Danielle Fuller, PhD (Leeds), MA (Leeds), BA (Durham)

Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Pronouns: she, her, hers & they, them theirs


Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5


Area of Study / Keywords

Reading Studies; Interdisciplinary Research Methods


My ORCID provides further detail.

I'm a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, and I live and work on Treaty 6 and Metis territory. My major areas of research are contemporary cultures of reading, Canadian literature and interdisciplinary research methods that combine textual and empirical modes of investigation. I have other interests in popular culture, YA literature/culture, book history and publishing. Before arriving at the University of Alberta in July 2018 I worked for nearly 21 years at the University of Birmingham, UK, in the Department of American & Canadian Studies (1997-2014) and then in the Department of English Literature (2014-18).

I was an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK (2018-2021).

I am an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta (2021-2024).

I was a Visiting Scholar in the Book Studies programme at the Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (WWU), Muenster, Germany, April-May 2023.

Recent Research Projects and Grants

2022-25: (PI) $179,086, SSHRC Insight Grant. 'Reading for Our Lives: Readers, Memoir, Social Media.' Co-Is, Prof Julie Rak (U of Alberta); Prof DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada); collaborator, Dr Anna Poletti (Utrecht).

2017-18: (PI) £15,000, Arts Council England. Grants for the Arts. 'Babbling Beasts: Telling Stories, Making Digital Games. Creative Reading and Writing for Life.' R&D Pilot project. Co-Is John Sear (Games Designer, Museum Games), Roz Goddard (poet- educator), Prof. DeNel Rehberg Sedo (MSVU, Canada). Partners: Old Hill Primary School, Sandwell, BMAG, U of Birmingham.

2017-2018: $25,000, SSHRC Partner Engage. 'Making the Move: Reading Memoirs of Migration.' PI Prof Julie Rak (U of Alberta);Co-Is, Fuller, Prof Amy Kaler (U of Alberta), Prof DeNel Rehberg Sedo (MSVU, Canada) and Dr Anna Poletti (Utrecht). Partner: World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

2016-2018 (PI) £537,225, ESRC, UK: ‘Death Before Birth: Understanding, informing and supporting the choices made by people who have experienced miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth.'  ES/N008359/1. Co-Is Professor Jeannette Littlemore (English Language & Applied Linguistics, U of Birmingham) [PI from May 2018] and Dr Sheelagh McGuiness (Law, U of Bristol). Partners: Human Tissue Authority; SANDS; Miscarriage Association; Ante-Natal Results and Choices.


What I research

I have always been interested in the ways that people make sense of their everyday lives and how lived experience is a type of knowledge that is often ignored or side-lined by people with the most power in a society. Everything I investigate is shaped in some way by these concerns and by an approach to research that might broadly be described as that of feminist epistemology.  

So far, my research career has been comfortingly unpredictable and continuously unsettling: fruitful conditions for knowledge production, I believe. Things that I think about and work on include: questions of literary and cultural value within and beyond writing and reading communities; enquiries about the role reading plays in peoples’ lives; understanding the decisions and choices people make after pregnancy loss about the disposal of remains.

How I research

I was trained as a literary studies scholar and began my academic career as a Canadian Studies specialist. Over the years my research became more like cultural sociology in its use of empirical methods, but I remain committed to work that combines these with textual methods – and indeed, with other ways of working, doing and knowing from multiple disciplines. My absolute favourite thing intellectually speaking is working with interdisciplinary scholars and arts practitioners to investigate complex contemporary social and cultural issues. 

How I make sense of what I do:

My research projects and publications can be grouped into four areas:-

Reading Communities and Cultures of Reading in the USA, Canada and UK

Making Digital Things – Building as Reading Research

Atlantic Canadian Literary Culture

Mixed Methods Research and Feminist Epistemology


I have supervised postgraduate (MA and PhD) research on Maritime Canadian short fiction; on the publishing history and institutionalisation of Margaret Atwood’s work in Central Europe; South-East Asian Canadian literature; Canadian film; Asian-American film, and an inter-textual study of Canadian women’s writing. More recently I have supervised PhD work on the outport novel as a core genre in Newfoundland literature; US lesbian feminist textual communities and lesbian pulp fictions (1950s); a study of globalisation in the oeuvre of Douglas Coupland; ‘Marketing Exoticism’: Mixed Race Identities and Contemporary British Fiction, and an examination of contemporary diasporic YA fiction.

I would particularly like to encourage you to contact me if you are interested in:

•Readers and reading in the contemporary period 

• Book events, book festivals or book publishing (print and/or online)

•YA literature and culture, including fanfiction and book to TV adaptation.


The 'sage on the stage' is not a teaching style that sits well with who I am or what I believe. For many years I have been using learning and teaching activities that can broadly be grouped under the approach described as student-centred learning. Put simply, I try not to blurt on for too long during any teaching session and I frequently integrate hands-on activities and small group work to stimulate discussion. I also design courses so that students can learn, consolidate and demonstrate different skills. Reading and writing are both fundamental but critical thinking, creative design, the ability to be an independent researcher and team-work are among the skills I think you can develop during an English Studies degree.

Courses I teach at UoA include: Histories of Reading; Introduction to Canadian Literatures; Reading and Mass Media. Undergraduate courses I taught at the University of Birmingham, UK included: Introduction to Canadian Studies, Research Skills in American & Canadian Studies, Contemporary Canadian Writing, The North American 1920s, Reading & Popular Culture, and, at the MA level, Textualities and Materialities.

I have supervised final year undergraduate dissertations (a bit like Honors Tutorials) on a wide range of topics including popular genre fiction (from romance to crime fiction); the ways that social media has shaped the relationship between fan-readers and authors; reading for well-being; young adult readers; the representation of mental illness in popular television series; indigenous Canadian anthologies; many twentieth- and twenty-first century American and Canadian literature topics; and Canadian Studies subjects from visual art to politics.


ENGL 250 - Introduction to Canadian Literatures

A survey of literatures in what is now Canada. Prerequisite: 6 units of junior ENGL, or 3 units of junior ENGL and 3 units of junior WRS.

ENGL 372 - Publishing Canadian Literatures

Addresses issues of production, circulation, and consumption in Canadian literary culture. Prerequisite: 6 units of junior ENGL, or 3 units of junior ENGL and 3 units of junior WRS.

ENGL 398 - Histories of Reading

Studies in the social and cultural histories of reading, and to the critical concepts and methods key to its study, that emphasizes the relationship between reading and the production of culture. Prerequisite: 6 units of junior ENGL, or 3 units of junior ENGL and 3 units of junior WRS. Note: not to be taken by students with credit in ENGL 209.

ENGL 426 - Studies in Literary and Cultural Histories

Prerequisites: 12 units of senior ENGL with a minimum of 6 units at the 300 level. Note: variable content course which may be repeated.

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Scholarly Activities

Admin - Member of REB (Research Ethics Board) 1

2021-07-01 to 2024-06-30

Research Ethics Board 1 reviews ethics applications for research that primarily involves in-person interviews, focus groups, ethnographies, or community engagement and instructor-led course-based research assignments.

Admin - Member, Arts Faculty Research Committee

2021-07-01 to 2024-06-30

I am the "interdisciplinary" member of the Committee.

Research - Memoir Across Markets

2023-04-11 to 2023-12-14

Visiting Fellowship project with Prof. Dr. Corinna Norrick-Ruehl, U of Muenster, Centre for Book Studies

What makes a memoir move across languages and markets? More particularly, how does an English-language memoir become a bestseller in the German market? In this project, we begin to parse out the different roles played by publishers and readers in producing bestselling memoirs in Germany by focussing on some recent high-volume sellers. Some, like Prince Harry’s Spare (Random House 2023) and Michelle Obama’s The Light We Carry (Crown 2022), have been published simultaneously in German and English, apparently in an effort to maximize audience reach in German-speaking countries. These memoirs exemplify a relatively new strategy adopted by German publishers which we will examine through one case study. Meanwhile, other bestselling memoirs, like Jeannette McCurdy’s I’m Glad My Mom Died (Simon & Schuster 2022) and Baek Sehee’s I Want to Die but I Want to Eat Tteokbokki (Bloomsbury 2022, translated into English from Korean) have become bestsellers in Germany in their English language versions prior to the publication of German translations (in May and March 2023). Can these successes be attributed to readers’ involvement in online recommendation cultures? And how do readers, especially those who can read in German, respond to and talk about these books?   

Other - President, Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

2023-06-29 to 2027-06-30

SHARP is an international scholarly society for researchers who investigate the practices, processes and technologies of writing, reading and publishing across an expansive stretch of time, via various media and many cultures.  

Website for SHARP

Research - Stories from Silence/ Imagine a Research Spa

Stories from Silence/ Imagine a Research Spa are two practice-oriented invention/happenings imagined with Prof Lin Snelling who is a wonderful dancer, choreographer and critical thinker in the Drama Dept. at UoA. We were inspired by the initial event for the Stories of Change signature area of research  (one of several within the Arts Faculty) to create a low-stakes way of bringing researchers together. We are both interested in embodied ways of knowing and sought to create a space and activities that would invite participants to relax, slow down and be quiet. The initial event was designed for the visualisation lab in the Cameron Library for 27 March 2020 but was cancelled due to Covid-19. We re-imagined our research spa for digital delivery and ran a successful version on 6 November 2020.  Imagine A Research Spa was a new in-person iteration that took place in the Lab on 15 February 2023.  In 2024 we were invited to make an in-person research spa for the Centre for Canadian Literatures as part of their research symposium, 2-3 May, while on 4 June we delivered a "mini spa" virtually to participants across several continents as part of the Qualitative Institute's "Thinking Qualitatively" training conference. 

Featured Publications

Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Qualitative Inquiry. 2024 May; 10.1177/10778004241253247

Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Post45. 2023 December; 'Reading with Algorithms' Cluster

Danielle Fuller

Mémoires du Livres/Studies in Book Culture. 2023 July; 13 (2):1-24 10.7202/1100571ar

Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo

BookNet Canada. 2023 May;

Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Cambridge, UK: University of Cambridge P. 2023 April; 10.1017/9781108891042

Danielle Fuller

Amsterdam: Vandenhoek&Ruprecht. 2021 August; Über Bücher Reden: Literaturrezeption in Lesegemeinschaften, edited by Doris Moser and Claudia Dürr. (Open Access publication, see link to publisher's website below):217-230

Austin, Louise, Littlemore, Jeannette, McGuinness, Sheelagh, Turner, Sarah, Fuller, Danielle & Kuberska, Karolina.

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 2021 January; 30 (1):175-187

Turner, Sarah, Jeannette Littlemore, Danielle Fuller, Karolina Kuberska and Sheelagh McGuinness.

Producing Figurative Expression: Theoretical, Experimental and Practical Perspectives, edited by Andrew Gargett and John Barnden. . 2021 January;

Danielle Fuller and Karolina Kuberska

Mortality: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Death and Dying.. 2020 October; 27 (1):1-17

Kuberska, Karolina, Fuller, Danielle, Littlemore, Jeannette, McGuinness, Sheelagh, Turner, Sarah.

A Jurisprudence of the Body edited by Chris Dietz, Mitchell Travis and Michael Thomson. . 2020 September;

‘Lecture partagée et lecture de masse en Amérique du Nord et au Royaume-Uni au début du xxie siècle.’ [‘Shared Reading and Mass Reading Events in North America and the UK in the Twenty-First Century’.]

Danielle Fuller and DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Lire en Europe, Textes, formes, lectures (XVIIIe-XXIe siècle), sous la direction de Lodovica Braida et Brigitte Ouvry-Vial, Presses Universitaires de Rennes (PUR). 2020 September;

Danielle Fuller

Participations: International Journal of Audience Research. 2019 May; 16 (1):496-508 10.7939/r3-3q9p-rc07

Danielle Fuller, DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Participations: International Journal of Audience Research. 2019 May; 16 (1):622-55 10.7939/r3-9r2v-yr68

Danielle Fuller, DeNel Rehberg Sedo

Participations: International Journal of Audience Research. 2019 May; 16 (1):130-508 10.7939/r3-hxrc-cv28

Danielle Fuller, Julie Rak

Studies in Canadian Literature. 2016 January; 40 (2):25-45

Danielle Fuller, DeNel Rehberg Sedo

New York and London: Routledge. 2013 January;

Danielle Fuller

Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's UP. 2004 January;