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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's site Percy's War 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 published in Modern Language Review 113.3 (2018). His essay "Viriconium Ghostwalk" has been published in M. John Harrison: Critical Essays, edited by Mark Bould and Rhys Williams. London: Gylphi, 2019, and another article, "The Fall of the House of Ramsay: Virginia Woolf's Ahuman Aesthetics of Ruin" has been accepted for publication by Criticism. His article  "Solid Objects / Ghosts of Chairs: Virginia Woolf and the Afterlife of Things" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Modern Literature.

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's article "Zombies and the Viral Web" has been published in Horror Studies, vol. 9, no. 2, 2018, pp. 231-47.

Karen Macfarlane and Diane Piccitto co-wrote the article "Queer Theory at MSVU," which was published in the MSVU News, 24 July 2018. This article features the English Department's course ENGL 4407 Queer Theory and was written in recognition of Pride Week.

Diane Piccitto's article "Teaching Blake's Illuminated Books Performatively, or How to Do (Dramatic) Things with Blake" was published in Teaching Romanticism XXIV: Drama, part 2 (2018), edited by Dana Van Kooy as part of the Teaching Romanticism series in Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840. She has also published "Apocalyptic Visions, Heroism, and Intersections of the Human and 'the Not Human' in Blake's Milton" in Beastly Blake, edited by Tristanne Connolly and Helen Bruder. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 111-133.

Anna Smol  has published "Seers and Singers: Tolkien's Sub-creative Typologies" in A Wilderness of Dragons: Essays in Honor of Verlyn Flieger, edited by John D. Rateliff, Gabbro Head Press, 2018, pp. 258-79. She 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. She has also published a review of Binding Them All: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on J.R.R. Tolkien and His Works, edited by Kirner-Ludwig, Koser, and Streitberger, Walking Tree Publishers, 2017 in Journal of Tolkien Research, vol. 7, no. 1, 2019. .

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.

English students Rebecca Foster and Shawn Hunt, along with Anna Smol, presented a poster on "Tolkien, Translation, and 'New Old English' Poetry" at the Mount's Research Symposium on May 3, 2019.

Graham Fraser gave a department seminar on "The Fall of the House of Ramsay: Virginia Woolf's Ahuman Aesthetics of Ruin" on February 7, 2019.

Clare Goulet took part in a reading with other Halifax writers as part of the Chase Gallery, NS Public Archives opening exhibition of "Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud'homme - A Rare Collection of Fakes." She is also presenting “‘How to be both knife and spoon’: lessons from the editor's editors” as part of a poetry editing panel at the 40th Editors’ Association of Canada Conference, 7-9 June 2019.

Reina Green, Diane Piccitto, and Anna Smol were invited to give the plenary session at the St. Thomas University Professional Development Faculty Retreat on February 2, 2019. Their topic was "When Everything Old is New Again': Experiential Learning in the Classroom," which was based on their presentation in October 2018 at the Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase at Dalhousie University. They also gave a "Research Snapshot" on the same topic at the Mount's Research Symposium on May 3, 2019.

Diane Piccitto led a workshop on "Experiencing the Humanities" as part of the Teaching and Learning Centre workshop series on May 29, 2018.

Anna Smol  gave a guest lecture in the English Department, Dalhousie University in their Fan Culture course (English 3305) on Tolkien fanfiction in Fall 2018. Her 2004 article, "Oh...oh...Frodo!": Readings of Male Intimacy in The Lord of the Rings" (published in Modern Fiction Studies) is one of the course texts. She also gave a paper, "Tolkien's Typological Imagination," at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds on July 2, 2018. She participated in a faculty panel on learning objectives on May 15, 2018 for the Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning at Mount Saint Vincent. She has been awarded an MSVU Standard Research Grant for her project on Tolkien and The Homecoming.

Nathaniel Street gave a department seminar on March 27, 2019 on "Re-Animating the Writing-Mind-Body Complex."

Rhoda Zuk (with D. Varga) presented "Hearing From and Listening To: Dialectical Tensions in the Pedagogical Pursuit of Critical Analysis" at the Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase, Dalhousie University (Truro Campus) on October 20, 2018.

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.