Department of English

University of Toronto

Vernon, Karina

Karina VernonKarina Vernon
Associate Chair, Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSC)
UTSC Office Phone: 416-287-7165
UTSC Office Location: Humanities Wing, Room 327
St. George Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 626
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Teaching and Research Interests
Canadian Literature; Black Canadian Cultural Studies; Canadian Regionalism; Archives; Collective Memory; Canadian Urban Studies.

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


“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 working on a manuscript that constructs an archive of black Canadian prairie writing, from the nineteenth-century pioneers to contemporary writers as well as a selected anthology of black prairie writing called Black Atlantis. I am also researching a project called “Urban Memory: History, Amnesia and Writing in the Canadian City” that investigates the effects of urban “renewal” and gentrification processes on collective memory in Canada.

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