Research

Refereed Journal Articles

Digital Projects

Canadian Modernist Magazines Project (in progress) – Principal Investigator

  • A public-facing digital repository and virtual research hub for those interested in reading, analyzing, or teaching Canadian modernist “little magazines.” The CMMP website will include critical introductions of select Canadian modernist magazines, tools for computational analysis of the transcribed texts, sample lesson plans, and relevant syllabi. Partnered with the Modernist Versions Project, Editing Modernism in Canada, the Blue Mountain Project, Princeton University Library, McGill University Archives, Dalhousie University, and the University of New Brunswick. Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘May Day': A Digital Critical Edition (in progress) – Principal Investigator

  • An annotated edition of the 1920 public-domain text of “May Day,” which will feature an integrated map, critical apparatus, and sample lesson plans. TEI mark-up of the text will also facilitate interactive DH course assignments.

Other Publications

Dissertation

Talks & Lectures

  • “Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction, Meet Feminism: Sara Paretsky and ‘Dealer’s Choice.’” Engl. 1050: Pulp Fiction. Dalhousie University: March 13, 2017.
  • “Breaking the Conference Code: CFPs, Abstracts, and Panels, Oh My!”, Professional Development Workshop: Dalhousie University. January 26, 2017.
  • “E.J. Pratt and Earle Birney.” Engl. 3231: Modern Canadian Literature. Dalhousie University: September 20, 2016.
  • “Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions,” Department talk: Dalhousie University. March 6, 2015.
  • “EMiC and Knowledge Mobilization.” Mobilizing Science Knowledge and Research. Halifax, NS: The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network. January 27-29, 2015.
  • “Canadian Modernist Poetry.” Engl. 2004: Canadian Literature. Dalhousie University: March 11, 2014.
  • “A. M. Klein’s The Second Scroll: Pilgrimage and Diaspora.” Engl. 3231: Modern Canadian Literature. Dalhousie University: February 27, 2014.
  • “Frankenstein and the Sublime.” Engl. 110: Literature and Composition. University of Saskatchewan: February 16, 2011.

Panels Organized

  • Organizer of “Afterlives: Death and the End(s) of Religion in Literary Modernism.” Modernist Studies Association. Amsterdam. August 10-13, 2017.
  • Co-organizer with Brandi Estey-Burtt of “Feminist and Queer Approaches to Religion.” The Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Toronto: Ryerson University. May 27-30, 2017.

Conference Papers

  • “‘Other than the very thing’: Mysticism and the Problem of Representation in the Art of P.K. Page.” Modernist Studies Association, Columbus, OH, November 8-11.
  • “Make it (re)new: Modernist and Religious Discourses of the New in the Poetry of Margaret Avison.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Regina, SK: University of Regina. May 26-29.
  • “The Idea of God: Louis Dudek as Religious Poet.” Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures. Regina, SK: University of Regina. May 26-28.
  • Mixed Spirits: Dead Muses and Religious Syncretism in Canadian Modernist Poetry.” Modernist Studies Association. Amsterdam, NL, August 10-13, 2017.
  • “Theological Modernism and the Poetry of E.J. Pratt.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary. May 28-31, 2016.
  • “Rupture and Reform: Intersections of Theological and Literary Modernism in the Poetry of E.J. Pratt.” American Comparative Literature Association. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University. March 17-20, 2016.
  • “SpokenWeb, PennSound, and the Future of the Digital Audio Archive.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa. May 30 – June 2, 2015.
  • “God(s) Keep Our Land: Religious Pluralism in Canadian Poetry and Poetics of the 1960s.” Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa. May 30 – June 2, 2015.
  • “Modernist Commons” [Co-authored with Dean Irvine, Alan Stanley, and Nigel Banks]. CSDH/SCHN-ACH Digital Humanities Conference. Ottawa, ON: University of Ottawa. June 1-3, 2015.
  • “Canadian Modernist Magazines and the ‘Secularization Thesis’: God’s Afterlife North of the Forty-Ninth.” History across the Disciplines. Halifax, NS: Dalhousie University. March 20-22, 2015.
  • “Louis Dudek, T. S. Eliot, and Modernist (Re)visions of Utopian Civilization.” Society for Utopian Studies. Montreal, QC. October 23-26, 2014.
  • “Dialogue and the Problem of Translation in Sepass Poems: Ancient Songs of Y-Ail-Mihth.” Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures.  St. Catharines, ON: Brock University. May 24-26, 2014.
  • “‘Change is Freedom, Change is Life’: Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed and the Künstlerroman Tradition.” Society for Utopian Studies. Charleston, SC. November 14-17, 2013.
  • “Reading and Rehabilitating the Body in Mary Bradley Lane’s Mizora: A Prophecy.” Marvelous Bodies: Corporeality in Literature. Madrid, Spain: Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus. May 24-25, 2013.
  • “‘Something Terrible in Me’: A Note on Demon-Possession and Suicide in Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.” The Literary Eclectic VI. Saskatoon: University of Saskatchewan. September 23-24, 2011.
  • “Unfinalizability and Ethics in John Sayles’s Lone Star.” Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture & American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association. San Antonio, TX. April 20-23, 2011.
  • “The Palimpsest as a Model of Revisionary History in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.” The Literary Eclectic V. Regina: University of Regina. September 24-25, 2010.

Digital Exhibits

  • “The Modernist Commons and the Canadian Modernist Magazines Project” [Digital exhibit co-presented with Dean Irvine]. Modernist Studies Association. Pittsburgh, PA. November 6-9, 2014.

Roundtables & Seminars

  • Position paper: “Postwar Modernisms and the Problem of Religion.” Seminar: Late, Between, Belated, Bereft, organized by Matthew Hart. Modernist Studies Association, Columbus, OH, November 8-11, 2018.
  • Invited Participant, Roundtable: Committee for Professional Concerns I: Enrollments in Graduate Programs, organized by Melissa Dalgleish. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Toronto, Ryerson University, May 27-30, 2017.
  • Position paper: “Syncretism and Modernist Poetry.” Seminar: Modernism and Religion – New Theoretical Approaches, organized by Gregory Erickson and Suzanne Hobson. Modernist Studies Association, Pittsburgh, PA, November 6-9, 2014.