Editing Modernism in Canada


Invited Observers

LISA QUINN is the Acquisitions Editor at Wilfrid Laurier University Press. As an invited observer, she will contribute theoretically and pragmatically to workshop discussions, and participate in our editorial and publication plan for the collection of essays that will be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press under her editorial supervision.

DR. SHEENA WILSON is Assistant Professor and Director of the Bilingual Writing Centre at the University of Alberta. Her research interests include Canadian women’s lit/film, ethno-cultural lit/film, documentary film, representations of human & civil rights, and eco-justice/criticism. Her teaching & research at the writing centre focus on writing pedagogy and collaborative writing in an academic context. Ongoing projects include a CWRC project titled “Evacuation, Confinement, Representation and the Digital Archive,” linked to her monograph in progress, editing Oil and Water (Fall 2012) and co-editing Petrocultures: Oil, Energy and Culture (McGill-Queen’s UP). Recent publications include Joy Kogawa: Essays on Her Work (2011).

DR. JADE FERGUSON is Assistant Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Her areas of research include 19th and early-20th century U.S. and Canadian literature, American Studies (with a focus on race and transnationalism), New Southern Studies, cultural studies, whiteness studies, and critical and literary theory. Her most recent publications have focused on the work of William Faulkner, Thomas Chandler Haliburton, and George Elliot Clarke.

DR. KATHERINE MCLEOD is pursuing a SSHRC-funded postdoctoral project at TCI under Dr. Kamboureli’s supervision that examines Robert Weaver’s The Anthology (circa 1960s) as an “acoustic” radio text and its influence on the canonization of Canadian literature.

Graduate Student Observers from the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies:

LESLIE ALLIN’s work involves marginalized post-colonial and colonial literatures, and engages with the ethical, methodological, and political concerns surrounding the editing and anthologizing of resistant texts.

ALEXANDRA GUSELLE’s MA thesis (supervised by Dr. Kamboureli) explores how a small Canadian publisher helps create a space for the civic engagement of Canadian writers and academics. She is interested in how editing practices are used as a cultural, political, and marketing tool and the role that small Canadian publishers play in the shaping of Canadian literature.

MARCELLE KOSMAN’s MA research relies heavily on understanding cultural trends in literature and media, with the understanding that the process of that analysis cannot but be mediated by her own cultural norms and ideologies.

JESSICA RILEY’s dissertation uses editorial theory to examine the role of the dramaturge in new play development, to theorize the impact of the dramaturge as collaborator, and to consider the professional, social, and cultural implications of play development dramaturgy as one of the most influential conditions of production that shape the development of new plays in Canada.

PAUL WATKINS’s research focuses on poetics (within cultural and political frameworks) as it relates to the collaborative, intercultural, and multicultural production of texts.