Dr. David Creelman

Dr. David Creelman is a Professor of English in the Department of Humanities and Languages at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John and is currently the Chair of the Department of Humanities and Languages.

Having received his BA from Acadia University, his BEd and MA from the University of New Brunswick, and his PhD from York University, David Creelman started teaching in the Faculty of Arts in 1991.   He teaches in the fields of Canadian Literature and Modern British Literature, and is also interested in literary theory and children's literature.   In the fall of 2005 he was a guest researcher at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.   He has also been long interested in the development of teaching in the university environment, is currently the co-chair of the Vice-President's Excellence in Teaching Committee, and was awarded the Neil Scott Educational Leadership Award for 2008 - 2009.

David Creelman specializes in Maritime literature and has published extensively on Maritime fiction in the twentieth century.  His initial interest was realist literature, though he is currently exploring Maritime texts which have been written by or about communities which have historically been marginalized from the mainstream regional culture. 


  • Setting in the East:  Maritime Realist Fiction.  Kingston:  McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003. 
  • Weathers:   Poems New and Selected.  by Douglas Lochhead.  Edited and Introducted by David Creelman.  Fredericton:   Goose Lane Editions, 2002.
  • Teaching to Engage and Retain.  Co-editors:  Sandra Bell, Lisa Best, David Creelman, Ken Craft, Dale Roach, David Ross.  Proceedings of Association of Atlantic Universities'.   12th Teaching Showcase, October 2008, University of New Brunswick Saint John.   Saint John, 2009.

Articles & book chapters

  • "Ernest Buckler's Past and Present Landscapes."  Literary Atlas of Atlantic Canada.   ed. Andrew Wainwright.   (Accepted, Publisher Pending).
  • "MacLeod."  The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century World Fiction.  Ed. John Ball.   Oxford, England:   Blackwell, 2009.
  •  "Swept Under:   Reading the Story of Two Underalued Maritime Writers."  Studies in Canadian Literature.  33, 2 (2009).  pp. 60 - 79.
  • "Multiple Identities:  A Greimasian exploration of National/Regional Identities."  Anglistick:  Interantional Journal of English Studies.  18, 1 (March, 2007):  pp. 77 - 95.
  • "Saying What You Mean:   Form and Rhetoric in Ian McKay's The Quest of the Folk."  Acadiensis 35, 1 (Autumn, 2005):  pp. 132 - 138.
  • "Undermining Comedy:  The Shadow of Determinism in the Salterton Novels."  Robertson Davies:   A Mingling of Contrarieties.   Ed.  Camille R. La Bossiere and Linda Morra.   Ottawa:  University of Ottawa Press, 2001:  pp. 45 - 47.
  • ""Hoping to strike some sort of solidity:"  The Shifting Fictions of Alistair MacLeod."   Studies in Canadian Literature.  24, 2 (1999):  pp. 79 - 99.
  • """In Momentary Triumph":   The Novels of Nancy Bauer."   Atlantis.  20, 1 (Fall, 1995):  pp. 183 - 193.
  • "Small Bodies:   Death and the Child in Maritime Fiction."   Children's Voices in Atlantic Literature and Culture, ed. Hilary Thompson.   Guelph:  Canadian Children's Press, 1995:  pp. 68 - 78.
  • "Conservative Solutions:  The Early Historical Fiction of Thomas Raddall."   Studies in Canadian Literature.   20, 1 (1995):   pp. 127 - 149.
  • "Robert Kroetsch:  Criticism in the Middle Ground."  Studies in Canadian Literature.   16, 1 (1991):  pp. 63 - 81.
  • "Charles Bruce:   The Channel Shore between Realism and Nostalgia."  Dalhousie Review.  71, 4 (Winter, 1991):  pp. 460 - 479.

Selected conferences:

  • "Never Going Back Again;"  Recent Maritime Fiction and the Absence of Nostalgia."   Invited to "Atlantic Canadian Literature:  Writing at the Edge."   40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast MLA, Boston, USA, February 26 - March 1, 2009.
  • Creelman, David and Cheryl Kennedy, "Come Together":  Forming, Using, and Troubleshooting Groups and Teams."   Invited to "Teaching to Engage and Retain:   Atlantic Association of Universities Showcase."   University of New Brunswick Saint John, Saint John, NB, October 25, 2008.
  • Creelman, David and Kate Frego, Sandra Bell, Jeff Houlahan.   ""You get what you need:"  Benefits and Limitations of Experiential Learning in First Year Classes."  Invited to "First Year in Focus at Canadian Colleges and Universities Conference."   McGraw-Hill Conference.   Ryerson/Carleton University, Ottawa, ON.  February 20 - 22, 2008.
  • "There's worse places to be:  The Rural Urban Divide in the Post-war Fiction of New Brunswick."  Invited to "Town and Country:   Exploring Urban and Rural Issues in New Brunswick."   Inaugural Conference of the New Brunswick and Atlantic Studies Research and Development centre, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB.   June 22 - 23, 2007.
  • "Multiple Maritime Identities."  Invited to 16th Atlantic Canada Studies Conference:   Knowledge in Action Gorsebrook Research Institute, Saint Mary's Unviersity, Halifax, NS.   May 3 - 6, 2007.
  • "Children's Stories, Marketer's Dreams:  The Tourist Transformation of Montgomery's Anne and Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales."  Invited to ACCUTE Session at SSHRC Congress 2006, York University, Toronto, ON.   May 27 - 30, 2006.
  • ""We are Legion":  The Multi-discursive Character of Regional Identity."  Invited to "North-American Contexts:  Studying the USA and Canada:   ASNOR and NACS/ANECS Joint Conference.  Oslo University, Oslo, Norway.   October 28 - 29, 2005.
  • ""Blackened English": Writing the Multicultural Experience in the Canadian Maritime Region."   Invited to "Canada:  Unity in Diversity:  Russian Association for Canadian Studies 8th Biennial International Conference."   St. Petersburg, Russia.   September 29 - October 1, 2005.

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