literatures (McGill-Queen's 1989)

Are We Men Yet?: Straight/Gay/Trans Views of Masculinity.

  • The History of Post Colonial Theory
  • Sexuality and Literature: Sexology and Fiction
  • Gay Male Literature


photo of David GoldsteinDavid Goldstein

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in English, Stanford University
M.A. in Writing, The Johns Hopkins University
B.A. in English, Yale University

David Goldstein’s teaching and research interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, food studies, poetry writing and translation, contemporary poetry and poetics, literary and cultural theory, and book history. He is the author of a book of literary criticism, Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England, which won the 2014 Shakespeare's Globe Book Award; two co-edited collections of Shakespeare criticism; and a volume of poems, Laws of Rest, with another forthcoming. He has published articles on the Scottish context of The Merchant of Venice, food in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, Titus Andronicus and American cannibalism, Martha Stewart and domestic labour, and Robert Duncan as a translator of Rilke. His poetry and translations have appeared in journals and anthologies across North America. A former restaurant critic and journalist, his food writing has appeared in SAVEUR, The New York Sun, and numerous other publications. In the 2011-12 year, he coordinated the Creative Writing Program. Before joining the faculty at York, he was an assistant professor of English at the University of Tulsa.

Current Research Projects

With Whom We Eat: Literature and Commensality
In his essay “On Experience,” the sixteenth-century philosopher Michel de Montaigne asserts, “We should not so much consider what we eat as with whom we eat.” My next monograph, With Whom We Eat: Literature and Commensality, explores the concept of commensality—the relationships produced by acts of eating, the “with whom” of food—in imaginative literature from the ancient, early modern, and contemporary periods. The project seeks to define commensality as fundamental to a cultural understanding of food, to explore the centrality of the concept in literary texts, and to demonstrate the importance of literary criticism to the burgeoning discipline of food studies—a discipline in which the study of imaginative writing is often marginalized. The project views literary history from the perspective of food in order to divine what we can learn from them in the context of our own relationships to eating.

Eating and Ethics in Shakespeare's England (scholarly monograph). Cambridge University Press: 2013.
Culinary Shakespeare (edited collection). Amy Tigner, co-editor. Duquesne University Press, 2016.
Shakespeare and Hospitality (edited collection). Julia Reinhard Lupton, co-editor. Routledge, 2016.

Book Chapters
“Facing King Lear.” In Shakespeare and the Power of the Face. Ed. James Knapp. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, 2015, pp 75-91.
“Woolley’s Mouse: Early Modern Recipe Books and the Uses of Nature.” In Ecofeminist Approaches to Early Modernity. Ed. Jennifer
Munroe and Rebecca Laroche. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 105-128.
“Recipes for Living: Martha Stewart and the New American Subject.” Ordinary Lifestyles: Popular Media, Consumption and Taste Cultures. Ed. David Bell and Joanne Hollows. London: Open University Press, 2005.

Journal Articles
“The Price of Pork: Jews, Scots, and Pigs in The Merchant of Venice.” SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 54.2, Spring 2014, pp. 315-348.
“Emmanuel Levinas and the Ontology of Eating.” Gastronomica, Summer 2010, pp. 34-44.
“The Cook and the Cannibal: Titus Andronicus and the New World.” Shakespeare Studies 37, Fall 2009, pp. 99-133.
“Shakespeare and Food: A Review Essay.” Literature Compass 6:1, January 2009, pp. 153-174.
“The Lure of the God: Robert Duncan on Translating Rilke.” John Felstiner, co-author. Jacket Magazine 31: October 2006.

  • Lost Originals (poetry book). BookThug: 2016.
  • Laws of Rest (poetry book). BookThug: 2013.
  • Object Permanence (poetry chapbook). Ugly Duckling Presse: 2015.
  • Been Raw Diction (poetry chapbook). Dusie Press, 2006.

Approach To Teaching
Methods of learning have changed greatly since the Elizabethan schoolmaster John Ascham wrote that “the scholehouse should be counted a sanctuary against feare,” but the essence of his statement remains fresh. In every class I teach, my goal is to spark the enthusiasm of my students both for the subject at hand and for the learning process. I view my classroom as a space for experimentation without fear of recrimination. I encourage students to explore unfamiliar ideas to the greatest possible extent, while developing a clear understanding of the space’s boundaries. By creating a supportive, exciting environment for the pursuit of knowledge, I hope to imbue in my students a general love of learning and to help instill in them the curiosity and inspiration to continue the journey.


photo of Lesley HigginsLesley Higgins


Ph.D., Queen’s University
M.A., Queen’s University
B.A., Brock University

Lesley Higgins, Professor of English, has taught and supervised at York since 1987. On her own, she has published The Modernist Cult of Ugliness (2002); together with her colleague Marie-Christine Leps, she is developing a book-length study entitled Heterotopic World Literature: Woolf, Foucault, Ondaatje. In addition to her numerous articles on Hopkins, she is the co-general editor of the eight-volume Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins for OUP, and has edited Hopkins’s Essays (vol. iv, 2006), Dublin Notebook (with Michael F. Suarez, S.J., 2014), and Diaries (forthcoming, 2015). In terms of Pater studies, she has published extensively, is deputy editor of The Pater Newsletter, and, with colleague David Latham, is co-general editor of the ten-volume Collected Works of Walter Pater (also OUP). She has co-edited two essay collections: Walter Pater: Transparencies of Desire and Victorian Aesthetic Conditions: Walter Pater Across the Arts. She is also a member of the Editorial Board for OUP’s OSEO project, Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (http://www.oxfordscholarlyeditions.com/).

She has been delighted to receive three York teaching honours over the years: from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the University-Wide Teaching Award. The Pater project is currently being funded by a five-year, $170,000 grant from SSHRC.

Intersections of literature and the visual arts are a particular interest.
Victorian literature, especially Gerard Manley Hopkins and Walter Pater
Modernism (with a particular emphasis on Virginia Woolf and “extreme modernisms”)
Gender studies
Textual studies (theories and practices of literary editing, and the history of the book)

  • Bibliography
  • Theories & Practices of Literary Editing
  • Extreme Modernisms
  • City Texts and Textual Cities
  • Studies in Modernist Poetry: Six Poets in Theory
  • 1922: Rethinking the Modernist Canon
  • Decadence


photo of Marie-Christine LepsMarie-Christine Leps

Associate Professor

Marie-Christine Leps' book, Apprehending the Criminal: The Production of Deviance in Nineteenth-Century Discourse (“Post-Contemporary Interventions” Series, Duke University Press) traces the production and circulation of knowledge about the criminal in criminology, the press, and crime fiction, and shows how the delineation of deviance served to construct cultural norms in England and France at the end of the nineteenth century.

She has published articles on social discourse, narrative realism, intertextuality, the novels of Don DeLillo, and various aspects of the "Information Age," concerning issues of governmentality, race, and gender. Her essays can be found in Textual PracticeThe Yale Journal of CriticismCultural CritiqueRadical PhilosophyRethinking MarxismThe Journal of Postcolonial WritingCahiers victoriens et édouardiens, and College Literature, among others. Together with Lesley Higgins she co-authored articles on governmentality, fiction, film and history in Woolf, Foucault, and Ondaatje, and is currently co-writing a book on Heterotopic World Fiction.

Literary and cultural theory and discursive analysis

  • Free Govern: Woolf, Foucault, Ondaatje
  • Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Comparative and World Literature Seminar: History and Practice


photo of Thomas LoebelThomas Loebel

Associate Professor
Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., English (American Literature/Theory), U Buffalo (SUNY)
M.A., English (Literary Theory), U Buffalo (SUNY)
M.A., Education (Curriculum/Music), University of Toronto (OlSE)
B.A., Political Science/Philosophy, McGill University

  •   Faculty of Graduate Studies, 230 York Lanes |
  •    ext. 31094 |
  •    loebel@yorku.ca |

Thomas Loebel teaches and researches American and African American literature in the 19th & early 20th-century, literary and cultural theory, psychoanalysis and continental philosophy. Current interests include the lost object of the voice, impersonation, and intersections between psychoanalytic object relations and object-oriented ontology. Author of The Letter and the Spirit of Nineteenth-Century American Literature (MQUP 2005), he has three book-length studies in the pipe: “Standard Deviation: Vocal Colour and American National Identity” examines what might be called the “inflections of anxiety” over legitimacy and exceptionalism in pre-20th century American literature; “Objet Relations: Beauty, Jouissance, and the Schauplatz of Henry James” rethinks the relations between desire, das Ding, objet a and aesthetical judgment of the beautiful through a Lacanian reading of The Spoils of Poynton; “’Hope is the thing with feathers’: Pre-Consciousness, Daydreaming, and Critique in Dickinson, Ellison, and Kushner,” takes seriously a Blochian approach to pre-consciousness and an awakening function of word-presentations to argue for the forward-thinking, revelatory, and redemptive potential of critical reading.

The Letter and the Spirit of Nineteenth-Century American Literature: Justice, Politics and Theology. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005. 352 pages.

Book Chapters
"Beyond Her Self," Contemporary Essays on The House of Mirth, ed. Deborah Esch (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge U P, 2002).
"Interview: Emmanuel Levinas and François Poirié," 90 pp., co-translator with Jill Robbins and Marcus Coelen, Is it Righteous to Be? Interviews, ed. Jill Robbins (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2002).
"Interview: Emmanuel Levinas and Miriam Anissimov," 12 pp., co-translator with Jill Robbins and Marcus Coelen, ibid.

Journal Articles
“’A’ Confession: How to Avoid Speaking the Name of the Father.” Arizona Quarterly. Vol. 59. Number 1 (Spring 2003): 1-29.
"Jefferson Davis on the Plains of Abraham," CR: The New Centennial Review, Borders/Americas, Vol. 1, Number 2 (Fall 2001), 109-138.
"Love of Masculinity," Faulkner Journal, Special Edition on Faulkner and Masculinity, XV: 1&2 (Fall 1999/Spring 2000), 83-106.

  • Psychoanalytic Interpretations: Freud, Lacan and the Signifier
  • Levinas & Poetry
  • Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Reading Creations
  • Dialects of Modern Cultural Production
  • 19C American Literature: The Metaphysics of Nat Identity


photo of Kim MichasiwKim Michasiw

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., University of Toronto

Kim Ian Michasiw has published numerous articles, including pieces on Ann Radcliffe, Henry Mackenzie, William Gilpin, Elvis Presley, Alexander Pope, and the aesthetics of camp. He has also published an edition of Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya, or The Moor (1806). He is working on a book-length study of alternative (or just plain odd) aesthetics and subjectivities from Edward Young's Night Thoughts (1742-45) to Thomas Lovell Beddoes's Death's Jest-Book (1850).


photo of Elizabeth PentlandElizabeth Pentland

Associate Professor

Ph.D., English Literature, Stanford University
M.A., English Literature, University of Toronto
B.A. (with High Distinction), English & History, University of Toronto

  •   Stong College, 208D |
  •    ext. 33705 |
  •    pent@yorku.ca |

Elizabeth Pentland specializes in Renaissance literature including Shakespeare. She is currently working on a book about England’s literary and political relations with France during the period of the French civil wars. Her recent publications include “Teaching English Travel Writing from 1500 to the Present,” in Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters, edited by Karina Attar and Lynn Shutters (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), “Philippe Mornay, Mary Sidney, and the Politics of Translation,” for the Early Modern Studies Journal 6: Women’s Writing / Women’s Work in Early Modernity (2014), “Shakespeare, Navarre, and Continental History,” in Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare, edited by Michael Saenger (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2014), and “Martyrdom and Militancy in Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris,” in Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England, edited by James Mardock and Kathryn McPherson, (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2014). She is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and she has written for Renaissance QuarterlyShakespeare Bulletin, and Cahiers Elisabethains.

Community Contribution
Faculty member for the Stratford Seminar Society which organizes a week-long summer program in association with the Stratford Shakesphere Festival.

Book Chapters
“Martyrdom and Militancy in Marlowe’s Massacre at Paris,” in Stages of Engagement: Drama and Religion in Post-Reformation England, edited by James Mardock and Kathryn McPherson, (Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 2014), 107-134.
“Hayward, John,” “Primrose, Diana,” and “Sandys, George,” In The Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature, ed. Alan Stewart and Garrett Sullivan (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 461-3, 796-8, 852-4.
“Beyond the ‘Lyric’ in Illyricum: Some Early Modern Backgrounds to Twelfth Night,” in Twelfth Night: New Critical Essays, edited by James Schiffer (London and New York: Routledge, 2011). 149-166.
“‘Elizian’ Fields: Elizabeth, Essex, and the Politics of Dissent in 1624,” in Resurrecting Elizabeth I in the Seventeenth Century, ed. Elizabeth Hageman & Katherine Conway (Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2007), 149-167.

Journal Articles
“Hamlet,” Shakespeare Bulletin 28.3 (Fall 2010). 377-382. Theatre Review.
“Hamlet,” Shakespeare Bulletin 27.3 (Fall 2009): 475-477. Theatre Review.

“Shakespeare, Navarre, and Continental History,” in Interlinguicity, Internationality and Shakespeare, edited by Michael Saenger (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming 2014), 35-65.
“Teaching English Travel Writing from 1500 to the Present,” for Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Cross-Cultural Encounters across Disciplines and Eras, edited by Karina Attar and Lynn Shutters (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2014).
“Philippe Mornay, Mary Sidney, and the Politics of Translation,” Early Modern Studies Journal (EMSJ) Vol 6: Women’s Writing / Women’s Work in Early Modernity (Fall 2014).

  • Shakespeare's Political Theory
  • Shakespare and Contemporary Drama: Redressing Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare and Contemporary Drama


photo of Art ReddingArt Redding


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., University of Texas at Dallas
B.A., Kenyon College

Art Redding has written about various American literary and cultural figures, from Emma Goldman to Kathy Acker.

Professional Leadership
President of the Canadian Association for American Studies: 2014-2016

Research Interests
Ghosts, memory, and ethnic identity in contemporary American literature and culture
Twentieth-century public intellectuals in America
Culture and politics of the Cold War
Anarchism and political violence

Haints: American Ghosts, Millennial Passions, and Contemporary Gothic Fictions. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2011. 168pp. Link to Website
Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 200pp. Link to Website
Raids on Human Consciousness: Writing, Anarchism, and Violence.
Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1998. 275pp. Link to Website

Book Chapters
“Apocalyptic Gothic.” A Companion to American Gothic. Ed. Charles L. Crow. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. 447-460.
“Be Free! Globalism and Democratic Pedagogy in Henry James and Henry Adams.” Affinities: Essays in Honour of Professor Tadeusz Rachwał. Ed. Agnieszka Pantuchowicz and Sławomir Masłoń. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2014. 61-76.
“Merely Political: Glam Terrorism and Celebrity Politics in Brett Easton Ellis’ Glamorama.” Brett Easton Ellis: American Psycho, Glamorama, Lunar Park. Edited by Naomi Mandel. London: Continuum, 2010. 98-112.
“Encounters: The Ethics of Gilles Deleuze, Alphonso Lingis, and Alain Badiou.” Corporeal Inscriptions. Edited by Edyta Lorek-Jezińska and Katerzyna Więckowska. Copernicus University Press (Poland), 2005. 27-38.
“Invisibilities: Counternational Self-production in American Literature, from Ralph Ellison to Gloria Anzaldua.” The Nation of the Other. Edited by Anna Branach-Kallas and Katerzyna Więckowska. Copernicus University Press, 2004. 129-138.
"Mitografie (z) pogranicza: dzikość i cywilizacja w oczach Fredericka Jacksona Turnera I Johna Forda.” (“Frontier Mythographies: Savagery and Civilization in Frederick Jackson Turner and John Ford.”) Wielkie tematy literatury amerykańskiej II (Themes in American Literature, Vol. 2: The Frontier). Edited by Teresa Pyzik. Translated into Polish by Paweł Jędrzejko. University of Silesia Press (Poland), 2004. 108-128.
“Initctjatywy wrosłe z wiary: Miasto Boże E.L. Doctorowa, czyli co się stało 11 września 2001 roku.” (“Faith-based Initiatives: September 11 and E.L. Doctorow’s City of God.”) Wielkie tematy literatury amerykańskiej I: Bóg, wiara, religia. (Themes in American Literature, Vol. I: God, Faith, Religion). Edited by Teresa Pyzik. Translated into Polish by Paweł Jędrzejko. University of Silesia Press (Poland), 2002. 193-208.

Journal Articles
“American Tourism and the Emergence of Mass Culture: Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.” A & E. (Anglistik und Englischunterricht) : Literature and Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America. 82 (2014): 107-120.
“A Finish Worthy of the Start: The Poetics of Age and Masculinity in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.” Film Criticism 38.3 (Spring 2014): 2-23.
“Turning Poetry into Bread: Langston Hughes, Travel-writing, and the Professionalization of African-American Literary Production.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 29.2. (Winter 2014) : 1-18.
Guest Editor, Writing Technologies 3 (2010). Link to Website
“Frontier Mythographies: Savagery and Civilization in Frederick Jackson Turner and John Ford.” Literature/Film Quarterly 35.4 (2007): 313-322.
“Closet, Coup and Cold War: F.O. Matthiessen’s From the Heart of Europe.” boundary2 33.1 (2006): 171-201.
“‘Haints’: American Ghosts, Ethnic Memory, and Contemporary Fiction.” Mosaic 34.4 (December 2001): 163-182.
“East of the Sun and West of the Moon: The Balkans and Cultural Studies.” Angelaki 6.1. (April 2001) : 173-183.
“Abandoning Hope in American Fiction of the 1980s: Catalogues of Gothic Catastrophe.” Gramma 16 (2008): 273-289.
“In a Sense Abroad: American Teachers in East Central Europe.” Association of Departments of English Bulletin 123 (Fall 1999): 46-49.
“‘God the Linguist Teaches Us to Breathe’: Ivan Blatný’s Poems in English.” Brno Studies in English (Czech Republic) 23.3 (Spring 1997): 129-144.
“The Dream Life of Political Violence: Georges Sorel, Emma Goldman, and the Modern Imagination.” Modernism/modernity 2.2 (April 1995):1-16.
“Bruises, Roses: Masochism and the Writing of Kathy Acker.” Contemporary Literature 35.2 (Summer 1994): 281-304.

  • Literature of the American West
  • The Cold War and U.S. Literature
  • American Hardboiled


photo of Leslie SandersLeslie Sanders


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., University of Toronto

Leslie Sanders works in African American Literature, black writers in Canada and, more generally, Women's Studies. She teaches in the School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, where she also runs the Writing Program. She is the author of The Development of Black Theater in America (l988), an editor of the Collected Works of Langston Hughes for which she also is doing two volumes of plays and other dramatic and musical work. Aside from publications on Hughes, she has published on such African Canadian writers as Austin Clarke, Dionne Brand, Nourbese Philip, Claire Harris, George Elliot Clarke, Maxine Tynes and Djanet Sears. She is a founder of the Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada.

  • Black Song
  • Considering Black Canada


placeholder for a headshotVictor Shea


Ph.D., York University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., University of Prince Edward Island

Victor Shea is the co-editor, with William Whitla, of Essays and Reviews: The 1860 Text and its Readings (Univ. of Virginia Press, 2000), and co-author, with William Whitla, of Foundations: Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing (Prentice Hall, 2001; 2nd ed 2005). His research and teaching include Victorian culture and literature, British Empire and imperialism, and literary theory.

  • Victorian Literature and Culture in Context
  • 19th-Century Imperial Culture: Britain and US


photo of Karen ValihoraKaren Valihora

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Director

Ph.D. Yale University
Doctoral Student, University of Virginia
Diplôme de langue Française de la Sorbonne, Université de Paris IV, Cours de Langue et Civilisation Françaises
M.A. McGill University
B.A. McGill University

Karen Valihora’s Austen’s Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury (Delaware, 2010) traces the development of the concept of objective judgment from Locke and Shaftesbury through some of the key figures of the British Enlightenment, including David Hume and Adam Smith, using examples from Jane Austen’s novels to illustrate shifting concepts and contexts of moral and aesthetic judgment. She is now working on a study called Golden Ages, which employs psychoanalytic modes of interpretation to explore the dynamics of pastoral in myth, literature and film, from Hesiod, Virgil, and Ovid through Austen, Nancy Mitford, and films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s and It’s a Wonderful Life.

She teaches theory in the context of the history of ideas, Eighteenth-century British literature and philosophy, and pastoral modes across various genres.

Austen's Oughts: Judgment after Locke and Shaftesbury. Delaware, 2010

Publications: “Adam Smith’s Narrative Line,” in Adam Smith: His Life, His Thought, His Legacy, ed. Ryan Hanley. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. Pp. 405-422.

Fellowships: YUFA Sabbatical Fund Fellowship 2017-18, “The Writing of Nancy Mitford,” $5500.


Author Meets Critics: Critic for Jacob Sider Jost, Interest (forthcoming, Yale UP) International Adam Smith Society Annual Conference, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, Chapman University, January 2019.

Author meets Critics: Critic for Ryan Hanley, The Wisdom of Adam Smith (forthcoming, Princeton UP), Adam Smith Society Annual Conference, Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy, Chapman University, January 2019.

Director, The Impartial Spectator: Jane Austen and Adam Smith, Liberty Fund Colloquium, July 12-15, 2018. Toronto, Canada.

“Hume’s Examples.” Commentary on Wade Robison’s “Hume’s Project: Hume, Descartes, and Adam.” Hume Society International conference, Budapest, Hungary, July 2018.

Emma, The Pastoral, and the Scene of the Novel. CSECS/NEASECS joint annual meeting. University of Toronto. October 2017.

Panelist/Discussant, The Works of Camus, Liberty Fund Colloquium. Prof. Robert Zaretsky, Director. Los Angeles, February 2017.

  • Allegories of the Pastoral
  • 18th Century Intellectual Texts: Richardson's Clarissa
  • 18th Century Intellectual Texts: Jane Austen
  • Idyllic Futures


photo of Jonathan WarrenJonathan Warren

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., Yale University

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Jonathan Warren specializes in cosmopolitan modernism and its precursors, early-twentieth-century American literature, and literary theory. He is particularly interested in alignments of poststructural theory, modernist critical positions, popular culture, and philosophical engagements of time and memory.

He is the co-editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw (1999). He has published articles on American literature, Marcel Proust, historical lexicology, and modernism. His work can be found in the Henry James Review, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, The American Century, and elsewhere. He is currently studying allegorical and symbolic figurations of temporality in "high" and popular modernist American texts.

Before coming to York, Professor Warren taught at the University of Toronto. He has worked as a professional editor and, for a number of years, taught writing to students in all disciplines; his courses aim to encourage and strengthen critical thinking and writing

  • Camp: Theory and Practice
  • Nietzsche's Hammer & Modern American


placeholder for a headshotSusan Warwick

Associate Professor

Ph.D., York University
M.A., York University
B.A., University of Toronto

Susan Warwick specializes in Canadian literature, American literature, and North American popular culture. She has published on Margaret Laurence, Willa Cather, Alice Munro, Margaret Gibson, and on detective and crime fiction. She is currently working on a monograph treating representations of criminality in Canadian fiction from 1880 to 1940.

River of Now and Then: Margaret Laurence's The Diviners. Toronto: ECW Press, 1993.
Margaret Laurence: An Annotated Bibliography. Toronto: ECW Press, 1979.

Book Chapters
'Margaret Gibson: A Profile.' Profiles in Canadian Literature. Ed. Jeffrey Heath. Toronto: Dundum Press, 1991. 91-98.
'A Margaret Laurence Log.' Margaret Laurence: An Appreciation. Ed. Christl Verduyn. Peterborough, Ontario: Broadview Press, 1988. 218-238.
'Willa Cather Critical Reception.' Les Litteratures de Langues Europeenes au Tournat du Siecle: La Perspective Critique Americaine. Ottawa: Groupe de Recherches International 1900, Comparative Literature, Carleton University, 1988. 69-86.
'Ellery Queen.' Beacham's Popular Fiction in America. Ed. Walton Beacham. Washington, D.C.: Beacham Publishing, 1986. 1139-1153.

Journal Articles
''These People Were Some Sort of Solution': The Necessary Crimes of American Modernism.' English Studies in Canada 19.1 (March 1993): 21-33.
'Alice Munro and The Acts of Faith.' English Studies in Canada 14.4 (December 1988): 481-486.
''Writ in Remembrance': Margaret Laurence, Willa Cather, and the Prairie Past.' Canadian Women's Studies 8.3(Fall 1987): 35-37.
'Growing Up: The Novels of Alice Munro.' Essays on Canadian Writing 29(Summer 1984): 204-225.
'A Margaret Laurence Log.' Journal of Canadian Studies 13.3 (Fall 1978): 75-83.

  • Contemporary Fiction: After 9/11
  • 21st Century Fiction in English: Writing Wars


photo of Andrew WeaverAndrew Weaver

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Alberta
M.A., University of New Brunswick
B.A., Carleton University

Andy Weaver specializes in contemporary Canadian and American poetry and poetics, with an emphasis on formally innovative and experimental texts. He has published articles on the poetry of Fred Wah and John Cage. His current research focuses on the relationship between contemporary poetry and political anarchy.

He has also been involved with several literary journals and poetry reading series, and his first book of poetry, Were the Bees (NeWest Press, 2005), was shortlisted for an Alberta Book Award.

  • Black Mountain Poetry and Poetics
  • Postmodern Canadian Literature
  • The Poetics of Contemporary Poetry


photo of Allan WeissAllan Weiss

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., Concordia University
B.A., Concordia University

Allan Weiss earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at Concordia University (B.A. 1979; M.A. 1980), and received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto in 1985. He taught at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute from 1984-1989, then at Woodsworth College from 1990-1998. He began teaching at York as a contract faculty member in 1990, serving in that capacity at Stong College, the Department of English, and the Division of Humanities until 2003, when he was converted to Assistant Professor. He has been Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Humanities since 2005.

Canadian fiction
Speculative fiction

Books & Monographs
The Riverside Anthology of ShortInstructor’s Resource Manual (With Dean Baldwin)
Convention and Innovation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998. 220p.
Canadian Literature Index 1985-88. Toronto: ECW Press, 1987-1992. 500p.
A Comprehensive Bibliography of English-Canadian Short Stories, 1950-1983. Toronto: ECW Press, 1988. 973p.

Chapters in Books
“The Mini-Cycle in Clark Blaise’s Resident Alien.” Clark Blaise: Essays on His Work. J. R. “Tim” Struthers. Toronto: Guernica (forthcoming)
“Beyond Genre: Canadian Surrealist Short Fiction.” The Postmodern Short Story: Forms and Issues. Ed. Farhat Iftekharrudin et al. Westport: Praeger, 2003. 233-45.
“Professing Support: In Defense of Academia’s Role in Canadian Literature.” The Bumper Book. Ed. John Metcalf. Toronto: ECW Press, 1986. 130-39.

Edited Collections
The Canadian Fantastic in Focus: New Perspectives. Jefferson: McFarland, 2014 250p.
Further Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 2003
Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Toronto: ACCSFF, 2005. 117p.
Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 1997 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Toronto: ACCSFF, 1998. 104p.
Out of This World: Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy (co-editor with Hugh Spencer)
Literature. Comp. Andrea Paradis. Kingston: Quarry Press; Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1995. 264p.

Refereed Articles
“Baptisms by Fire: War in Early Canadian SF.” Studies in Canadian Literature (forthcoming).
“The True North Strong and Free’: National Evolution and Race in Early English -Canadian Utopian Fiction.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (forthcoming).
“The Form and Function of the Modern Fable in the Short Stories of Janet Frame.” Commonwealth Essays & Studies 2 (2011): 43-55.
“Between Collection and Cycle: The Mini-Cycle.” Short Story 2 (2009):
“Cycles within Cycles: Mini-Cycles in Robert Olen Butler’s Fiction.” Short Story 1 (2009): 65-80.
“Offred’s Complicity and the Dystopian Tradition in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.” Studies in Canadian Literature (2009): 120-41.
“Beyond Human: Fading Boundaries Between Human and Machine in Canadian Fantastic Literature.” Foundation 81 (2001): 68-75.
“Separations and Unities: Quebec Separatism in English- and French-Canadian Science Fiction.” Science-Fiction Studies 74 (1998): 53-60.
“Private and Public in Timothy Findley’s The Wars.” Canadian Literature 138/139 (1993): 91-102.
“Adele Wiseman’s Technique and the Yiddish Tradition.” World Literature Written in English 24:2 (1984): 397-407.

Papers in Published Conference Proceedings
“Apocalypse from a Genre Theory Perspective.” A Critical Approach to the Apocalypse. Ed. Alexandra Simon-Lopez and Heidi Yeandle. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary (2013-2014 E-book)
“Disharmony and Dystopia: Music in Classic Dystopian Fiction.” Collision of Realities: Establishing Research on the Fantastic in Europe. Ed. Lars Schmeink and Astrid Boger. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2012. 285-94.
“Future Vision: Time and Perspective in Margaret Atwood’s Speculative-Fiction Short Stories.” Time and the Short Story. Ed. Maria Teresa Chialant and Marina Lops. Bern: Peter Lang, 2012. 225-36.
“Aliens and the Alien in Canadian Science Fiction.” Managing Diversity and Social Cohesion: The Canadian Experience/Diversité culturelle et cohésion sociale: L’expérience canadienne. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Central European Canadianists. Ed. Diana Yankova. Sofia: Masaryk University, 2010. 445-50.
“Destiny and Identity in Canadian Urban Fantasy.” Literary Environments: Canada and the Old World. Ed. Britta Olinder. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2006. 109-117. (Refereed)
“The Question of Genre.” Further Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 2003 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ed. Allan Weiss. Toronto: ACCSFF, 2005. 47-54.
“The Canadian Apocalypse.” Worlds of Wonder: Readings in Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature (Reappraisals Canadian Writers Series). Ed. Jean-François Leroux and Camille R. La Bossière. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2004. 35-45.
“Beyond the Here and Now: Canadian Utopias and Dystopias.” Rediscovering Canadian Difference. Ed. Gudrun Bjork Gudsteins. Reykjavik: NACS, 2001. 230-39 (Refereed)
“Rediscovering the Popular Canadian Short Story.” Dominant Impressions: Essays on the Canadian Short Story. Ed. Gerald Lynch and Angela Arnold Robbeson. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 1999. 87-97.
“Guardians of Earthy Delights: Sexual Humour in Canadian Immigrant Fiction.” Canada and the Nordic Countries in Times of Reorientation: Literature & Criticism. Ed. Jorn Carlsen. Arhus: Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, 1998. 226-33. (Refereed)
“Beyond the Borders: Invasion Narratives in Canadian Science Fiction.” Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 1997 Academic Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Ed. Allan Weiss. Toronto: ACCSFF, 1998. 15-23.
“Politics and the Self: Themes and Techniques in Canadian Fantastic Literature.” Transcultural Travels: Essays in Canadian Literature and Society. Ed. Mari Peepre-Bordessa. Lund: Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, 1994. 89-99. (Refereed)
“Magazines and the English-Canadian Short Story, 1950-1970.” Visions critiques 5 (1988): 223-30.

2010 - YUFA Sabbatical Leave Fellowship
Amount: $9200
Purpose: To fund research equipment and travel during the year 2010-11
1990-1991 - Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Amount: $30,700
Purpose: To compile Canadian Literature Index 1988
1984-1985 - Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Amount: $24,090
Purpose: To compile a comprehensive bibliography of English-Canadian short stories first published from 1950-1983

Making the Rounds (short stories). Edmonton: Edge (forthcoming).
Living Room (short stories). Toronto: Boheme P, 2001. 155p.
“A Little Leavening.” On Spec (forthcoming).
“Lines.” Unbraiding the Short Story. Ed. Maurice A. Lee. Charleston: CreateSpace, 2014. 346-51.
“Black Book.” Bridges: A Global Anthology of Short Stories. Ed. Maurice Lee. [North Little Rock]: Temenos, 2012. 209-23.
“The Whole Megillah.” On Spec 2 (2011): 50-69.
“Contracts.” Wascana Review 1-2 (2005 [copyright 2008]): 46-57.
“Making Light.” On Spec 1 (2007): 58-74.
“Heaven and Earth.” Tesseracts 9. Ed. Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman. Edmonton: Edge/Tesseract Books, 2005. 361-76.
“The Missing Word.” On Spec 2 (2001): 59-72.
Excerpt from Bread and Stone (a novel-in-progress). Rampike 12.1 (2001): 67-69.
“The Solomon Cheats.” Tesseracts 7. Ed. Jean-Louis Trudel and Paula Johanson. Edmonton: Tesseract Books, 1998. 159-74.
“Exchange.” On Spec 2 (1998): 17-28.
“The Last of the Maccabees.” Arrowdreams. Ed. Mark Shainblum and John Dupuis. Winnipeg: Nuage Editions, 1998. 99-124.
“Fixed.” North Words 1 (1996): 26-33.
“Journals.” Prairie Fire 4 (1995-96): 97-107. (Honourable mention, speculative fiction writing contest.)
“Living Room.” Short Story 1 (1995): 64-73.
“All the Birds That Fly.” Windsor Review 1 (1994): 3-13.
“Property.” NeWest Review 6 (Aug.-Sept. 1993): 13-16.
“The Domitable Knight Errant.” Communique 12 (May-June 1993): 6-7.
“Ants.” Tesseracts 4. Ed. Michael Skeet and Lorna Toolis. Victoria: Beach Holme P, 1992. 108-23. (Nominated for an Aurora Award as best English-languageCanadian science fiction story 1992.)
“Minorities.” Fiddlehead 172 (1992): 35-48.
“The Doorknob.” Green’s Magazine 16:1 (1987): 7-16.
“Jean Beliveau Was Number Four.” Loomings 1 (1979): 2-12. Rpt. Short Story International: Seedling Series 4.13 (March 1984): 5-12.
“Tuparosh.” Space and Time 40 (1977): 14-20.
“Satanesque.” Fantasy and Terror 1:6 (1974): 24-28. Rpt. Year’s Best Horror Stories III Richard Davis. New York: Daw Books, 1975. 98-108.

  • Utopian and Dystopian Literature


photo of Agnes WhitfieldAgnes Whitfield


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., Concordia University
B.A., Concordia University

Agnes Whitfield’s teaching and research interests include contemporary Canadian Anglophone and Francophone fiction (novel and short story), the institutions and practice of literary translation in Canada, narrative voice, and unilingual and bilingual editing.

She is the author of Le Je(u) illocutoire, Forme et contestation dans le roman québécois contemporain (Laval, 1987), and co-editor of Critique et littérature québécoise (Triptyque, 1992), La nouvelle : écriture(s) et lecture(s) (XYZ, 1993), and La Francophonie ontarienne : bilan et perspectives de recherche (Le Nordir, 1995). She has edited two volumes of portraits of contemporary Canadian literary translators: Writing between the Lines. (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2006) and Le Métier du double (Fides, 2005), short-listed for the Raymond-Klibansky Scholarly Book Prize.

The author of three works of poetry and fiction in French, and an accredited member of the Literary Translators’ Association of Canada, she is responsible for the translation review column for the University of Toronto Quarterly.

She is presently working on a book on Hannah Josephson, the American translator of Gabrielle Roy’s Bonheur d’occasion, and a bibliographical tool to facilitate literary exchange between Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Romania.

Le Je(u) illocutoire, forme et contestation dans le nouveau roman québécois. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 1987, 342 p.
Critique et littérature québécoise. Co-editor with Annette Hayward. Montréal: Éditions Tryptique, 1992, 422 p.
Divine Diva (Translation of Venite a cantare, novel by Daniel Gagnon), Toronto: Coach House Press, 1991, 60 p.
La nouvelle : écriture(s) et lecture(s). Co-editor with Jacques Cotnam. Montréal/Toronto: XYZ/GREF, 1993, 226 p.
O cher Émile je t'aime ou l'heureuse mort d'une Gorgone anglaise racontée par sa fille, recueil de poé. Ottawa: Le Nordir, 1993, 69 p.
Où dansent les nénuphars, ré. Ottawa: Le Nordir, 1995, 82 p.
La Francophonie ontarienne : bilan et perspectives de recherche. Co-editor with Jacques Cotnam and Yves Frenette. Ottawa: Le Nordir, 1995, 361 p.
Si les sirènes ne chantaient plus, recueil de poé. Montréal: Écrits des Forges, 2001, 96 p.
Le Métier du double. Portraits de traducteurs et traductrices francophones. Editor. Montréal: Fides, collection “Nouvelles études québécoises” du CRILCQ, 2005, 392 p.
Writing Between the Lines. Portraits of Canadian Anglophone Translators. Editor. Waterloo (Ontario): Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006, 312 p.
L’écho de nos classiques: Bonheur d’occasion et Two Solitudes en traduction. Editor. Ottawa: Éditions David, Collection « Voix savantes », 2009, 364p.
Échanges littéraires entre le Canada, la Pologne, la République tchèque et la Roumanie. Editor. Montréal: Éditions québécoises de l’œuvre, Collection Vita traductiva, forthcoming.

Chapters In Books
“Gabrielle Roy's Children of My Heart or Portrait of the Artist as Young Woman,” in C. Hall and J. Morgan, ed. Redefining Autobiography in Twentieth-Century Women's Fiction. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1991, pp. 209-225.
“Introduction,” “Chronologie,” and “Bibliographie,” in MacLennan, H. Deux solitudes. Montréal: Fides, 1992, pp. 7-16, 733-740.
“L'Autobiographie au féminin : altérité masculine dans La Détresse et l'enchantement de Gabrielle Roy,” in Y. Grisé and R. Major, ed. Mélanges offerts en hommage à Réjean Robidoux. Ottawa: Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa, 1992, pp. 391-404.
“Recherches, sujets et plaisir : repenser la relation,” in L. Milot and F. Dumont, ed. Pour un bilan prospectif de la recherche en littérature québécoise. Québec: Presses de l'Université Laval, 1992, p. 73-94.
“Les Anthropoïdes de Gérard Bessette” (pp. 30-31); “Mes romans et moi de Gérard Bessette” (pp. 513-515); “Mirage de Pauline Michel” (pp. 520-521); “La Couvade de Robert Baillie” (pp. 181); “Flore Cocon de Suzanne Jacob” (pp. 340-341). in G. Dorion et al, ed. Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires du Québec. Vol. VI. Montreal: Fides, 1994.
“Gérard Bessette,” in Willliam New, ed. Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002, pp. 109-111.
“Lettres d'une autre de Lise Gauvin,” in A. Boivin et al, ed. Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires du Québec, Vol. VII. Montréal: Fides, 2003, pp. 527-528.
“Émilie du Châtelet, traductrice d'Isaac Newton, ou la ‛traduction-confirmation,’” in Jean Delisle, ed. Portraits de traductrices. Ottawa: Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa, 2002, pp. 87-115.
“Patricia Claxton, A Civil Translator,” in A. Whitfield, ed. Writing Between the Lines. Portraits of Canadian Anglophone Translators. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006, pp. 139-167.
“Introduction,” in A. Whitfield, ed. Le Métier du double. Portraits de traducteurs et traductrices francophones. Montréal: Fides, Collection“Nouvelles études québécoises, 2005, pp. 1-21.
“Introduction,” in A. Whitfield, ed. Writing Between the Lines. Portraits of Canadian Anglophone Translators. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006, pp. 1-18.
“Le Désir comme catastrophe naturelle de Claire Dé,” “Femmes de soleil de Dominique Blondeau,” and “L’Homme qui peignait Staline” de France Théoret, forthcoming in A. Boivin, ed. Dictionnaire des oeuvres littéraires du Québec. Vol. VIII. Montreal: Fides.
“Mapping European Studies in Canada from a Cultural-Histroical Perspective” (with Susan Ingram), in Vita Fortunati and Francesco Cattani, ed. Questioning the European Identity/ies: Deconstructing Old Stereotypes and Envisioning New Models of Representation. Rome: Il Mulino, 2011, pp. 225-243.
“Encourager la réciprocité: analyse des enjeux,” forthcoming in A. Whitfield, ed. Échanges littéraires entre le Canada, la Pologne, la République tchèque et la Roumanie.  Montréal: Éditions québécoises de l’œuvre, Collection Vita Traductiva.

Edited Journals
“Elle Signe.” Co-editor. Protée XX/3 (fall, 1992).
“Écritures masculines.” Voix et images 52 (fall 1992)
“Le Festin de Babel/Babel's Feast.” Co-editor. TTR (winter1996)

The Contribution of Literary Translation to an Appreciation of Linguistic Duality. Part One: Access to Literary Works. Report submitted to Heritage Canada, 2 September 2008, 23 p. (single-spaced) and 14 appendices.
Améliorer l’apport de la traduction littéraire à la dualité linguistique: Études d’options. Report submitted to Heritage Canada, 31 March 2009, 80 p. (single-spaced) and 2 appendices.

Articles Refereed In Journals
“Alexandre Chenevert : Cercle vicieux et évasions manquées,” Voix et Images du Pays, VIII (1974), pp. 107-125.
“Blanche forcée ou la problématique du voyage chez Beaulieu,” Voix et Images, V/1 (automne 1979), pp. 165-176.
“Prochain Épisode ou la confession manipulée,” Voix et Images, VIII/1 (automne 1982), pp. 11-126.
“L'Auteur implicite dans Trente Arpents : modes de présence et signification narrative,” Voix et Images, VIII /3 (printemps 1983), pp. 485-494.
“Reading the Post-1960 Quebec Novel: the Changing Role of the Narratee,” L'Esprit créateur, XXIII/3 (Fall 1983), pp. 32-39.
“Gabrielle Roy et Gérard Bessette : quand l'écriture rencontre la mémoire,” Voix et Images, IX/3 (printemps 1984), pp. 129-142.
“L'énonciation : théories et applications récentes,” Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry IV/1 (1984), pp. 59-70.
“Le nouveau roman québécois en ‛je’ ou le je(u) illocutoire,” Québec français 63 (October 1986), pp. 28-31.
“Psychanalyse et critique littéraire au Québec, 1960-1980,” Revue d'histoire littéraire du Québec et du Canada français 14 (1987), pp. 95-108.
“Narrataires et réception : le cas du roman québécois,” Études canadiennes 24 (1988), pp. 57-66.
“Gabrielle Roy as Feminist: Re-reading the Critical Myths,” Canadian Literature 126 (1990), pp. 20-32.
“Relire Gabrielle Roy, écrivaine,” The Queen's Quarterly 97/1 (spring 1990), pp. 53-66.
“Une fragile renaissance : images du corps masculin dans Les Masques et Le Passager,” Voix et images 45 (spring 1990), pp. 374-386.
“Gérard Bessette écrivain : à la recherche de l'homme nouveau,” Queen's Quarterly 98/1(spring 1991), pp. 40-57.
“Silences du corps : L'Hiver de Mira Christophe de Pierre Nepveu,” Voix et images 52 (automne 1992), pp. 52-61.
“Lost in Syntax: Translating Voice in the Literary Essay,” Méta 48/1 (avril 2000), pp. 113-126.
“Douleur et désir, altérité et traduction: réflexions d'une ‛autre’ d'ici,” Francophonies d'Amérique 10 (2000), pp. 115-125.


photo of Deanne WilliamsDeanne Williams


Ph.D., Stanford University
M.Phil., Oxford University
B.A., University of Toronto

Deanne Williams's research focuses on Medieval and Renaissance literature, especially Shakespeare. She is the author of The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2004), which won the Roland H. Bainton Prize for best book in literature from the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. She is co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir, of Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures (Cambridge, 2005), and, with Kaara L. Peterson, of The Afterlife of Ophelia (Palgrave, 2012). She has also published articles on a wide range of topics, including Shakespeare adaptations, the history of feminist scholarship, and the reception of classical and medieval literature in the Renaissance. In 2003, she won the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, and she has received research fellowships from Trinity College, Cambridge, Clare Hall, Cambridge, the Huntington Library, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Her latest book, entitled Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood, was published by Palgrave in 2014.

Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood.  Palgrave Macmillan. 2014.

The Afterlife of Ophelia. Co-editor, with Kaara Peterson. Palgrave, 2012.
The French Fetish from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Cambridge University Press, 2004. Paperback, 2006.
Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Co-editor, with Ananya Jahanara Kabir. Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Book Chapters
“Isabelle de France: Child Bride.” The Perilous Narrow Ocean: French Connections in the Renaissance. Ed. Hassan Melehy and Catherine Gimelli Martin. Ashgate, 2013. pp. 27-50.
“Enter Ofelia Playing on a Lute.” The Afterlife of Ophelia. Palgrave, 2012. pp. 119-137.
“Medievalism in English Renaissance Literature.”  A Companion to Tudor Literature. Ed. Kent Cartwright. (Blackwell, 2010) : 213-228.
“Boethius Our Contemporary: The Consolatio in Medieval and Early Modern England.”  The Erotics of Consolation. Ed. Catherine Léglu and Steve Milner. Palgrave, 2008: 205-226.
“Roussillon and Retrospection in All’s Well That Ends Well.”  Representing France in the English Renaissance.  Ed. Jean-Christophe Meyer. University of Delaware Press, 2008: 171-192.
“Elizabeth I: Size Matters.” Goddesses and Queens: The Iconography of Elizabeth.  Ed. Lisa Hopkins and Annaliese Connolly. Manchester University Press, 2007: 69-80.
“Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay and the Rhetoric of Temporality.” Reading the Medieval in Early Modern England.  Ed. David Matthews and Gordon McMullan. Cambridge University Press, 2007: 31-50.
“No Man’s Elizabeth: Frances Yates and the History of History.” The Impact of Feminism on Renaissance Scholarship.  Ed. Dympna Callaghan. Palgrave, 2007: 238-58.
“All’s Well That Ends Well and the Art of Retrograde Motion.” All’s Well That Ends Well: New Critical Essays.  Ed. Gary Waller. Routledge, 2006: 152-170.
“The Dream Visions.” Yale Companion to Chaucer.  Ed. Seth Lerer. Yale University Press, 2005: 147-78.
“Gower’s Monster.” Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures. Cambridge University Press, 2005: 127-50.
“Introduction: A Return to Wonder” co-authored with Ananya Kabir. Postcolonial Approaches to the European Middle Ages: Translating Cultures: 1-24.

Journal Articles
“What Shakespeare Did to Chaucer: Books and Bodkins in Hamlet and The Tempest.” co-authored with Seth Lerer. Shakespeare. Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 8 (2012): 1-13.
“Shakespearean Medievalism and the Limits of Periodization in Cymbeline.” Literature Compass 8/6 (2011): 390–403.
“Rudyard Kipling and the Norman Conquest.” Ariel 39.3 (2008): 107-124.
“Rohinton Mistry’s Family Shakespeare.” in Borrowers and Lenders, the Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 2 vol. 2 (Fall/Winter 2007). Award-winning peer-reviewed online journal.
“Dido Queen of England.” ELH 71 (Spring, 2006): 31-59.
“Hope Emily Allen Speaks with the Dead.” Leeds Studies in English 35 (2004): 137-160.
“Mick Jagger Macbeth.” Shakespeare Survey 57 (2004): 145-68.
“Papa Don’t Preach: The Power of Prolixity in Pericles.” University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 71 no. 2 (Spring, 2002): 595-622.
“Herod’s Cities: Cesaria and Sebaste in Twelfth Night.” Notes and Queries vol. 48 no. 3 (Fall, 2001): 276-8.
“Mary Tudor’s French Tutors: Renaissance Dictionaries and the Language of Love.” Dictionaries vol. 21 (2000): 37-51.
“‘Will you go, Anheers?’ The Merry Wives of Windsor, II. i. 209.” Notes and Queries vol. 46 no. 2 (Spring, 1999): 233-234.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor and the French-English Dictionary.” Le Shakespeare français: sa langue/ The French Shakespeare. His Language. ALFA: Actes de langue française et de linguistique vol. 10. (1998) : 233-243.

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Associate Members

Please note Associate members may supervise Master's Research Projects and serve on dissertation committees

photo of James CarleyJames Carley


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.Phil., Dalhousie University
B.A., University of Victoria

James P. Carley is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of English and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada as well as of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He is a specialist in the history and provenance of medieval English manuscripts; a bibliographer and a student of the early Tudor period. He has written extensively on the history of Glastonbury Abbey, on the Tudor antiquary John Leland, on sixteenth-century book culture in general, on the foundation and early history of Lambeth Palace Library, as well as on the Arthurian legends, and the modern British novelist Lawrence Durrell. Among Carley’s publications are The Chronicle of Glastonbury (1985), Glastonbury Abbey: History and Legends (1988; revised edn 1996). He is co-editor of The Archeology and History of Glastonbury Abbey (1991), Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend (1993), Books and Collectors 1200-1700 (1997), and 'Triumphs of English'. Henry Parker, Lord Morley, Translator to the Tudor Court (2000). Carley is one of the editors of Shorter Benedictine Catalogues, Corpus of British Medieval Library Catalogues (1996) and editor of The Libraries of King Henry VIII in the same series (2000). He is the author of The Books of King Henry VIII and his Wives (2004) and has published more than 75 articles. His most recent books are: King Henry VIII's Prayer Book: Facsimile and Commentary (London, 2009) and John Leland. De uiris illustribus: An Edition and Translation (Toronto and Oxford, 2010). In 2012 he received a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal and in 2013 he was awarded the Pierre Chauveau Medal from the Royal Society of Canada for "for his distinguished contribution to knowledge in the humanities other than Canadian literature and Canadian history”.

John Leland. De uiris illustribus / On Famous Men. Toronto & Oxford: 2010.
Commentary volume to King Henry VIII’s Prayer Book. London: The Folio Society, 2009.
Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2001.
The Libraries of King Henry VIII. London: The British Library, 2000.
‘Triumphs of English’. Henry Parker, Lord Morley, Translator to the Tudor Court. London, The British Library, 2000 (With Marie Axton, University of Cambridge).
Books and Collectors 1200-1700. London: The British Library, 1997. (With Colin G. C. Tite, London).
English Benedictine Libraries: The Shorter Catalogues. London: British Library, 1996. (With R.Sharpe, University of Oxford, R. M. Thomson, University of Tasmania, A. G. Watson, University of London).
Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend. Albany: S.U.N.Y. Press, 1994. (With Martin. B. Shichtman, University of Eastern Michigan).
The Archaeology and History of Glastonbury Abbey. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1991. (With Lesley Abrams, Cambridge University)
Glastonbury Abbey. The Holy House at the Head of the Moors Adventurous. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1988; New York, St Martins Press, 1988. Revised and reprinted Glastonbury: Gothic Image, 1996.
John of Glastonbury's 'Cronica sive Antiquitates Glastoniensis Ecclesie'. British Archaeological Reports 47; Oxford, 1978. Revised as The Chronicle of Glastonbury Abbey. An Edition, Translation, and Study of John of Glastonbury's 'Cronica sive Antiquitates Glastoniensis Ecclesie'. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 1985. (Trans. by David Townsend)

Book Chapters
'“Accurately and Exquisitely Made”: George Abbot’s Preface to the 1612 Catalogue of Lambeth Palace Library’, in From the Reformation to the Permissive Society. A Miscellany in Celebration of the 400th Anniversary of Lambeth Palace Library, ed. Melanie Barber & Stephen Taylor with Gabriel Sewell (Woodbridge, 2010), pp. 43–62.
‘Henry VIII’s Library and the British Museum Duplicate Sales: A Newly Discovered De-accession’, in Libraries within the Library. The Origins of the British Library’s Printed Collections, ed. Giles Mandelbrote & Barry Taylor (London, 2009), pp. 11–23.
‘Henry VIII as Bibliophile: his Book Collections, their Storage and their Use’, & eighteen entries, in Henry VIII. Man and Monarch, ed. Susan Doran (London, 2009), pp. 273 – 77.
‘Glastonbury, the Grail-Bearer and the Sixteenth-Century Antiquariies’ in The Grail, the Quest and the World of Arthur, ed. Norris Lacy (Cambridge, 2008), pp. 156 – 72.
‘The Dispersal of the Monastic Libraries and the Salvaging of the Spoils’ in The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, volume I: to 1640, ed. Elisabeth Leedham-Green and Teresa Webber (Cambridge, 2006), pp. 265—91.
‘Cum excuterem puluerem et blattas’: John Bale, John Leland and the Chronicon Tinemutensis coenobii’, in Text and Controversy from Wyclif to Bale, ed. Helen Barr & Ann M. Hutchison (Turnhout, 2005), pp. 163—87.
‘French Evangelical Books at the Court of Henry VIII’ in Le Livre évangelique en français avant Calvin, ed. Jean-François Gilmont & William Kemp (Turnhout, 2004), pp. 131—45.
‘John of Glastonbury and Borrowings from the Vernacular’, in Interstices. Studies in Middle English and Anglo-Latin Texts in Honour of A. G. Rigg, ed. Richard Firth Green & Linne R. Mooney (Toronto, 2004), pp. 55—73.
The Books of King Henry VIII and His Wives. London: The British Library, 2004.
‘Monastic Collections and their Dispersal’, in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, IV: 1557-1695, ed. John Barnard and D. F. McKenzie (Cambridge, 2002), pp. 339-47.
'Henry VIII’s library and humanist donors: Gian Matteo Giberti as case study', in Reassessing Tudor Humanism, ed. Jonathan Woolfson.(New York, 2002), pp. 99—128.
'Misattributions and Ghost Entries in John Bale's Index Britanniae Scriptorum', in Anglo-Latin and Its Heritage, ed. S. Echard & G. R. Wieland (Turnhout, 2001), pp 229-42.
'"Plutrach's" Life of Agesilaus: A Recently Located New Year's Gift to Thomas Cromwell by Henry Parker, Lord Morley', in Prestige, Authority and Power in Late Medieval Manuscripts and Texts, ed. Felicity Riddy (Woodbridge, 2000), pp. 159-69
'The Foundations of the Royal Collection', in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, III: 1400-1557, ed. Lotte Hellinga and J. B. Trapp (Cambridge, 1999), pp. 274-81.
‘Arthur in English History’, in The Arthur of the English, ed. W. R. J. Barron (Cardiff, 1999), pp. 47-57, 286-93.
‘“Her moost lovyng and fryndely brother sendeth gretyng”: Anne Boleyn’s Manuscripts and their Sources’, in Illuminating the Book. Makers and Interpreters, ed. M. P. Brown and S. McKendrick (London, 1998), pp. 261-80.
‘Presentation Manuscripts from the Collection of Henry VIII: the Case of Henry Parker, Lord Morley’, in Order and Connexion. Studies in Bibliography and Book History, ed. R. C. Alston (Cambridge, 1997), pp. 159-76.
‘Sir Thomas Bodley’s Library and its Acquisitions: an Edition of the Nottingham Benefaction of 1604’, in Books and Collectors 1200-1700, ed. Carley and Tite, 1997, pp. 357-86.
‘England’ in Medieval Arthurian Literature. A Guide to Recent Research, ed. Norris J. Lacy (London & New York, 1996), pp. 1-82.
'The Glastonbury Catalogues', in English Benedictine Libraries, ed Sharpe et al., pp. 157-245.
'A Grave Event: Henry V, Glastonbury Abbey and Joseph of Arimathea's Bones’, in Culture and the King, ed. Shichtman and Carley, 1994, pp. 129-148. Reprinted in Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition, pp. 285-302.
'An Early Irish Fragment of Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae', in The Archaeology and History of Glastonbury Abbey, ed. Abrams and Carley, 1991, pp. 135-61. (With Ann Dooley, University of Toronto)
'Greenwich and Henry VIII's Royal Library', in Henry VIII: A European Court in England, ed. David Starkey (London, 1991), pp. 155-59.

Journal Articles
‘Pre-Conquest Manuscripts from Malmesbury Abbey and John Leland’s Letter to Beatus Rhenanus Concerning a Lost Copy of Tertullian’s Works’, Anglo-Saxon England 33 (2004), 195-223. (With Pierre Petitmengin)
‘Malmesbury—Sélestat—Malines. Les tribulations d’un manuscrit de Tertullien au milieu du XVIe siècle’, Annuaire des amis de la Bibliothèque humaniste de Sélestat (2003), 63—74. (With Pierre Petitmengin)
‘”Plus que Assez”: Simon Bourgouyn and his French Translations from Plutarch, Petrarch and Lucian’, Viator 34 (2003), 328—63. (With Myra D. Orth)
‘Religious Controversy and Marginalia: Pierfrancesco di Piero Bardi, Thomas Wakefield and their Books, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 12.3 (2002), 206-245.
‘Thomas Wakefield, Robert Wakefield and the Cotton Genesis’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 12.3 (2002), 246-261.
‘Relics at Glastonbury in the Fourteenth Century: An Annotated Edition of British Library, Cotton Titus D.vii, fols.2r-13v’, Arthurian Literature 16 (1998), 83-129. (With Martin Howley, Memorial University, Newfoundland) . Reprinted in Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition, pp. 569--616.
'Polydore Vergil and John Leland on King Arthur: the Battle of the Books', Arthurian Interpretations 15 (1984), 86-100. Revised and reprinted in King Arthur: A Casebook, ed. E. D. Kennedy. New York & London: Garland, 1996), 185-204.
‘More Pre-Conquest Manuscripts from Glastonbury Abbey’, Anglo-Saxon England 23 (1994), 265-81.
'A Fifteenth-Century Revision of the Glastonbury Epitaph to King Arthur', Arthurian Literature 12 (1993), 179-91. (With Michelle P. Brown, British Museum.) Reprinted in Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition, pp. 193--204.
'A Fragment of Perlesvaus at Wells Cathedral Library', Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 108 (1992), 35-61. Reprinted in Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition, pp. 309--335
'The Royal Library as a Source for Sir Robert Cotton's Collection: a Preliminary List of Acquisitions', The British Library Journal 18 (1992), 52-73. Revised and reprinted in Sir Robert Cotton as Collector, ed. C. J. Wright (London, 1997), pp. 208-229.
'Sir Robert Cotton as Collector of Manuscripts and the Question of Dismemberment', The Library, 6th ser. 14.2 (1992), 94-99. (With C. G. C. Tite)
'A Glastonbury Translator at Work: Quedam Narracio de nobili rege Arthuro and De Origine Gigantum in their Earliest Manuscript Contexts', Nottingham French Studies 30 (1991), 5-12. Reprinted in Glastonbury Abbey and the Arthurian Tradition, pp. 337-45.
'"Heaven's Colour, the Blue": Morris's Guenevere and the Choosing Cloths Reread', The Journal of the William Morris Society 9.1 (1990), 20-22.
'Books Seen by Samuel Ward "In Bibliotheca Regia", circa 1614', The British Library Journal 16 (1990), 88-98.
'John Leland and the Contents of the English Pre-Dissolution Libraries: Lincolnshire', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 9.4 (1989), 330-57.
'Two Pre-Conquest Manuscripts from Glastonbury Abbey', Anglo-Saxon England 16 (1987), 197-212.
'John Leland in Paris: the Evidence of his Poetry', Studies in Philology 83 (1986), 1-50.
'John Leland and the Contents of English Pre-Dissolution Libraries: Glastonbury Abbey', Scriptorium 40 (1986), 107-20.
'John Leland and the Contents of English Pre-Dissolution Libraries: the Cambridge Friars', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 9 (1986), 90-100.
'John Leland at Somerset Libraries', Somerset Archaeology and Natural History 129 (1985), 141-54.
'John Leland's "Cygnea Cantio": a Neglected Tudor River Poem', Humanistica Lovaniensia 32 (1983), 225-41.
'Lawrence Durrell's Avignon Quincunx and Gnostic Heresy', The Malahat Review 61 (1982), 156-67. Re-issued in revised form in Critical Essays on Lawrence Durrell, ed. A. Friedman (Boston, 1987), pp. 229-245.
'Melkin the Bard and Esoteric Tradition at Glastonbury Abbey', The Downside Review 99 (1981), 1-17.
'An Edition of the List of Ninety-Nine Books Acquired at Glastonbury Abbey During the Abbacy of Walter de Monington', Mediaeval Studies 43 (1981), 498-514. (With J. F. R. Coughlan)
'An Interview with Lawrence Durrell on the Background to Monsieur and its Sequels', The Malahat Review 51 (1979), 42-46.
'Lawrence Durrell and the Gnostics', Deus Loci: The Lawrence Durrell Newsletter 2 (1978), 3-10.
'An Identification of John of Glastonbury and a New Dating of his Chronicle', Mediaeval Studies 40 (1978), 478-83.
'An Annotated Edition of the List of Sixty-Three Monks Who Entered Glastonbury Abbey during the Abbacy of Walter de Monington', The Downside Review 95 (1977), 306-15.


placeholder for a headshotMichael Cummings

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., Yale University
B.A., University of Notre Dame

Michael Cummings took his Licentiate in Medieval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies. He began teaching at York University in 1968, became full professor in 1995, and retired as Professor emeritus and Senior Scholar in 2006.

Old English syntax
The history of English
Modern synchronic descriptive linguistics

Publications (as co-author or co-editor)
The Language of Literature: A Linguistic Introduction to the Study of Literature (Oxford: Pergamon, 1983)
Linguistics in a Systemic Perspective (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1988)
Relations and Functions within and around Language (London: Continuum, 2002).
An Introduction to the Grammar of Old English: A Systemic Functional Approach (London: Equinox, 2010).


photo of Len EarlyLen Early

Associate Professor

Ph.D., York University
M.A., University of Saskatchewan
B.A., University of Saskatchewan

Len Early’s primary area of research is nineteenth-century Canadian literature. His publications on Canadian writers range from Charles Heavysege to bill bissett and include a critical study, Archibald Lampman (1986), scholarly editions of Isabella Valancy Crawford's Winona; or, The Foster-Sisters (2007) and Collected Short Stories (2009), and a number of essays on Canadian and post-colonial poetry and fiction. He is currently working on an edition of Crawford's complete poems.

He has recently taught undergraduate courses on modern and contemporary Canadian poetry and graduate courses on nineteenth-century Canadian literature, the Canadian short story, and the historical novel in Canada.

Ed., with Michael Peterman. Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford. London, Canada: Canadian Poetry Press, 2009. A scholarly edition of the texts of thirty-five short stories (485 pages), with critical and textual introduction, explanatory and textual notes, and bibliography (124 pages).
Ed., with Michael Peterman. Winona; or, The Foster-Sisters, by Isabella Valancy Crawford. Broadview Editions. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2007. A scholarly edition of the text of the novel (210 pages), with critical and textual introduction, illustrations, explanatory and textual notes, appendices, and bibliography (114 pages).
Archibald Lampman. Boston: Twayne, l986. 175 pages.

Journal Articles
“Introduction.” The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse. Ed. Wilfred Campbell. 1913. Anniversary Edition. Don Mills: Oxford UP, 2013. iii-xv.
“A Source for Isabella Valancy Crawford’s ‘“The Camp of Souls.”’” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 68 (2011): 115-29.
“Border Crossings in Isabella Valancy Crawford’s Story-Paper Fiction.” Canadian Literature 209 (2011) 109-25.
“Poems of October: Lampman’s Elegies.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 45 (1999): 31-65.

  • Contemporary Hictorial Novel in Canada
  • The Canadian Short Story
  • Studies In 19th Century Canadian Literature


photo of Alison HalsallAlison Halsall

Assistant Professor

PhD, York University
Master's of English, Carleton University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Carleton University

Alison Halsall is the 2010 recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence. Her teaching and scholarly strengths are interdisciplinary and trans-generic. She specializes in Victorian and modernist literatures, with a particular emphasis on Visual Cultures, which includes the study of paintings and illustrations, contemporary film, comics and graphic novels. She has also developed a substantial expertise in Children's Literature, and is currently working on a project that looks at Gothic tendencies in contemporary graphic novels for children and youth.


placeholder for a headshotAnn Hutchinson


M.A. & Ph.D., University of Toronto
B.A. & M.A., Oxford University
B.A., University of Michigan

Ann Hutchison's teaching and research interests lie mainly in the medieval field, in particular, vernacular epics and romances, writings by medieval women, and women's spirituality in late medieval England. Her area of specialization centres on St Birgitta of Sweden and the English house of her order, Syon Abbey, founded in 1415. She has published a number of articles on Syon Abbey, its history up to the present day (it was the only monastery not to have been formally dissolved by Henry VIII), and the devotional practices of its nuns. She has published a critical edition of British Library MS 18,650 which tells the story of Mary Champney, a Bridgettine nun in the time of Elizabeth I. Most recently she has been working on the texts of spiritual guidance prepared by the brothers, in particular Richard Whitford's The Pype, or Tonne, of the Lyfe of Perfection.


photo of David LathamDavid Latham


Ph.D., York University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., Acadia University

David Latham teaches Victorian studies and edits The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies. He has been awarded with teaching invitations as a National Endowment Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor at the State University of New York (2002-03) and as a Leeds Fellow at the University of Leeds (1992-93). His eight books and more than fifty chapters and articles are on Victorian and Canadian literature. He and Lesley Higgins are co-general editors of The Collected Works of Walter Pater, a ten-volume edition for Oxford. He is an active organizer for the Victorian Studies Network at York and the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario. His office houses the archives of the Victorian Studies Association of Ontario and the archives of The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies.

  • Pre-Raphaelite Poetics


photo of Arun MukherjeeArun Mukherjee

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Saugar

Arun Mukherjee did her graduate work in English at the University of Saugar, India and came to Canada as a Commonwealth Scholar in 1971 to do a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Her current teaching interests are South Asian and Minority Canadian literatures. She is the author of The Gospel of Wealth in the American Novel: The Rhetoric of Dreiser and His Contemporaries (Rutledge Revivals, 2014; first published by Croom Helm 1987), Towards an Aesthetic of Opposition: Essays on Literature, Criticism and Cultural Imperialism (Williams-Wallace: 1988), Oppositional Aesthetics: Readings from a Hyphenated Space (TSAR: 1995), and Postcolonialism: My Living (TSAR: 1998).

She has edited and written the Introduction of Sharing Our Experience (Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women: 1993), an anthology of autobiographical writings by aboriginal women and women of colour. She is a member of York Stories Editorial Collective which edited York Stories: Women in Higher Education (TSAR: 2000). Her translation of Dalit writer Omprakash Valmiki's autobiography Joothan: A Dalit's Life (Samya: Kolkata & Columbia U Press: 2003) won the New India Foundation Prize for “the finest book published in India during 2002-2003.” Her translation of Dalit writer Sharankumar Limbale's novel Hindu was published in 2010 (Samya Publications: Kolkata).

As some one who became a refugee as a one year old when India was partitioned in 1947, she has a deep investment in working for human rights and justice.

  • Globalization and Culture: Routes and Roots
  • Women Writing South Asia
  • Asian Cdn. Diasporas: Texts and Contexts


photo of Natalie NeillNatalie Neill

Ph.D., York University
M.A., Carleton University

Natalie Neill (Ph.D., English, York; M.A., Film Studies, Carleton) specializes in Romantic literature, the gothic, popular fiction, and film. Neill has published articles on film adaptation, gothic parody, and Romantic poetry, among other topics, and has edited two 19th-century comic gothic novels—The Hero and Love and Horror—for Valancourt Press. She is working on a book about readers in and of first-wave gothic novels.


photo of Bruce PoweBruce Powe

Associate Professor

Ph.D., York University
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., York University

B.W. Powe has been teaching in the English Department since 1995. He is a writer - poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. His influential writings on Marshall McLuhan, Northrop Frye, and Pierre Trudeau have been widely-praised, as have his poetry and novels, including Outage and These Shadows Remain, longlisted for the ReLit Prize. His current research has been into visionary and mystical traditions. He has also been involved in literacy initiatives involving both York University and Frontier College. B.W. Powe is a member of the Graduate School of Film Studies in the Fine Arts Department, a fellow of the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto, as well as an honourary member of the High Table at Massey College. He is currently at work founding the McLuhan Initiative for the Study of Literacies at York University as well as the program director of the Creative Writing Program at York University. He writes regularly for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star, and been featured in the New York Times and on CBC and Bravo.

Where Seas and Fables Meet: Aphorisms and Parables (Guernica)
Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye--Apocalypse and Alchemy (The University of Toronto Press)
Opening Time: On the Energy Threshold. (In3, University of catalunya/York University).
These Shadows Remain: A Fable (Guernica) ISBN 978-1-55071-314-5
Mystic Trudeau: The Fire and The Rose (Thomas Allen) ISBN 0-88762-281-X
Towards a Canada of Light (Thomas Allen) ISBN 0-88762-228-3
The Unsaid Passing (Guernica) ISBN 1-55071-209-8
The Living Literacies Print Record, editor (Coach House) ISBN 0-9736828-0-9
The Solitary Outlaw revised, expanded (Somerville House)ISBN 1-895897-79-3
A Canada of Light revised, expanded (Somerville House) ISBN 1-895897-89-0
Outage: A Journey into Electric City (Random House) ISBN 0-394-22124-9
A Tremendous Canada of Light (Coach House) ISBN 0-88910-415-8
Noise of Time in The Glenn Gould Profile, in Collections Canada, National Library Archives
The Solitary Outlaw (Lester & Orpen Dennys) ISBN 0-88619-141-6
A Climate Charged (Mosaic) hardcopy ISBN 0-88962-259-0, paperback ISBN 0-88962-258-2


placeholder for a headshotElizabeth Sabiston

Professor Emerita

Ph.D., English, Cornell University
M.A., English, Indiana University
A.B., English, New York University

Elizabeth Sabiston is Full Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar. Author of The Prison of Womanhood: Four Provincial Heroines in Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Macmillan and St. Martin’s,1987), The Muse Strikes Back: Female Narratology in the Novels of Hédi Bouraoui (Human Sciences Monograph Series, Laurentian University, 2005), and Private Sphere to World Stage from Austen to Eliot (Ashgate, 2008), she teaches courses in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century novel and American literature.

Her work is comparative (British, American, and French). She co-edited, with Suzanne Crosta, the Proceedings of the 2005 International Colloquium at York entitled Perspectives critiques: L’Oeuvre d’Hédi Bouraoui (Human Sciences Monograph Series, 2007). With Robert Drummond, she co-edited Pluri-Culture and Migrant Writings/ Pluri-Culture et Écrits migratoires (Human Sciences Monograph Series, 2014), and wrote the Introduction and one of the articles. It is bilingual and interdisciplinary, and constitutes the Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference at York University, which was supported by a generous SSHRC grant. She has published, among others, articles on Henry James, Sherwood Anderson, William Faulkner, Philip Roth, Elizabeth Gaskell and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Current projects include a book on Henry James and the Ladies: Female Imagination in James’s Fiction, the basis for a graduate course she has taught twice; and another book on Hédi Bouraoui’s recent novels, entitled Ulysses Unchained: Wander-Lust in the Novels of Hédi Bouraoui. Director of the Canada-Mediterranean Centre (CMC) at Stong College since 2002, she has been working on Francophone Maghrebian literature, particularly the works of Bouraoui, and has translated into English his novels, Retour à Thyna (Return to Thyna), and Ainsi Parle la Tour CN (Thus Speaks the CN Tower), as well as his récit, Puglia à bras ouverts (Puglia with Open Arms). The CMC now publishes an online journal through York, the Revue CMC Review, which Professor Sabiston edits.

  • Studies in Nineteenth Century British Fiction: Henry James & the Ladies
  • Five Women Novelists
  • James, Wharton, Cather
  • Austen and Eliot
  • Wharton and Cather
  • Henry James


photo of Robert ZachariasRobert Zacharias

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Guelph
M.A., University of Manitoba
B.Ed., University of Manitoba

Robert Zacharias’s primary research interest is in Canadian literature, with an emphasis on contemporary fiction and Mennonite writing. He is also interested in the institutionalization of literary studies in Canada, and in the conceptualization of space in literary studies more generally, including explicitly spatial frames such as diaspora, hemispheric studies, and transnationalism. He is currently working on a book project exploring the history and function of literary tourism in English Canada.

He is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies, collaborator with the Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, and member of the MLA’s Canadian Literature Discussion Group Executive Committee.

Rewriting the Break Event: Mennonites & Migration in Canadian Literature. Winnipeg: U of Manitoba P, 2013.
After Identity: Mennonite Writing in North America. Ed. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015; Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2016.
Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies. Preface and Co-editor, with Smaro Kamboureli. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
“The Guelph Speaks! Anthology: Storytelling as Praxis in Community-Facing
Pedagogy.” Co-authored with Ashlee Cunsolo Willox and Paul Danyluk. Class Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Based Education. Ed. Ajay Heble. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2017. 56-76.
“The Transnational Return: Tracing the Spatial Politics of CanLit.” Studies in Canadian Literature. 41.1 (2016): 102-124.
“Space and the Postcolonial Novel.” The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel in English. Ed. Ato Quayson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 208-29.
“‘A Garden of Spears’: Reconsidering the Mennonite/s Writing Project.” Mennonite Quarterly Review 90.1 (2016): 29-50.
In-Between World and Worlds Within: Reading Diasporic Return in Vassanji and Bissoondath.” Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 1.2 (2014): 207-21.
“‘Learning Sauerkraut’: Ethnic Food, Cultural Memory, and Traces of Mennonite Identity in Alayna Munce’s When I Was Young & In My Prime.” Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory. Ed. Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty. Toronto: U of Oxford P, 2014: 103-17.

  • Canadian Literary Theory: Politics of Space


placeholder for a headshotHersh Zeifman

Professor Emeritus

Hersh Zeifman's major field of interest is contemporary British and American drama, on which he has published widely. A member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of Modern Drama and The Pinter Review and former president of the international Samuel Beckett Society, he is the co-editor of Contemporary British Drama (Macmillan) and the editor of David Hare: A Casebook (Routledge).


photo of Cynthia ZimmermanCynthia Zimmerman


Ph.D., University of Toronto
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A., University of Toronto

Cynthia Zimmerman is co-author of The Work: Conversations with English-Canadian Playwrights (Coach House Press), co-editor of Contemporary British Drama (Macmillan), and editor of Taking the Stage: Selections from Plays by Canadian Women (Playwrights Canada), three volumes of Sharon Pollock: Collected Works (Playwrights Canada), The Betty Lambert Reader (Playwrights Canada) and Reading Carol Bolt (Playwrights Canada). She is the author of Playwriting Women: Female Voices in English Canada (Simon & Pierre). As well as Canadian drama, her research interests include dramatic writing by contemporary women and psychological approaches to literature.