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- Ph.D. French, University of Toronto, 2000
- M.A., French Literature, McMaster University, 1992
- Honours B.A., English and French, McMaster University, 1991
Born and raised in Ontario, a high school exchange to France determined my career path: a B.A. in English and French, then an M.A. in French from McMaster University, followed by a Ph.D. in French at the University of Toronto in 2000. I have been working at the University of Waterloo since 2001. My primary field of research is 20th- and 21st-century French literature, with publications on authors as diverse as André Gide, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras, Amélie Nothomb, Emmanuel Carrère and Hélène Lenoir. My theoretical approach is grounded in Bakhtin studies, with a particular interest in the concept of the chronotope. I have published several articles that are primarily reflections on theoretical concepts relating to the representation of time and space in literature. I also work in the fields of adaptation and intermedial studies. In addition to publishing on French literature, I continue to maintain an interest in English literature, and have co-authored an article on Shakespeare as well as several articles on English/French adaptations.
Research and Teaching Interests
- 20th- and 21st-century French Literature
- Bakhtin Studies
- Time and Space in the Novel/Bakhtin’s Chronotope
- Adaptation Studies
- Photography and Literature
- Introduction to Translation
- 2013, François Paré and Tara Collington, eds. Diasporiques. Ottawa: Editions David.
- 2006, Lectures chronotopiques: espace, temps et genres romanesques. Montreal: XYZ Éditeur.
Chapters in Books
- 2015, “‘En attendant, restait le courrier’: les lettres dans L’Adversaire d’Emmanuel Carrère.” Risques et regrets; les dangers de la lettre. Eds. Margo Irvine, Geneviève De Viveiros and Karin Schwerdtner. Québec: Editions Nota Bene, pp. 123-156.
- 2013, “Bakhtin’s Chronotope and Metaphoric Models in Hermeneutic Discourse.” Philosophy, Method and Cultural Criticism. Ed. Charlton McIlwain. New York: Hampton Press, pp. 115-136.
- 2013, “La ‘scène’ de l’ironie chez Amélie Nothomb.” L’ironie: formes et enjeux d’une écriture contemporaine. Eds. Didier Alexandre and Pierre Schoentjes. Paris: Classiques Garniers, pp.77-98.
- 2010, “The Chronotope and the Study of Literary Adaptation: The Case of Robinson Crusoe.” Bakhtin’s Theory of the Literary Chronotope: Reflections, Applications, Perspectives. Eds. Nele Bemong et al. Ghent: Academia Press. pp. 179-193.
- 2015, “‘Sauvé du déluge des jours’: Taxidermy, Photography and Literature in Adrien Goetz and Karen Knorr’s Le Soliloque de l’empailleur”. French Cultural Studies, Vol. 26(1): 87–100.
- 2014, Tara Collington and Philip Collington. “‘The Time When...The Place Where’: Bakhtin and the Dialogue of Chronotopes in Love’s Labour’s Lost”. Studies in Philology, 111.4 (Fall 2014): 786-820.
- 2013, “L’espace de la photographie, la photographie de l’espace: Le Disparu de Salonique.” Arboresences 3 : 3-19. http://id.erudit.org/iderudit/1017371ar
Awards and achievements
- 2015, University of Waterloo, Faculty of Arts Excellence in Service Award
- 2012, University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award
- 2007-10, SSHRC Standard Research Grant: “Crossing Space, Crossing Time: A Bakhtinian Approach to Adaptation Studies
Selected professional and community affiliations
- 2010-present, Associate Editor (English) and member of the Editorial Board for the international journal Revue Critique de fixxion française contemporaine
- Association des professeur(e)s de français des universités et collèges canadiens (APFUCC)
- Women in French (WIF)