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 in practice. By focusing on the diplomatic powers of northeastern national literatures, I emphasize an ongoing potential for Settlers to change course, to defer to Indigenous leadership, and to honour the conditions of pre-confederation treaty relationships and agreements.

My new book project develops a new 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.

Articles in development and/or peer review:

  • “The Last of the Wabanakis: Absolution Writing in Atlantic Canada”
  • “The Grammar of Inanimacy: Frances Brooke and the Production of American Settler States”
  • “What is an American Now? J. Hector St. John de Crèvecœur at the Canadian Turn”
  • “Kinshipwrecking: The Adoption of John Smith and the Pocahontas Myth in Settler Ontologies”
  • “Speaking for Both Sides: Colonial Ventriloquism 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)