Research

My scholarship restores pre-1783 cultural and historical contexts to Canadian literary studies. My first book, The Homing Place (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), explores how northeastern Indigenous literary systems were interrupted and obscured by transatlantic and Anglo-American traditions in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. My new book project develops an Atlantic World analytical model to explore the relationships between Settler Canadian literature and the literatures of the former Thirteen Colonies. I’m always interested to speak with others who have similar interests, so please feel free to e-mail me.

Current projects

  • “The Myth of the ‘Myth of Tory Origins'”
  • “What is an American Now? J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur at the Hemispheric Turn”
  • “There Goes the Neighbourhood: Rituals of Possession in ‘The Rising Village'”
  • “Of Love and Lice: Family Parasitism in Two Stories by the MacLeods”
  • “Speaking for Both Sides: Failed Diplomacy in David Adams Richards’ Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul

Selected publications

Books

  • The Homing Place: Indigenous and Settler Literary Legacies of the Atlantic (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2017)

Articles

  •  “Honey from the Rock: John Gyles and the Northeastern North American Search for Anglo Indigeneity” (University of Toronto Quarterly, 2016)
  • “Cartographic Dissonance: Between Geographies in Douglas Glover’s Elle” (Canadian Literature, 2014)
  • “Imaginary Lines: Transcending the St. Croix Legacy in the Northeast Borderlands” (Native American and Indigenous Studies, 2014)
  • “Toward the Desertion of Sycorax’s Island: Challenging the Colonial Contract” (English Studies in Canada, 2013)