Research

Jennifer Andrews

Jennifer Andrews’s areas of interest include nineteenth- and twentieth-century English-Canadian and American literature, Native North American literature, literary theory, and cultural studies.  She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and has published two books: Border Crossings: Thomas King’s Cultural Inversions (UTP, 2003) and In the Belly of a Laughing God: Humour and Irony in Native Women’s Poetry (UTP, 2011).  Her current SSHRC-funded project explores how Americans write Canada, with a focus on the legacy of Evangeline.

John Ball

John C. Ball specializes in contemporary postcolonial and Canadian literatures, with particular interests in urban fiction, historical and political fiction, and satire. His work draws on postcolonial theory as well as interdisciplinary theories from cultural geography, urban sociology, and history. His recent and current research examines postcolonial and Canadian representations of oceans and sea voyages. He is author of two scholarly monographs, Imagining London: Postcolonial Fiction and the Transnational Metropolis (University of Toronto Press 2004) and Satire and the Postcolonial Novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, V.S. Naipaul (Routledge 2003), and editor of Twentieth-Century World Fiction, volume 3 of The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction (Wiley-Blackwell 2011). He was editor or co-editor of the scholarly journal Studies in Canadian Literature from 1996 to 2013 and has published articles in such journals as ARIEL, Canadian Literature, Transnational Literature, and English Studies in Canada.

Christa Canitz Christa Canitz specializes in middle English and Middle Scots poetry, with a sideline in 20th/21st-century medievalism.  She is the editor of Florilegium, an international, peer-reviewed journal of medieval studies.  She has also co-edited two interdisciplinary collections of medieval and medievalist papers entitled From Arabye to Engelond (1999) and Confronting the Present with the Past (2006, published as a special issue of Florilegium and has written articles and book chapters on subjects as diverse as Beowulf, Chaucer, the poetry of the Middle Scots "makars," the short stories of Alice Munro, and medievalist movies including Braveheart.
Elizabeth Effinger Elizabeth Effinger is interested in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, especially Romantic poetry; the interconnections between literature, philosophy, and science; literary theory and human-animal studies; the Gothic (in all ages); and the Anthropocene. She is completing a SSHRC-funded manuscript that explores the collusion between Romanticism and critical posthumanism. Her new SSHRC-supported book project explores how the emergent sciences and technologies of the long Romantic period contributed to the loss of human exceptionality. She is editing (with Chris Bundock) a volume on William Blake and the Gothic. Some of her articles, published and forthcoming, appear in Queer Blake; European Romantic Review; Blake, Gender and Culture; Romantic Catastrophes; Beastly Blake; and Romantic Circles. She is the Newsletter Editor for the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR).
Triny Finlay

Triny Finlay’s creative work coincides directly with her research and teaching interests, which include creative writing, contemporary Canadian literature, poetics, genre theory, and writing by women. She is the author of the poetry collections Splitting Off (Nightwood 2004), Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood, 2010), and the chapbook Phobic (Gaspereau 2006). Her writing has also appeared in the anthology Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets and in periodicals such as Arc Poetry Magazine, The Fiddlehead, The Globe & Mail, Grain and The Malahat Review. She is currently writing a book-length long poem—about obsession, madness, and unrequited love—entitled Scavenge.

Randall Martin

Randall Martin is a Shakespearian with related research interests in English Renaissance drama, cultural history, textual scholarship, and ecology. His latest book is Shakespeare and Ecology (Oxford University Press 2015).  With the support of a SSHRC research grant he is writing a book on Shakespeare¹s theatrical uses of St Paul, provisionally entitled Shakespeare, Paul, and Cultural Dialogue. And he is preparing an online critical edition of Antony and Cleopatra with Jonathon Macfarlane for the ground-breaking Internet Shakespeare Editions (ise@uvic.ca).

Mary Rimmer

Mary Rimmer’s major current projects are a book on allusion and culture  in Thomas Hardy, and a scholarly edition of Hardy's The Trumpet-Major, under contract for Cambridge University Press as part of the Cambridge edition of the works of Hardy.  Her research interests centre on Victorian Studies and on Hardy, though she has also worked on post-colonial literature, narrative and women’s writing.  She edited Hardy’s Desperate Remedies for Penguin Books and collaborated on editions of four early Trinidadian novels; other publications include articles and book chapters on Hardy, Nino Ricci and Margaret Laurence.  She has supervised MA and PhD theses on a number of topics, including Hardy, Anne Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and sensation fiction.

Stephen Schryer Stephen Schryer’s teaching interests cover all areas of American literature, with a particular emphasis upon post-World War II fiction.  His research interests focus on the intersection between American literature and the politics of the post-New Deal welfare state.  His first book, Fantasies of the New Class: Ideologies of Professionalism in Post-World War II Fiction, explores one of the central fantasies of post-World War II literary and intellectual culture: the idea that writers could influence the expanding professional class (the “new class”) and thereby transform the U.S. welfare state.  He has also begun work on a new project, tentatively titled “Cultures of Poverty: American Literature and the Politics of Welfare.”  This project explores poverty discourse in post-World War II literature, social science, and public policy debates.
Sue Sinclair Sue Sinclair is a poet writing in the lyric tradition, though she is also interested in the contemporary blurring of lines between different “schools” of poetry in North America.  Her technical interests centre on metaphor and sound.  She has also published short fiction and has a PhD in philosophy, where she writes on theories of beauty as well as on the intersection of philosophy and literature—a crossroads she investigates in both her academic and poetic practices.  Sue has published five books of poetry, all of which have been nominated for awards including the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Award (twice), the Atlantic Poetry Prize (twice), and the Acorn-Plantos People’s Poetry Prize.  The Drunken Lovely Bird won the American Independent Publisher’s Poetry Prize, and Mortal Arguments was a Globe and Mail “Top 100” book.  In 2013 Sue was the inaugural critic-in-residence for CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). 
Edith Snook Book cover - Women, Beauty and Power in Early Modern EnglandEdith Snook's research and teaching focus on early modern English literature, with a particular interest in writing by women. She is the author of two books: Women, Reading and the Cultural Politics of Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2005) and  Women, Beauty and Power in Early Modern England: A Feminist Literary History (Palgrave, 2011; SSHRC funded). Named a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice, this book looks at print and manuscript materials to explore how women linked their understanding of cosmetics, clothing, and hair to medicine, politics, religion, motherhood, and gender, class, and racial identities.  Her current SSHRC-funded research project is a study of how women's medical practices informed women's writing in seventeenth-century England.  This project is grounded in the study of evidence of women's medical knowledge and work, in manuscript domestic recipe collections, needlework, and advertising, and considers their influence on life-writing, letters, poetry, and fiction by women such as Grace Mildmay, Lady Mildmay, Elizabeth Isham, Anne Conway, Viscountess Conway and Kullutagh, and Jane Barker.  The book explores issues around midwifery, maternal pediatric health-care, scientific study, professionalism, and disability.