John C. Ball
BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)
John C. Ball is interested in contemporary postcolonial and Canadian literatures, particularly fiction, as well as postcolonial theory, cultural geography, urban fiction, historical fiction, creative writing, and drama production.
He was editor or co-editor of Studies in Canadian Literature from 1996-2013 and is the author of two books: Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis (University of Toronto Press, 2004); and Satire and the Postcolonial Novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie (Routledge, 2003). He has also edited Twentieth-Century World Fiction, volume 3 of the The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). He has published articles and book chapters on David Dabydeen, Jamaica Kincaid, Hanif Kureishi, Robert Kroetsch, Yann Martel, V.S. Naipaul, Kate Pullinger, Salman Rushdie, Maurice Sendak, M.G. Vassanji, and Derek Walcott, among others.
His current research explores postcolonial representations of oceans and sea voyages. A former Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean of Arts, he has supervised or co-supervised 30 graduate theses at UNB, both in his academic fields and in creative writing, and has directed a dozen student productions for Theatre UNB. Current member of the Graduate Academic Unit.