I hold a PhD from McMaster University, where I wrote a dissertation on Seamus Heaney and Thomas Kinsella. I was hired at the University of Alberta in 2001 as a specialist in the area of Irish Studies.
My current research focuses on representations of space and environments in modernist literature. I also have an interest in the nineteenth-century Irish press and the formation of Irish nationalism during that period.
I teach courses in Irish literature at the graduate and undergraduate level. I also teach a 200 level course on postcolonialism and another on textuality.
An introduction to narratology and poetics, as well as to the practices of close reading and the formalist analysis of literary texts, as they bear on literary analysis. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101.Winter Term 2021
An introduction to dynamics of class and ideology in literary and other cultural texts, and to the critical concepts and methods key to their study. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101.Fall Term 2020
Selected works from the Irish context. Content and period focus may vary. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101.Fall Term 2020
Prerequisites: *6 of junior English or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101; and *12 of senior-level English, *6 of which must be at the 300 level. Note: variable content course which may be repeated.Winter Term 2021