Biography

Associate Professor


BA (Simon Fraser); PhD (McGill)


My general research interests lie within the field of early twentieth-century British and American literature, commonly known as literary modernism. In particular, I am looking at how modernist writers, and artists more generally, represented islands and island-settings in their fictional landscapes. My current work examines the uses to which islands, both real and imaginary, were put by modernists within the context of the changing geopolitical landscape in the early decades of the twentieth century. I am also interested in issues involving the changing legacy and reputation of modernism. Since its codification as a discipline in the middle part of the twentieth-century, modernism has been commemorated and institutionalized in a variety of ways. My work here examines particular moments in the institutional history of modernism for what they say about the formation and transmission of the literary canon as it implicates modernism most specifically.

Recent Publications

Toxic representations

Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 2014

Rereading the new criticism

, 2012

Far from the centre

University of Toronto Quarterly, 2009

Wandering rocks

Shima, 2009

Contributing writer

The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, 2008

Research Classification

  • No classification given

Research Interests

  • Twentieth century literature
  • Anglo-American modernism
  • Cultural studies
  • Theories of place
  • Commemoration and public memory
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