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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


Stephen Cloutier has published "For King and/or Country: British Dominions and the literary interplay between imperial and national identities" in Teaching Representations of the First World War. Edited by Debra Rae Cohen and Douglas Higbee. Modern Languages Association, 2017.

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: is forthcoming in Modern Language Review 113.2 (April 2018). He also has a chapter titled "Viriconium Ghostwalk" forthcoming in M. John Harrison: Critical Essays. Eds. Mark Bould and Rhys Williams. London: Gylphi, 2018.

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 "Market Value: American Horror Story's Housing Crisis" in Neoliberal Gothic: International Gothic in the Neoliberal Age. Edited by Linnie Blake and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. Manchester University Press, 2017. She has also 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 published, “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 Fandom as Classroom Practice, Ed. Katherine Howell, University of Iowa Press, May 2018. The book will include a written response by her former student and Mount grad, Rebecca Power (B.A. Hons 2015). The editor and publisher are considering including artwork by former Mount students as well. Another essay, "Seers and Singers: Tolkien's Typology of Sub-creators" is forthcoming in A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, edited by John D. Rateliff, Gabbro Head Press, 2018.


Recent conference papers / talks / interviews / awards


Stephen Cloutier, J. Buch and O. Rockside are co-hosting a podcast about Leonard Nimoy's old show In Search Of. J. The podcast can be found at He is also in pre-production on a solo podcast about the Second World War's continuing influence on our culture. The first episode should be available early in the new year.

Reina Green and J. Weibe spoke on "Twentieth-Century Canadian Representations of War in Art" at the Keshen Goodman Library on September 29 as part of the series on Community Stories ofWar and Peace organized by the Mount Network for Community-Engaged Research on War.  She also presented "Turn an' you'll see me': Pig Girl and Witnessing Indigenous Stories" as part of the Terra Nullius seminar at the CATR conference in Toronto in May 2017. In addition, she spoke as part of the three-member panel "The External Review: Surviving the Process" at the Canadian Association of Chairs of English Conference in Toronto in May. She also presented a conference paper, "'The trade and profit of the city consist of all nations': Shylock in Performance -- Past and Present" at the Shakespearean Theatre Conference: Shakespeare 401 -- What's next? in Stratford, ON, in June 2017.

Graham Fraser presented a paper “The Afterlife of Things” at Research Remixed at the Mount on October 3rd.

Karen Macfarlane gave the following conference papers: "Investment Property: Neoliberal Gothic and American Horror Story 'Roanoke' (2016) at ACCUTE in Toronto, May 2017; and "Spectral Investments: Neoliberal Gothic and American Horror Story 'Murder House' (2010) and 'Roanoke' (2016) at the International Gothic Association Conference in Cholula, Mexico, August 2017. In addition, she organized a joint panel, "Gothic Objects" with the International Gothic Association and ACCUTE, May 2017.

Diane Piccitto presented two conference papers this past summer: “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 co-organized with Terry F. Robinson (University of Toronto) on “The Visual Life of Romantic Theatre,” at the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference held in Ottawa (10-13 August 2017). 

Anna Smol  gave a paper at the Tolkien Society Seminar in Leeds on July 2nd, "Seers and Singers: Sub-creative Collaborators in Tolkien's Fiction." She also organized and presented the English Department's experiential learning display at the 2017 Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase conference at the Mount on October 14.

Nathaniel Street  presented "Rhetoric's Through" at the 2017 Conference on Rhetorical Theory in Columbia, SC, in October. 

David Wilson has received the MSVU Part-time Teaching Award for 2016-17. He presented "The Future Five: Connecting Classes" at the 2017 Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase conference at the Mount on October 14. He also presented "Engaging Generation Google" at the Mount in May 2017.

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. She presented "When Froggie Went A-Courtin': Disney's Animalized African American in The Princess and the Frog" at the Children's Literature Association in Tampa, Florida, June 2017; and "Getting Under the Skin: Possible and Impossible Racialized Dolls" at the International Research Society for Children's Literature in Toronto in July 2017. 

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.