Department of English

University of Toronto

Vernon, Karina

Karina Vernon vernon
Associate Professor, Associate Chair; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto Scarborough
UTSC Office Phone: 416-287-7165
UTSC Office Location: Humanities Wing, Room 402
UTSG Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 626
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Teaching and Research Interests: Canadian Literature; Black Canadian Literature; Canadian Regionalism; Black Archives; Black Aesthetics; Multiculturalism; Black-Indigenous Solidarities; Pedagogy.

B.A. (hon), M.A. (Simon Fraser University,) Ph.D. (University of Victoria).


The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology. Forthcoming in 2019 from Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

“‘Making Things Right’: Black Settlement and the Politics of Urban Territory.” Justice and Relation in Canadian Literary Studies, ed. Smaro Kamboureli and Larissa Lai. (Forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier UP).

"Fresh-Water Archives: Reading Water in Troy Burle Bailey's The Pierre Bonga Loops." Moving Archives, ed. Linda Morra. Wilfrid Laurier UP.

"To the End of the Hyphen-Nation: Decolonizing Multiculturalism." English Studies in Canada Volume 42 Issue 3-4 (December 2016): 81-98.

“Black Civility: Grammars of Black Protest on the Canadian Prairies 1905-1950.” Spec. Issue CLR James Journal: Black Canadian Thought, Ed. Peter Hudson. Volume 20 Issue: 1/2. (2014): 83-96.

“The First Black Prairie Novel: Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance’s Autobiography and the Repression of Prairie Blackness” Journal of Canadian Studies Volume 45, Number 2 (Spring 2011). 42 manuscript pages.

“Invisibility Exhibit: The Limits of Library and Archives Canada’s ‘Multicultural Mandate.’” Linda Morra and Jessica Schaegerl, eds. Basements and Attics: Explorations in the Materiality and Ethics of Canadian Women's Archives. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Forthcoming 2011. 17 manuscript pages.

“Writing a Home for Prairie Blackness: Addena Sumter Freitag’s Stay Black and Die and Cheryl Foggo’s Pourin’ Down Rain.” Canadian Literature 182 (Fall 2004). 67-83.

Current Research
I am currently finishing up my book The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology, which gathers together black prairie writers of the past and of the present in order to understand the black literature of the prairies as a tradition, as well as to think in new ways of the prairies as a black space, one that is intimately connected to the wider black world. I am also in the early stages of a new five-year SSHRC-funded project "Black Art and the Aesthetics of Spatial Justice," which seeks to understand how mid-century urban renewal projects that destroyed inner-city black neighbourhoods across North America gave rise to a new black literary aesthetic. With Winfried Siemerling (UWaterloo) I am also co-investigator in a five-year SSHRC-supported project “Call and Responsibility: The Transformative Reception Aesthetics of Black Canadian Literature, Film, and Music” which seeks to understand the formal modes by which black art calls on its audiences to respond in the world.

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