John C. Ball
BA, MA, PhD (Toronto)
John C. Ball is interested in contemporary postcolonial and Canadian literatures, particularly fiction, as well as postcolonial and diaspora theory, satire and satire theory, urban fiction, historical fiction, cultural geography, ecocriticism, creative writing, and drama production.
He is the author of 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 was editor or co-editor of UNB’s journal Studies in Canadian Literature from 1996-2013. He has published over 25 scholarly essays in edited books or journals such as ARIEL, Canadian Literature, Transnational Literature, and Essays on Canadian Writing. Authors he has published on include Chinua Achebe, Dionne Brand, Catherine Bush, Austin Clarke, David Dabydeen, Anita Desai, Amitav Ghosh, Jamaica Kincaid, Robert Kroetsch, Hanif Kureishi, Kate Pullinger, Salman Rushdie, Sam Selvon, Zadie Smith, M.G. Vassanji, Derek Walcott, and many more.
His current research explores public discourse around satire after the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shootings (in an article forthcoming in Genre) and postcolonial representations of oceans and sea voyages (in articles published and in progress). Presently chair of the Department of English, he has supervised over 30 graduate theses at UNB, both in his academic fields and in creative writing, and has directed a dozen productions for Theatre UNB. Current member of the Graduate Academic Unit.