My scholarship restores pre-1783 cultural and historical contexts to the study of the literatures of northern Turtle Island.

9781771122863_cover_rb_modalcoverMy first book, The Homing Place (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), explores what nation-to-nation literary relations might look like. By focusing on the diplomatic powers of northeastern national literatures, I emphasize an ongoing potential for Settlers to change course and to honour the conditions of pre-confederation treaty relationships and agreements.

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. Using current theoretical treatments of the Canadian settler state, I argue that both the state and its national literature can be understood and discussed in terms that are roughly analogous – more specifically, as power structures that are currently dominated and mediated by Settler institutions and circumscribed by the physical, temporal, and mythological borders of the nation. By restoring British and pre-Revolutionary American contexts to the study of Settler Canadian culture and literature, my work reveals the deep roots of “CanLit” as a system of enclosure, one that long predates Confederation, and one that continues to actively and systematically minoritize Indigenous and Black voices.

I’m always interested to speak with others who have similar interests, so please feel free to e-mail me.

Articles in development and/or peer review:

  • “The Last of the Wabanakis: Absolution Writing in Atlantic Canada”
  • “‘Half of the world . . . have no souls’: Frances Brooke and the Production of American Settler States”
  • “What is an American Now? J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur at the Canadian Turn”
  • “There Goes the Neighbourhood: Ceremonies of Possession in Canadian Literature”
  • “Kinshipwrecking: The Adoption of John Smith and the Pocahontas Myth in Settler Ontologies”
  • “Speaking for Both Sides: Settler Chauvinism in David Adams Richards’ Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul

Published 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” (NAIS, 2014)
  • “Toward the Desertion of Sycorax’s Island: Challenging the Colonial Contract” (English Studies in Canada, 2013)