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Michelle Coupal

Michelle Coupal 

Assistant Professor

English

Arts

 

L-709, R.D. Parker Building 

Sudbury Campus

 

705.675.1151 ext 4329705.675.1151 ext 4329

705.675.1151 ext 4329mcoupal@laurentian.ca

Biography

Michelle Coupal is Assistant Professor of English at Laurentian University and a member of the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation. Michelle specializes in both Indigenous literatures in Canada and Canadian literature. She holds a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2016-2018) for her book project entitled, Teaching Trauma and Indian Residential School Literatures in Canada. This research seeks to provide teachers at all levels (elementary, secondary, postsecondary) a theory and practice of teaching Indian residential school texts from an Indigenous framework of understanding trauma. With Deanna Reder and Joanne Arnott, Michelle is working on an edited collection of the works of Vera Manuel. Michelle has also published articles in Studies in Canadian Literature and Learn Teach Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures (2016).

Education

  • Ph.D. Western University
  • B.Ed. Althouse College, Western University
  • M.A. University of Waterloo
  • Honours B.A. University of Waterloo

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of English, Laurentian University, 2013-Present

Teaching

2016-2017 academic year:

English 3456: Indigenous Literatures in Canada

English 3445: Survey of Canadian Literature

English 3546: Media Representations of the Native

English 4787: Honours Seminar IV: Indian Residential School Literature

2015-2016 academic year:

English 3445: Survey of Canadian Literature

English 3496: Indigenous Literatures in Canada

English 3596: Media Representations of the Native

English 4786: Honours Seminar III: The Rhetoric of Apology in Canada

2014-2015 academic year:

English 3445: Survey of Canadian Literature

English 3496: Indigenous Literatures in Canada

English 3596: Media Representations of the Native

English 4786: Honours Seminar III: The Rhetoric of Apology in Canada

2013-2014 academic year:

English 3445: Survey of Canadian Literature

English 3596: Media Representations of the Native


Awards

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2016-2018) $55,691
  • Western University Students’ Council Teaching Honour Roll 2012-2013 (Awarded to instructors who receive an accumulated average of 6.3 or higher out of 7 on the first 14 questions on the UWO Senate-mandated course and teacher evaluations.)
  • F.C. Biehl Memorial Award for Excellence in English Education, Faculty of Education, Western University

Publications

  • PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

    “‘one thing can look like another’: The Aesthetics and Performance of Trauma in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees.Studies in Canadian Literature 38.1 (2013): 170-89.

  • CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

    “Teaching Literature as Testimony: Porcupines and China Dolls and the Testimonial Imaginary.” Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaches to Indigenous Literatures. Eds. Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra.Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP. Forthcoming (2016).

  • BOOKS UNDER CONRACT

Teaching Trauma and Indian Residential School Literatures in Canada . Wilfrid Laurier UP.