Walter Rafael Villanueva

PhD Candidate


Areas of Interest

  • Post-WWII Canadian Literature
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Mad Studies
  • History of Psychiatry in Canada
  • Health and Medical Humanities


Walter Rafael Villanueva is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and holds research positions at the Centre for Global Disability Studies and the Department of Health & Society at the University of Toronto. Using a critical disability studies and mad studies framework, his work explores the metaphorization of madness in contemporary Canadian memoirs and novels written by racialized authors.

List of Publications

“The Invisible Labour of Informal Care: Parentified, Gendered, and Racialized Caregiving in David
Chariandy’s Soucouyant.” Canadian Literature, no. 248, Summer 2022, pp. 30-51.

“UBC (Un)Accountable: On Public Shaming, CanLit, and the Steven Galloway Controversy.”
Canada Watch, Spring 2022, pp. 25-26.