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Faculty & Staff


English Faculty


Arab, Ronda 
Associate Professor
AQ 6142
(778) 782-8506

Ronda Arab BA, MA (Dalhousie) MA, PhD (Columbia); main fields of study are Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Dr. Arab’s research interests include intersections of class, gender, and work on the Early Modern English stage; non-elite culture and its challenges to patriarchy; the role of literature and theatre in the construction of cultural discourse and social practice; and the city of London. She is the author of Manly Mechanicals on the Early Modern English Stage (Susquehanna University Press, 2011), an examination of working men in Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and has a recent article in Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama (Ashgate, 2011).  She has also published in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and Renaissance Quarterly.



Brook, Susan
Associate Professor
AQ 6114
(778) 782-3064

BA (Otago), PhD (Duke); taught at the University of Manchester and at Staffordshire University before coming to Simon Fraser University in 2004. Her book, Literature and Cultural Criticism in the 1950s: The Feeling Male Body, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2007. She is currently writing an introduction to postwar literature and culture for Continuum, and also working on a new project on representations of suburbs across a range of media in twentieth-century Britain.




Budra, Paul
AQ 6139
(778) 782-4085

BA, MA, PhD (Toronto); teaches Shakespeare and early modern literature and has published articles on Renaissance literature and contemporary popular culture. He is the author of A Mirror for Magistrates and the de casibus Tradition and co-editor of the essay collections Part Two: Reflections on the Sequel, Soldier Talk: Oral Narratives of the Vietnam War, and From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. He is a past president of the Pacific Northwest Renaissance Society, former Associate Dean of he Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and winner of the SFU Excellence in Teaching Award for 2004. He will be on leave until Sept. 2014.



Burnham, Clint
Associate Professor
AQ 6083
(778) 782-3438

BA, MA (Victoria), PhD (York); taught at Capilano College, the Emily Carr Institute, and UBC before joining the department in 2007. Clint's research interests include contemporary literature, theory (esp. psychoanalysis and Marxism), visual culture, popular culture, and digital humanities. He is the author of studies of Steve McCaffery and Fredric Jameson. His novel Smoke Show was shortlisted for the 2005 BC Book Prize and his latest book of poetry, The Benjamin Sonnets, was published in 2009. Clint has written on art in fillip, Flash Art, Camera Austria, The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Art, Artforum, and The Globe and Mail. He co-edited the art catalogue Digital Natives with Lorna Brown, From Text to Txting with Paul Budra, and an issue of Canadian Literature on 21st century poetics with Christine Stewart; his most recent critical book is The Only Poetry that Matters: Reading the Kootenay School of Writing. He is presently writing about the photography of Kelly Wood, and a book-length project on Slavoj Žižek. Clint is a founding member of the Vancouver Lacan Salon, and can be followed on twitter @Prof_Clinty.  (photo by Lincoln Clarkes) 


Chariandy, David
Associate Professor
AQ 6105
(778) 782-5438

BA, MA (Carleton), PhD (York); specializes in contemporary fiction, (especially Canadian, Caribbean, and Black Atlantic), as well as interdisciplinary theories of postcoloniality, diaspora and ‘race.’  He has published scholarly articles and reviews in the Essays on Canadian Writing, The Canadian Association of American Studies, The Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, Canadian Literature, The Journal of West Indian Literature, Postcolonial Text, Topia, New Dawn, and Callaloo.  He is a co-founder of Commodore Books, the co-editor of a special issue of the Canadian Association of American Studies, and the co-editor of a forthcoming special issue of West Coast Line.  His novel entitled Soucouyant was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2007, and was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Best First Novel Prize. His creative and critical writings are featured in a special section of the 30.3 (Summer 2007) 30th anniversary issue of Callaloo, the international journal of African diaspora arts and letters; and his second novel, entitled Brother, is forthcoming from McClleland and Stewart.



Coley, David
Assistant Professor
AQ 6148
(778) 782-3672


BA (Connecticut College), MA (Pennsylvania), PhD (Maryland); David’s research interests include the Pearl / Gawain Poet, Middle English alliterative poetry, Chaucer and fifteenth-century Chaucerians, medieval vernacularity, and the impact of the medieval plague pandemic on English artistic production. His first book, The Wheel of Language: Representing Speech in Middle English Poetry, 1377-1422 (Syracuse UP, 2012) posits the representation of the spoken word within later medieval English poetry as a powerful and efficacious act, one through which writers both critiqued and created the social, political, and religious realities of their age. His articles and reviews have appeared in The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, The Chaucer Review, Exemplaria, Speculum, and Studies in the Age of Chaucer.



Colligan, Colette
Associate Professor
AQ 6119
(778) 782-5437

Colette Colligan completed her doctoral degree at Queen's University and, in 2003, joined SFU's English department, where she is currently Associate Professor. She specializes in nineteenth and early twentieth-century literature, publishing history, censorship, and the history of obscenity/pornography. Her most recent book is A Publisher's Paradise: Expatriate Literary Culture in Paris, 1890-1960 (University of Massachusetts Press, January 2014). Her earlier work includes The Traffic in Obscenity from Byron to Beardsley: Sexuality and Exoticism in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture (Palgrave 2006), a co-edited essay collection Media, Technology and Literature in the Nineteenth Century: Image, Sound, Touch (Ashgate 2011), and a co-edited edition of George Gissing's novel The Unclassed (ELS 2011). Her current research focuses on censorship and translation. 


Collis, Steve
Associate Professor
AQ 6108
(778) 782-6606

BA (Victoria), PhD (Simon Fraser); contemporary poetry and poetics, creative writing, American literature, modernism, and anarchism and culture; books include Mine (2001), Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism (2006), Phyllis Webb and the Common Good: Poetry/Anarchy/Abstraction (2007), and several parts of the on-going Barricades Project, which includes the books Anarchive (2005) and The Commons (2008). He also edits the on-line journal The Poetic Front.



Cramer, Peter 
Associate Professor
AQ 6102
(778) 782-5639

Peter Cramer (MA and PhD Rhetoric Carnegie Mellon University) is interested in the ways that writing and reading and speaking and listening contribute to our experience of situations and events, especially those associated with the rhetorical tradition and the study of argument. 



Davis, Leith
AQ 6111
(778) 782-4833

BA (Saskatchewan, MA, PhD (Berkeley); author of Acts of Union: Scotland and the Negotiation of the British Nation (Stanford UP, 1998) and Music, Postcolonialism and Gender: The Construction of Irish Identity, 1724-1874 (Notre Dame UP, 2005) as well as co-editor (with Ian Duncan and Janet Sorensen) of Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004). She is currently working on two book projects: a collection of essays on "Robert Burns in Transatlantic Context" (co-edited with Sharon Alker and Holly Faith Nelson) and a monograph, Transnational Articulations: Print Culture and the Imagining of Global Communities in Britain and Ireland, 1690-1820. She is a co-founder of the Department of English's MA with Specialization in Print Culture and is currently serving as Director of Simon Fraser University's Scottish Studies Centre.



Derksen, Jeff
Associate Professor and Graduate Chair
AQ 6081
(778) 782-5431

BA (Victoria), MA, PhD (Calgary); works with an interdisciplinary view of culture and globalization in the 20th century. It deals with the relationship of cultural production (what Raymond Williams called "creative practices") and the nexus of social, political, economic and cultural forces that constitute globalization. His areas of special interest are national cultures and the role of the state in the era of globalization; cultural imperialism and the politics of aesthetics; the poetry and poetics of globalized cities; the emergent global cultural front (in a general cultural context and in avant-gardes); culture and gentrification in global-urban spaces; architecture and urbanism; cultural poetics, cultural studies, & cultural geography.



Dickinson, Peter
AQ 6117
(778) 782-3762

BA (Toronto), MA, PhD (British Columbia); counts among his research and teaching interests modern drama and performance studies, film studies, comparative Canadian literature, and queer theory and gender studies. His articles have appeared in numerous edited collections and scholarly journals, including Modern Drama, Screen, Theatre Journal, Literature/Film Quarterly, CinéAction, Text and Performance Quarterly, and The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama.  He is also the author of three books: World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place, and Politics  (Manchester University Press, 2010); Screening Gender, Framing Genre: Canadian Literature into Film (University of Toronto Press, 2007); and Here is Queer: Nationalisms, Sexualities, and the Literatures of Canada (University of Toronto Press, 1999). The Objecthood of Chairs, an interdisciplinary work of physical theatre on which he collaborated with colleagues from the School for the Contemporary Arts, and for which he wrote the script, premiered at SFU Woodward's in September 2010. His current research focuses on solo performance, dance-theatre, and theatre companies.  A member of the Board of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society, Peter also blogs regularly about Vancouver performance at performanceplacepolitics.blogspot.com.


Didicher, Nicky
Senior Lecturer
AQ 6143
(778) 782-4337

BA (Guelph), MA and PhD (Queen's). Nicky teaches a wide range and large number of courses per year; her areas of expertise and interest include eighteenth-century British literature, children’s literature, Chaucer, poetics, and science fiction. Nicky uses blended learning (in-class and on-line) in most of her courses and student-centered techniques in teaching, assessment, and syllabus choices. Her commitment to pedagogy has also had outlets in being a member of the Senate Committee for University Teaching and Learning and the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines. 



Everton, Michael
Associate Professor
AQ 6120
(778) 782-5385

BA (James Madison), MA (Tennessee), PhD (North Carolina at Chapel Hill); specializes in pre-twentieth century American literature and history of the book. His research focuses on publishing history, authorship, literary ethics, and copyright. His book, The Grand Chorus of Complaint: Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011), is a study of the moral economics of American print culture from 1776 to 1865. Current projects include articles and book chapters on the Salem Witchcraft Trials and Poe and a book on extralegal strategies of transnational publishing in the nineteenth century. He has held research fellowships from the Bibliographical Society of America, the American Antiquarian Society, and the Huntington Library, and his articles have appeared in Early American Literature, Legacy, Style, and ESQ. Teaching interests include seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century American literature, with upper-division courses on topics ranging from Moby-Dick to early American poetics to ethical theory.


Fleming, J.D.
Associate Professor
AQ 6149
(778) 782-4713

BA (British Columbia), MA (Toronto), PhD (Columbia).

Renaissance, epistemology, hermeneutics.

(Ed.) Papers from Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early-Modern World. Intellectual History Review 24.3 (2014).

(Ed. and intro.) The Invention of Discovery, 1500-1700: Humanism, Science, Hermeneutics (Ashgate, 2011).

"The Undiscoverable Country: Occult Qualities, Scholasticism, and the End of Nescience." In The Invention, above.

Milton’s Secrecy and Philosophical Hermeneutics (Ashgate, 2008).

“Making Sense of Science and the Literal: Modern Semantics, Early-Modern Hermeneutics.” The Word and the World: Biblical Exegesis and Early-Modern Science. Eds Peter Forshaw and Kevin Killeen (Palgrave, 2007). 45-60.

“Prevent is not Prevent: Rape and Rhetoric in The Tempest.” Exemplaria 15 (Autumn 2003): 449-470.

“Meanwhile, Medusa in Paradise Lost.” ELH 69.4 (2002): 1009-1028.


Gerson, Carole
AQ 6109
(778) 782-4097

BA (Simon Fraser), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (British Columbia). Carole Gerson (FRSC) has worked extensively on early Canadian literature and Canadian book history. A contributor to all three volumes of History of the Book in Canada, she co-edited volume 3 (University of Toronto Press, 2007) which covers the 1918-80 period. Her particular focus on women writers has resulted in many articles that include well-known authors such as L.M. Montgomery and Susanna Moodie, as well as studies of the canonization of Canadian women writers that involve more obscure figures. With Veronica Strong-Boag, she issued two books on Pauline Johnson: Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (2000) and E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (2002). She received the Gabrielle Roy prize for criticism for her latest book, Canadian Women in Print, 1750-1918, which applies the principles of print culture analysis to a wide range of early authors. Her work has been consistently supported by grants from SSHRC and the CFI, and by a Killam Research Fellowship.


Gillies, Mary Ann
AQ 6145
(778) 782-4837

BA (Alberta), MPhil, DPhil (Oxford); teaches and publishes in late nineteenth and early twentieth century British literature and Anglo-American modernism.  She is the author of Henri Bergson and British Modernism (McGill-Queen’s, 1995); The Professional Literary Agent in Britian:1880-1920 (Toronto, 2007); co-author with Aurelea Mahood of Modernist Literature: An Introduction (Edinburgh, 2007); and co-editor with Helen Sword and Steven Yao of Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto, 2009).  She is currently at work on a book about Emily Carr and Katherine Mansfield and is beginning a project on trauma theory and detective fiction.



Grieve, Tom
Associate Professor
AQ 6113
(778) 782-5417

BA, MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (Johns Hopkins); primarily interested in modernism, particularly the work of the so-called “high” modernists, such as Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Stein and Joyce. He has published a number of articles on the poetry of Ezra Pound and a book, Ezra Pound’s Early Poetry and Poetics (University of Missouri Press, 1997). Currently, his research is focused on the new “materialist turn” in modernist studies, specifically on a critique of the new orthodoxy that sees modernist literature as everywhere contaminated by the market and the material manifestations of modernist works as providing unproblematical interpretive evidence. Recent research grants and fellowships have enabled him to examine major North American archives of modernist material, not only drafts, manuscripts and letters, but records pertaining to publication, distribution and royalties. He teaches modernist poetry and fiction, critical theory and the history of criticism, modern British literature, the essay as literature and rhetoric. A winner of SFU’s Excellence in Teaching Award, he never does not teach writing.


Higgins, Anne
Associate Professor
AQ 6147
(778) 782-4864

BA (Connecticut), MA (Massachusetts, McGill, Yale), PhD (Yale); trained in Medieval Studies, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to works in early popular drama, from the guild plays through Shakespeare, Chaucer and his contemporaries, and medieval popular culture. She has published on questions of guild affiliation and dramatic responsibilities, and on the guild plays as part of the contestation for dominance in the new urban community after the Black Death. She has also published on medieval theories of time, The Legend of Good Women, Spenser’s appropriations of Chaucer, and Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Completing a book about the guild drama as a cultural consequence of the plague in constituting a new urban community, she has begun the groundwork for a new study to be called Mary’s Body, a study of the obsession with Mary’s physical body in literature, art, and devotional works of the late Middle Ages. She has prepared a new Field School in Florence, for the study of Italian Humanism through letters, art, and history, for Fall 2005.



Hussey, Matthew
Associate Professor
AQ 6140
(778) 782-4662

BA (California, Santa Cruz), MA (Wales, Bangor), PhD (Wisconsin, Madison)

Anglo-Saxon manuscripts and manuscript culture; Old English poetry, prose and glossing; Anglo-Latin literature; early medieval English schools and learning




Kehler, Torsten
Senior Lecturer
AQ 6086
(778) 782-5693

BA (SFU), MA (Warwick [Philosophy]), PhD (McGill); has taught at universities and colleges in Denmark and Finland. His dissertation was on the emotions in literature from Greek thought to the Renaissance, specifically in relation to Shakespearean drama. His current book project is entitled Shakespeare and Evil, and he is editing Charles Olson's manuscript on Shakespeare. Research interests include: literature and political agency; Tacitus, Machiavelli and early modern dystopian thought; Orwell and Shakespeare.




Kim, Christine
Assistant Professor
AQ 6110
(778) 782-4314

(BA, MA, PhD York); teaching and research focus on Asian North American literature and theory, contemporary Canadian literature, feminist theory, print publics, and diasporic writing. Recent essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Mosaic, Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, and Essays on Canadian Literature. She is currently working on two book-length projects: From Multiculturalism to Globalization: The Cultural Politics of Asian North American Writing and Shaping Fiction: Contemporary Feminist Publics in Canada.




Lesjak, Carolyn
Associate Professor
AQ 6118
(778) 782-4333

BA (Swarthmore College), MA and PhD (Duke); Carolyn Lesjak specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, and also teaches courses in the theory of the novel and Marxist and feminist theory. She is the author of Working Fictions: A Genealogy of the Victorian Novel (Duke 2006) as well as numerous articles and contributions to literary encyclopedias and studies of the Victorian novel, such as the Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel, The Cambridge History of the English Novel and The Blackwell Companion to George Eliot. Her work has appeared in ELH, Novel, Studies in the Literary Imagination, Utopian Studies, and a number of collected volumes of essays, including On Jameson: From Postmodernism to Globalization and a forthcoming collection on twenty-first century Marxist literary criticism. Her current book project examines the character and ethics of Victorian object relations and reassesses the related critical paradigms of new historicism, thing theory, and studies in material culture. Other projects include work on Oscar Wilde and nineteenth-century atomic theory; ongoing contributions to debates concerning contemporary Marxist theory; and increasing involvement in questions regarding the status of theory and the university within the current neoliberal moment.


Levy, Michelle
Associate Professor
AQ 6121
(778) 782-5393

Michelle Levy (B.A., J.D., M.A., Toronto; Ph.D., UCLA) specializes in Romantic literary culture. Her research investigates the material practices that defined literary production and dissemination in the Romantic period, and she is particularly interested in the history of women’s writing and the interplay between the cultures of manuscript and print. Her book, Family Authorship and Romantic Print Culture (Palgrave, 2008), explores the conjunction of authorship and family life as a distinctive cultural formation of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Recent research includes a chapter addressing women’s involvement in print culture in The History of British Women’s Writing, 1750-1830 (2010); an article on Jane Austen’s late manuscripts and her ongoing investment in manuscript culture, “Austen’s Manuscripts and the Publicity of Print,” ELH 77.4 (Winter 2010): 1015-1040; and an edition of Lucy Aikin’s epic feminist poem, Epistles on Women and other Works, co-edited with Anne Mellor (Broadview, 2011). She is currently working on a new book, Unprinted: Manuscript Culture and Social Media in the Romantic Age, which investigates the widespread circulation of unprinted literary works in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, providing the first comprehensive account of manuscript culture from 1770 through 1850.



Linley, Margaret
Associate Professor
AQ 6107
(778) 782-3038

Margaret Linley: BAA (Ryerson), Hons BA (Wilfrid Laurier), MA, PhD (Queen´s). Teaching and research interests include 19th century literature and culture; literary theory; media history and print culture. Publications include chapters in Nineteenth Century Media and the Construction of Identities, Christina Rossetti in Context, and the Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry. Most recently she is co-editor of a collection of essays Media, Technology, Literature in the Nineteenth-Century: Image, Sound, Touch.



McCall, Sophie
Associate Professor
AQ 6112
(778) 782-4866

Sophie McCall BA, MA (British Columbia), PhD (York); includes in her main fields of interest contemporary Canadian and First Nations literatures, postcolonial theory and globalization studies. Her book, First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (University of British Columbia Press, 2011), explores the complexity of the issue of ‘voice’ by examining double-voiced, cross-cultural, composite productions among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal collaborators. She is co-editor (with Melina Baum-Singer and Christine Kim) of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada, forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press, and co-editor (with David Chariandy) of a special issue of West Coast Line, entitled Citizenship and Cultural Belonging (2008). She has published articles in journals such as Essays on Canadian Writing, Canadian Review of American Studies, Resources for Feminist Research, Canadian Literature, and C.L.R. James Journal, as well as in collections of essays such as Aboriginal Oral Traditions: Theory, Practice, Ethics (Fernwood 2008).



Reder, Deanna
Associate Professor
ASSC 9081
(778) 782-8192

(BA Concordia, MA York, PhD UBC) Deanna Reder's main fields of study are Indigenous literatures in Canada, Indigenous literary theories and epistemologies, and autobiography theory.  She teaches 75% in the First Nations Studies Program (www.sfu.ca/fns/) and 25% in the Department of English. As a Cree-Métis scholar, she is working on a monograph on Cree and Métis autobiography in Canada. She has recently co-edited an anthology with Dr. Linda Morra (Bishops University) entitled Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations (2010). Her work has appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, American Indian Quarterly and recently, an article entitled "Writing Autobiographically: A Neglected Indigenous Intellectual Tradition" is included in Across Cultures, Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures (2009). Recently she has been appointed Series Editor of the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press: http://wlupress.wlu.ca/press/Series/IS.shtml


Sawatsky, Marlene
Senior Lecturer
AQ 6101
(778) 782-5439

Marlene Sawatsky (BA, MA Simon Fraser); teaches writing and rhetoric courses. She is co-author of Academic Writing: An Introduction (2005; 2009). She uses discourse analysis and new rhetorical genre theory in her research into writing and learning in the disciplines. Other interests include auto/biographical writing and life writing pedagogies. She has published essays in Village of Unsettled Yearnings: Yarrow, British Columbia, focusing on 'occasional poems' written by Canadian settlers.




Schellenberg, Betty
AQ 6103
(778) 782-3095

BEd, BA (Winnipeg), MA, PhD (Ottawa); has published The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2005), Reconsidering the Bluestockings (Huntington Library, 2003, co-edited with Nicole Pohl), and Part Two: Reflections on the Sequel (Toronto, 1998, co-edited with Paul Budra), and The Conversational Circle: Rereading the English Novel, 1740-1775 (Kentucky, 1996). Her articles on feminist literary history, British domestic travel writing, print and manuscript cultures, and the eighteenth-century novel have appeared in numerous journals and collections. She has just completed editing a volume of the forthcoming Cambridge University Press edition of Samuel Richardson’s correspondence and is writing a book on the interface of scribal and print practices in mid-eighteenth-century English literary culture. She is a founding member of the Department’s Print Culture MA specialization.


Smith, Jon
Associate Professor and Department Chair 
AQ 6132
(778) 782-3121

BA (Yale), MA/MEd/PhD (Virginia); Jon presently works chiefly on the U.S. South from postcolonial and cultural-studies perspectives. His essays and essay-reviews have appeared in American Literary History, American Literature, Contemporary Literature, The Global South, and Modern Fiction Studies, as well as in several essay collections on topics ranging from Faulkner to alt-country. With Deborah Cohn of Indiana University, he coedited Look Away! The U.S. South in New World Studies (Duke UP 04), and, with Riché Richardson of Cornell University, he coedits the University of Georgia Press series The New Southern Studies. His own book, Finding Purple America: The South and the Future of American Cultural Studies, was published in that series in 2013.



Solomon, Diana
Associate Professor
AQ 6138
(778) 782-5436

Diana Solomon (BA Vassar, MA Hawaii, PhD UCSB) specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, theatre studies, comedy, women writers, and print culture. Her book, Prologues and Epilogues to Restoration Theater: Gender and Comedy, Performance and Print, was published by Delaware UP in 2013. She has published articles on comedy, actresses, Restoration theatre, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Finch in such journals as Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 1650-1850, and Restoration, and she has co-edited a collection on women and comedy. She has held fellowships at the Clark, Folger, Huntington, and Noel libraries and at the Harry Ransom center, and spent two years as a Mellon fellow at Duke. Currently she is working on a book-length project about comedy and repetition in Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre.




St. Pierre, Paul Matthew
AQ 6115
(778) 782-5360

 BA (British Columbia), MA (Queen's), PhD (Sydney); specializes in Australian and New Zealand literatures, Pacific Studies, postcolonial literatures, critical theory, performance, film, and biosemiotics. He is author of Janet Frame: Semiotics and Biosemiotics in Her Early Fiction (2011), E. A. Dupont and His Contribution to British Film (2010), Music Hall Mimesis in British Film, 1895-1960 (2009), and A Portrait of the Artist as Australian: L'Oeuvre bizarre de Barry Humphries (2004), and editor of Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 352: Twentieth-Century British Humorists (2010), and DLB, Volume 362: Canadian Literary Humorists (2011). Dr. St. Pierre was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award in 2005 and of the FASS Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence in 2012.




Valiquette, Michele
Senior Lecturer
(778) 782-3127

BA, MA (Simon Fraser)
Critical discourse analysis; language and gender studies; feminist literary criticism






Werth, Tiffany 
Associate Professor
AQ 6099
(778) 782-3137

Tiffany Werth (BA University of Portland, MA, PhD Columbia) is an associate professor of Tudor and Stuart literature at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver BC. She is author of The Fabulous Dark Cloister: Romance in England After the Reformation (Johns Hopkins, 2011) which examines the issues at stake in creating a new kind of literary culture built on the foundations of the old. Her essays on early modern literature have appeared in edited collections, including The Indistinct Human in Renaissance Literature (Palgrave, 2012), and in journals such as the English Literary Renaissance. Her current project The English Lithic Imagination c.1530-1660 proposes that the mineral offers an unsettling touchstone for re-thinking Renaissance humanism.  In addition, she's excited to be a part of Oecologies: Inhabiting Premodern Worlds, (www.oecologies.com), a research cluster that gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology.” By exploring an array of discourses about “oecology,” the research group asks what conceptual or metaphorical resources might help us – as located moderns – reorient our perceptions about the premodern past and our present and future moments.

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wussowWussow, Helen
Associate Professor


(currently on leave as Dean of Lifelong Learning)

Helen Wussow completed her BA in English and Humanities at Minnesota State University at Moorhead and her MPhil and DPhil in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. Her teaching and research interests are in British modernism and feminist literary theory. Books include The Nightmare of History:  The Fictions of Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence and an edition of the manuscript of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, called The Hours. Most recently, she completed a novel.




Zwagerman, Sean
Associate Professor and
Associate/Undergraduate Chair

(778) 782-4831

BA (Berkeley), MA (Sonoma State), PhD (University of Southern California); interested broadly in rhetoric and writing, in the compositional relationship among the word, the self, and the world. Particular interests include the rhetoric of humour, the ideologies of academic discourse, plagiarism hysteria, and the dialogue between rhetoric and speech-act theory. Recent publications include:
Wit’s End: Women’s Humor as Rhetorical and Performative Strategy. Pittsburgh, 2010.
“A Day That Will Live in Irony: 9/11 and the War on Humor.” The War on Terror and American Popular Culture: September 11 and Beyond. Fairleigh Dickinson, 2009.
“The Scarlet ‘P:’ Plagiarism, Panopticism, and the Rhetoric of Academic Integrity.” College Composition and Communication 59.5, 2008.
“A Marked Resemblance: Students, Teachers, and the Dynamics of Plagiarism.” Critical Conversations About Plagiarism. Parlor Press (forthcoming).



Colby, Sasha
Associate Professor
Explorations in Arts and Social Sciences and
World Literature
Associate Member, Department of English
SFU Surrey Campus
Tel:  (001)778-782-7559
Fax: (001) 778 782 4712
Email: scolby@sfu.ca

Sasha's current research is situated at the intersection of literature and theatre. Her work asks how literature and its contexts can be newly explored, represented, and disseminated through dramatization and other forms of embodiment. Her recently completed book manuscript, Staging Modernist Lives: H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard (funded by SSHRC), employs both theory and solo-performance scripts to critically investigate auto/biographical writing of the avant-garde within the social, political, and artistic currents of modernism. Sasha has performed from these plays in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Past SSHRC-funded projects include Stratified Modernism: The Poetics of Excavation from Gautier to Olson, a monograph on poetry and archaeology, and Voicing the Mosaic, a large-scale student/community installation and performance project which examined themes of language and identity in Surrey. A book-length meditation on memory, motherhood, and migration is currently in its final stages. In keeping with the themes of her research, Sasha teaches critical-creative approaches to literature, particularly Anglo-American and European texts 1860-1940..


Whatley, John
WL Instructor
CODE Academic Program Director
BA (Chapman College, California), MA, PhD (Simon Fraser)
Tel: (778) 782-4354/8138,

Email: whatley@sfu.ca
Web: www.sfu.ca/~whatley

Currently Academic Program Director at CODE (Centre for Online and Distance Education), Dr. Whatley is responsible for the development and supervision of distance and online programs in English, Criminology and German at Simon Fraser University. He has held this position since 1996. Before this, he was a Lecturer in the Department of English at SFU, and a Lektor in the Fachbereich Anglistik at Justus Liebig Universität in Hessen, Germany.  He is an Associate Member of the School of Criminology and the Department of English and has published articles on both literary subjects and in distance education.  In Literature his interests include Romantic & Gothic Literature, Crime & Literature, the literary essay, and the relation between the social sciences and literary criticism.



Professors above who have no listed telephone number or email address can be reached through the English Department General Office located at AQ 6129 or phone (778) 782-3136.

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