Department of English

University of Toronto

PhD Students

 
   


Titilola Aiyegbusi
PhD Candidate
Emailtiti.aiyegbusi@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Black Canadian literature; Life writing; Digital humanities
Supervisor: George Elliott Clarke

My research examines the portrayal of racial identities in Black Canadian life writing. By comparing socio-psychological theories on Black identity formation with “reality” as portrayed in nonfictional works of Black Canadian authorfs, I explore extents to which these narratives corroborate or conflict with existing identity theories and models. A second stream of research I also engage with is digital humanities (DH). I am interested in understanding the relationship between the spread of DH and the economic state of devfeloping 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 divide between digital literacy and digital humanities activities in these spaces.

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.
  • Babalola, Titilola. "The Digital Humanities and Digital Literacy: Understanding the Digital Culture in Nigeria." Digital Studies/Le champ numérique 5.1, 2014.

  Titilola Aiyegbusi

Sara Ameri Mahabadi
PhD Candidate
Email
sara.ameri@mail.utoronto.ca
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.
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Andre Babyn
PhD Candidate
Emailandre.babyn@mail.utoronto.ca
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
Website:
http://www.andrebabyn.com/


  Babyn, Andre

Erin Baldwin
PhD Candidate, Year 4
Email
: erine.baldwin@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: Modernism, Global Modernisms, Critical Addiction Studies, 20th and 21st Century British and Anglophone Literature; Early 20th Century American Literature
Supervisor: Stanka Radovic

My dissertation focuses on representations of addiction in modernist literature and elucidates addiction as a phenomenon underpinned by psychosocial dislocation and the interlocking violences prevalent in a capitalist mode of production. In doing so, I argue that literary narratives hold the necessary and urgent capacity to challenge pernicious discourses that frequently explain addiction as the by-product of a malfunctioning individual will.
I have presented papers on the modernist writers Jean Rhys and May Sinclair at the MLA Conventions in 2021 and 2022. My book chapter focused on the intersection of Marx and Engels' concept of the lumpenproletariat and Rhys's novel Good Morning, Midnight is forthcoming in the anthology, The Idea of the Lumpenproletariat (Routledge).

 

 

Baldwin, Erin

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 21st-century Canadian novels. My theoretical framework combines and challenges conventions of ecocriticism and critical animal studies.
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Kelly Baron (née Whitehead)
PhD Candidate
Emailk.whitehead@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian literature, topics in psychoanalysis and memory studies
Supervisor: Smaro Kamboureli

Kelly Baron 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. She is the publisher of The Puritan Literary Magazine and also serves on their masthead as a reviews editor.


List of Publications:

  • "Modern Love: Negative Affect in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood and André Breton's Nadja." Modern Language Studies 52.2. Forthcoming 2023.
  • "Hybridity and Trauma in Rawi Hage's Cockroach." Studies in Canadian Literature | Études en Littérature Canadienne 47.1: 1-19. Forthcoming 2023.
  • "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. University of Mississippi Press. Forthcoming 2023.
  • "Rewriting Indigeneity in the Canadian Gothic: Monsters, Mash-Up, and Monkey Beach." In Gothic Mash-Ups: Hybridity, Appropriation and Intertextuality in Gothic Storytelling. Ed. Natalie Neill. Lexington Books: 139-152, 2022.
  • "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 30.1: 107-121, 2021.
  • "Coleman Silk and the collective trauma of America." Philip Roth Studies 15.2: 66-83, 2019.

Book Reviews:

  • "Three Failures." Omnibus Review of The Music Game, The Beautiful Place, and Choosing Eleonore. Canadian Literature. Forthcoming 2023.
  • Review of Ann-Marie MacDonald's Fayne. Literary Review of Canada. Forthcoming 2022.
  • "Talk Diversity to Me: On Cynicism and Sincerity." A review of Tajja Isen's Some of My Best Friends and Naben Ruthnum's A Hero of Our Time. Literary Review of Canada. June 2022.
  • "Stories to Live By." Omnibus Review of You are Eating an Orange. You are Naked., Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, and Treadmill: A Novel." Canadian Literature. 2022.
  • "Women's Time." Omnibus review of We, Jane, Erase and Rewind, and We Want What We Want." Canadian Literature. 2022.
  • "Paddling Alone, Together." Review of Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic." Canadian Literature. 2022.

 


 

Baron, Kelly

Sylvanna Baugh
PhD Candidate
Email
: s.baugh@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: African literature; postcolonial literature; global modernisms; critical race theory

I am interested in experimental African literature and its explorations of the (post)colonial psyche. My MA research explored what I called the "sous-réel" writing practice of Dambudzo Marechera. With a devotion to disjointed and grotesque prose, Marechera presented a daily life in Zimbabwe that was familiar to Zimbabwean readers, while also being deliberately disorienting. I'm curious about the role of grotesque and disorienting literature in postcolonial literature from Southern Africa.
 

Baugh, Sylvanna

Grant Bellamy
PhD Candidate
Email
grant.bellamy@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):
The realist novel; the 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."


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Connor Bennett
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature; psychoanalysis; affect theory
Supervisor: Michael Cobb

Connor is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Department of English. His SSHRC-funded dissertation explores literary minimalism and melancholia in post-45 American fiction.
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Daniel Bergman
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature; immigration and transnational studies
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern f

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.
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Nicole Birch-Bayley
PhD Candidate 
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.
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Arlynda Boyer
PhD Candidate
Email
: arlynda.boyer@mail.utoronto.ca
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: http://www.thisroughmagic.org/boyer%20article.html
  •  “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: https://collation.folger.edu/tag/what-acting-is/
  • “'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
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature, with an emphasis on Nineteenth Century
Supervisor: Paul Downes

Gabriel is a fourth year PhD candidate, currently at work on a dissertation that examines the intersections of mourning, melancholia and politics in the literatures of the American Renaissance. He is interested in the ways that critical dialogues between theory, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literature can envision new modes of thinking and being. His interests (academic and otherwise) lead him to think about subjects ranging from literature, translation, film, graphic novels, visual art, and music.

Gabriel is an international student from France, and was an International Student Representative for the Graduate English Association. He is also an organizer of the Post-Structuralist Reading Group. 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).

Research & Translations:

Conference Presentations:
  • “‘Remarkable Crises’: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature, and the Politics of Mourning.” Crises: Climate and Critique in the Literature and Arts of the English-Speaking World after 1800. International Conference in Paris – November 18-20, 2021 – Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.
  • “Emerson and the Genius of Mourning in ‘Experience.’” Nineteenth Century Today: A Nineteenth Century Reading Group Roundtable. Graduate English Association, University of Toronto. December 3, 2020.
  • “Melville’s History of Madness, and the Madness of History in ‘Benito Cereno’ and ‘Bartleby.’” Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS) at Congress 2020, Western University. May 30-June 1, 2020 (cancelled due to Covid-19).
Reviews:
  • “Penser et Écrire l’Afrique de Alain Mabanckou”, Modern Language Notes, September 2018 French Issue, volume 133, number 4, Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 1137-1138.
Translations:
  • Levine Packer, Renée and Mary Jane Leach, editors. Gay Guerrilla: Julius Eastman et Sa Musique. Editions 1989, forthcoming 2021.
  • Ahmed, Sara. “Déclarations de blanchité: la non-performativité de l’anti-racisme.” Mouvements, collaborative translation published online (Mouvements), 2020.
  • Selections of De Vries, Hent. Le Miracle au Coeur de l’Ordinaire. Les Belles Lettres, 2019.

 

  Briex, Gabriel
Anna Butler-Koo
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Diaspora and Transnational Studies; Ecocriticism; Critical Race Theory; Asian Canadian literature; Asian American literature

I am a first-year PhD student. Drawing from diaspora studies, materialist feminism, and decolonial ecocriticism, my research explores depictions of climate crisis in contemporary Asian Canadian and Asian American literature.


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Arkaprabha Chakraborty
PhD Candidate, Year 3
Email
: arkaprabha.chakraborty@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: Medieval Literature; Manuscript Studies; Migration Studies
Supervisor: Alexandra Gillespie        

I am a third year PhD candidate studying the material and documentary practices around mobility-the equivalents of passports, visas and the like-in and around Eurasia and Northern Africa across the Global Middle Ages.

Beyond my research, I am also the Equity Representative and the International Students' Representative for 2022-23 in the department's Graduate English Association. Please do reach out if I can offer any support in these capacities.

N.B. your email will never find me well, but please reach out anyway!

 

 

 

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Charissa Chan
PhD 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

 
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Andrew Chang
PhD Candidate, Year 1 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 19th-Century British Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Orientalism, Queer Theory, Print culture

My research explores how 19th-Century British literature operated as a technology of governance amidst the construction and fortification of the British Empire. Supplemented by contemporary postcolonial and queer theory, I critically examine how imperial control over sexuality, ethnicity, race, and nationality is enacted through the literature of the era, with a particular focus on how such literature categorizes different bodies with regards to their use value in the imperial mission. Much of my work centres on portrayals of queer or foreign bodies in literary texts around the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Opium Wars of 1839 and 1856, by authors such as Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Thomas De Quincey, and Oscar Wilde.
   
Una Creedon-Carey
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval
Supervisor: Alex Gillespie, Audrey Walton

My research on early medieval English literature uses the methods and ethical commitments of queer theory and the posthuman turn to analyze the conceptual structures behind medieval processes of oppression and marginalization. My dissertation project, “Before the Human: Early Medieval English Belonging and Exclusion,” tracks literary constructions of human faculties in Old English literature in order to dismantle the human as an exclusionary category both in the Middle Ages and today. Beyond the dissertation, I research the evolving category of the "patient" in medieval literary and medical texts. I run the department's English Paleography Reading Group and am the lab manager for Alex Gillespie's Old Books New Science project.

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Apala Das
PhD Candidate, Year 6
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 20th Century Global and Euro-American Modernisms; Asceticism; South Asian Literatures; Political Theology and Literature; Postsecularism Studies; Historical Poetics and Form; Postcolonial Theory and Ethics; Modernist Classicisms and 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:

Refereed Journal Articles
  • 2021​ "Reading in the Night of Wallace Stevens' ‘The Rock,'" The Wallace Stevens Journal, Vol. 45, Issue 2, pp. 179-194.
  • 2021​ "Modernity and Mobility: Re-reading Wordsworth and De Quincey," The Explicator, Vol. 79, Issue 1-2, pp. 48-51.
  • 2020​ "The Revaluation of Hybridity in Tayeb Salih's Season of Migration to the North," Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Vol. 56, No., 1, pp. 18-29.

Book Chapters
  • 2022​ (Forthcoming) "Introduction" to "Sri Aurobindo, excerpts from The Future Poetry," Bloomsbury Anthology of Aesthetic and Political Thought from the Global South, 1900-2020, edited by J. Daniel Elam [3000 words]

Reviews
  • 2018 ​"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, 120-125.
 

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Molly Dawe
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): the Victorian novel; realism; theories of mind
Supervisor: Hao Li

Molly Dawe received her MA in English from the University of Toronto in 2018. She is in her third year of the PhD program. Her research explores the boundaries of cognition and identity in the works of several late Victorian writers (including George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Henry James). Her dissertation contends that these writers produced narrative representations of "extended" forms of cognition as a means of furnishing new modes of character and political subjectivity against the dominance of 19th century liberalism.

 

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Daniel Direkoglu
PhD Candidate
Email
: dan.direkoglu@mail.utoronto.ca
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.

   
Ishanthi Dissanayake
PhD Candidate, Year 2 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Postcolonial Literatures and Feminist Literary Theory

My research interests focus on the intersection between gender, nationalism and capitalism in postcolonial South Asia. Currently, I am working on exploring how nationalist discourses in South Asian countries work to construct female sexuality both as an 'abjection' that harms the sanctity of the heterosexual family and a useful mechanism of conveying national identity.



 

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Angela Du
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Victorian literature
Supervisor: Audrey Jaffe

I write about futures "not yet here" for female characters in the Victorian novel. I use this term to refer to narrative possibilities glimpsed but not fully manifested. I show how this structure follows the logic of the gendered body through works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Hardy, Sarah Grand, and Kazuo Ishiguro. My earlier work focused on the life and career of eighteenth-century author Amelia Alderson Opie.

List of Publications:
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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, Year 3
Email
james.dunnigan@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: Poetry; Classical Reception in modernism
Supervisor:
Ming Xie 

James Dunnigan received his BA Hons and MA from McGill University, where he worked under the supervision of Professors 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." He is also more generally interested in the reception of Latin poetry (especially Virgil and Ovid) across English literature. Adjacent interests include Canadian poetry, French poetry, American poetry, Anne Carson, René Char, 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)
  • Investigating the Blue Line Poets: An Essay in Six Stations (creative essay, Black Sails Publications, 2022)
  • Windchime Concerto (poetry, The Alfred Gustav Press, 2022)
  • Wine and Fire (poetry, Cactus Press, 2020)
  • The Stained Glass Sequence (poetry, Frog Hollow Press, 2019)
Additional Information:
Holder of a SSHRC CGS M award (2017-18)

 

  Dunnigan, James
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.
   

Triny Finlay
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
:Canadian Literature Post-WWII; genre theory; long poem studies; poetics
Supervisor
: Dr. Smaro Kamboureli

My dissertation examines the relationship between the elegiac mode and innovations of form in the contemporary Canadian long poem.
 
List of Publications:

Books:
Myself A Paperclip (2021), Goose Lane Editions
Histories Haunt Us (2010), Nightwood Editions
Splitting Off (2004), Nightwood Editions
 
Chapbooks:
You don’t want what I’ve got (2018), Junction Books
Phobic (2006), Gaspereau Press
 
Anthologized work:
Poems in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets; Gaspereau Gloriatur; Marsh Blue Violet: A Queer New Brunswick Anthology; Qwerty Decade; Reversing Falls: Book 1: English Language Poets of New Brunswick
 
Other writing:
Poems and reviews published in Arc Poetry Magazine, Contemporary Verse 2, the Fiddlehead, the Globe and Mail, Grain, The London Reader (UK), the Malahat Review, Plenitude, Ryga, the Temz Review, University of Toronto Quarterly, Untethered Magazine.

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Kate Frank
PhD Candidate
Email
: kate.frank@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s)
: Eighteenth-Century British Literature, British Romanticism
Supervisor
: Alan Bewell I am a fourth-year PhD candidate. My research focusses on women's walking in eighteenth-century British literature.

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Victoria (Tia) Glista
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Feminist/gender/sexuality studies, contemporary literature, performance theory, critical race theory, political theory, film studies, ethics, aesthetics
Supervisor

My interdisciplinary, theoretical research concentrates on the relationship between bodily comportment and politics, ethics, and social relations in contemporary feminist literature and film (U.S. & Canadian). In particular, I have written extensively on gesture and posture in Miriam Toews' novel Women Talking. In my spare time, I contribute criticism to The Guardian, Electric Literature, Dazed, and Document Journal, and make small gauge films. I hold an individualised BA in feminist visual cultures and criticism from NYU and two MAs from the University of Toronto, in English and Cinema Studies respectively. I am a first year PhD student as of fall 2022.
List of Publications:
  • Book Review: Ugly Freedoms by Elisabeth R. Anker, TBD: Journal of Interdisciplinary Theory, Forthcoming
  • "Going to Great Pains: Gender Performance in Ana Mendieta and Kiki Smith's Gestures of Suffering," Confluence, May 2020
  • "Gendering Sci-Fi: Non/human Gender Anxiety in Star Trek: Voyager and Stranger Things," Compass, November 2018
  • "Fashioning Feminism: The Sartorial Rhetoric of Gender and Liberation," Confluence, April 2017
  • Conference Papers:
  • "In/visible Lines: Black Feminist Theories of Liberation, Motility, and Knowable Space," English Graduate Student Association, York University, 2022
  • "Making Peace: Affect, Embodiment, and Solidarity in Miriam Toews' Women Talking," English Graduate Student Organisation, Cornell University, 2021
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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 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern Literature; Shakespeare Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Linguistic Approaches to Literary Study
Supervisor: Lynne Magnusson

My research interests include Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Linguistic Approaches to Literary Study. 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:

Theses:
  • 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. 

Other:

  • 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. https://blogs.mcgill.ca/historyofhumanrightsincanada/ 

Additional Information:

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

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Mitchell Gunn
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Digital Literature and Games, Contemporary Literature, Literary Theory
Supervisor: Larry Switzky

 
My dissertation 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.
   
Victor Hainagiu
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early modern literature, Mediterranean studies, Orientalism, epic poetry
Supervisor: Mary Nyquist

My research focuses on the Mediterranean’s overdetermined geography in Renaissance imagination. Through study of dramas and travelogues, I examine issues of religious conversion and cultural mutability tied to contemporary anxieties regarding Ottoman expansionism. I am especially interested in the influence of classical narratives on early modern Orientalist representations of the Islamic world, particularly discourses of Venus and the Trojan tradition. My current work argues that such representations often drew on older criticisms of Petrarchan devotion by associating the poetic idolatry of love with the perceived idolatry of Islam.

  Hainagiu, Victor
Emily Halliwell-MacDonald
PhD Candidate 
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:
  Halliwell-MacDonald, Emily
Carson Hammond
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Contemporary anglophone fiction; aspects of theory
Supervisor: Paul Downes

Carson Hammond is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Toronto. His research focusses on depression, class, and universality in anglophone fiction from 1989–2020.
 
Hammond, Carson
Graham Hassell
PhD 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. 
  Hassell, Graham
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.

   
Marissa Herzig
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Jewish folklore; Posthumanism; Ecocriticism; Gender and Sexuality Studies

Very broadly, my research focuses on the nonhuman in Jewish folklore. I am particularly interested in how the category of the 'human' as a white, European man inherently perpetuates a racialized and sexualized nonhuman counterpart. By engaging with liminal figures who unsettle the binary of the human and the nonhuman, such as mythical creatures, animals, and particularly plant forms, in adaptations of Jewish folklore, my research hopes to elucidate how contemporary Jewish women authors are reimagining the potential of the nonhuman in resisting racist and patriarchal systems of domination.
Additional Information:
I am in the Jewish Studies Collaborative Program, and I am also a current Resident Junior Fellow at Massey College. 
   
Sarah Howden
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Contemporary American Literature, Environmental Humanities
Supervisor: Dr. Naomi Morgenstern

My dissertation focuses on how the mode of pastoral literature is adapting to unstable environments in the Anthropocene. Additionally, I am working on a SSHRC funded project that exaines the legacy of uranium mining and the towns that are left abandoned in its wake.
Publications:
Peer Review Articles:
  • "Looking Away From the Material Self: Collective Ethics in Neoliberal Environments," Studies In Canadian Literature, Vol. 45, No. 2, July 14, 2021, pp. 48-71


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Jordan Howie
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

My research focuses on the cultural response to transportation and circulation as represented by American fiction and films from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Titled Great Points of Confusion: Scenes of Overwhelming Mobility in American Literature and Film, my dissertation uses emblematic spaces of intensified circulation—the hotel, the train, the urban street—to conceptualize the role that confusion plays in realist texts as they respond to and participate in constructions of the US citizen and modern individual. More broadly, I am interested in theories of urbanization and the built environment, early cinema and visual culture, queer theory and theories of gender and sexuality, literary modernism and theories of modernity, narrative theory, and history and theories of mobility and migration.

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J Hughes
PhD Candidate, Year 2 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): 20th Century Narrative, Experimental Form, Artists' Books
Supervisor: Co-Supervisors Adam Hammond & Claire Battershill

J Hughes is a second-year PhD student in the Book History & Print Culture collaborative specialization. They have special interests in artists' books, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experiential learning in the fields of art and literature. Hughes holds an MA in English from the University of Maine Orono and an MA in the History of Art & Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their 2020-2021 exhibition on artists' book Artifacts at the End of a Decade (1981), co-curated with Jessica Scott, can be viewed digitally on the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst website. In summer 2022, Hughes assisted Professor Claire Battershill on a SSHRC-funded project with the Uxbridge Historical Centre to revitalize and prepare their historical print shop and wood type collections for increased community engagement.


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Tiffany Humble
PhD 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.

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Julia Isler
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Anglo-American modernism/Queer theory
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

Julia Isler is a third-year Ph.D. candidate. They focus on experiments in the portrayal of time in modernist fiction. They understand such experiments as attempts to provide alternatives to the increasingly rigid and homogenized organization of time under early twentieth-century capitalism. They are interested in how the subjective experience of time under capitalism is structured by hierarchies of race, sexuality, and gender. They are currently researching the heterogeneous flow of time and syntax in Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.

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Christine Jacob
PhD 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.  


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Zak Jones
PhD Candidate 
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)

Website:
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Christopher Kelleher
PhD 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.
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Niyosha Keyzad
PhD Candidate
Emailniyosha.keyzad@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Diasporic Iranian life writing, women's life writing, literatures of exile and displacement, theories of space and identity



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Marina Klimenko
PhD Candidate, Year 2 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Canadian Literature, Ecocriticism, American Literature, Theory
Supervisor: Smaro Kamboureli
What does it mean to write with water? To write from the perspective that water is indissoluble from ourselves, from our bodies as well as from our social, political, and economic structures? My research tries to answer these questions by examining Canadian literature in the 21st Century.
List of Publications:
  • Klimenko, Marina. "Beyond ‘The Last Doubler': Reproductive Futurism and the Politics of Care in Larissa Lai's The Tiger Flu." Neoliberal Environments, special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature, vol. 45, no. 2, 2020, pp. 161-180.

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

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

I am a PhD candidate in English with a collaborative graduate specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. My research interests include twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, autobiography, queer theory, and affect theory.
 
In addition to the following list of publications, I have presented my work at various conferences and also have several creative non-academic publications.

List of Publications:

Published: 
  • “‘What I Wanted to Wear’: The Battle for Self-Expression amidst Transphobic Street Violence.” TransNarratives: Scholarly and Creative Works on Transgender Experience. Canadian Scholars, edited by Kristi Carter and James Brunton, August 2021, pp. 223-234.
  • “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.
Upcoming
  • “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. U of Toronto P (Accepted).

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Bill Kroeger
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Contemporary American Literature, Ecology and Ecocriticism, Critical Theory, Poststructuralism

Bill works with fiction, film, and other emerging literary contributions to environmental humanities discourses. His research focuses on ecology as a potential catalyst for rethinking social, economic, and political engagement.

 

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Lilika Kukiela
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American Literature; Comparative Race and Empire Studies; Postcolonial Theory; Asian American Studies; Critical Race Theory
Supervisor: Randy Boyagoda

Lilika Kukiela is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation is on comparative empires between Japan and the U.S. and determines how imperial and post-imperial Japan figures in post45 multi-ethnic American literature.
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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.
   
Dana Lew
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Eighteenth-Century Literature; Transatlantic Studies; The Development of the Novel.
Supervisor: Thomas Keymer

My research explores the transatlantic relationship between North American captivity narratives and the emergence of the novel during the long-eighteenth century. Seeking to destabilize national boundaries, I investigate how trade routes at sea allowed stories about British settlers, Indigenous Peoples, and the politics of war to influence British authors. 
List of Publications:
  •  “Introduction to Miscellaneous Poems (1779) by Ewan Clark.” Laurence Sterne and Sterneana: Cambridge Digital Library, Cambridge, expected publication 2022, http://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/sterne/1
  • “Yorick’s Regional Jargon: Sentimentality, Sterne, and the Cumberland Book Trade.” The Shandean, vol. 32, November 2021.

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Iona Lister
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Medieval Literature; History of the Romance; Gender and Sexuality; Medieval Medicine; Book History; Medieval Music; Palaeography; Medieval Revival.
Supervisor: William Robins

I study how medieval ideas and stories change across time and between languages. My SSHRC-funded dissertation looks at medieval texts that juxtapose mouths, reproductive organs, and wounds in Old English, Anglo-French, and Middle English. Considering these works from the perspective of medieval medical theories of the body, I trace how these juxtapositions evolve over time and across languages. Additionally, I work as an RA for the Henry Daniel Project, which is editing previously unpublished medieval medical manuscripts for publication. Also a student of the Book History and Print Culture collaborative program (BHPC), I have further research interests in the history of the romance, medieval revival, and medieval music manuscripts/music in literature. For my BHPC practicum I am working on a digital project that aims to recover some of the lost vocal music in the Fisher Antiphonary manuscript.

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Veronica Litt
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):18th-Century Literature, Book History and Print Culture
Supervisor: Simon Dickie

I study commercially successful novels about women from the 1750s and 1760s, specifically focusing on how popular books depict womanhood, examine sexual politics, and make proto-feminist arguments.

List of Publications:

Print:
  • Four entries in The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected publication 2022).
  • “Less a Star and More a Constellation: Margaret Atwood’s Negotiation of Fame Through Multiple Personas.” Margaret Atwood Studies 8 (Winter 2014): 4-19.

Online:
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Austin Long
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):British and American Modernism, Book History
Supervisor: Thomas Keymer

Although my primary interest is British and American Modernism, I have research interests in the 18th-century novel and Old English poetry. Within the 20th century, my thesis will primarily explore poverty, neglect, and the British book trade in the 1930s. I am currently working on my first chapter, which is a case study of Jean Rhys's 1934 novel "Voyage in the Dark." Otherwise, I do research for the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP) and actively strive to develop myself as a teacher (pedagogy is very important to me!).
List of Publications:
  • "Grubstreet Icarus: Staples Steare, Book-Trade Opportunism, and Sterne" and "Sentiments on the Death of the Sentimental Yorick. Edited with explanatory notes by Austin Long," The Shandean, Volume 31, 2020.
  • "Sandra Spanier and Miriam B. Mandel (eds). The Letters of Ernest Hemingway," The Review of English Studies, Volume 72, Issue 305, June 2021, Pages 611–613, https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgab004
  • "Suzanne del Gizzo and Kirk Curnutt (eds.). The New Hemingway Studies," The Review of English Studies, hgab072, September 2021, https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgab072.

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Cameron James MacDonald
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): American literature; sound studies; queer theory; aesthetics and form; desire, affect, and the body

My research attunes to sonic phenomena in American literature, such as echoes, silences, noise, music, and other acoustic elements, to explore alternative modes of being in the world, and in particular to navigate how logics of sound hold the potential to "queer" notions of individuality, sociality, and desire. My work insists that listening—as a bodily and affective tool for making sense of the world—forges intimacies with and understandings of others that can provide critical insights into diverse expressions of being and relations.
Refereed Publications:

Cecchetto, David and Cameron MacDonald. “Listening through a Pandemic: Silence, Noisemaking, and Music.” Creative Resilience and COVID-19: Figuring the Everyday in a Pandemic, edited by Irene Gammel and Jason Wang, Routledge, 2022.

Selected Academic Conferences:

MacDonald, Cameron. “Songs Along the Keyboard: Listening Around Frank O’Hara.” Modern Language Association (MLA), Washington, DC, 6-9 January 2022. Roundtable participant, Poetry and Sound: Beyond Voice, sponsored by GS Poetry and Poetics.

MacDonald, Cameron. “The Hum of Humor: Listening to Queer Laughter in Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Modern Language Association (MLA), Toronto, ON (online), 7-10 January 2021. Panelist, Laughter & Feminist Critical Thought, sponsored by MS Screen Arts and Culture.

MacDonald, Cameron. “‘And Finished knowing—then—’: Queer Time-Spaces and Ecologies of Death in Emily Dickinson’s Poetics.” (De)Composing Death: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 10-12 August 2018. Panelist.

MacDonald, Cameron. “Deconstruction of the Gaze in Charles Burns’ Black Hole.” Under Super Vision: 40th Annual AHVA Graduate Symposium and Exhibition, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 9-10 March 2017. Panelist.

MacDonald, Cameron. “Literature of the Darkroom: Analyzing Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red as a Photograph.” Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, 11-12 March 2016. Panelist.

Selected Academic Awards:

Viola Whitney Pratt Memorial OSOTF Scholarship in English, University of Toronto, 2021-22

Shane Baghai Scholarship in English Literature, University of Toronto, 2017-18

Highly Commended Entrant Winner (Top 10% Worldwide: English), The Undergraduate Awards, 2016

President’s National Entrance Scholarship, X (Ryerson) University, 2012-16   

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Karl Manis
PhD 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.

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Colleen McDonell
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Victorian literature and culture; Gothic and supernatural fiction; print cultures and periodicals
Supervisor: Cannon Schmitt

Colleen is a Ph.D. candidate in English and the collaborative Book History and Print Culture program and a Northrop Frye Doctoral Fellow at Victoria College. Her dissertation analyzes servants in Victorian Gothic fiction and the ways in which these characters, as intermediary figures, act as "mediums" within the home. Supported by SSHRC and OGS awards, this work directs critical attention to how domestic space can function as the nexus between fear and fraught representations of class and labour.

Outside of her research, Colleen has previously served as the Canadian Graduate Representative for North American Victorian Studies Association, as the co-convener for the Nineteenth Century Reading Group in the Department of English, and as a printing volunteer at the Massey College Bibliography Room.

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Samuel McIntyre
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Victorian literature, gender and sexuality, critical animal studies, reproduction
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Jenna McKellips
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval Drama; Early Modern Drama; Queer Theory; Asexuality Theory
Supervisor: Matthew Sergi
My dissertation uses late medieval East Anglian drama, particularly the Digby Mary Magdalene, to read late medieval English "virginity" as an identity at the intersection of asexuality and nonbinary gender identity, including further examinations of this identity's intersections of disability and race. I supplement my academic work in medieval drama with theatrical work, including performing Hrosvitha's Dulcitius with the University of Toronto's Poculi Ludique Societas and working on a French production of Le Pèlerinage de Vie Humaine with the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. I am particularly interested in the ways that the digital humanities can support medieval research, as well as gender and sexualities research. I am the research co-lead of The Asexuality and Aromanticism Bibliography, run with a University of Toronto Critical Digital Humanities Initiative Graduate Partner grant (alongside Professor Liza Blake), and I used the 2020 Medieval Academy of America's New Horizon's grant to translate, adapt, and direct a version of the Digby Mary Magdalene on a digital platform. I currently work as a digital indexer for the Records of Early English Drama.
Publications:
  • McKellips, Jenna M. “Miraculous Monstrosity: Birth and Female Sexuality in the Illuminated Scivias and Cloisters Apocalypse.” Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality, vol. 56, no. 2, 2020, pp. 176– 203.
     
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Joe McLaughlin
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Victorian Studies, The Novel, Biopolitics, Aestheticism and Decadence, 19th and 20th Century Radicalism, Anti-Imperialism
Supervisor: Danny Wright 

My research focuses on the relationship between aesthetic autonomy, political discourse on culture, and what I am calling the 'strange radicalisms' of the late 19th and early 20th Century: anarchism, utopian socialism, back to the land socialism, the Arts and Crafts movement, spiritualism, animal rights, gender and sexuality activism, and theosophical socialism to name a few.

List of Publications
  • “Queer Families, Queer Futures in Dombey and Son,” Dickens Studies Annual, 2021-03-01, Vol.52, p.30-52; Pennsylvania State University Press

 
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Dustin Meyer
PhD 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.

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Adrianna Michell
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Disability studies, environmental humanities, digital studies

Adrianna Michell (she/her) is a first year PhD student in the department of English. She is currently a resident with the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. She previously completed her BA in English & Cultural studies (2020) and MA in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory (2021) at McMaster University. Her research concerns futurity and disability, with interests across the diverse fields of eco-criticism, digital media, and critical health humanities. Outside of her academic work, Adrianna contributes to ongoing work in peer/community-based health and sexual violence prevention.

   
Katheryne Morrissette
PhD Candidate
Email: kat.morrissette@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval literature, premodern critical race studies, medieval medicine
Supervisor: Alexandra Gillespie 

Katheryne Morrissette is a PhD candidate focusing on medieval English literature. Her work investigates the making and maintaining of both material and metaphorical whiteness in medieval scientific, medical, and literary texts, as well as craft recipes. Hailing from Montreal, Kat received her BA and MA in English Literature from Concordia University.
 

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Aesha Nananso
PhD Candidate 
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. Her dissertation project considers how Black women writers of the neo-slave narrative returned to and recuperated history in order to rethink their roles as women and mothers which thereby influenced a method of Black feminist literary criticism centred on care. Her research is supported by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS D).
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Illya Nokhrin
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Modernism, Book History
Supervisor: Michael Cobb

Illya Nokhrin is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's English department. His research focuses on conceptions of authorial and national voice at the turn of the twentieth century. He is currently a research assistant at Records of Early English Drama and at the Modernist Archives Publishing Project.

 

Nokhrin, Illya
Tracy O'Brien
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Early Modern Literature; Early Modern Women Writers; Corpus Linguistics; Digital Humanities; Book History
Supervisor: Lynne Magnusson

Tracy O’Brien is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Toronto where she is completing a collaborative specialization in Book History & Print Culture. She holds master’s degrees in Linguistics and English from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador and is leveraging her multidisciplinary training to complete her dissertation, “A Corpus Study of Language Variation in Early Modern Women’s Writing,” in which she examines linguistic structures women writers used in their compositions between the mid-16th and late-17th centuries. This research is supported by a fellowship with the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative at University of Toronto. Tracy is an RA for Daniel Newman’s A Narratology of Science project, where she searches corpora of scientific articles for relevant grammatical and syntactic patterns. She is founder and coordinator of the Early Modern Research and Reading Group and spends her summers writing theatre reviews. Her non-academic life involves a lot of family, music, dogs, plants, laughter, and Star Trek.

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Cassandra Y. Olsen
PhD Candidate
Email: cassandra.olsen@mail.utoronto.ca  
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

Publications: 
  • "Descent of the Human: Racialized Animality, Queer Intimacy, and Evolutionary Theory in Larissa Lai's Salt Fish Girl." Studies in Canadian Literature, 46.1, January 31, 2022. pp. 145-165
   
Sim Ong
PhD Candidate
Email: sim.ong@mail.utoronto.ca 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern
Supervisor: Mary Nyquist

Sim is a PhDU student who is interested in exploring how early modern English authors conceptualized unfamiliar lands on earth and outer space as new worlds, particularly the ways they attempted to reconcile the allure of discovery with its concomitant threats. She is from Singapore by way of New York, having obtained her BA in English and American Literature from New York University.
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Robert L. Powell
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Anglo-American modernisms; 20th century American literature; science and literature; aspects of theory
Supervisor: Dana Seitler

Robert's work is focused on American literature and theories of reading. Their dissertation concerns the nature of boredom as it relates to epistemology of the unseen - traced through experimental writings of queer women (Marianne Moore; Gertrude Stein; Djuna Barnes) during the age of high American modernism. Their research specialties include 20th century American literature; speculative genres; the philosophy and history of science; film; theory surrounding games and play-often within the context of phenomenology and psychoanalysis.

 

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Stephanie Redekop
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Twentieth-century American Literature; U.S. intellectual history; 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 in English 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 seven midcentury essayists who negotiated some of the toughest problems posed in and by American public life. This research is supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a SSHRC 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 American Literature Research Collaborative. She also works at the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication, where she is a consultant for the Writing SSHRC Proposals course and in the Writing Centre.

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.
  • "The Essayist as Public Intellectual." Journal of the History of Ideas Blog. September 20, 2021.
  • https://jhiblog.org/2021/09/20/the-essayist-as-public-intellectual
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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.

   
Colin Rowley
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval English drama; aesthetics; material culture; memory studies; social phenomenology
Supervisor: Matthew Sergi

My dissertation topic explores the mnemonic potential of performance objects in later medieval English drama. Using a records-based approach to close reading, it attends to the relationship between attention and intention in performance contexts, and how social relations can shape individual interpretation of performance content.

My secondary research interests include medieval mystical literature, devotional literature, and representations of space and place.


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

Alexander Sarra-Davis is a 6th-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:
  • “Self Writing Others: Contradictory Allyship in J. M. Coetzee’s Foe”, Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, London, 2021.
  • “Resistant Typography: Counter-Authorial Agency in Salvador Plascencia’s The People of Paper”, Modern Language Association, Toronto, 2021.
  • “Universal & Collective Narrations: Opposing Models of Development in How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia and Latitudes of Longing”, Canada Climate Law Initiative Research Roundtable, Vancouver, 2020.
  • “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

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Lucas Simpson
PhD Candidate, Year 1 
Email: lucas.simpson@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare, Milton, intellectual history

Lucas Simpson is a first-year PhD student in English at the University of Toronto. His work primarily focuses on the role of liturgy in the literary culture and political imagination of early modern England.
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Jasleen Singh
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):African American literature; American literature; Psychoanalytic theory
Supervisor: Naomi Morgenstern

Jasleen Singh is a 4th-year PhD Candidate who 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 dissertation seeks to identify the language and categories that will allow us to more fully understand the way humour functions in African American literature, and more broadly in American literature. Jasleen’s research focuses on a range of Black American writers (Paul Beatty, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, among others) and comedians including Richard Pryor. In additional to receiving funding from SSHRC and OGS, she is also the recipient of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Top Doctoral Fellowship (FAST) at the University of Toronto.

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Laina Southgate
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s):Global Shakespeare Studies; Postcolonial theory; national romanticism; adaptation and translation
Supervisor: Holger Syme

Laina’s dissertation research focuses on Shakespeare adaptation and translation in Northern Scandinavia, with a focus on Finland. Using postcolonial theory, Laina explores the ways in which Shakespeare, when adapted by marginalized nations, can be fetishized as a British cultural icon while at the same time is used to confer legitimacy upon nation building endeavours. In addition to dissertation writing, Laina works with Shakespeare Quarterly editor Professor Jeremy Lopez as the Associate Production Editor, and is a Junior Fellow at Massey College. Laina is also a leader of the “Shakespeare Reading and Research” group.

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

My research interests include modernist poetry, fiction, and drama; literary criticism; sound recording media; popular traditions of recorded music (folk, jazz, rock, etc.); satire and parody; silence and illiteracy.

List of Publications
  • "W. B. Yeats and the Delegated Voice: The Words upon the Window-Pane and A Full Moon in March," Modern Drama vol. 64, no. 2, 2021.

   
Brandon Taylor
PhD 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), Offscreen.com, 2015.

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Philip Trotter
PhD Candidate
Email: philip.trotter@mail.utoronto.ca
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): British Eighteenth-Century Literature; British Romanticism; Book History and Print Culture
Supervisor: Thomas Keymer

Philip Trotter is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English with a collaborative specialization in Book History and Print Culture. His research addresses sensibility and the sublime in the eighteenth century and explores immoderate feeling at the nexus of literary history, moral philosophy, and aesthetics.

 

List of Publications:
  • “‘Wearing Presumption’s Garb’: Isaac Brandon’s Fragments: In the Manner of Sterne,” The Shandean 32 (forthcoming 2021).

 

   
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): Disability studies; post-WWII Canadian literature; mad studies; health and medical humanities; history of psychiatry
Supervisor: Marlene Goldman
Walter Rafael Villanueva is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English and a Research Assistant with the Centre for Global Disability Studies. His work explores the metaphorization of mental illness in contemporary Canadian novels. His project specifically seeks to bridge the divide between psychiatric discourse (which approaches mental illness clinically and coldly) and literary fiction (which emphasizes the deeper lived experience of madness). He has presented his research at six universities across North America and has two forthcoming articles.
List of Publications:
  • Villanueva, Walter Rafael. “The Invisible Labour of Informal Care: Parentified, Gendered, and Racialized Caregiving in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant.” Canadian Literature. Journal Article. Refereed. Accepted. Forthcoming.
  • Villanueva, Walter Rafael. “UBC (Un)Accountable: On Public Shaming, CanLit, and the Steven Galloway Controversy.” Canada Watch. Magazine Article. Refereed. Accepted. Forthcoming.

   
Katherine Walton
PhD Candidate
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval
Katherine primarily studies Middle English devotional texts and religious signification in English literatures, with specialty in the medieval devotional movement known as “affective piety” and its impacts on social hierarchies and Church politics in England. She has published more widely on affect theory, on trauma studies in the field of twentieth century art history, and has recently released a paper with Graham Greene Studies on the female religious. Katherine is concurrently working on a project that examines attitudes towards senescence during the Middle Ages and the impact of the bubonic plague on medieval England's social and economic structures.


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Leslie Wexler
PhD Candidate, Year 10      
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Early Modern, First Contact, Indigenous Knowledges
Supervisor: Liza Blake

I am a Senior Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-Racist Pedagogies at the University of Waterloo and a doctoral candidate in the field of Early Modern at the University of Toronto.

My scholarly contributions are interdisciplinary combining both English Literature, a collaborative degree in the School for the Environment and my personal commitment to Indigenization within higher education. I combine my education, organizational development work, and teaching to focus on progressive pedagogy and curriculum development that addresses Indigenous knowledges. I identify in both my professional and personal life with the Treaty 6 Métis Nation in Alberta and Treaty 13 Métis Nation of Ontario.

The energy for all my work is rooted in relationships with people, place, traditional teachings, and meeting faculty and staff wherever they are by tapping into their curiosity and own personal commitments to Indigenous peoples in Canada.




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Laureanne Willems 
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Autobiography; illness narratives; women's writing; representations of mental health & illness; disability studies
Supervisor: Andrea Charise

I am a second-year PhD student and enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in Women’s Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In my research, I am interested in how contemporary women writers communicate their experiences of mental ill-health –and the ways in which these intersect with race, gender, sexuality and class – through life writing.

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.

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


   
Zoey (Yangzisu) Zhang
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval Literature; Early Modern Literature; Affect Theory

I'm a PhD direct entry student and I work on late medieval literature with specific interests in queer temporality, psychoanalysis, affect theory, and amateur medievalism. My master thesis explores the intersection between the dream vision genre, apophatic theology, and the phenomenology of gift in the Middle English Pearl.
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Zisu Zhang-Yang
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Medieval

I work on Chaucer and other secular writings in the Late Middle Ages, with specific interests in readership, queer temporality, psychoanalysis, affect theory, and amateur medievalism. My master thesis explores the intersection between the dream-vision genre, apophatic theology, and the phenomenology of gift in the Middle English "Pearl." My current project concerns how Chaucer's fiction-making complicates the medieval perception of truth and engages readers across time through affective networks, from the perspectives of both production-side textual phenomena and reception-side interpretive phenomena.

 

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Isabelle Zhu
PhD Candidate 
Area of Specialization/Research Interest(s): Global Anglophone Literatures; Affect Theory
Supervisor: Neil ten Kortenaar
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