Department of English

University of Toronto

Amelia DeFalco

  • Awarded a SSHRC (Banting) Postdoctoral Fellowship, McMaster University (2011)
  • Winner of the John Charles Polanyi Prize in Literature from the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies (2009)
  • Awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, McMaster University


Imagining Care: Responsibility, Dependency, and Canadian Literature. University of Toronto Press (forthcoming)

“In Praise of Idleness: Aging and the Morality of Inactivity.” Cultural Critique. Forthcoming.

“Graphic Care: Life Writing, Comics, and Dependency Work.” Journal of Medical Humanities. Forthcoming.

“Uncanny Witnessing: Dementia, Narrative, and Identity in Fiction by Munro and Franzen.” Alive and Kicking at All Ages: Health, Life Expectancy, and Life Course Identity. Ed. Ulla Kriebernegg, Roberta Maierhofer, and Barbara Ratzenböck. Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag, 2013. 221-242.

Death in Venice and Beyond: Benjamin Britten's Late Works.” Co-authored with Kimberly Fairbrother Canton, Linda Hutcheon, Michael Hutcheon, Katherine Larson, and Helmut Reichenbaecher. University of Toronto Quarterly 81.4 (2012): 887-902.
Special Issue:  'Operatics: The Interdisciplinary Workings of Opera.'

“Dementia, Caregiving and Narrative in Michael Ignatieff's Scar Tissue.” Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 4 (2012). <
Special Issue:  'Aging, Old Age, Memory, Aesthetics'

“Politics, Creativity, and the Aging Artist: Narrativizing Richard Strauss's Last Years.” Co-authored with Kimberly Fairbrother Canton, Katherine Larson, and Helmut Reichenbaecher. Life Writing 6.2 (August 2009): 211-227.

“Caretakers/Caregivers: Economies of Affection in Alice Munro.” Twentieth-Century Literature. 58.3 (2012): 377-398. 

“Moral Obligation, Disordered Care: The Ethics of Caregiving in Margaret Atwood's Moral Disorder.” Contemporary Literature 52. 2 (2011): 237-264.

Uncanny Subjects: Aging in Contemporary Narrative. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2010.

“‘And then—’: Narrative Identity and Uncanny Aging in The Stone Angel.” Canadian Literature 198 (Autumn 2008): 75-89.

“Haunting Physicality: Corpses, Cannibalism, and Carnality in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.” University of Toronto Quarterly 75.2 (Spring 2006): 771-783.

“Jungle Creatures and Dancing Apes: Modern Primitivism and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 38.2 (June 2005): 19-35.

“A Double-Edged Longing: Nostalgia, Melodrama, and Todd Hayne’s Far from Heaven.” The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 5 (2004): 26-39.

Doctoral thesis: “Strangely Familiar: Uncanny Aging in Contemporary Literature and Film”

Research and Teaching Interests

Canadian Literature; Contemporary Literature; Cinema Studies; Aging Studies; Ethics of Care.


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