Gwendolyn Davies

Professor and Dean Emerita




Gwen Davies is a graduate of Dalhousie-Kings, the University of Toronto, and York University. Her research and publications focus on pre-1940 Canadian Literature, including the History of the Book in Canada and the role of Atlantic writers in developing a national literature. She has authored, edited, or co-edited 7 books, including a scholarly edition of Thomas McCulloch’s 1819 The Mephibosheth Stepsure Letters; Studies in Maritime Literary History; Canadian Poetry From the Beginnings Through the First World War (with Carole Gerson); a critical edition of Douglas Huyghue’s 1843 Argimou. A Legend of the Micmac; and the Creative City of Saint John (with Peter Larocque & Christl Verduyn). She has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Canadian Studies and has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC).

She has also published over sixty book chapters and articles, of which“Literary Cultures in the Maritime Provinces” in the History Of The Book In Canada: Beginnings to 1840, Volume One (Fleming, Gallichan, Lamonde, UTP); “New Brunswick Loyalist Printers in the Postwar Atlantic World: Cultural Transfer and Cultural Challenges” (Bannister and Riordan, UTP); and “Loyalist Literature in New Brunswick, 1783-1843” (Tony Tremblay, ed., New Brunswick at the Crossroads, WLUP), are representative of on-going book history research. As well she is currently working on two books on 18-19thc Maritime women writers. A sometime University Orator at UNB Encaenia Ceremonies, over the years, Gwen Davies remains active in several discipline-related national organizations.