Vice-President Academic, First Nations University of Canada
Phone: 306-790-5950 ext. 2305
Contemporary British fiction, contemporary culture, urban fiction, ethics and literature
Degrees: BA Hons, MA (York), PhD (Western Ontario)
Originally, I came from very small town near Windsor, Ontario, though I spent most of my adult life in Toronto. After completing my Honours BA and MA at York University, I remained at that institution for another four years, during which I held the position of Administrative Officer in the President's Office. In 1991, I began doctoral studies at the University of Western Ontario. Shortly after my defence in 1997, I came to the University of Regina, where I initially taught as a sessional lecturer at Campion and Luther Colleges. I became a member of the U of R English Department in 1999.
From 2006 to 2008, I served as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Arts, then as Acting Dean of Arts and Associate Vice-President Academic before moving to my current role as Vice-President Academic at First Nations University of Canada, a federated college of the University of Regina.
My husband, Brian Johnson, and I have four children.
My area of specialization is contemporary British fiction; recently, my focus has been on London fiction. I have secondary interests in urban literary theory; ethics and fiction; postmodernism; popular culture; masculinity studies; the Gothic; technology and literature; narrative theory; and modernist poetry, both in English and French. My first book, Allegories of Telling: Self-Referential Narrative in Contemporary British Fiction, was published by Rodopi Press in 2003. My second book, Ian McEwan, was published by Palgrave Macmillan UK in 2010. I have also published articles on A.S. Byatt's Possession in Modern Fiction Studies and A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945-2000, as well as chapters in the books British Fiction Today, Materialities of Twentieth-Century Narrative and Iconoclastic Departures: Mary Shelley After "Frankenstein" . I have contributed entries on contemporary fiction to a number of reference works, including Cyclopedia of World Authors, Reader's Guide to British History, Cyclopedia of Literary Places and Reader's Guide to Literature in English. I have given papers at a number of international conferences, including the annual conventions of the Modern Language Association and Midwest Modern Language Association, and the Literary London Conference in London, England. In 2010, I was the local host organizer for the 34th International Association for Philosophy and Literature Conference. I continue to serve as a member of the Executive of the IAPL.
My teaching experience at the University of Regina has been at all levels, from ENGL 100 and 110, to Honours and graduate courses in my area of specialization. Recently, I have had the pleasure of teaching courses related to my interest in London fiction and urban representation. I have also taught courses on contemporary British fiction, Salman Rushdie, the Booker Prize, postmodernism and contemporary culture, the historical novel, twentieth-century literary theory, women's fiction that involves revisionist fairy tales and myths, genre, poetry, narrative, hypertext, and postcolonialism. In 2004, I had the privilege of team-teaching an interdisciplinary course called "Power, Knowledge and Postmodernity" with my colleagues Drs Shadia Drury and Nicole Cote.
A number of students have successfully defended Master's theses under my supervision:
Tyler Forrest. "Remember Me?": Metamorphosis of the Self in Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses." Defended 2004.
Alan Friesen. Demonic Possession, Spirit Possession, and Soul-Loss in William Gibson's "Sprawl Trilogy." Defended June 2006.
Shawna Geissler. The Use of Apocalyptic Elements in Contemporary British Fiction. Defended June 2002.
Marcy Koethler. On the Outside Looking In: Confessional Discourse in the Contemporary British Novel. Defended February 2005.
I have also supervised a number of Honours theses and served as a committee member on several Master's thesis committess.