Gwendolyn Davies

Professor Emerita




B.A. (Dalhousie-King’s); Education Cert. A & B (U. of Toronto); MA (U. of Toronto); PhD (York), DCL (Honorary, U. of King’s College); FRSC (Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada)

Gwen Davies’ main research areas are in pre-1950 Canadian Literature (with an emphasis on the Atlantic Provinces, 1628 to 1950) and in the History of the Book in Canada.  She has authored, edited, or co-edited seven books, including a scholarly edition of Thomas McCulloch’s The Mephibosheth Stepsure Letters; Studies in Maritime Literary History; Canadian Poetry: From the Beginnings Through the First World War (with Carole Gerson); and Fiction Treasures by Maritime Writers: Best-Selling Novelists From Canada’s Maritime Provinces 1860-1950.

She has also published over sixty book chapters and articles, of which “Literary Cultures in the Maritime Provinces” in History Of The Book In Canada: Beginnings to 1840, Volume One (Fleming, Gallichan, Lamonde, UTP) and “New Brunswick Loyalist Printers in the Post-war Atlantic World: Cultural Transfer and Cultural Challenges” (Bannister and Riordan, UTP) are representative of current and on-going research in the field of the history of the book.

Over the course of her career, Gwen Davies has taught at the Université de Bordeaux 111, Mount Allison University, and Acadia University. She moved to the University of New Brunswick in 2000 where she was Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President of Research until 2008. She has served on a wide range of regional and national funding and professional committees, including being President of the Canadian Association of the Chairs of English; President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada; an Executive Member on both Canadian and Northeastern U.S. Associations for Graduate Studies; a Member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the MPHEC; and a Board or Advisory Board member on journals such as Newfoundland Studies, Acadiensis, Canadian Literature, and the Journal of Canadian Studies. She has been a Visiting Research Resident or Fellow at Birkbeck College, U. of London: Massey College, U. of Toronto; and St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, and in 2012 received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.

An Emerita Professor & Dean at UNB, Gwen Davies is one of the University orators at Encaenia, continues to sit on various academic boards, and is General Editor of Formac’s Maritime Fiction Reprint Series.

She is currently working on a book on 18th-century Loyalist women writers in the Maritimes and is continuing research on the literary impact of 18th-century Loyalist printers who came to the region after the American Revolution. An afterword to Douglas Huyghue's 1842 Argimou: A Legend of the Micmac (WLUP, Early Canadian Literature Series) and a pre-Confederation chapter in New Brunswick Literature at the Crossroads (WLUP, ed. Tony Tremblay) were published in 2017. The Creative City of Saint John (Formac, co-edited with Peter Larocque, NBM, and Christl Verduyn, MtA) appeared in 2018.