Background and activities

BACKGROUND AND AREAS OF EXPERTISE

I am currently Associate Professor of Literature in English in the Department of Teacher Education (ILU), working at the intersection of contemporary Canadian literature, feminist and queer philosophy, trans literature and visual art, affect theory, and transnational studies. I am also Research Affiliate for the Canadian Literature Centre (CLC) at the University of Alberta (Canada) and Scholar in The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation. I am Deputy Editor of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies and I write the Canada chapter (journals) for The Year's Work in English Studies (Oxford UP). I also serve on the Editorial Board of The Raymond Carver Review and I am Executive Member in the PETF Alumni Network

My current research project, Sustainable Trans/national Literacies: Ethics, Affect, Pedagogy (2018-20) has been funded by the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences and the Departmenf ot Teacher Education (NTNU). I am also a member of the international research project, Bodies in Transit 2: Difference and Indifference (2018-20). 

I hold a PhD in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta (Canada) and an MA in Textual and Cultural Studies from the University of Zaragoza (Spain). My doctoral work was awarded the Governor General's Gold Medal in 2013. I have worked as Lecturer in English at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2013-14) and as Postdoctoral Fellow in Globalization and Cultural Studies at the University of Manitoba, Canada (2015). Prior to joining NTNU in 2017, I taught critical theory and gender studies at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (UK).

RECENT NEWS: Media and Public Outreach

Co-edition of The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Alumni Newsletter (May 2020). (with Sophie Thériault)

"Relationality and Ethics in Troubled Times: Reflections from the Editors." The PETF Alumni Newsletter (May 2020). (co-authored with Sophie Thériault)

TEACHING: Spring 2020

MGLU1505 English 1 (5-10) Year 1 (Convener)

MGLU3103 English 2 (1-7) Year 1 

LVUT8084 English 1 (5-10) Year 2 KFK (Convener)

LVUT8005 English 1 (1-7) Year 2 KFK

PUBLICATIONS

Books

TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017. Reviewed in Ariel: A Review of International English LiteratureLSE Review of BooksCanadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and ReviewESC: English Studies in Canada, and Contemporary Women’s Writing.

Co-Edited Special Issues

“Affect and Feminist Literary and Cultural Production.” Special issue of Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 38.2 (March 2018). (With Evelyne Ledoux-Beaugrand)

“Alliances/Transgressions/Betrayals: Women’s Writing in Canada & Québec Today.” Special issue of Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies 3.1-2 (Dec. 2013). (With Marie Carrière).

“Carver and Feminism.” Special issue of The Raymond Carver Review 2 (2009). (With C. Fabre-Clark).

Refereed Articles & Book Chapters

“Thresholds of Sustainability: Cassils and Emma Donoghue’s Counter Narratives.” On The Other Side(s) of 150: Untold Stories and Critical Approaches to History, Literature and Identity in Canada. Eds. Linda Morra and Sarah Henzi. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Forthcoming 2021. 23pp." 

"New Literatures: Canada.” The Year’s Work in English Studies 99. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming August 2020.

“Feeling Sideways: Shani Mootoo and Kai Cheng Thom’s Sustainable Affects.” University of Toronto Quarterly 89.1 (Winter 2020): 88-106.

"Where is the TransGender in the TransCanadian? Kai Cheng Thom and Vivek Shraya's Response-able Fictions." Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 78 (2019): 141-53. Special issue "Canadian Fictions of Globality." Ed. P. M. Carmona-Rodríguez.  

“Love Enough! Dionne Brand and Rosi Braidotti’s Affective Transpositions.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice 38.2 (March 2018): 47-56. 

“Borderless (Alien)ations: Disposable Bodies and Biopolitical Effacement in Min Sook Lee’s Docu-Poem.” Narratives of Difference in Globalized Cultures: Reading Transnational Cultural Commodities. Eds. B. Martín-Lucas and A. Ruthven. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 117-132. 

“Joyful Insurrection as Feminist Methodology; or The Joys of Being a Feminist Killjoy.” 452°F. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature 14 (2016): 16-25. Special issue “Thinking about Affect in Culture and Art.” Ed. K. Paszkiewicz. 

“Posthuman Matters in Hiromi Goto’s Hopeful Fictions.” Lire le corps biomedical/ The Biomedical Body. Eds. D. Laforest et al. Limoges: Presses de l’Université de Limoges, 2016. 31-44.

“Necropolitical Assemblages and Cross-Border Ethics in Hiromi Goto’s Darkest Light.” Canadian Literature: A Quarterly of Criticism and Review 224 (Spring 2015): 17-31.

“‘The Whole City’s our Bawdy-House, My Lass’: Affective Spaces and Disoriented Bodies in Dionne Brand and Emma Donoghue’s Fictions.” Peer English: A Journal of New Critical Thinking 9 (2014): 89-107.

“A Threatening Fetish: The Female Body through Carver’s Hitchcockian Eye.” Not Far From Here: The Paris Symposium on Raymond Carver. Eds. R. Miltner and V. Fachard. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014. 69-80.

“Intertextuality, Parody and Jouissance in Emma Donoghue’s Dissenting Fairy Tales.” Voicing Dissent: New Perspectives in Irish Criticism. Eds. N. Doody and S. Brisset. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2012. 190-201.

“Toxic Bodies that Matter: Trans-Corporeal Materialities in Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries.” Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies 2.1-2 (2012): 55-68.

“Classical Fairy Tales in Modern Landscapes: Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor.” The Irish Knot: Essays on Imaginary/Real Ireland. Eds. M. J. Carrera et al. Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, 2008. 193-201.

Diswomen Strike Back? The Evolution of Disney’s Femmes in the 1990s.” Atenea Journal 27.2 (2007): 55-67. 

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

Jan. 2018—Dec. 2020 "Bodies in Transit 2: Difference and Indifference" (Ref. FFI2017-84555-C2-2-P). Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry & Competitiveness (MINECO). Director: Belén Martín-Lucas (U. Vigo, Spain).

Jan. 2015—Dec. 2017: “Bodies in Transit.” Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Ref. FFI2013-47789-C2-2-P). Director: Prof. Pilar Cuder-Domínguez, (U. Huelva, Spain) 

March—Dec. 2013: “Globalized Cultural Markets: the Production, Circulation and Reception of Difference.” Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Ref. FFI2010-17282). Director: Dr. Belén Martín-Lucas (U. Vigo, Spain). 

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS, RESEARCH FUNDING & GRANTS

International Research Funding (Internasjonale spissmiljøer), Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, NTNU, Norway. March 2018 (KR 223.560)

Anna Rutherford Young Researchers Grant, European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS). March, 2017 (1,500 Euros) 


Publication Grant, Awards to Scholarly Publications Program, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Canada. July, 2016 (8,000 Can$)

Governor General’s Gold Medal, (highest academic standing at the graduate level), University of Alberta, Canada. October 2013.

The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarship. May 2010—Aug. 2013 (180,000 Can$)

The President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta. Sept. 2010—2012 (15,000 Can$)

Honorary Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta. May 2010—August 2012.    

OTHER HONOURS

Invited Member, Application and Nomination Review Committee (ANRC), the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Montreal, Canada. Jan 2019-2020.

Invited Jury Member, SSHRC Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Invitation, 2017 Impact Awards. Ottawa, Canada. Feb.-Jul. 2017