Research

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

My 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 the ongoing potential for Settlers to honour the conditions of the pre-confederation treaties.

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.

Articles in development and/or peer review:

  • “The Myth of the ‘Myth of Tory Origins'”
  • “‘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: Rituals of Settler Colonial Possession in Early Canadian Literature”
  • “Kinshipwrecking: The Adoption of John Smith and the Pocahontas Myth in Settler Ontologies”
  • “Speaking for Both Sides: The Settler Chauvinism of 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)