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 If you want to know more about English faculty research, you can find further information in some individual Faculty Profiles.

Books by English faculty

Recent/ forthcoming publications
Recent conference papers / talks / interviews

Recent / forthcoming publications


Susan Drain has three of her Trouble (on) Writing blog posts appearing in Professorial Paws: Dogs in Scholars' Lives and Work, edited by A.L. Cole and S. Sbrocchi, Backalong Books, Halifax NS, 2016. She has also launched Percy's War, a site that publishes the diary entries, letters, and postcards of Percy Frederick Theobald, each entry being posted a hundred years after the original date.

Graham Fraser 's article "The Ghost in the Mirror: Self-Haunting in Good Morning, Midnight: has been accepted for publication in Modern Language Review. He also has a chapter titled "Viriconium Ghostwalk" accepted for publication in M. John Harrison: Critical Essays. Eds. Mark Bould and Rhys Williams. London: Gylphi, forthcoming.

Reina Green has had a book review, “Attitude or Age: Girlhood in Renaissance England: Jennifer Higginbotham. 2013. The Girlhood of Shakespeare’s Sisters: Gender, Transgression, Adolescence” published in Girlhood Studies 9.2 (Summer 2016): 149-53. She has published “Scott Moir’s “Funny Face”: Make Belief, Camp and Masculine Performance” in Canadian Theatre Review. Special Issue Theatre and Sports. Ed. Peter Kuling (Winter 2016), and her essay “Tributes and Temporality at Canada’s National War Memorial” has been published in A Body Living and Not Measurable: How Bodies are Constructed, Scripted and Performed Through Time and Space, edited by Kathleen G. Roberts, Lukasz Matuszyk and Ya-hui Irenna Change (, 2016).

Karen Macfarlane has published "Here Be Monsters: Imperialism, Knowledge and the Limits of Empire" in Text Matters, vol. 6, no. 6, 2016, pp.75-95.

Diane Piccitto has published “Transcendentalism, Romanticism, Transatlanticism” in Handbook of Transatlantic North American Studies (ed. Julia Straub, de Gruyter, 2016, pp. 59-78) and a review of Leo Damrosch’s Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blakein Modern Philology, vol. 114, no. 4, 2017, pp. E266-E268. 

Anna Smol (and co-author Jeff MacLeod) have a forthcoming essay, “Visualizing the Word: Tolkien as Artist and Writer,” in Tolkien Studies 14 (2017). A. Smol also has an essay titled “Adaptation as Analysis: Creative Work in a Literature Classroom” forthcoming in the collection Fan Studies in the Classroom, Ed. Katherine Howell, University of Iowa Press. The book will include a written response and a reproduction of a painting by her former student and Mount grad, Rebecca Power (B.A. Hons 2015). The editor and publisher are considering including other artwork by former Mount students as well.


Recent conference papers / talks / interviews / awards

Diane Piccitto presented the conference paper “Napoleonic Discontents in 1811: Barbauld and Shelley” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference in Berkeley last August. She also presented "Reconsidering Heroism in William Blake's Epic Poem Milton" at the Mount's Research Remixed event on 15 November 2016. This summer, she will present two conference papers: “Joanna Baillie’s Jane De Monfort and Orra: Terror and the Circumvention of the Patriarchal Order” at the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Conference at Congress, hosted by Ryerson University in Toronto (27-30 May 2017) and “The Theatre of Oblivion vs. the Theatre of Life: Byron’s Cain and Blake’s The Ghost of Abel" as part of a two-part panel she is co-organizing with Terry F. Robinson (University of Toronto) on “The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre” at the NASSR Conference held in Ottawa (10-13 August 2017). 

Anna Smol  will be giving a paper at the Tolkien Society Seminar in Leeds on July 2nd. The title of her presentation is "Seers and Singers: Sub-creative Collaborators in Tolkien's Fiction." She also presented a poster with her former student Rebecca Power (B.A.Hons 2015) on their essays in the forthcoming book Fan Studies in the Classroom at the Mount's Research Remixed event in November 2016.

David Wilson has received one of the MSVU Teaching Awards for 2016-17.

Rhoda Zuk received the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Dedicated Service Award at the December 2016 meeting of the MSVU Faculty Association. This award recognizes her exceptional service to the association.

Books by English Faculty

 Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland

Blake's Drama

 Peter Schwenger, Sleep







  • Professor Emeritus Peter Schwenger. At the Borders of Sleep: On Liminal Literature. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

 Lyric Ecology

  •  Mark Dickinson and Clare Goulet, eds. Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky.  Cormorant Press, 2010.

New books published by English faculty

Playing With Books by John Morgenstern

  •  John MorgensternPlaying With Books: A Study of the Reader as Child. McFarland, 2009.

 Peter Schwenger, The Tears of Things

  • Martha WestwaterGiant Despair Meets Hopeful: Kristevan Readings of Adolescent Literature. U. of Alberta P, 2000.

Narrating Utopia by Chris Ferns

  • Chris Ferns. Narrating Utopia: Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature. Liverpool University Press, 1999.

Peter Schwenger, Fantasm and Fiction.

  • Rhoda Zuk, ed. Bluestocking Feminism: Writings of the Bluestocking Circle, 1738-1790. Volume 3: Hester Chapone and Catherine Talbot. Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 1999.
  • David MonaghanThe Falklands War: Myth and Countermyth. London: Macmillan, 1998.
  • Renate Usmiani. Kelusultiek: Original Women's Voices from Atlantic Canada. Halifax: ISW, 1994.
  • Martha Westwater The Spasmodic Career of Sydney Dobell. Lanham and London: University Press of America, 1992.
  • David Monaghan, ed.The New Casebooks "Emma." London: Macmillan, 1992.
  • Renate Usmiani. The Theatre of Frustration: Super Realism in the Work of Franz-Xaver Kroetz and Michel Tremblay. New York: Garland, 1991.

Peter Schwenger, Letter Bomb

  • David Monaghan. The Novels of John le Carre. Oxford: Blackwell, 1985.

Peter Schwenger, Phallic Critiques

  • Martha Westwater. The Wilson Sisters: A Biographical Study of Upper Middle-Class Victorian Life. Athens and London: Ohio University Press, 1984.
  • David Monaghan. Jane Austen: Structure and Social Vision. London: Macmillan, 1980.
  • Chris Ferns. Aldous Huxley: Novelist. London: Athlone, 1980.