Associate Professor | Chair of English

Photo of Shelley Hulan.PhD, Western Ontario
MA, Western Ontario
BA, Memorial

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I grew up mostly on the East Coast, in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. Later I moved to Newfoundland, where I completed my bachelor’s degree in English in 1994. Since then, I’ve lived and worked in southwestern Ontario. I teach Canadian undergraduate and graduate courses on various issues in Canadian writing, on early, modern, and regional Canadian literatures, and on the representation of the emotions, health, and wealth in Canadian poetry and novels. My area of specialization is nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Canadian writing. I am currently chair of the English Department.

Selected publications

Editorial  Work

With Randy Harris, and Murray McArthur, ed. Literature, Rhetoric, and Values: Selected Proceedings of the University of Waterloo Conference. Stoke-on-Trent: Cambridge Scholars P, 2012.


“My Letter of Confession: Sara Jeannette Duncan’s Late Imperial Rhetoric and Risk-Taking.” University of Toronto Quarterly 84.1 (Winter 2015): 1-18.

“Afterword.” The Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation. By George Copway/Kah-ge-ga-gah-bowh. 1850. Early Canadian Literature Series. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014. 191-207.

“Yours to Recover: Mound Burial in Alice Munro’s ‘What Do You Want to Know For?’” Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory. Ed. Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014. 260-73.

“Counter Revolutions: Susan Frances Harrison’s Textual Recycling.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 71 (Fall/Winter 2012): 52-67.

“Still Backwaters Run Deep: Mind and Local Colour in Crowded Out! And Other Sketches.” Crowded Out! And Other Sketches: A Critical Edition.  Ed. Tracy Ware. Ottawa: Tecumseh, 2011. 287-305.

“Charm Offensive: Epideixis and a Microhistorical Reading of The Indian.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 43.3 (September 2010): 51-67.

“Telling a Better Story: History, Fiction, and Rhetoric in George Copway’s Traditional History and Characteristic Sketches of the Ojibway Nation.” National Plots: Historical Fiction and Changing Ideas of Canada. Ed. Andrea Cabajsky and Brett Josef Grubisic. Waterloo, Ont.: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010. 99-112.

“Once and Future Golden Ages: Literary Nostalgia in Fin de Siècle Canada.” Essays on Canadian Writing 84 (Fall 2009): 283-306.

Grants, fellowships and awards

  • uWaterloo/​Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Seed Grant 2012
  • uWaterloo/SSHRC Travel Grant 2010
  • uWaterloo/SSHRC Travel Grant 2008
  • uWaterloo/SSHRC Seed Grant, 2006
  • uWaterloo/SSHRC Travel Grant 2005

Current research

My research interests include the literary and philosophical representations of nostalgia in Canada’s Confederation and transitional periods (1867-1914, 1880-1920), the same periods’ literary discourses of emotions and memory, and the tropes that were key to naturalizing colonial dominance in late nineteenth-century Canada. This last interest helped lead me back to a focus on nineteenth-century First Nations writing and rhetoric that I originally pursued as part of my doctoral dissertation and on which I have recently published an article and a book chapter. The article I am currently preparing on Alice Munro’s short story “What Do You Want to Know For?” combines my research interests in memory and rhetoric with the question of how colonial discourse survives in contemporary times. Does the English language as spoken in Canada today convey memories of the nineteenth-century Euro-settler rhetoric used to marginalize the First Nations, and how (if at all) does it counteract that memory?

Areas of graduate supervision

  • Canadian literature
University of Waterloo

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