I teach mostly Canadian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, with forays whenever my schedule permits into literary theory, especially aesthetics.
I’m currently working on a book about the Canadian literary boom of the 1960s. Most of what I publish these days began in the classroom: an article about Beckett from my first-year class, several pieces about street art and beauty from graduate seminars, etc.
I published my first book in 2005 with University of Toronto Press, called When Canadian Literature Moved to New York. It’s not bad, but I’d wait for the movie. These days I write more for general interest monthlies and quarterlies than scholarly journals, mostly The Walrus and Queen’s Quarterly.
Awards, Affiliations, Personal Interests, etc.:
National Magazine Award (2009); President’s Teaching Award (2009); 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2011); Gabrielle Roy Prize (2005). Mostly, I just like teaching and writing. Music helps.