Bennett, Donna Associate Professor of English
University of Toronto at Scarboroughbennett@chass.utoronto.ca Faculty Bookshelf
Teaching and Research Interests
Canadian literature and criticism; canon theory; media and literature.Degrees
B.A. (Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton), M.A. (Connecticut)Publications
Co-ed., A New Anthology of Canadian Literature in English
(Oxford University Press, 2002).
Co-ed, Canadian Short Stories
“Open. Secret. Telling Time in Alice Munro’s Fiction.” Open Letter
11.9/12.1 (Fall/Winter 2003-04): 185-209.
"‘As the last morning breaks in red’: Frye’s Apocalypse and the Visionary Tradition in Canadian Writing," University of Toronto Quarterly
70.4 (Fall 2001).
"Encroaching on the Canon," Open Letter
9th Ser., Nos. 5-6.
"English Canada’s Postcolonial Complexities," Essays on Canadian Writing
"A Feminist by Another Name: Atwood and the Canadian Canon," Teaching Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Other Works
(NY: MLA).Current Research
With regard to Canadian literature: the development of the literary canon and extra-literary elements that help shape it; the dynamic relationships between different kinds of identities: the individual’s sense of self; the family and other local group definitions; national identity and nationhood; and transnational sources of identity. Most recently, the way in which multiple inherited traditions (from three or more sources) shape individuals with this heritage, a process of identity formation that might be called polybridity.