I am a settler scholar who lives and works on Treaty Six and Métis territory at the University of Alberta. My primary role at this institution is to teach undergraduate English literature with the Department of English and Film Studies. Additionally, I teach Writing Studies with the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Broadly speaking, my research to date has focussed on auto/biographical representations of women as they are (self) portrayed in literature and popular culture in twentieth and twenty-first century America. I am particularly interested in ways that women's auto/biography has, over the last decades, been influenced by postfeminism. My graduate student research examined breast cancer memoirs by women who fashioned and marketed their self representations after the romantic fiction known as chick lit. My ongoing exploration of postfeminism today examines this ideology's influence on the figure of the ageing woman in literature and visual culture, and her relationship to the problem of white feminism. Newer projects also include a paper on Paula Gunn Allen’s auto/biographal Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat as well as a forthcoming essay on misogyny and midlife ageism as it surfaces on prestige television.
Since beginning to teach with English and Film Studies in 2009, I have taught a range of undergraduate courses organized around themes which include the 'animal' in literature, the 'other', and representations of the body. I have also taught global literatures and a theoretical course on race and ethnicity. Most recently, I have been teaching undergraduate courses introducing Indigenous literatures as a field of study, children's literature, research methods, and critical analysis. In fall and winter semesters of 2019-20, I will be teaching courses in these areas with English and Film Studies, as well as Writing Studies 101 with the Transition Year Program. While I teach texts from a range of historical periods, I particularly enjoy working with contemporary American and Indigenous women's fiction and auto/biography in my classes, and it is here that my teaching and research interests tend to intersect. My teaching philosophy is informed by feminist pedagogical approaches which take into account the importance of working toward a decolonized university. I was honoured to receive the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2017.
Introduces methods of critical analysis through a range of literature written in English, broadly conceived, from different historical periods and cultural locations. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English.Winter Term 2021
This variable content course introduces methods of literary research as an in-depth process through one or more case studies. Not to be taken by students with *6 in approved junior English. This course can only be taken once for credit. Note: refer to the Class Schedule and the Department of English and Film Studies website for specific topics.Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
Selected works by women writers in English since 1900. Content and period focus may vary. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101. Note: not to be taken by students with credit in ENGL 391 Writing by Women II.Fall Term 2020
This workshop course focuses on both the theory and practice of the writing process to help students experience firsthand how university writers enter into rich ongoing conversations by engaging with the words and ideas of others.Fall Term 2020