Dr. Karen Macfarlane

 

Office: Seton 519
Phone: 902-457-6727
E-mail:  msvu.ca

 

Research interests:

The Gothic, particularly monsters and the monstrous body in contemporary culture and late nineteenth century fiction; Theory, especially feminist and queer theories; Imperialism in fin-de-siecle popular fiction; postmodernism; Canadian women’s literature.

 

Selected publications:

 

“The Monstrous House of Gaga.” The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture: Pop Goth. Ed. Jason  Edwards and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. Routledge, 2012. 113-134. Print.

 

"Mummy Knows Best: Knowledge and the Unknowable in Turn of the Century Mummy Fiction." Horror Studies 1.1 (January 2010). 

 

"Taking (on) Identities: Transvestite Texts in Shyam Selvadurai's Funny Boy" in Open Letter 3 (Summer 2007): 38-46.

 

Essays in The Literary Encyclopedia on The Handmaid's Tale: and on Lee Maracle.

 

"Storying The Borderlands: Liminal Spaces and Narrative Strategies in Lee Maracle’s Ravensong."  Creating Community: A Roundtable on Canadian Aboriginal Literatures. Brandon, Manitoba: Bearpaw Publishing. Ed. Jo-Ann Thom and Renate Eigenbrod. 2002. 

 

"A Place to Stand On": (Post)colonial Identity in The Diviners and "The Rain Child". Is Canada Postcolonial?  Ed. Laura Moss. Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2002.

 

"Mirror Images: Anamorphic Reflections in The Handmaid's Tale." The Newsletter of the Margaret Atwood Society 22-23 (1999):7-11.

 

"'Fence-Climbing Sisterhood': Reading the Escaped Nun Intertext of The Handmaid's Tale." Q/W/E/R/T/Y: Arts, litteratures et civilisations du monde anglophone 8 (October 1998): 118-189.

 

Recent conference presentations:

 

"Creepy Little Girl." International Gothic Association conference. University of Surrey, UK.  August 2013.

 

"I Want my Mummy!" presented at the ACCUTE conference, Victoria, BC in June 2013.

 

"Imperfections" presented in the "Imperfections" panel sponsored by English Studies in Canada, part of the ACCUTE conference in Victoria in June 2013.

 

"The Limits of Knowledge in fin de siècle Gothic Fiction” presented at NeMLA (the Northeastern Modern Languages Association) in Boston in March 2013.

 

"Here be Monsters: Imperialism, Knowledge and the Limits of Empire" (keynote address). III Gothic Congress, Mexico City, March 24, 2010.

 

“The Monstrous Knowledge of Dr. Fu-Manchu” presented at the International Gothic Association Conference, Lancaster, UK, July 2009.

 

“Knowing me, Knowing you: The Monstrous European Body in Imperialist Fiction” presented at the ACCUTE conference, Ottawa, On., May 2009.

 

“Fag Hags and Icons, or, ‘As A Gay Man, I Find Myself Strangely Drawn to You” presented at the Queer Iconography Conference, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, November 2008.

 

“Being Self, Being Other: Monstrous Bodies in turn-of –the-century Fiction”  presented at the Uncanny Media Conference, Utrech, Netherlands August 2008.

 

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