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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 EnglandJournal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, andRenaissance 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 

Professor and Chair
AQ 6132
(778) 782-3121

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 SequelSoldier 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.

 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 fillipFlash ArtCamera AustriaThe Vancouver SunCanadian 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 WritingThe Canadian Association of American StudiesThe Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial LiteraturesCanadian LiteratureThe Journal of West Indian LiteraturePostcolonial TextTopiaNew 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 

Associate 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

AQ 6119
(778) 782-5437 

Colette Colligan completed her doctoral degree at Queen's University and, in 2003, joined SFU where she is currently a Professor of English. 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-Centure Print Culture (Palgrave 2006), a co-edited essay collection Media, Technology and Literature in the Nineteenth Centure: 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.  Colette may be contacted at ccolliga@sfu.ca. 

 Collis, Steve

AQ 6108
(778) 782-6606 

Stephen Collis's many books of poetry include The Commons (Talon Books 2008; second edition 2014), On the Material (Talon Books 2010-awarded the BC Book Prize for Poetry), and To the Barricades (Talon Books 2013).  He has also written two books of criticism and a novel, The Red Album (BookThug 2013).  His collection of essays on the Occupay movement, Dispatches from the Occupation (Talon Books 2012), is a philosophical meditation on activist tactics, social movements, and change.  In September 2013 Coach House Books published DECOMP, a collaborative photo-essay and long poem written with former SFU student Jordan Scott.

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).  A literary critic by training, Peter has spent most of his scholarly career working in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies.  His research investigates the time- and place-based relationships between audience and event across a range of aesthetic practices (including dance, film, theatre, and performance art) and social formations (from same-sex marriage to urban mega-events).  He is the author, most recently, of World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics (Manchester University Press, 2010) and co-editor of Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014).  His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, Modern Drama, Screen, TDR: The Drama Review, Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Journal, Theatre Research in Canada, Theatre Survey, as well as numerous other journals and edited collections.  A long-time board member of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Society, Peter has also written for the stage and 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 learning-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 in the Disciplines , helping to plan the Teaching & Learning Symposium, and co-leading the Re-Thinking Teaching Coarse Design Workshop.  In 2010 she received the Lesley B. Cormack Award for excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. 

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

BA (James Madison), MA (Tennessee), PhD (North Carolina at Chapel Hill).  Mike works primarily in the fields of pre-1900 American literature and book history.  He is the author of The Grand Chorus of Complaint:  Authors and the Business Ethics of American Publishing (Oxford UP, 2011), a study of the moral economies of authorship and publishing in the U.S. between 1776 and 1870.  His essays have appeared in Early American Literature, Legacy, Style, and ESQ as well as in collections such as Edgar Allan Poe in Context (Cambridge UP, 2012) and he has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the American Antiquarian Society.  Current writing projects include a new book, Honour among Thieves: Intellectual Property outside the Law in the Nineteenth Century, and a long (getting longer) essay on the literary historiography of the Salem Witchcraft Trials.  He is also editing a new edition of Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) for Broadview Press.  

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 Britain: 1880-1920 (Toronto, 2007); co-author with Aurelea Mahood of Modernist Literature: An Introduction (Edinburgh, 2007); co-editor with Helen Sword and Steven Yao of Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto, 2009).  Her most recent publication was Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader:  Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson, 2014) co-edited with Helen Wussow.  She is currently at work on a book about Emily Carr, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf; 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)

Matthew T. Hussey studies book history and intellectual culture of Anglo-Saxon England with a focus on Anglo-Latin and Old English literature and their manuscript contexts. He has published on Beowulf, the Exeter Book, habitus and paleography and is working on a book on 'scenes of reading' in Anglo-Saxon manuscriptsHe has recently published a volume of codicological descriptions of manuscripts from early medieval Exeter. He is particularly interested in the materiality of the book and its meanings in the age of digitization. He is also the associate editor of the ongoing 'Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimile' series (http://www.english.sfu.ca/asmmf).

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 
Associate 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 MosaicStudies in Canadian LiteratureOpen 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 andShaping 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 ELHNovelStudies in the Literary ImaginationUtopian 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).  Her main areas of research and teaching are Indigenous literatures and studies in Canada, contemporary Canadian literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, diasporic writing, and studies in reconciliation and transitional justice.  Her book First Person Plural: Aboriginal Storytelling and the Ethics of Collaborative Authorship (University of British Columbia Press, 2011), was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize for English Canadian literary criticism and the Canada Prize from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for the scholarly work in the Humanities.  She is the editor of Anahareo's Devil in Deerskins (University of Manitoba Press, 2014), the first book-length life narrative published by an Indigenous woman author in Canada, and co-editor (with Melina Baum-Singer and Christine Kim) of Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada (Wilfred Laurier University Press 2012).  She is also the co-editor (with David Chariandy) of a special issue of West Coast Line, entitiled Citizenship and Cultural Belonging (2008).  With Dave Gaertner, Garbrielle Hill, and Deanna Reder, she is currently working on an anthology of Indigenous literatures, Stories Are All That We Are:  Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island; and, with Gabrielle Hill, a critical anthology and art book, Reconsidering Reconciliation: Creative Critical Dialogues.   

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

Deanna Reder (Cree-Metis) is an Associate Professor in the Departments of First Nations Studies and English at Simon Fraser University where she teaches courses in Indigenous popular fiction, Indigenous perspectives on Gender and Sexuality and Canadian Indigenous literatures, especially autobiography.  Currently she is co-editing an anthology of literary criticism with Dr. Linda Morra (Bishops University) called Approaching Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century, currently under contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press.  She is also working with Dr. Sophie McCall (SFU), Dr. David Gaertner and Gabrielle Hill on an anthology suitable for the first year university classroom entitled 'Stories Are All That We Are'; Indigenous Stories from Turtle Island.  In 2010, in her first collaboration with Morra, she co-edited Troubling Tricksters: Revisioning Critical Conversations, an anthology that examines the history of Indigenous literary critism in Canada in context with present day demands for accountability to Indigenous people and communities.  She has recently co-founded, with Drs. Daniel Heath Justice, Sam McKegney, Keavy Martin, Kristina Bidwell, Rick Monture, the late Renate Eigenbrod and Armand Garnet Ruffo, the Indigenous Literary Studies Association (ILSA) in October 2013.  She is currently the Series Editor for the Indigenous Studies Series at Wilfrid Laurier University Press.  See deannareder.com for more information.

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), andThe 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
AQ 6146
(778) 782-3124

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 HistoryAmerican LiteratureContemporary LiteratureThe 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 Literature1650-1850, 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, New Zealand and Pacific Island literatures, postcolonial literatures, critical theory, performance, film, and biosemiotics. He is author of Mediate! Digital Perspectives on Canada's Media History (2013), 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), and co-editor of Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (2013).  Dr. St. Pierre was the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award in 2005 as well as  the FASS Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence in 2012, and co-recipient of the 2013 Islands Trust Community Stewardship Award for service to the environment.

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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Wussow, Helen
Associate Professor

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, in conjunction with Dr. Mary Ann Gillies, she edited Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader:  Selected Papers from the Twenty-Third Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf published by Clemson University Digital Press in 2014.

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 intersections of rhetorical theory and speech-act theory, the rhetoric of humour, and public outrage about plagiarism and student literacy.   Publications include:
"Local examples and Master Narratives: Stanley Fish's Blog and the Popular Appeal of Current-Traditionalism." Forthcoming in CCC.

Women and Comedy: History, Theory, Practice (co-editor).  Fairleigh Dickinson, 2013

 "A Cautionary Tale: Ann Coulter and the Failure of Humor.  In Women and Comedy, above. 

“A Marked Resemblance: Students, Teachers, and the Dynamics of Plagiarism.” In Critical Conversations About Plagiarism. Parlor Press (2013).

Wit’s End: Women’s Humor as Rhetorical and Performative Strategy. Pittsburgh, 2010.


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.


  • Banerjee, Chin (retired) BA, MA (Delhi), PhD (Kent State) cbanerjee@shaw.ca
  • Black, Steve (emeritus) BA, MA (California State), PhD (Washington) sblack@sfu.ca
  • Bose, Tirthankar (retired) bose@sfu.ca
  • Bowering, George (emeritus) BA, MA (British Columbia) bowering@sfu.ca
  • Coe, Rick (emeritus) BA (City College, New York), MA (Utah), PhD (California) coe@sfu.ca 
  • Curtis, Jared (emeritus) BA (Yale), MA (Michigan), PhD (Cornell) curtis@sfu.cawww.sfu.ca/~curtis
  • Delany, Paul (emeritus) BCom (McGill), AM (Stanford), MA, PhD (California), FRSL, FRSCan delany@sfu.ca
  • Delany, Sheila (emerita) BA (Wellesley), MA (California, Berkeley), PhD (Columbia) sdelany@sfu.cawww.sfu.ca/~sdelany
  • De Roo, Harvey (retired) BA (McMaster), MA (Carleton), PhD (London) deroo@sfu.ca
  • Djwa, Sandra (emerita) BEd, PhD (Br Col), FRSCan djwa@sfu.cawww.sfu.ca/~djwa
  • Gallagher, Joe (retired) jgallagh@sfu.ca
  • Harris, Mason (retired) BA (Harvard), PhD (Buffalo) mharris@sfu.ca
  • Hungerford, Anne (retired Lecturer) BA, MA (Simon Fraser), hungerfo@sfu.ca
  • Maud, Ralph (emeritus) AB, PhD (Harvard)
  • Miki, Roy (emeritus) BA (Manitoba), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (British Columbia) miki@sfu.ca
  • Mills, John (emeritus) BA (British Columbia), MA (Stanford), MTS (British Columbia)
  • Page, Malcolm (emeritus) MA (Cambridge), DPSA (Oxford), MA (McMaster), PhD (California); http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/instructors/m-p/malcolm-page.html;  page@sfu.ca, 
  • Ramsey, Robin (retired Senior Lecturer) BA, MA (British Columbia), PhD (Toronto) ramsey@sfu.ca
  • Roberts, Sheila (retired) roberts@sfu.ca
  • Rudrum, Alan (emeritus) BA (London), Cert. Ed. (Cambridge), PhD (Nottingham), Th.A. (Australia) rudrum@sfu.cawww.sfu.ca/~rudrum
  • Sawatsky, Marlene (retired Senior Lecturer) BA, MA (Simon Fraser) marlena@sfu.ca
  • Stouck, David (emeritus) BA (McMaster), MA (Toronto) stouck@sfu.ca
  • Stouck, Mary-Ann (retired) BA (McMaster) MA, PhD (Toronto)  mstouck@sfu.ca
  • Strachan, Wendy (retired Senior Lecturer) wmstrach@sfu.ca
  • Sturrock, June (emerita) BA, MA (Oxford), PhD (British Columbia) sturrock@sfu.ca
  • Zaslove, Jerry (emeritus) BA (Case W Reserve), PhD (Washington) zaslove@sfu.ca

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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