Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
I received my PhD in English from the University of Toronto in 1988 and my MA from the University of Toronto in 1982. Prior to joining Laurier, I held a 2-year limited term appointment at McMaster University.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My research and graduate teaching currently focus are on mid-19th-century Victorian fiction.
I also retain a strong interest in the poetry of Emily Dickinson, on whom I wrote my PhD dissertation. My current research is on the 3 Bronte sisters and Elizabeth Gaskell.
Awards and Achievements
Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award (2008-9).
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grant (1993-97).
Student Opportunities / Supervising
Graduate supervision in the area of Victorian literature and culture (particularly mid-century).
“The 1857 Financial Crisis and the Suspension of the 1844 Bank Act.”BRANCH: Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. [Forthcoming]
“Disease, Hospitality, and Forgiveness in Charlotte Yonge's The Heir of Redclyffe.” Victorians: A Journal of Literature and Culture. 123 (Spring 2013): 83-95.
“Business and Terror in Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities.” Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies. 2. 2012. 1-16
“Domestic History and the Idea of the Nation in Charlotte Yonge’s The Heir of Redclyffe.” Antifeminism and the Victorian Novel: Rereading Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. Ed. Tamara Silvia Wagner. Amherst: Cambria Press, 2009. 77-96.
“Fantasies of National Identification in Villette.” Studies in English Literature, 15-1900. 49.4 (Autumn 2009): 925-44.