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I was born in England and immigrated with my family to Canada in 1970. Trudeaumania, Bill 101 (the law that made Quebec officially French), Margaret Atwood’s writing and Joni Mitchell’s music were all part of my introduction to Canadian culture. I lived in Guelph, Ontario for several years and then began a phase of working, travelling, and sometimes going to university. It took me twelve years to get an Honors BA in English, studying at three different Canadian universities and mainly part-time, but once I finished that degree I did not look back and completed an MA (U of Guelph 1989) and a PhD (U of Alberta 1994). After a year as a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University, Kingston, I took up my current appointment at the University of Waterloo.
From July 1 2012 to June 30 2016 I will be serving as Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts.
“Visual Silence and Graphic Memory: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Two Generals.” Co-authored with Alan Filewod. Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. Ed. Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley. Waterloo: WLUP, 2016.
“Remembering Poverty: Bannock, Beans and Black Tea, a Tale of Two Lives.” Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory. Ed. Eleanor Ty and Cynthia Sugars. Oxford UP, 2014. 134-50.
“Flucht und Vertreibung and the Difficult Work of Memory.” Life Writing 10.3 (2013): 329-50.
“Is This the Indian You Had in Mind? The Reception of Thomas King.” Co-authored with Renée Hulan.” Thomas King: Works and Impact. Ed. Eva Gruber. European Studies of North American Literatures series. Rochester, N.Y.: Camden House, 2012.
“‘But where are you really from?’: Multiculturalism, Memory, and Canadian Literature.” Social and Cultural Implications of Multiculturalism. Ed. Gordon Matas and Petra Sapun. Faculty of Philosophy, University of Split and Croatian-Canadian Academic Society. 2011.
“The Reception of Indigenous Life Stories: The Case of The Days of Augusta.” SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literature). 22.3 (2010): 45-71.
“Captured Childhoods: Photographs in Indian Residential School Memoir.” Photographs, Histories, and Meanings. Eds. Marlene Kadar, Jeanne Perreault, and Linda Warley. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009. 201-21.
Co-editor (with Jeanne Perreault and Marlene Kadar) of a special issue of the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature on “Life Writing in International Contexts.” 39. 1&2 (2008).
"Reading the Autobiographical in Personal Home Pages.” Tracing the Autobiographical. Eds. Marlene Kadar, Linda Warley, Jeanne Perreault and Susanna Egan. Life Writing ser. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2005. 25-42.
"Comic Relief: Pedagogical Issues Around Thomas King's Medicine River." Co-authored with Renée Hulan. Creating Community: A Roundtable on Canadian Aboriginal Literatures. Ed. Renate Eigenbrod and Jo-Ann Episkenew. Brandon: Bearpaw Publishing and Penticton: Theytus.
My teaching and research focus on mid-to-late 20th-century and contemporary Canadian literature. I have particular interests in postcolonial approaches to Canadian literary studies, Auto/biography Studies and the analysis of diverse kinds of life writing texts (including digital and graphic), and First Nations and Metis literatures in all genres. Recently I have been researching and writing about my own family's life stories, which include experiences of being expelled from East Germany in 1945. My new co-edited (with Candida Rifkind) book Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives, will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press in summer 2015. Much of my scholarship is collaborative. Teaching is a passion.
Areas of graduate supervision
- Canadian literary studies in all genres (especially post-WWII to the present);
- Auto/biography studies generally;
- First Nations and Métis literatures.