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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 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, M. Eichler, and T. Moniz have been awarded an MSVU internal grant to develop a collection of essays on Community Stories of War and Peace. Dr. Green's contribution is related to her work on counter-monuments.

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.

Diane Piccitto has published a review of Leo Damrosch’s Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake in 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 forthcoming essay by A. Smol is "Seers and Singers: Tolkien's Typology of Sub-creators" in A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, edited by John D. Rateliff, Gabbro Head Press, 2018. A. Smol has also published “Adaptation as Analysis: Creative Work in an English Classroom” in the collection Fandom as Classroom Practice, ed. Katherine Howell, University of Iowa Press, 2018, pp. 16-31. The book includes a written response by her former student and Mount grad, Rebecca Power (B.A. Hons 2015) titled "Becoming a Subcreator: Response to 'Studies in Medievalism: Tolkien and Myth-making,'" pp. 32-34. In addition, the volume includes illustrations of class art projects by former students Shelby MacGregor, Leah Phillips, and Jenny Davison.



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.

Clare Goulet will be participating in the Digital Interfaces panel at the Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs Conference which takes place June 14 - 17 in Toronto. 

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 of War and Peace organized by the Mount Network for Community-Engaged Research on War. 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:  "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.

Diane Piccitto gave a paper titled "The Theatricality of William Blake's Illuminated Book The Ghost of Abel," as part of the Dalhousie University's English Speaker Series on 23 March 2018. She also presented “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). Dr. Piccitto's students nominated her for the Mount's Early Career Teaching Award; she was named the runner-up for 2017-18. She led a workshop on "Experiencing the Humanities" as part of the Teaching and Learning Centre workshop series on May 29.

Nolan Pike, poet, playwright, activist, and former MSVU English student, gave a talk in Dr. Rhoda Zuk's ENGL 1155 class, also attended by Dr. Diane Piccitto's ENGL 4407 students, on March 22, 2018.

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. She participated in a faculty panel on learning objectives on May 15 for the Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning.

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

David Wilson  presented "The Future Five: Connecting Classes" at the 2017 Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase conference at the Mount on October 14.

Rhoda Zuk  presented "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.