Living and working in northern Ontario at the DepartmentLaurentian University's bilingual and tricultural campus, I have been privileged to be part of the university's commitment to decolonizing the academy, and my own research reflects that transition; my current research is oriented towards writing and in about Canada in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and recovering the Indigenous contribution to that conversation. Part of that work is in collaboration with co-researchers Alan Corbiere, M'Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island and Tom Peace, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Huron University College, Western University, London; that work is supported with a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for “Indigenous Writing and Literacy Networks in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Canada” awarded June 2016.
My undergraduate teaching focuses on the eighteenth century, with courses on writing in and about eighteenth-century North America, the emergence of the novel, and women's writing in Great Britain, along with an elective course on detective fiction. In the Humanities M.A. program I am currently supervising theses on the C18 novel and residential school architecture. My doctoral research on women, property, law, and the early novel was published in the Bucknell University Press series in Eighteenth Century Literature and Culture; Engendering Legitimacy: Law, Property, and Early Eighteenth-Century Fiction (2006). That interest has continued in “Further Reflections upon Marriage; Mary Astell and Sarah Chapone,” in Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell (Penn State University Press, (2016) and an edition of Sarah Chapone's anonymously published The Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives (1735), Routledge/Taylor and Francis (2018). Current research includes preparing a bibliography of Indigenous-created texts from pre-1860 "Canada," early writing about land by Indigenous women, and a collaborative anthology of C18-early C19 texts by Indigenous writers.
- B.A. English, University of Waterloo
- M.A. English, University of Toronto
- Ph.D. English, University of Toronto
July 1, 2011 Associate Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University
July 1, 2004 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University
2001-2004 Lecturer, Department of English, University of Toronto
On The Web
Representations of Indigeneity and early Canada in C18 and early C19 British writing; Indigenous-created texts in pre-Confederation Canada; C18 British women writers
• a collaborative investigation of Indigenous-created texts in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Canada. My co-researchers Alan Corbiere, M'Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island and Adjunct Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University; Tom Peace, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Huron University College, Western University, London; and I were awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for “Indigenous Writing and Literacy Networks in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Canada,” June 2016.
• a critical edition of Sarah Chapone’s The Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives (London, 1735), forthcoming from Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
Courses Fall 2017 (on sabbatical winter term 2018)
ENGL1706 Introduction to Writing and English Studies
ENGL3296E01 (Fall 2017) Letters, Diaries, and Life Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
ENGL3296E01 (Fall 2016) Core Seminar: Colonial Voices in 18th Century North America.
ENGL3296E02 (Winter 2017) Core Seminar: Revolutionary Novels of the 1790s
ENGL2005 Literatures in English (fall term)
HUMA5117 Academic Research Methods
ENGL2005 Literatures in English
ENGL3206 The 18th Century English Novel
ENGL3245 Women of Letters of the 18th Century
HUMA-5196EL-02 Directed Reading Course: Labour, Learning & Literacy
Fall term 2014 Sabbatical leave
Winter term 2015 ENGL3296 Core Seminar Group 2 Canadian/British Literature of the Eighteenth Century
Spring term 2015 ENGL2677 Detective Fiction
ENGL3245 Literature of the Eighteenth Century
ENGL3296 Revolutionary Novels of the 1790s
ENGL2676 Detective Fiction
ENGL4787 Constructing Canada in the Eighteenth Century
Carmen-Solange Bertrand, “Beyond the Grind: Eighteenth-Century Labouring Class Women Writers,” M.A. Humanities, Fall 2015-Fall 2017
Member, Ph.D. committee for Denise Newton-Mathur, “Reading Between the Worlds: Disclosure of Dominant, Explicit, Subordinate, and Implicit Discourses of ‘Health’ Embedded within a Constellation of James Bay Treaty No. 9 (1905-6) Texts,” 2010-14
Fourth-year Honours Essay, Elizabeth Urso, "The Wicked Lives We have Lived": Female Criminality in 18th- and 19th-Century English Fiction," 2013-14
The Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives (London, 1735) by Sarah Chapone, forthcoming from Routledge/Taylor and Francis.
Engendering Legitimacy: Law, Property, and Early Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006.
“Further Reflections upon Marriage; Mary Astell and Sarah Chapone,” in Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2016. www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-07124-4.html
“Property and Law.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789. Day, Gary and Jack Lynch (eds.) Blackwell Publishing, 2015. DOI:10.1111/b.9781444330205.2015.x
“Brooke, Frances.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789. Day, Gary and Jack Lynch (eds.) Blackwell Publishing, 2015. DOI:10.1111/b.9781444330205.2015.x
“East goes West: The Technicolor Environment of Northwest Passage (1940).” The Landscape of Hollywood Westerns: Ecocriticism in an American Film Genre. Ed. Deborah A. Carmichael. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2006. 111-26.
Rev. of Anne Quema, Power and Legitimacy: Law, Culture, and Literature. U of Toronto P, 2015, in The University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 3, 2017, pp. 235-236, doi.10.3138/utq.86.3.235
Rev. of Sandra Macpherson, Harm’s Way: Tragic Responsibility and the Novel Form. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2010, in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era (2012): 372-75.
Rev. of Maria Purves, The Gothic and Catholicism: Religion, Cultural Exchange and the Popular Novel, 1785-1829. Cardiff: U of Wales P, 2009, in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 24.2 (Winter 2011-12): 393-95.
Rev. of Raymond Martin and John Barresi, The Rise and Fall of Soul and Self: An Intellectual History of Personal Identity. New York: Columbia UP, 2006, in University of Toronto Quarterly 77:1 (Winter 2009): 133. DOI: 10.1353/utq.0.0402
"John Norton/Teyoninhokarawen, his Journal, and the Gospel of John," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Toronto, ON, Oct.2017
"The Work of John Tanner: Narrative and Interpretation," ACCUTE, Toronto, May 2017
"The Textual Properties in the Thames Valley: The Petitions of Sarah Ainse," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Kingston, ON Oct. 2016
"Sharing Tipâcimôwin: Paper, Provenance, and Possession," Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age, Dartmouth College, Sept. 2016
"Making an Impression: Reader Reception in Rupert's Land," Canadian Historical Association, Calgary, AB, June, 2016
"Two Voices Falling: The Contingent Legacy and Indigenous Life of Mary Jemison," ACCUTE, Calgary, AB, May 2016
"The View from Here: The Pre-Confederation Indigenous Archive," Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), Longeuil, Montreal, PQ July 2015
"From Soho to Sillery: Becoming Frances Brooke," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Montreal, Quebec, Oct. 2014
"Reflections upon Marriage: Mary Astell, Sarah Chapone, and the Redress of Reason," Dept. of History Colloquium, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ont. Jan. 2014
"Learning to Face East; or, Looking out for Pitfalls in the Discursive Field," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, London, Ont. Oct. 2013
"Minding the Gaps: Huron Women and Colonial Texts," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Edmonton, Alta. Oct. 2012