Department of English

University of Toronto

Graduate Students

MA Students | MA CRW Students | PhD Students

MA Students

Bradley Aranha

MA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Postcolonial and Queer Theory

Sarah Ariza-Verreault 

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Gender, Sexuality and Consent in the 18th Century

Isabel Armiento 

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Contemporary American Literature, Queer and Feminist Theory

Isabel is interested in exploring gender performance and identity in contemporary American literature, and has been funded by a SSHRC fellowship to pursue these interests. She writes creatively in her free time, and co-founded Mnerva Literary Journal at St. Mike's College. During her MA, she is working as the Graduate Bureau Chief at The Varsity newspaper. 

List of Publications:

Isabel's creative work has been published in Oyster River Pages, Lines + Stars, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere.

Maha Arshad

Maha ArshadMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Postcolonial Literature/Romanticism 

Maha Arshad graduated from University of Toronto's Master of Arts program in 2017. Her research interests are primarily geared towards Postcolonial theory, identifying how Postcolonial impacts are demonstrated in literature written in English by non-native English speakers. She is also very interested in the English language's political uses in literature, in specifically analyzing the limits of the English language in portraying non-English experiences with a focus on South Asian cultural production. By studying the power dynamics of language and completing her TESL, she hopes to use what she has learned to pursue an interdisciplinary approach towards the pedagogy surrounding second language acquisition teaching and learning.

Gianluca Bertoia 

Gianluca BertoiaMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Twentieth Century, Comparative Literature, Art and Science, Digital Humanities

My interest is mainly in the writings of Samuel Beckett, and specifically in how a folk understanding of mathematics has informed his prose stories. In previous work, I have uncovered aspects such as the fourth dimension, geometry, and optics underpinning some of his shorter pieces. My long-term research goal is to chronicle and synthesize the evolving relationship between the writer and his various mathematical influences; until then, I am happy to indulge in other research interests, especially English-French bilingualism.

Anna Butler-Koo 

Anna Butler-KooMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Diaspora and Transnational studies; Asian Canadian literature; Postcolonial studies; identity politics; ecocriticism

I am primarily interested in Asian Canadian diasporic writing, much of which offers fertile ground for exploring cultural and racial hybridity, including what Fred Wah terms “hyphenated” identities. Narratives of hybridity spark vital questions: what does it mean to be seen as part, not whole? As a culturally, linguistically, and racially mixed subject, where and how does one belong? My research focuses on how existing in-between may subvert problematic divides and, paradoxically, forge connections between peoples, spaces, and communities.

List of Publications:

Julia Henderson

Julia HendersonMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Postmodern Poetry, Jewish Philosophy

Julia Henderson completed her Honors BA in English at University of Toronto, where she is currently working on her MA. Her research focuses primarily on Postmodern American poet John Ashbery, as well as Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, and W.H Auden. Rooted in an interest in the Systematic philosophy of German Idealism and 20th century Jewish philosophy, she explores the structural effects produced by the arrangement and relations of linguistic paradoxes and ambiguities. 

Grace King 

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Ecocriticism, queer theory, settler colonial studies, 19th and 20th-Century North American literature

My work traces the urgent intersections between ecocriticism, settler-colonial studies, and queer theory. Through my engagement with texts spanning the 19th and 20th centuries in the so-called U.S. and Canada, I explore ecological narratives around moments of (queer) panic and crisis, with a particular fascination for representations of toxins and toxic environments. I most recently completed a one-year grant project with the Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria College that considered the colonial fabrication of the Beothuk extinction narrative in Newfoundland & Labrador and its implications for contemporary resource extraction projects.

List of Publications:

Hannah Lank 

MA Candidate Lank, Hannah_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Law and Literature

I am a student in the JD/English MA combined degree program interested in the intersection of law and literature!

Georgia Maxwell  

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Book History and Print Culture, Environmental Humanities, 20th century British Literature

Riley McGuire

MA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval

Medieval language, literature, and philosophy.

Labiba Naeem  

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Translation Studies and Travelogues, Postcolonial Theory, Poststructuralism and Poetics

Currently attempting to transform a plurality of interests into focused research.

Stuart Oakes

Stuart OakesMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 20th/21st century North American Fiction and Life Writing

I am interested in exploring identity, identity construction, and the individual in recent North American life writing and fiction. I am currently writing about embodiment, purity politics, and the environmental crisis as well as identity construction, borders, and haunted houses.

Shane Radke

Shane RadkeMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Restoration & 18th-Century Literature, Aspects of Theory, Environmental Humanities

My research centers on dramatic representations of material goods in 18th-Century British literature and its eco-theoretical intersections. I am currently working towards entrance into a PhD program wherein I aim to complete a dissertation on this topic.

My blog is available at

List of publications:


James Regan

MA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Contemporary Canadian and American literature; global literatures in English; aspects of theory; continental philosophy

James Regan is a Master’s student in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. His current SSHRC funded research works against the recent move in ecological studies to flatten the relation between humans and nonhumans. Taking a psychoanalytic and phenomenological approach, he looks at the ethical and ontological imbrication of nonnormative human subjectivities in the construction of nonhuman nature in global environmental literatures of the recent past. Marginalized human subjects are most asymmetrically impacted by the destabilizing effects of climate change, but that marginality, as a representational issue, is fertile ground to reformulate subjectivity in the face of liberal individualism that negates human and nonhuman others.


Cassandra Schultz

MA Candidate
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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval and early modern verse, gender, sexuality

Cassandra got her BA in English from Angelo State University in 2020. She's most interested in exploring identity formation as it relates to gender in the early modern and the early medieval periods.

Amritpal Singh

Amritpal SinghMA Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval Literature; Literary Theory and History

MA CRW Students

Andalah Ali

Andalah AliMA CRW Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Writing well

Once I got lost canoeing in a bog.

Sabryna Ruggles Ekstein

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Creative Writing, Museum Studies, Food & Beverage Studies

Sabryna R. Ekstein (she/her) is currently working on her MA in Creative Writing, holding a graduate degree in Museum Studies. Her research often centers around intimacy and how people crave it – whether through relations, friendships, or everyday moments. She is also interested in Food and Beverage Studies, specifically through the craft beer and hospitality industry.

List of Publications:

Antonia Facciponte

MA CRW Candidate  FACCIPONTE, Antonia_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetic Restructuring

Antonia Facciponte is a poet based in Toronto. Awarded a SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship for her research project “Voice Formation: Reshaping Spoken Word Poetics,” Antonia seeks to formally and thematically remodel spoken word poetics to investigate the ever-evolving human interaction with literary voice(s). Her first poetry collection, To Make a Bridge, is forthcoming in Spring 2021 with Black Moss Press.

List of Publications:

Tamara Frooman

MA CRW Candidate  FROOMAN, Tamara_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Creative Nonfiction, Critical Theory

My work focuses on my personal experience with mental illness and addiction as well as the legacy of mental illness transmitted intergenerationally through my family. I try to make sense of my own life by interpreting it through my heritage. I try to articulate myself through overlapping theoretical lenses with a major emphasis on queer theory. I am interested in the inevitable failure of language to account for the complexities and contradictions of the individual. I am interested in affect, in the gaps between words, their intention, and their interpretation. There is something alluring about attempting to communicate the uncommunicable.

Tyler Haché

Tyler HacheMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetry

Tyler Haché is an award-winning songwriter and poet from New Brunswick. His original songs have appeared in the films Magnolia’s Dollhouse (Festival de Cannes 2016) and Love Alaska (2019). His poetry has been published in The Nashwaak Review, Atlantic Canadian Poets’ Archive, ATLIS Journal, HAG MAG, and elsewhere.

Brittney Hubley

MA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Death Studies; Science, Medicine and Society; Critical Media Studies
Supervisor: Camilla Gibb

My research addresses the mediation and literary treatment of illness and injury, with a particular interest in how bodies are animated and reanimated by terminal disease and near-death experience. As well as completing a novel-length project in fiction, I am pursuing a co-collaborative specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies with the Mark S. Bonham Centre.
I received my Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Creative Writing & English with First Class Distinction from the University of Alberta in 2018. 

Mina Ivosev  

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Literary fiction

Mina Ivosev is a student in the Master’s of Creative Writing program specializing in literary fiction. She is interested in using fiction as a platform for social justice education and will be writing a novel with this aim during her Master’s. Her work has previously been published and awarded in various competitions, most recently winning second place in Hart House’s 2020 Literary Competition for her short story “’LARA’ AS MEN, BOYS, AND GUYS.” She hopes to pursue a career in editing.

List of Publications:

Marina Klimenko

Marina KlimenkoMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Creative Writing, Canadian Lit, Ecofeminism, Postcolonialism

Marina Klimenko is a writer of short fiction and a student of Canadian literature focusing on Postcolonial and Ecofeminist theory. Her short fiction has been published online and in print both in Canada and internationally. She is currently working on a novel.

Marina's short fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Toronto Prose Mill, Patchwork Mosaic, Victoria College's Goose, Half a Grapefruit, and The Wild Word.

Maxwell Koyama 

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction
Supervisor: Randy Boyagoda

Once I got lost canoeing in two bogs.

Jake Morrow

Jake MorrowMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetry
Supervisor: Liz Howard

Jake Morrow is a current poet and former brunch chef from Toronto. Jake is an English MA candidate in the field of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto where he is currently working under the supervision of Liz Howard on a collection of poetry that explores the intersections of contemporary Jewish Canadian identity and experience.
Research interests include modern and contemporary poetry, Canadian cultural studies, and the teaching of poetry and creative writing.

Fawn Parker

Fawn ParkerMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction

Fawn Parker is the author of Set-Point (ARP Books, 2019), Jolie Laide (Palimpsest Press, 2021), and Dumbshow (ARP Books, 2021). Her short story, "FEED MACHINE" was long-listed for the 2020 McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize. 

List of Publications:

Anna J. Stainsby 

Anna J StainsbyMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction/Poetry

By day I work on a novel, by night I design shiny things for Neophyte Jewels. I'm a huge proponent of magical realism, oxford commas, and mixing metals.

List of Publications


Kara Toews

MA CRW Candidate TOWES, Kara_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction
Supervisor: Michael Redhill 

Toews completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta in 2019 and is currently working on her Creative Writing MA thesis novel.  Her fiction has been published in Glass Buffalo, 2 Elizabeths, Half a Grapefruit, The Danforth Review, and elsewhere.  She transforms caffeine into words.  

List of Publications:

Mirjana Villeneuve

MA CRW Candidate VILLENEUVE, Mirjana_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetry and Fiction

Mirjana Villeneuve is a writer from Ottawa, with her B.A. and B.Ed from Queen's University. She is especially interested in exploring how shared histories and myths shape the ways we understand ourselves and the world.

List of Publications:
Mirjana's work has been published online and in print, in places such as Maggie Zine, Blank Spaces, Jam and Sand, and the Lake Effect 9 Anthology (Upstart Press, 2019).

Lily Wang

Lily WangMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction and Poetry

Lily Wang wrote Saturn Peach (Gordon Hill Press, 2020) and is still writing.

List of Publications:

Aley Waterman

Aley WatermanMA CRW Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Fiction
Supervisor: Sheila Heti

Aley holds an MA from MUN in Contemporary Criticism and Theory, and her area of interest in theory lies in poststructuralist poetics. She is currently working on a novel and a book of flash fiction under the supervision of writer Sheila Heti.

Publications: Aley's stories have been published in places including Bad Nudes, the Metatron short poetry blog, and the Vault.

Jordan Weir

MA CRW Candidate WEIR, Jordan_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Creative Writing

Currently working on a spiritual novel about loving, leaving, and rediscovering family. Think "ridiculous realism." My mentor says I'm revamping the 'yarn' or the 'tall-tale.' It takes place in the 50s, so I've been talking to a lot of older people about their childhoods and scavenging for Eaton's catalogues at roadside antique shops. It's been a lot of fun! I also write poetry and short fiction. Pronouns are they/them. 


Isabel Yang

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetry

Isabel Yang/Z.Y. Yang/杨振宇 (they/her) is a poet and their work explores experimental lyric form, posthumanism, critical media studies, and race and queer theories. In a previous life they worked in marketing at an independent book publisher.

List of Publications:
Isabel's poems have been published in Room, Contemporary Verse 2, This Magazine, Poetry is Dead and other literary journals across Canada.

PhD Students

Titilola Aiyegbusi  

PhD Candidate AIYEGBUSI, Titi_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): African Canadian literature; African literature; Diasporic autobiographies; Postmodern literature.

My research examines the portrayal of Black racial identities in Black Canadian memoirs. By comparing socio-psychological theories on Black identity formation with “reality” as portrayed in nonfictional works of Black Canadian authors, I explore extents to which these memoirs corroborate or conflict with existing identity theories and models. A second stream of research I am interested in is understanding the relationship between the spread of digital humanities and the economic state of developing countries, particularly those in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, I am investigating the digital culture of developing communities with the goal of teasing out explanations for the gaps between digital literacy and digital humanities activities.

List of Publications:
  • Aiyegbusi, Babalola Titilola. “Decolonizing Digital Humanities.” Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities, edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont. University of Minnesota Press, 2018, pp. 436-446.

Sara Ameri Mahabadi

PhD Candidate Sara Ameri Mahabadi 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medievalism/Theory
Supervisor: Alexandra Gillespie

My graduate research interest has been late medieval English literature. For my PhD project, I am both narrowing down and expanding my field to focus on the mystical writings of women in medieval Christian territories. I am also interested in postmodern theoretical frameworks, particularly those pertaining to madness and sexuality.

Andre Babyn

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Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval literature, translation, creative writing
Supervisor: Suzanne Akbari 

I'm a fourth year PhD Candidate. My dissertation focuses on the intersection between love, lack, religious mysticism, medieval literature, and translation. I am also a published novelist, and so have an invested interest in creative writing and contemporary literature.

List of Publications: 
  • "Evie of the Deepthorn" (novel), Dundurn Press, 2020


Erin Baldwin

Erin BaldwinPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 20th Century British and Irish Literature; Theories of Space; Psychogeography and Urban Studies; Psychoanalysis

Dustin Batty

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian literature, ecocriticism, critical animal studies
Supervisor: Nick Mount

My dissertation explores attitudes toward the urban nonhuman, as depicted in the 21st-century Canadian novels. My theoretical framework combines and challenges conventions of ecocriticism and critical animal studies.

Grant Bellamy

Grant BellamyPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): The realist novel; the long 19th century; aesthetics; the literary tradition
Supervisor: Angela Esterhammer

My research considers literary realism and modern philosophical aesthetics as dialectically related movements of the long nineteenth century. I examine how mutual investment in the concept of representation as an end in itself enabled these discrete cultural programs, despite tensions between them, to usher in conjointly not only sweeping changes in descriptive and narrative technique but also a fundamental re-conception of the purpose of art. I study the revolutionary character of these literatures and try to situate them within a broader "story of art" as it unfolds from the Homeric epic to postmodernism.

Connor Bennett

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Affect theory, psychoanalysis, twentieth-century American literature
Supervisor: Michael Cobb

Connor is a second-year PhD student.

Daniel Bergman

Daniel BergmanPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature; immigration and transnational studies
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

My research focuses on parallels between narratives of maturation and narratives of citizenship acquisition in contemporary American literature. Driven by the conviction that literary scholarship can speak to wider public debates, I examine the extent to which recent fiction invites a reconsideration of the conceptions of belonging that currently structure national identity in the US and Canada.

Nicole Birch-Bayley  

PhD Candidate BIRCH-BAYLEY, Nicole_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian Literature, Sensory Studies
Supervisor: Nick Mount

My dissertation examines Canadian novels from the mid-twentieth century (1966-1988) that demonstrate a keen interest in the body and the senses. Specifically, my study considers the sense of touch, or the “haptic,” as a crucial narrative element that describes and critiques aesthetic preoccupations of the period, shifts in social and political life, and nationalist tensions. The broader stakes of this project are to challenge the traditional hierarchy of the five senses, which has associated sight, above all other senses, with the production of knowledge, mastery, and aesthetic distance. My study shows how novels from this period challenge reductive visual representations of Canadian life by exposing how official histories have literally and figuratively overlooked marginalized bodies. The authors featured in my study turn to the haptic as a valid source of embodied knowledge as well as a critical tool that complicates established notions of vulnerability, victimhood, and settler-colonialism across the Canadian canon.

List of Publications:

Peer Reviewed: 
  • “A Queer Word: Linguistic Reclamation through Political Activism in the Case of Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA).” The English Languages: History, Diaspora, Culture. Vol 5, 2019.
  • “A More Proximate Form of Theory: Tracing New Interdisciplinary Ground through Discourses of Diaspora and Haptic Aesthetics.” Excursions. Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2014.
  • “Terror in Horror Genres: The Global Media and the Millennial Zombie.” The Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 45, Issue 6, 2012.

Other Journal Publications:
  • “Becoming ‘The Gradual Instant’: Diasporic Materiality and Agency in Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things and Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces.” University of California eScholarship database, 2013.
  • “‘A Vision Outside of the System’: A Conversation with Faith Nolan about Social Activism and Black Music in Contemporary Canada.” Postcolonial Text, Vol. 6, Issue 3, 2011.

Book Reviews:
  • “A Way Around Death.” Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings. Special issue of Canadian Literature. Issue 238, 2019. “Celebrity Cultures in Canada.” University of Toronto Quarterly. Vol. 87, Issue 3, 2018.
  • “Realism as Escape.” Meanwhile, Home. Special issue of Canadian Literature. Issue 232, 2017.

 Creative Writing:
  • “The Night Fidel Died” and “Beautiful loca soledad on line 2,” Echolocation, November 2018.

Arlynda Boyer

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Shakespeare/Early Modern Drama
Supervisor: Jeremy Lopez

I'm exploring how actors annotate Shakespeare scripts, what their marginalia reflects or captures of rehearsal and the process of creating a character, and how these backstage texts might shape new editions of Shakespeare.

List of Publications:

Peer Reviewed: 
  • “A New Performance Strategy for a Twelve-Station, One-Day York Cycle,” Early Theatre, forthcoming December 2019
  • “Teaching Shakespeare Through the Theatrical Practice of Doubling,” This Rough Magic (June 2018), URL:
  •  “The Other Interracial Marriage in Othello,” Shakespeare, vol. 11, no. 2 (June 2015): 178-200.

Theatre Reviews:
  • “Two Richard II films, directed by Rupert Goold (2012) and Gregory Doran (2013),” Early Modern Literary Studies, vol. 19, no. 2 (May 2017).
  • “The Bloody Banquet presented by Brave Spirits Theatre,” Shakespeare Bulletin, vol. 34, no. 2 (Summer 2016): 323-327.
  • “American Shakespeare Center’s Macbeth,” Shakespeare Newsletter, vol. 64, no. 1 (Summer 2014): 14-15.

Non-Academic Publications:
  • “Come Hither, Actors,” four-part series on Folger Shakespeare Library blog The Collation, February 2019; URL:
  • “'Get a Brain, Morans!': The Meta-Discourse of Misspelled Tea Party Signs,” ’Merica, September 2015
  • Buddha on the Backstretch: The Spiritual Wisdom of Driving 200 MPH. Mercer University Press, 2009. Sports and Religion Series.
  • “How Dale Earnhardt Made Me a Better Buddhist,” [radio essay], Weekend Edition Sunday, National Public Radio, February 18, 2007 

Gabriel Briex

Gabriel BriexPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature, with an emphasis on Nineteenth Century
Supervisor: Paul Downes

Gabriel is a second-year PhD student, working towards a dissertation that examines the intersections of mourning, melancholia and politics in the American Renaissance. His interests range from the relation between Theory and Literature, to Film, Graphic Novels, Visual Culture and Music.

Gabriel is an international student from France, and an International Student Co-Representative for the Graduate English Association. He holds a B.A and an M.A from Paris-Sorbonne University, as well as an M.A. from the École Normale Supérieure de la Rue d'Ulm (PSL). He has taught an Academic Conversation Skills class for Non-Native English Speakers at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication. 

List of Publications:
  • "La Vie La Mort de Jacques Derrida", book review forthcoming in Modern Language Notes 2020.
  • "Penser et Écrire l'Afrique de Alain Mabanckou", book review, Modern Language Notes, September 2018 French Issue, volume 133, number 4, Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 1137-1138.
  • Translation and editing the English to French translations in parts of De Vries, Hent. Le Miracle au Coeur de l'Ordinaire. Les Belles Lettres, 2019.  

Arkaprabha Chakraborty

PhD Candidate CHAKRABORTY, Arka_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval literature; manuscript studies; migration studies; critical race theory  

I am a first-year PhD student particularly interested in transnational mobility in the Middle Ages. I am hoping to study the materials (documentary and corporeal) that would either facilitate or inhibit mobility across the Eurasian and North African landmasses over the course of the European Middle Ages. 

Charissa Chan

Charissa ChanPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval Literature, Affect Theory
Supervisor: Suzanne Akbari

Charissa Chan received her BA Honours and a Masters in English at the University of Toronto, where she is currently pursuing her PhD studies. Her work explores the operations of affect within courtly discourses of love in Chaucer’s poetry.

Selected Awards and Accolades:
  • 2019/2020 Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • 2018/2019 University of Toronto Fellowship (renewed 2019/2020)
  • 2018/2019 Ontario Graduate Scholarship 
  • 2016/2017 Ontario Graduate Scholarship 
  • 2016 V. A. De Luca Memorial Fellowship
  • 2015 The William McCauley Scholarship
  • 2014 The Class of 1945 Scholarship
  • 2013 The Alastair McKinnon Scholarship

Amy Coté

Amy CotePhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Victorian Literature & Religion
Supervisor: Christine Bolus-Reichert, Mark Knight

My dissertation, "Theology and the Narrative Form of the Victorian Novel," argues that Christian theology informs how Victorian realist novelists understood what a narrator knows and how they go about telling it. Although the Victorian novel has typically been considered a secularizing form, I challenge this assumption by showing how both canonical realist writers like Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, and Thomas Hardy and philosophical novelists and theologians like John Henry Newman, James Anthony Froude, and Mary Augusta Ward used theological concepts to develop features like selective unreliability or direct address in their narrators.

I am also enrolled in the collaborative graduate program in Book History and Print Culture, and senior printer in the Bibliography Room of the Robertson Davies Library at Massey College, where I study the use and care of nineteenth-century printing technologies.

List of Publications:
  •  “Parables and Unitarianism in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton.” Victorian Review 40.1 (Spring 2014): 59-76. Print. [Awarded Hamilton Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper.]
  • “(Up)Setting Type: An Experiment in Re-Creation.” Forum: The Victorian Periodical. Victorian Review 43.1 (Fall 2017): 178-84. With Abi Lemak.

Una Creedon-Carey

Una Creedon-CareyPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval
Supervisor: Alex Gillespie, Audrey Walton

My dissertation researches the interactions between bodies and objects in Old English texts, reading these interactions through contemporary queer and posthuman theory. My other academic interests include medieval medicine and medieval reception in the digital age. I am a RA for the Henry Daniel Project, where I assist in editing a transcription of Daniel's 14th century Herbal. I also founded and still run the English Palaeography Reading Group, an offshoot of Alex Gillespie's Old Books New Science lab.

Apala Das

Apala DasPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Global Modernisms, Political Theology and Literature, Ascetic and Ethical Modernisms, Postcolonial Theory, Modernist Medievalisms.
Supervisor: Ming Xie

I am a 4th year PhD candidate. My dissertation focuses on political theology and asceticism in global modernisms. Some of the global modernist figures I am writing on are Sri Aurobindo, Sister Nivedita, Samuel Beckett, Simone Weil, H. D., and Rabindranath Tagore. I am also interested in exploring the transnational routes that religious and spiritual thought took in secular modernity to become global phenomena, and the connections between such phenomena and aesthetic and literary critical topics.

I am also a Resident Junior Fellow at Massey College, in the University of Toronto.

List of Publications:

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
  • Das, Apala. “The Revaluation of Postcolonial Agency in Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North,” Journal of Postcolonial Writing,  Vol. 56, Issue 1, 2020, pp. 18-29.
  • Das, Apala. “Reading in the Night of Wallace Stevens’ ‘The Rock,’” The Wallace Stevens Journal. (Accepted)

Book review:
  • Das, Apala. “The Unending moving-away: Reading Mobility as Culture in Gabriele Schwab’s Imaginary Ethnographies.” Review of Gabriele Schwab’s Imaginary Ethnographies: Literature, Culture, & Subjectivity. The Scattered Pelican. Vol. 3.1, Winter 2018, pp. 120-125.


Daniel Direkoglu 

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Twentieth-century American Literature
Supervisor: Michael Cobb

My research focuses on the ways American writers represent experiences of pain and suffering.

Robin D'Souza (née Anderson)

Robin D'SouzaPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Twentieth Century British and Irish Literature
Supervisor: Richard Greene

D'Souza examines the use of chivalric medieval romance in twentieth century World War I literature, arguing that it is an engagement with the mythic proposition that all the values of pre-war British society were rejected by the post-war generation. The goal of some representative twentieth-century writers was not to show that the past was remote and useless: they tried to demonstrate that if the past seemed remote as a result of the war, it was certainly not useless. Her dissertation includes close readings of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Rebecca West, David Jones and Dorothy L. Sayers. These writers used medieval pasts in defamiliarized ways in order to form new understanding of communal ethics, visionary social schemata that rescued chivalric terminology from the clutches of patriarchal propaganda.

List of Publications:
  • "From Egalitarian to Sacramental Community: Rewriting William Morris's Social Romance in David Jones's In Parenthesis." David Jones: Towards a Theology of History, ed. Anna Svendsen and Jasmine Hunter Evans, Religion and Literature, Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring 2017, pp. 93-101.


Angela Du

Angela DuPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): the Victorian novel; realism; form and genre; narrative; character; gender and sexuality; eighteenth-century literature and Romanticism
Supervisor: Audrey Jaffe

My dissertation is on Victorian novelists' attempts to write new kinds of narratives. Although they often raise the possibilities of new plots and characters in the middle of their narratives, they tend to return to more conventional plots by the ending. Thus, new possibilities are glimpsed but not realized; nevertheless, I contend that these stories not-yet written disrupt the literary conventions to which they defer. This project is particularly focused on late-century novelists, including Thomas Hardy and Sarah Grand, and narratives of female development.

List of Publications:
  • Du, Angela. "From 'Souvenirs' to 'Recollections': Amelia Opie and the Practice of Self-translation." European Romantic Review, vol. 29, no. 2, 2018, pp. 161-81. Taylor & Francis,  doi:10.1080/10509585.2018.1439384.

Nicole Dufoe 

PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Nineteenth-Century fiction
Supervisor: Audrey Jaffe

My dissertation focuses on sleep and narrative form in the Victorian novel. While I work primarily through a literary lens, my research moves beyond the fictional to explore how technological changes—including the technology of the novel—transformed patterns of sleep, attention, and labour in the nineteenth-century.

James Dunnigan

PhD Candidate  DUNNIGAN, James_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Poetry; Classical Reception in modernism

James Dunnigan received his BA Hons and MA from McGill University, where he worked under the supervision of Drs. Maggie Kilgour and Miranda Hickman. He is currently working toward an analysis of Ezra Pound's Cantos as an Ovidian epic in the vein of the Metamorphoses. His prior graduate and undergraduate work similarly examined the reception of Classical Latin poetry in English (Virgil/Propertius in Pound, Virgil in Wordsworth, Milton). Adjacent interests include Romantic and Early Modern poetry in English, French poetry, American poetry, Anne Carson, joual, fish, blues, socialism, gas stoves, liturgy, the stars. He writes poetry and edits for Cactus Press (Montreal).

List of Publications:
  • "Richard Parker, Ed. Readings in the Cantos, Vol. 1." in: Textual Practice (Book Review)
  • Wine and Fire (poetry, Cactus Press, 2020)
  • The Stained Glass Sequence (poetry, Frog Hollow Press, 2019)

Additional Information:
  • (2020-21) Recipient of C.B. Farrar Graduate Scholarship in English
  • (2017-18) Awarded CGS M SSHRCC
  • (2015-16) Shakespeare Scholarship
  • (2014) Second Prize, Quebec Writing Competition for short story "Open Bay"

Jessica Elkaim

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

Jess Elkaim is a PhD candidate whose dissertation focuses on representations of corpses in nineteenth-century American literature. Her academic interests include critical theory, necropolitics, materiality, media studies, and Bill Bruford's band Bruford.

Lawrence Evalyn

Lawrence EvalynPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Eighteenth Century British; Digital Humanities

Lawrence Evalyn received his M.A. in English with High Distinction from Duke University, and his B.A. in English from the University of Victoria. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Toronto, studying British literature of the 1790s with computational methods. 

List of Publications:

Refereed Articles:
  • “Theatrical Genre Prediction Using Social Network Metrics.” Manisha Shukla, Susan Gauch, and Lawrence Evalyn. Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Information Retrieval. 2018.
  • “Analyzing Social Networks of XML Plays.” Lawrence Evalyn, Susan Gauch, and Manisha Shukla. Digital Humanities 2018: Book of Abstracts. 2018.

Selected Conference Activity:
  • “The 1790s in the Digital Archive: A Meta-Analysis of Holdings.” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Niagara Falls, ON, October 10-14, 2018.
  • “Analyzing Social Networks of XML Plays: Exploring Shakespeare’s Genres.” Lawrence Evalyn, Susan Gauch, and Manisha Shukla. Digital Humanities. Mexico City, Mexico, June 26-29, 2018.
  • “Generating Social Network Graphs from TEI Plays.” Lightning talk for the University of Toronto Digital Humanities Network. August 30, 2018.
  • “‘Grete auctoritee’: Chaucer and Gamification.” Modern Languages Association. Philadelphia, PA, Jan 5-8, 2017.
  • “The Book of Fame.” Lightning talk for the University of Toronto Digital Humanities Network, November 17, 2016.
  • “Network-Mapping in Search of the Gothic.” Lightning talk for the University of Toronto Digital Humanities Network, August 23, 2016.
  • “Book of Fame” digital prototype demo and poster. International Image Interoperability Framework conference. New York City, NY, May 12, 2016.
  • “Distant-Reading Genre in the Popular Eighteenth-Century Gothic.” Southwest Popular/ American Culture Association. Albuquerque, NM, February 11-14, 2015.
  • “Distant-Reading Gendered Gothic Motifs.” Pennsylvania College English Association: Oh! The Horror! The Supernatural in Literature, Film, and Popular Culture. State College, PA, October 3-4, 2014.
  • “Searching For The Female Gothic in Ann Tracy’s Index.” University of Victoria English Graduate Colloquium. Victoria, BC, September 18, 2014.

Selected Awards:
  • English Department Summer Thesis Fellowship. University of Toronto, 2019.
  • Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) Scholarship. University of Toronto, 2016–2018.
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Canada Graduate Scholarship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. University of Toronto, 2015–2018.
  • Faculty of Arts and Science Graduate Admissions Award. University of Toronto. 2015.
  • Digital Humanities Praxis Innovation Award. University of Victoria, 2014.
  • Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. University of Victoria, 2014–2015.
  • English Department Fellowship. University of Victoria, 2013–2014.
  • Angier B. Duke Scholar. Duke Universiy, 2007-2012.

Lawrence's professional blog is at

Joel Faber

PhD Candidate FABER, Joel_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern, women writers, Renaissance friendship
Supervisor: Katherine Larson

My dissertation, “‘Farre more then Himselfe’: Creating Figures of Female Friendship in Early Modern England,” analyzes the rhetorical and authorial moves that early modern women in English literature are seen making in pursuit of a friend. What does it mean for early modern women to want a friend: that is, to lack her and therefore to desire her? I explore the strategies and figures employed in friendship’s absence, tracing the way that isolated female speakers use friendship to define a space for themselves to speak, in speaking to express their longing for companionship, and by that longing to invite others to realize friendship with them.

Margeaux Feldman

Margeaux FeldmanPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Critical Theory, Contemporary American Literature
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

My dissertation, "Touch Me, I'm Sick: Hysterical Intimacies, Sick Theories," traces the legacy of hysteria into our contemporary moment by focusing on the figure of the "sick girl." I offer a much-needed intervention into the field of disability studies, which has tended to focus on visible disabilities, by proposing what I call "sick theories." Drawing on the fields of disability justice, the radical health movement, affect theory, queer theory, critical race studies, and feminist theory, I argue that "sickness" denotes that which is endemic, chronic, and traumatic. My dissertation reimagines how we think about mental health and care by attending to the ways in which the desires of girls and women have been and continue to be pathologized.

List of Publications:
  • "Femme Pedagogy, or Towards Trauma-Informed Classrooms." Co-authored with Morgan Bimm. MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture. Forthcoming January 2020.
  • (2019) "adrienne maree brown Shows Us How to Reclaim Pleasure Under Oppression." Rabble Magazine.
  • (2019) "Reimagining a Life Without a Cure: A Review of Esmé Weijung Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias." PRISM International.
  • (2018) "Getting Off on the Sludge: A Review of Catherine Fatima’s Sludge Utopia." The Puritan Magazine, Issue 43.
  • (2018) "The Many Sick Mothers of My Heart." The Minola Review, Issue 21.
  • (2017) "Slow Death." GUTS: A Canadian Feminist Magazine.
  • (2017) "Grieving Forms." The Puritan Magazine, Issue 37.
  • (2016) "Undutiful daughters: growing up in feminism and psychoanalysis." Psychoanalysis Culture, and Society.


Kate Frank

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Supervisor: Alan Bewell

Danyse Golick 

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Book history and American literature
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

Danyse is a PhD candidate in English and the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program. Her dissertation explores the visual iconography of the female reader in the digital literary sphere. Her academic interests include digital studies, contemporary American literature, and fan studies.

Erin Grant 

PhD Candidate GRANT, Erin_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern Literature; Shakespeare Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies

My research interests include Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. My Master’s research at McGill University focused on female leadership in Shakespeare’s plays and how these fictional monarch characters influence society’s conception of female leaders such as Elizabeth I and Hillary Rodham Clinton. My proposed doctoral research will study sexual consent in Early Modern works and contemporary theatrical and cinematic adaptations. 

List of Publications:

  • Grant, Erin. “Playing the Queen Then and Now: An Interpretation of Shakespeare’s Female Leaders.” Master’s Thesis. McGill University. Supervisor, Wes Folkerth. July 14, 2019, 113 pages.
  • Grant, Erin. “Flawed Kings in Shakespeare’s Courtship Scenes.” Bachelor’s Honours Thesis. McGill University. Supervisor, Wes Folkerth. April 15, 2017, 36 pages.  

Selected Conference Papers:

  • Grant, Erin. “‘We princes...are set on stages, in the sight and view of all the world’: The Role of the Female Monarch in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra and Elizabethan England.” 25th Annual McGill English Graduate Student Conference, McGill University, 15 February 2019. Oral Conference Paper.
  • Grant, Erin. “Mending the Gordian Knot: Disability and Medicine in John Keats’s ‘Lamia’.” 15th Annual Université de Montréal English Graduate Student Conference, Université de Montréal, 1 March 2018. Oral Conference Paper.  


  • Grant, Erin. “John Peters Humphrey Blog Contribution: Nationalism, Freedom and Social Justice in Humphrey’s Dalhousie Convocation Speech.” Web blog post. Ed. Laura Madokoro. History of Human Rights in Canada. McGill University, 13 Mar. 2017. N.p. Web. 25 Sep. 2017. 

Additional Information:

M.A. McGill University; B.A. Honours McGill University

Mitchell Gunn

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Digital Literature and Games, Contemporary Literature

My research examines and theorizes the forms of interactivity involved in the encounters between a reader and a literary work, especially in the developing field of digital literature. I incorporate elements of New Formalism, poststructuralism, and reader-response theories alongside the work of digital media scholars to address experimental print works, digital texts, and even video games.

Emily Halliwell-MacDonald

PhD Candidate HALLIWELL-MACDONALD, Emily_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Victorian literature; political economy; aesthetics; labour
Supervisor: Cannon Schmitt

My project follows how developments in nineteenth-century economic theories of labour influenced Victorian aesthetic theory. My dissertation pushes back against the critical notion that Victorian novels tend not to represent labour by focusing on novels that both represent labour and, as I argue, incorporate labour into the form of the novel.

List of Publications:

Ira Halpern

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature
Supervisor: Michael Cobb

Carson Hammond

Carson HammondPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Contemporary anglophone fiction; aspects of theory
Supervisor: Paul Downes

Carson Hammond’s research has mainly to do with contemporary anglophone fiction and Marxist theory, aesthetic and otherwise. He is currently laying the groundwork for his SSHRC-funded dissertation project, which orbits the concept of alienation as it appears throughout different schools of thought, homing in on three “garden varieties” of alienative experience: depression, nonsense work, and displacement—each of which may be understood in a number of senses. For the time being he is mostly preoccupied with understanding the first of these, depression, in light of the “funny-sad short story” characteristic of authors like Lydia Davis, Lorrie Moore, and Ottessa Moshfegh.

Megan L. Harris

PhD Candidate  
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Modernist poetry, sound recording technologies, and media studies
Supervisor: Andrew DuBois and Lawrence Switzky

My dissertation, The Voice Prints of Poetry: Recorded Speech and the Listener's Body in Modernist Verse, takes up Robert Langbaum's argument that poetry with dramatic qualities is a "poetry of sympathy." In it, I argue that Langbaum’s formulation misses the importance of the reader’s body to the construction and dissemination of voice in poetry with dramatic qualities. In arguing for the primacy of the reader’s body, I draw on an extensive scholarship on sympathy and its relationship to technology, affect, embodiment, and gender in the six decades since Langbaum wrote. I focus in particular on the production and dissemination of voice in poems by Robert Browning, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Langston Hughes, T. S. Eliot, and several popular poems on the phonograph and the radio to demonstrate the significance of the body to recorded voices in verse and sound recordings from the early Victorian to high Modernist periods.

Graham Hassell 

Graham HassellPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): British and Irish Modernism
Supervisor: Garry Leonard

My research takes up questions of communication and interpretation in experimental modernist fiction. I address the ethical implications of knowability, unknowability, and the tension between them, particularly as they are expressed in literary form. 

Scott Herder

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian Literature
Supervisor: Colin Hill

Scott Herder is a PhD Candidate. His dissertation, After the Event: Commemoration and Literature in Canada, examines works of literature that correspond with, and redefine, how various historical events are shaped in collective memories.

Sarah Howden

Sarah HowdenPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

Sarah Howden is a SSHRC Doctoral Student. She graduated with Honours in English from Mount Royal University in 2016 and received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick in 2018. Her current research interests are American literature, psychoanalysis and the environmental humanities. Her dissertation focuses on climate change denial and American literature from mid nineteenth century to present day. Additionally, she is working within the environmental humanities on a project centred around the legacy of uranium mining communities and abandonment. Her creative work can be found in “Drifting like a Metaphor: Calgary Poets of Promise” (2018) and FreeFall Literary Magazine.

Jordan Howie 

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature, 19C and 20C
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

My dissertation research examines how sexuality intersects with risk in American narratives about modern forms of transportation and mobility. My broader research interests include literary modernism and naturalism, history and theories of mobility and urbanization, cinema, and gender/sexuality/queer theory.

Tiffany Humble

Tiffany HumblePhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Romantic and Victorian Literature
Supervisor: Cannon Schmitt

Tiffany is a third-year PhD student whose primary research field is British Romantic and Victorian literature, with a focus on the history of science in nineteenth-century literature and representations of minuscule organisms and undesirable natures (species classified as insects, invertebrates, vermin, pests, and weeds). Her project examines how literature functions like a microscope and draws attention to under-noticed and undervalued subjectivities through figurative and descriptive language. These miniscule and undesirable natures are often aligned with powerless and marginalized humans, including women, racial others, and the working classes. Her research interests include ecocriticism, environmental humanities, evolutionary theory, history of psychology, sensation, aesthetics, animal studies, American and Transatlantic nineteenth-century literature, Gothic fiction, and affect theory.

List of Publications:

“Affect and the Gothic Sublime in Matthew Lewis' The Monk.” QUEUC Proceedings, 2015, pp. 29-32.

Christine Jacob

Christine JacobPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early modern literature, poetry & poetics, health humanities, affect theory

During my master's degree at the University of Oxford, I focused on early modern literature and developed skills in palaeography, textual editing, and archival research. My dissertation examined the rhetorical uses of a melancholic pose and the therapeutic potentials of poetry in the manuscripts of two late seventeenth-century women writers. As a PhD student at the University of Toronto and a recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship, I plan to explore further the relationship between poetry and medicine in early modern literature, the history of poetry therapy, and the mercurial genre of lyric.  

Zak Jones

PhD Candidate JONES, Zak_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature
Supervisor: Michael Cobb

Zak Jones completed his Honours BA in English, MA in English [In the Field of Creative Writing] at University of Toronto, where he is currently a Ph.D. student studying narratives of defeat in American "epics."

Academic Conferences and Publications:
  • "Polyglossic Opry: A Chorus of Appalachian Shoals". UnDisciplined, Cultural Studies Conference, Queens University, April 6th, 2019.
  • "Purity, Irony, and Pity: Musings on Synecdochic Representations of Disability in Southern Gothic Literature" Classifications, Graduate English Conference, University of Toronto, April 27th, 2018.
  • "'That Tiny Square of White as though Gazing Down into the Barrel of a Gun': American Repression on the Brink of WWII in Richard Wright's Native Son". Constructing America, Graduate History Conference, University of Michigan, May 5th, 2018.
  • "'Put That Box in Front of the Hole so He Can't Get Out!': Claustrophobia, Constriction and Panic in Richard Wright's Native Son". Intersections/Cross Sections Conference, York University & Ryerson University, March 9th, 2018.
  • "Sweet and Proper in Flanders Fields: Death and Poetry of the Great War". VOX Undergraduate Academic Journal, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto, 2014. pg. 381

Creative Publications:
  • Bad Nudes Anthology, 2019: "Grandfather Dying"
  • Hart House Review, Centennial Issue, 2019: "Coming to Christ" and "Saw the Mama"
  • TRANSverse Journal: (Comp. Lit., UofT), 2019 -- "Knocking Weather"
  • The Puritan Magazine, Spring 2019 - "Signpost"
  • The Lamp (Queens U.) - "Screens: The World is Worse off Without National Geographic"
  • Palimpsest: Yale's Literary Arts Journal Vol. IX - Feb 2019 -- "Colt"
  • Bad Nudes Magazine, Issue 3.4, 2019 - "Fair Photo"; "Mother's Worry'; "A Shave"
  • PRISM International (University of British Columbia) -- Spring 2019, "Tidal"
  • Fieldstone Review (U. Saskatchewan), 2019 -- "Kiremit Caddesi, Balat, Istanbul: June 2015"
  • Echolocation: UofT's Graduate Literary Arts Journal, Fall 2018 -- "Janey's Boy Comes Home After a Stint in the Army"
  • DRAFT Toronto Reading Series Podcast, July 2018 (Available: Apple Podcasts)
  • Milkweed Zine, Issue IV, March 2018 -- "Opening Up"
  • Hart House Review, January 2018, Winter Supplement - "Chagall's Lovers"
  • Acta Victoriana, Issue 142.1, 2018 -- "Just Saw the Truck"
  • Half a Grapefruit Magazine, December 2017 -- "Ocean Air"; February 2018 -- "Ruly: Talking to Somebody Un"

Scholarships and Awards:
  • 2020 Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship
  • 2019/2020 Jackman Humanities Institute’s Program for the Arts Grant
  • 2019 Frederick Marker Ph.D. Fellowship
  • 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Canada Graduate Scholarship
  • 2017/18 Department of English Creative Writing Scholarship
  • 2017 Avie Bennet Emerging Writers Scholarship
  • 2017 Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Leadership Scholarship
  • 2014/15 UofT Scholar Award
  • 2014/15 Woodsworth College Book Box Award
  • 2014 Noah Meltz Scholarship
  • Dean’s List Scholar 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Graduated “High Distinction” (summa cum laude)


Max Karpinski

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian Literature; Ecocriticism; Experimental Poetics
Supervisor: Smaro Kamboureli

Max Karpinski is a doctoral candidate in the University of Toronto’s English Department. His dissertation reads the ways contemporary poets in Canada compost the pastoral in order to compose with its forms and thematics. Max is scheduled to defend his dissertation in early December and will hold an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta in January 2020.

List of Publications:
  • "Diddling the Archive: The Crooked Speech of Roy Kiyooka's The Artist and the Moose." Picture: Essays on the Works of Roy Kiyooka, edited by Juliana Pivato (Guernica Editions, forthcoming 2019). 27 ts pp.
  • "'Split With the Kind Knife': Salvage Ethnography and Poetics of Appropriation in Jordan Abel's The Place of Scraps." Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community, special issue of Canadian Literature, 230-231 (Autumn/Winter 2016): 65-84.
  • "'Nina Fits Patrick': Transnational Alliances and the Collaborative Textual Body of The Loves of Faustyna." Anglica Wratislaviensia, 53 (2015): 65-77.

Christopher Kelleher

Christopher KelleherPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): British Romanticism; New Imperial Histories
Supervisor: Daniel E. White

Dissertation: "Global Romanticism, Imperial Circulation: Culture, Credit, and Colonialism in British and Anglo-Indian Literature, 1790-1830"

Chancellor Jackman Junior Fellow.

List of Publications:
  • "'Drafts upon Heaven': Occidental Avatars and Oriental Debts in Robert Southey's The Curse of Kehama (1810)," Studies in English Literature.
  • "Print Circuit Security and the Writers' Buildings in Early Nineteenth-Century Calcutta." English Language Notes 54.1 (Spring 2016): 125-28.


Kyle Kinaschuk

PhD Candidate
Email: kyle.kinaschuk@mail.utorontoKinaschuk1
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian Literatures; Poetry and Poetics; Critical and Cultural Theory; Pedagogy and the University
Supervisor: Smaro Kamboureli

Kyle Kinaschuk’s research is nested in Canadian literary studies, poetry and poetics, critical and cultural theory, and questions of pedagogy and the university. His dissertation investigates the poetics and politics of the lament form as a mode of complaint. The project is largely concerned with a recent surge of contemporary poetry in Canada that reworks colonial documents to repatriate the many unacknowledged presences that exist within texts of degradation. He is also the author of a chapbook, COLLECTIONS-14 (above/ground press, 2019). His poetry has appeared in The Capilano Review, Contemporary Verse 2, filling Station, PRISM international, The Puritan, and elsewhere.

  • “Hearing Zong! Choreosonographies of Silence.” Studies in Canadian Literature, vol. 45, no.1, 2020, forthcoming.
  • “Pedagogy, Event, Risk.” Dissonant Methods: Undoing Discipline in the Humanities Classroom.
    Edited by Ada Jaarsma and Kit Dobson, U of Alberta P, 2020, pp. 19-32.
  • “Kierkegaard, Despair, and the Possibility of Education” with Ada Jaarsma and Lin Xing. Studies in Philosophy and Education, vol. 35, no. 5, 2016, pp. 445-461.


Anna Kozak

Anna KozakPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

I am a PhD student in English with a collaborative graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. My research interests include contemporary American literature, autobiography, queer theory, and affect theory.

I have also presented my work at various conferences and have several creative non-academic publications.

List of Publications:


  • “The Anglo-American Ape-Man: American and British Imperialism in the Tarzan Franchise.” Empire Studies Magazine, December 2019.
  • “No Guts, No Glory: Non-Normative Sexuality and Affect in Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Guts’.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, vol. 52, no. 1, March 2019, pp. 51-67.
  • “‘People Might Talk’: Queerbaiting and Fan Culture in the BBC’s Sherlock.” MediaCommons: A Digital Scholarly Network, November 2016.
  • “Gender Enhancement: Performativity and Capitalism in Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Frontiers’ from Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories.” International Autobiography Association Life Writing Graduate Student and New Scholar Network, November 2015.
  • “In Search of Cheryl Raintree: Sisterhood in Beatrice Mosionier’s In Search of April Raintree.” Literature-Study-Online, June 2015.


  • “Beyond Borders and Belonging: Queer (Un)belonging in Dionne Brand’s Thirsty.” Digital Memory Agents in Canada: Performance, Representation, and Culture. U of Alberta P (Accepted).
  • “The Unvirgin Sister and South: Racial and Sexual (Im)purity and Temporality in William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.” Resistance Through Time (Accepted).
  • “‘What I Wanted to Wear’: The Battle for Self-Expression amidst Transphobic Street Violence.” Transgender Narratives Anthology (Accepted).

Joanna Krongold

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Holocaust literature; children's and young adult literature; postwar American literature
Supervisor: Andrea Most

Lilika Kukiela

PhD Candidate KUKIELA, Lilika_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature; Comparative Race and Empire Studies; Creative Nonfiction; Critical Race Theory
Supervisor: Randy Boyagoda

Lilika received her B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in English from McGill University. She specializes in American literature and critical race theory. Her work addresses the making and remaking of American literary landscapes through travel writing and creative nonfiction by writers of colour from the nineteenth-century to the present day.

Chelsea Latremouille

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature; nineteenth-century; realism
Supervisor: Neal Dolan

My research considers the concept of solitude in the age of realism.

Timothy Lem-Smith

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 20th/21st-century American Literature; Critical Theory; Genre; Critical Race Theory; Postmodernism
Supervisor: Paul Downes

Tim is working on a dissertation project on paranoid reading and contemporary American fiction.

Iona Lister

PhD Candidate LISTER, Iona_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval Literature
Supervisor: William Robins

My research primarily investigates how ideas and stories in medieval texts change across time and between languages. My SSHRC-funded dissertation centres around the voice and notions of reproduction and representation in medieval texts that juxtapose mouths and reproductive organs. Looking at these texts from the perspective of medieval medical theories of the body, I trace how these juxtapositions evolve from the Old English riddles of the Exeter Book, to the Anglo-French fabliaux and the Lais of Marie de France, and finally the Middle English romance Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

As a student of the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program (BHPC), I also research medieval revival, and I am currently working on a conference paper concerning how medieval conquest narratives such as the Vinland Saga are being used to feed white supremacist movements in North America. For my BHPC practicum I am planning a digital project that aims to recover some of the lost medieval vocal music in the Fisher Antiphonary manuscript.

Veronica Litt

Veronica LittPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Eighteenth-Century Literature, Book History
Supervisor: Simon Dickie

I study what eighteenth-century England thought of as popular culture: bestselling novels, fan fiction, newspaper op-eds, and tell-all memoirs. By prioritizing commercial success, I show how popular books influenced social debates on hot topics like proto-feminism and the relationship between chastity and morality. As a member of the collaborative Book History and Print Culture program, I study the print marketplace and pay special attention to readers and reading experiences, revealing how books influenced eighteenth-century readers to experiment with startlingly modern sexual politics.

My research also reveals the strange construction of supposedly "British" literature by integrating popular French novels and translated novels. Often sidelined by scholarship, these books were  enormously successful in eighteenth-century Britain.

My dissertation is committed to recognizing how everyday people (like readers and workaday reviewers) shaped enormous literary debates. In alignment with this impulse, I am committed to public scholarship. During my undergraduate and Master's degrees, I hosted a successful YouTube channel about literature and worked as a freelance writer. As I enter the later stages of the PhD program, I now work as a content editor at a website about pop culture and co-host a podcast about feminism and film.

List of Publications:

  • Four entries in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2020).
  • “Less a Star and More a Constellation: Margaret Atwood’s Negotiation of Fame Through Multiple Personas.” Margaret Atwood Studies 8 (Winter 2014): 4-19.


Public-Facing Work:

Austin Long

Austin LongPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Anglo-Modernism and Book History

I am interested in the intersection between experimental realist novels and book history during the interwar period. In particular, I research the works of Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, and the members of their respective literary circles, and their influence on press employees, markets, etc., and vice versa.

Karl Manis

Karl ManisPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Contemporary fiction, 20th and 21st century American literature, media theory, narrative
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern, Larry Switzky

Karl Manis is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on the intersection of narrative form, literary realism, and media theory in contemporary fiction. His dissertation project, which was awarded a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, examines “embedded media”: instances where a narrative in one medium invokes, references, or incorporates other media (e.g., novels that invoke found manuscripts, photographs, or emails; films that incorporate printed texts or digital screens). Tethering narrative form to material practices, embedded media combine metafiction’s attention to how fictional realities are constituted with realism’s orientation toward the world outside the text. This project draws on contemporary legacies of postmodernism, feminist materialisms, and an intermedial approach to literary studies. When he isn’t reading, writing, and teaching about 20th and 21st century literature and storytelling in a variety of media, Karl enjoys cooking, baking, camping, and building and riding bicycles.

J. R. Mattison

PhD Candidate MATTISON, Julia_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval literature and material culture
Supervisor: Alexandra Gillespie

My research examines the language, literature, and material culture of late medieval England. In particular, I am interested in reading practices and medieval manuscripts. My doctoral thesis traces the relation between French language and its material form in manuscripts in England, c. 1380-1508. I argue that manuscripts in French--both Insular and Continental--allowed English readers to formulate ideas about language and provoked a series of reading practices that united disparate texts and manuscripts through their shared language. In addition to my work on French manuscripts in England, I also study the role of paratextual features in Middle English manuscripts, the medieval idea of the book, the development of bibliographic thinking in the Middle Ages, and the relationship between text and image.
I am the 2020-21 Schallek Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America and the Richard III Society (American Branch). My work has also been supported by the Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students, the Bibliographical Society (UK), the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Munk School of Global Affairs. In 2018, I was the RBC Foundation-Bodleian Visiting Fellow in Oxford. I received a BA in English and French from Yale University, and an MPhil in medieval English from Jesus College, University of Oxford.

List of Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • “Universalizing Doublets in Middle English Verse: Chaucer and Romance” Medium Aevum (2021), forthcoming [Awarded Society for the Study off Medieval Languages and Literature Medium Aevum essay prize]
  • “The Miroir des Dames in England” The Library (2021), forthcoming
  • “Books in Books: The Idea of the Book in the Fifteenth-Century English Visual Imagination” Book History, forthcoming
  • "‘Longe stories aword may not expresse’: Tables of Contents in Lydgate’s Fall of Princes” The Huntington Library Quarterly 83 (2020), forthcoming
  • “A Previously Unrecognized French Alexander Romance” Journal of the Early Book Society 18 (2015): 207–12

Book Chapters
  • “Between Men: French Books and Male Readers in the Hundred Years War,” in The Hundred Years War and European Literary History, ed. R. D. Perry and Daniel Davies, under contract with Manchester University Press, forthcoming

Book Reviews
  • Review of Middle English Texts in Transition: A Festschrift Dedicated to Toshiyuki Takamiya on His 70th Birthday, edited by Simon Horobin and Linne R. Mooney, Journal of English and German Philology 116 (2017): 114–16
  • “The Recursive Middle Ages” Review of Transporting Chaucer, by Helen Barr, The Oxonian Review 28 (2015)

Colleen McDonell

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Victorian literature and print culture, Gothic fiction
Supervisor: Cannon Schmitt

My research focuses on the representations of female servants in British ghost stories published from 1845 to 1905. As a member of the collaborative Book History and Print Culture program, I study Victorian print culture and periodical publishing. More broadly, I am also interested in popular fiction, magazines, women’s writing, and digital remediation. I serve as the Canadian Graduate Student Representative for the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) and the co-convenor for UofT’s Nineteenth-Century Reading Group.

Jenna McKellips

Jenna McKellipsPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval English Drama

Jenna’s dissertation research concentrates on embodied performances of femininity in late medieval East Anglian drama.  She explores gender as a type of performance, and her research works to compare lived and theatrical medieval performances of gender.  Jenna is the winner of the 2019 Gender and Medieval Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize for her previous research on femininity in medieval apocalypse manuscripts.  She is currently working on a project funded by the Medieval Academy of America’s New Horizons Research Grant, the English Department, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and Poculi Ludique Societas to research medieval drama through practical performance.  Jenna is also the Graduate English Association Treasurer for the 2020-2021 academic year and the leader of the "Theory for Medievalists" Reading Group.

Sean McPhail

Sean McPhailPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): The Great War, Twentieth Century British, Memoir and Autobiography
Supervisor: Garry Leonard

Sean's dissertation focusses on the relationship between kinship and commemoration in the war-poetry, memoirs, and autobiographies of Siegfried Sassoon. Other scholarly interests include twentieth-century German fiction and the short story.

List of Publications:
  • “Fall-out and the German People: The West/German Political Climate in Pausewang’s Novel Die Wolke (1987) and Hage’s Manga Adaptation (2013),” European Comic Art 12.1 (2019): 41-64, doi:10.3167/eca.2019.120104
  • “South Korea’s Linguistic Tangle: English vs. Korean vs. Konglish,” English Today 34.1 (2018): 45-51.
  • “The Love of a Good Story: A Critical Reading of Alice Munro’s ‘Jakarta,’” Studies in Canadian Literature 41.2 (2016): 201-216.

Dustin Meyer

Dustin MeyerPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early modern drama; Shakespeare and his contemporaries; classical reception; Humanism; book history
Supervisor: Jeremy Lopez

Dustin Meyer's research examines questions of classical reception in early modern English drama. He is primarily focused on the ways in which Shakespeare's use of Roman authors was shaped, in part, by the wider diffusion of classical texts in England. His research touches on Humanist pedagogy, intertextuality, and the English book trade. He is also interested in Shakespeare's comparatively understudied contemporaries such as George Chapman and Thomas Heywood. Dustin is also the Rare Books Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

Ashley Caranto Morford

Ashley Caranto MorfordPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Anti-colonialism; Indigenous studies; Pilipinx studies; digital humanities
Supervisor: Alexandra Gillespie

Ashley Caranto Morford (she/her) is a Pinay-British scholar-activist. Her work is accountable to and in relationship with Indigenous studies, Pilipinx studies, anti-colonial methods and praxis, and digital humanities. Ashley is completing a SSHRC-funded doctoral thesis entitled Decolonial Routes through Ancestral Roots: Indigenous-Settler Pilipinx Solidarities (Re)Creating Digital and Land-Based Elsewheres. She is currently the research lead for the SSHRC-funded Twitter Collaboratory project, which runs out of Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos’ Indigenous Life Promotion and Social Action Network labs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She is a co-instructor of the Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed: Anti-Colonial DH Critiques and Praxis course at DHSI, alongside colleagues Arun Jacob and Dr. Kush Patel; they have brought this course in diverse iterations to various digital humanities communities, including DH@Guelph, GlobalDH, HASTAC, and DHSI. She is also co-facilitating the 2019-2020 Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour Solidarities reading group, a partnership between emerging and established scholars and community activists at U of Toronto, Ryerson U, and Anakbayan Toronto.

List of Publications:
  • "'This is an Indigenous City': Un-/Firsting Early Representations of Vancouver." Firsting in the Early Modern Transatlantic World (Series: Routledge Research in Early Modern History). 2020.
  • With Michelle Levy and Lindsey Seatter. “Digital Projects in the Romantic Classroom: A Practical Guide to Student Use of WordPress.” Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons (Special Issue: Romanticism & Technology). 2015.


Katheryne Morrissette

PhD Candidate MORRISSETTE, Katheryne_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval literature, premodern critical race studies
Supervisor: Alexandra Gillespie 

My research focuses on where and how medieval chronicles represent the politics of race--both in terms of "Otherness" and of whiteness. I am interested in understanding how the concept of race and its implementation in hierarchical power differentials can be seen in medieval historical writing. 

Aesha Nananso 

PhD Candidate NANANSO, Aesha_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): African-American Literature; Black Feminist Thought; Slavery and Race; Popular Culture 
Supervisor: Karina Vernon

Aesha holds a B.A. (Hons) in English Language and Literature from The University of Western Ontario and an M.A. in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson University. She is working towards a dissertation project supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D) that traces the emergence of the American neo-slave narrative alongside the Civil Rights Movement. Her research considers how Black women writers returned to and recuperated history in order to rethink their roles as women and mothers, and how the neo-slave narrative, as a genre, influenced a method of Black feminist literary criticism centred on care.

Tracy O'Brien

Tracy O'BrienPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern Literature; Early Modern Women Writers; Linguistic Approaches to Literary Study; Book History & Print Culture 

MA (English), Memorial; MA, BA (Linguistics) Memorial

Cassandra Y. Olsen  

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Multi-ethnic literature of the United States (MELUS), Asian American literature; critical race theory, queer theory, psychoanalytic theory
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

Sim Wee Ong

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern

Sim is a PhDU 1 student who intends to specialize in Early Modern English literature. She is keen on exploring curiosity, doubt and skepticism in the 16th and 17th Centuries, especially when expressed through interrogatives. She is also interested in epics (particularly that of Dante and Milton) and tragedy (Renaissance and beyond). She is from Singapore by way of New York, obtaining her BA in English and American Literature from New York University.

Julie Prior

Julie PriorPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early modern drama, Shakespeare, eighteenth-century drama and literature
Supervisor: Jeremy Lopez

Julie Prior is a senior PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research examines the intersection of culture, gender, and social (dis)enfranchisement in Shakespeare's plays, emphasizing how, through adaptation, theatre paves pathways for social change. Using the emergence of the actress on the English stage in 1660 as a starting point in connecting theatre to women's contributions to social justice, Julie's research positions The Taming of the Shrew as a guiding text for tracing the actress' representation of female agency in Renaissance, Restoration, and eighteenth-century plays.

Stephanie Redekop

Stephanie RedekopPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 20th Century American Literature; Literary Nonfiction
Supervisor: Randy Boyagoda (supervisor), Andrea Most (co-supervisor)

Stephanie Redekop is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto. She holds an MA from Boston College. Her dissertation charts a literary history of American public discourse in the 1960s, tracing the role of the fact in the work of eight midcentury essayists who negotiated some of the toughest problems posed in and by American public life. Her research is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, the Centre for the Study of the United States, and the Centre for Jewish Studies. Stephanie is a Junior Fellow at Massey College and the Co-Director of the University of Toronto's American Literature Research Collaborative.

List of Publications:
  • "Living Memorials: American Holocaust Museums and the Mediations of English." English Today 36.1 (2020): 2-11.
  • "Thomas Merton and Allen Ginsberg: Poet-Prophets for the Modern World." Thomas Merton and the Counterculture: A Golden Thread. Ed. Ron Dart. St. Macrina Press, 2016.

Michael Reid

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Eighteenth-century British literature
Supervisor: Simon Dickie

My dissertation project explores the literary culture of male homosexuality in eighteenth-century England.

Kimberly Rodda

Kimberly RoddaPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Victorian Literature and Religion
Supervisor: Cannon Schmitt

My dissertation examines representations of doubt in nineteenth-century women's writing, with chapters on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Alice Meynell, and Olive Schreiner. I am especially interested in the way doubt and form interact within the constraints of different literary genres.

Joel Rodgers

Joel RodgersPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early modern poetry, politics, law
Supervisor: Paul Stevens

My dissertation examines the complex effects of early modern corporate culture on English literature at the turn of the seventeenth century, when modern conceptions of the corporation were first taking shape. I focus in the particular on the works of Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, and Jonson. My broader research interests include poetic, legal, and political conceptions of citizenship and the city; law and literature; early modern republicanism and nationalism; as well as early modern literature's reception in contemporary popular culture.

List of publications
  • “Talbot, Incorporated.” Renaissance Shakespeare / Shakespeare Renaissances: Proceedings of the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress. Ed. Martin Procházka, Andreas Hoefele, Hanna Scolnicov and Michael Dobson. University of Delaware Press, 2013. 21-28.

Alexander Sarra-Davis

PhD Candidate SARRA-DAVIS, Alexander_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Autofiction, experimental form, and Global Anglophone literature
Supervisor: Neil ten Kortenaar

Alexander Sarra-Davis is a 5th-year PhD candidate currently completing the third chapter of his dissertation. He holds a BA, Honours from the University of British Columbia, where he studied modern rhetoric under Professor Judy Segal, and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where he studied experimental form for Dr Sarah Dillon.

His research interests lie in the adaptation of old ideas to new media, the circulation of experimental form among anglophone populations, and the ethics of literary representation. His current project sits at the intersection of autofiction, narratology, ethics, and politics, and his latest chapter examines the oppositional agency given to characters in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper.

Recent Conference Presentations:
“Narratives of Collaboration: J. M. Coetzee and the Diffused Agency of Literary Production”, Narrative, New Orleans, 2020.
“Opening Twitter: Potential Narrative in 140 Characters or Fewer”, In Forms: Graduate English Conference, University of Toronto, 2019
“A World of I’s: Surveillance, Complicity, and the Politics of World Literature in The People of Paper”, Globalization and Its Critics in the 21st Century, University of Toronto, 2018.

Jasleen Singh

PhD Candidate SINGH, Jasleen_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): African American literature
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

Jasleen Singh graduated with Honours in Journalism and English from Carleton University, and received her MSc by Research in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Edinburgh. Her doctoral research investigates how we theorize humour and satire in American literature, and specifically in the African American canon. Jasleen’s thesis seeks to identify the language and categories that will allow us to more fully understand the way humour functions in African American writing. Her research focuses on a range of black American writers (Paul Beatty, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, among others) and comedians such as Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle. In additional to receiving funding from the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Jasleen is the recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Top Doctoral Fellowship (FAST) at the University of Toronto.

Laina Southgate

Laina SouthgatePhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern Literature
Supervisor: Holger Syme

At the core of my research is an interest in the connection between literature and the development of national identity. I’m currently researching the influence of Shakespeare on Finnish literature during the National Romantic Movement in the 19th century. In terms of broad research themes, I am interested in Shakespeare Reception history, Early Modern and nineteenth century colonialism, National Romanticism, archipelagic studies, and Finnish translation.

Ryan Stafford

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Modernism
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

Interests: modernism, misanthropy, sound recording, un/popular music, Platonism, fascism, illiteracy, decadence, European languages.

Brandon Taylor

Brandon TaylorPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Ecocriticism
Supervisor: Andrea Most

My current line of research involves an ecocritical analysis of the Bildungsroman genre (primarily in British Literature, but also throughout North America and the world) as a means of unpacking and understanding the ways in which the idea of the self or the individual has been shaped and reshaped throughout literature.

List of Publications:
  • “Domain-Specific Social Knowledge Dissemination on Wikipedia: A Digital Humanities Case Study” KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, (Forthcoming). Co-written with Daniel Sondheim, Hector Lopez, Maximillian Berens, Ray Siemens, and Alyssa Arbuckle.
  • "The Ideological Train to Globalization: Bong Joon-Ho's The Host and Snowpiercer." CineAction, no. 98, 2016.
  • “The Pleasure of Walter White’s Grotesque Odyssey: Complex Narrative Escalation in AMC’s Breaking Bad” (2008-2013),, 2015.

Christina Turner

Christina TurnerPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Indigenous literature, Canadian literature, law and literature
Supervisor: Smaro Kamboureli

My dissertation project examines how contemporary Indigenous writing published in Canada critiques Canadian legal definitions of Indigenous land rights.
I am also books editor at alternative Canadian online magazine

List of Publications:
  • "The Comedic Governance of Indigenous Land Rights in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia and Marie Clements' Burning Vision." (Law and Literature 2019)
  • "Atlantic Cosmopolitanism in John Steffler's The Afterlife of George Cartwright." (Canadian Literature 2015)

Joel William Vaughan

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Eighteenth Century/Romantic British Print Cultures
Supervisor: Angela Esterhammer

My research seeks out the ways graphic design and print-processes influenced the composition and reception of Romantic texts, especially in the conventionally printed works of William Blake. I am currently completing a typographic facsimile of Blake's unpublished 1791 "French Revolution" on a Washington handpress, reproducing the steps involved in producing a Romantic publication so as to grapple with printing as an experiential, pedagogic activity. I am the Managing Editor of Book Arts Canada, and volunteer with Black Creek Pioneer Village's Victorian printing collection as a Restoration Assistant.

List of Publications
  • (2018) “lemonbox cards.” The Capilano Review.
  • (2016) “untitled.” Contemporary Verse 2.
  • (2015) “I play Yogi Bear at a family campground. It’s stranger than you think.” Vox.
  • (2015) “Scrawled on the back of my mad father’s will, 1992.” Geist 96. 

Walter Rafael Ramos Villanueva

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Post-WWII Canadian literature, disability studies, history of psychiatry in Canada
Supervisor: Marlene Goldman

Walter is a second-year PhD student. His research focuses on depictions of mental illness in contemporary Canadian literature.

Katherine Walton

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval

My area of interest concerns primarily medieval devotional literatures and the vernacularization of religioius thought in Europe and especially England during the later Middle Ages.
I have also worked in the field of art history, with visual arts produced during the second half of the twentieth century.

List of Publications:
  • "The Trauma of the After Space: Ethics, Absences, and Anselm Kiefer," in IRTG Diversity Publication Series, Waxmann Verlag, 2018, 165-183.
  • "Freudian Horror in Joyce Carol Oates' A Fair Maiden: Affect and Oedipal Desire," To Be Decided* Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory 2 (2017): 1-19.
  • "Hierarchical Identity in an Art of Sensation: Sex and Violence in Francis Bacon," Millefeuilles (2014): 114-122. 

Kelly Whitehead

Kelly WhiteheadPhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian literature, topics in psychoanalysis and memory studies
Supervisor: Smaro Kamboureli

Kelly Whitehead is interested in contemporary Canadian literature and topics in critical theory. Her dissertation considers the role of intergenerational memory in articulating collective trauma through Canadian women's writing. Focusing primarily on works by diasporic Canadian and Indigenous women, her work decenters the notion of a singular traumatic event to argue for an intergenerational understanding of trauma.

List of Publications:

Selected publications: 

  • 2022. “Mediated Memory at the Turn of the Century: Film and Music in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.” In Digital Memory Agents in Canada: Performance, Representation, and Culture. Eds. Matthew Cormier and Amanda Spallacci. Forthcoming. 
  • 2021. “Reflections on the testimony of trauma: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 and Sergio González Rodríguez’s Huesos en el Desierto.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Forthcoming. 
  • 2021. “Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and the impossibility of testimony.” In Comics and Catharsis: Exploring Narratives of Trauma and Memory in the Graphic Novel. Ed. Jordan Tronsgard. Forthcoming.  
  • 2021. Modern Language Association. “Between Indigeneity and Diaspora: Depictions of the Rouge in David Chariandy’s Brother.” Jan 7 – 10. Toronto.  
  • 2020. Northeast Modern Language Association. “Hybridity and trauma in the urban imaginary: Rawi Hage’s Cockroach.” March 5 – 8. Boston.  
  • 2019. Upheaval & Reconstruction: The Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference. “Indigenous women’s writing and the testimonial response to trauma.” October 17 – 20. Toronto.  
  • 2019. Upheaval & Reconstruction: The Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference. “Archives after the apology: Canadian literary anthologies of early Indigenous writing.” October 17 – 20. Toronto.  
  • 2019. “Coleman Silk and the collective trauma of America.” Philip Roth Studies 15.2: 66-83.  
  • 2019. Northeast Modern Language Association. “The Ethical Drive to Testimony: Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?” March 21 - 24. DC.  
  • 2018. Northeast Modern Language Association. “Reflections on the testimony of trauma: Roberto Bolaño’s 2666 and the violence of globalization.” April 12 – 15. Pittsburgh.

Laureanne Willems

PhD Candidate WILLEMS, Laureanne_Photo
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Autobiography; illness narratives; women's writing; representations of mental health & illness; disability studies

During my master's degree at Utrecht University, I became interested in how mental illness is represented in literature. In my dissertation, I studied autobiographical illness narratives by women writers about their experience with anorexia, to see how they interact with and contribute to various discourses on disability, mental illness and anorexia. As a PhD student at the University of Toronto, I will be enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Women's Health. In my dissertation, I would like to explore in what ways women narrate their experience with various mental illnesses that have historically been coded as feminine, and look more closely at the intersections between gender and mental (ill-) health.

List of Publications:
  • Willems, Laureanne. “Take Up Space/Know Your Place: On the Relationship Between Anorexia and Feminism.” Feminist Bodies, spec. issue, Frame: Journal of Literary Studies 32.2, pp. 87-97.

Rachel Windsor

PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Contemporary American literature; trauma theory; girlhood studies
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

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