Prior to joining Laurier, I was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at the Department of English at Harvard University. I completed my Ph.D. in English and Film Studies at Laurier (2014) and my MA in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta (2009).
I have been a visiting scholar at Chawton House Library and the Yale Center for British Art.
I love teaching writing at all levels of postsecondary study, guiding students to become more confident in expressing their ideas with clarity and strength. I am particularly interested in writing pedagogy at the first-year level and integrating writing instruction across the disciplines. In addition to postsecondary teaching, I have gained expertise as a teacher of academic writing and a researcher in writing pedagogy through eight years as an instructor at writing centres at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Alberta.
My interdisciplinary research engages with issues surrounding gender, art, and work in British women’s writing of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Examining a range of genres (the Gothic novel, the Minerva Press novel, the short tale, the Evangelical novel, the courtship novel) and canonical as well as lesser-known texts, my research reevaluates the ostensibly antithetical categories of domesticity and work in fiction by women.
I am also fascinated by the intersection of literature, medicine, and illness. Since 2012, my teaching and research in literary studies have become increasingly informed by the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities. In my courses, I particularly enjoy teaching memoirs of surgeons, patient biographies, works of fiction about disease, and graphic novels that capture the experience of being ill.
“Margaret Hale’s Books and Flowers: North and South’s Paratextual Dialogues with Felicia Hemans.” Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies, vol. 40, no.1, pp. 197-209, 2014.
“The Case of the Wandering Uterus: Coma, the Medical Thriller and the Woman Doctor-Detective.” Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 220-38, 2013.
“Orphan, Embroiderer, Insect, Queen: The ‘Elegant and Ingenious’ Art of Being Ellena in Radcliffe’s The Italian (1796).” European Romantic Review, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 123-40, 2012.
With Eleanor Ty. “Mary Hays and the Didactic Novel in the 1790s.” Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820. Edited by Hilary Havens. Routledge. pp. 90-105, 2017.
Five entries on novels by Mary Charlton and Thomas Clio Rickman. The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820. Edited by April London. Cambridge University Press. In press.
“Review of Lesa Scholl’s Translation, Authorship and the Victorian Professional Woman: Charlotte Brontë, Harriet Martineau and George Eliot (Ashgate, 2011).” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada/Papiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 95-98, 2012.
“Review of Susan B. Egenolf’s The Art of Political Fiction in Hamilton, Edgeworth, and Owenson (Ashgate, 2009).” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 186-88. (Solicited), 2010.
Faculty of Arts Access to University (A2U) Program
Writing for University (First Year)
English and Film Studies
Writing for Business (Second Year)
British Literary Tradition II (Second Year)
Women, Work, and Writing in the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Graduate Course)
Introduction to Academic Writing (First Year)
Illness, Medicine, and Literature (Third Year)
The British Novel in the Nineteenth Century (Third Year)
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