My current research projects grow out of my teaching eighteenth-century studies at Laurentian University in Sudbury (2004-2020) and living on the lands of the Atikameksheng and Wahnapitae Anishnawbek. This work includes on ongoing project investigating Indigenous writing and networks of literacies before 1867 in northeast Turtle Island begun with Alan Corbiere (CRC History, York University) and Thomas Peace (History, Huron University College Western). Work includes the compilation of a bibliography of creators and texts to contribute to the process of accessibility and restoration; and collaborative projects in digital humanities with the Canadian Writers Research Collaboratory (CWRC); and “Indigenous Approaches to the Western Literary and Visual Canon” New Frontiers-Exploration, PI Lauren Beck, CRC in Intercultural Encounter, Mount Allison University. As a researcher and writer, a settler scholar, and a grandmother I seek to honour the Seven Grandfather teachings, to listen, to learn, to respect, to be be guided by Warren Cariou's call to critical humility, to be part of inviting those voices waiting to speak again.
- B.A. English, University of Waterloo
- M.A. English, University of Toronto
- Ph.D. English, University of Toronto
July 5, 2021. Professor Emerita, Laurentian University
July 1, 2011 - Jan 1, 2021 Associate Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University
July 1, 2004 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Laurentian University
2001-2004 Lecturer, Department of English, University of Toronto
On The Web
Indigenous-created texts from the north part of Turtle Island pre 1867; early women writers, land, and property; writing in the eastern North American borderlands; C18 canonical texts and Indigeneity
2021 - Early Indigenous Writing and Literacy Networks in 18th and Early 19th Century Canada; collaborative digital humanities project with the Canadian Writers Research Collaboratory (CWRC), Project Director Susan Brown,CRC in Collaborative Digital Scholarship, U of Guelph
2020 - Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) “Indigenous Approaches to the Western Literary and Visual Canon” New Frontiers-Exploration, PI Lauren Beck, CRC in Intercultural Encounter, Mount Allison University
2018-20 Laurentian University Research Fund (LURF) “Taking up the Pen-and-Ink Work: Indigenous Texts in Canada before 1867"
2015-18 Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) “Indigenous Writing and Literacy Networks in Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Canada” (PI), with Alan Corbiere (History, York University) and Thomas Peace (History, Huron University College Western)
Courses Fall 2020
ENGL4686 Seeing the World: Narrative, Travel and Text
ENGL3246 Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century Literatue
ENGL4686 Borderlands : Early Indigenous Writing Seminar
ENGL3256 Women of Letters of the 18th Century
ENGL4787 Borderlands : Early Indigenous Writing Seminar
Courses Fall 2017
ENGL1706 Introduction to Writing and English Studies
ENGL3296 Letters, Diaries, and Life Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
ENGL3296 Colonial Voices in 18th Century North America.
ENGL3296 Revolutionary Novels of the 1790s
ENGL2005 Literatures in English (fall term)
HUMA5117 Academic Research Methods
ENGL2005 Literatures in English
ENGL3206 The 18th Century English Novel
ENGL3245 Women of Letters of the 18th Century
HUMA-5196EL-02 Directed Reading Course: Labour, Learning & Literacy
The Hardships of the English Laws in Relation to Wives (London, 1735) by Sarah Chapone, Routledge/Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Engendering Legitimacy: Law, Property, and Early Eighteenth-Century Fiction. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 2006.
Entries for The Convent: or, The History of Julia (1767), The Nunnery; or, The History of Miss Sophia Howard (1767), Fatal Friendship (1770), The Nun; Or, The Adventures of the Marchioness of Beauville (1770), Edelfrida, A Novel (1792), The Sprite of the Nunnery; A Tale, From the Spanish (1796), The Shrove-Tide Child; Or, The Son of a Monk (1797) for The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, edited by April London. Cambridge University Press, in press.
"Reading Tipacimowin and the Receding Archive." In Afterlives of Indigenous Archives: Essays in Honor of The Occom Circle. Edited by Ivy Schweitzer and Gordon Henry, 156-71. Dartmouth College Press, 2019.
“Further Reflections upon Marriage; Mary Astell and Sarah Chapone,” in Feminist Interpretations of Mary Astell, University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2016. www.psupress.org/books/titles/978-0-271-07124-4.html
“Property and Law.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789. Day, Gary and Jack Lynch (eds.) Blackwell Publishing, 2015. DOI:10.1111/b.9781444330205.2015.x
“Brooke, Frances.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature 1660-1789. Day, Gary and Jack Lynch (eds.) Blackwell Publishing, 2015. DOI:10.1111/b.9781444330205.2015.x
Recent Book Reviews
Rev. of Geremy Carnes, The Papist Represented: Literature and the English Catholic Community, 1688-1791, University of Delaware P, 2017, in Eighteenth Century Fiction, vol. 32, no. 4, 2020, pp. 649-652.
Rev. of Anne Quema, Power and Legitimacy: Law, Culture, and Literature. U of Toronto P, 2015, in The University of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 86, no. 3, 2017, pp. 235-236, doi.10.3138/utq.86.3.235
"Nineteenth-Century Anishinaabe Writers," Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute, M'Chigeeng First Nation, August 2019
"Subscribing to Print Culture: Indigenous Writers and The Christian Guardian," History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP), Amherst, MA, July 2019
"Preserving (not Reserving) the Paper Talk Left Behind," Maamwizing Conference, Laurentian University, Nov 2018
"'Your Humble Servt': Sakachuwescum/Henry Budd's Letters from The Pas 1841-1851," Indigenous Literary Studies Association, FIrst Nations University of Canada, Regina SK May 2018
"John Norton/Teyoninhokarawen, his Journal, and the Gospel of John," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Toronto, ON, Oct.2017
"The Work of John Tanner: Narrative and Interpretation," ACCUTE, Toronto, May 2017
"The Textual Properties in the Thames Valley: The Petitions of Sarah Ainse," Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Kingston, ON Oct. 2016
"Sharing Tipâcimôwin: Paper, Provenance, and Possession," Indigenous Archives in the Digital Age, Dartmouth College, Sept. 2016
"Making an Impression: Reader Reception in Rupert's Land," Canadian Historical Association, Calgary, AB, June, 2016
"Two Voices Falling: The Contingent Legacy and Indigenous Life of Mary Jemison," ACCUTE, Calgary, AB, May 2016