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The following faculty are members of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and thereby authorized to supervise theses and dissertations:

Lindsey BancoLindsey BancoB.A., Hons. (Alberta), M.A. & Ph.D. (Queen's)Associate ProfessorOffice: Arts 308Phone: 966-8438Email: lindsey.banco@usask.caLindsey Banco is the author of two books. The first, Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature (2009), examines depictions of mobility and intoxication in the work of writers such as William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, and Alex Garland. The second, The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2016), explores representations of the Manhattan Project physicist in fiction, biography, history, film, television, museums, comic books, photographs, and other media. It examines how the science and technology of the atomic bomb are framed in a variety of cultural productions.He is interested in the relationships between literature and science and technology, and works on how those relationships construct knowledge and identity. He enjoys working on canonical American literature and, equally, varieties of representational modes and disciplines. His work spans a range of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literatures, forms, and issues, and uses multiple theoretical and methodological approaches.
William BartleyWilliam BartleyB.A. (Alberta), M.A. (San Francisco State), Ph.D. (Alberta)Associate ProfessorOffice: Arts 411BPhone: 306-966-5512Email: w.bartley@usask.caWilliam Bartley teaches American literature and film. Currently, he’s been thinking about the nature of cultural change. To that end, he’s working on a study of American historical fiction—including film—as a mode of ethical and political inquiry.
Michael Cichon, STMMichael Cichon, STMB.A. (St Francis Xavier), M.A. (Wales, Bangor), M.A. (Toronto), M.S.L. (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), Ph.D. (Toronto)Office: St. Thomas More 221Phone: 966-8957Email: mcichon@stmcollege.caThe Cult of Chivalry, the Religion of Love and the Rhetoric of Feud. Michael Cichon studies the vernacular literatures of the British Isles, with a particular interest in legal and anthropological approaches to analysing those literary traditions and the cultures which produced them. He has published essays on the erotic in medieval Welsh literature, Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, and Welsh Arthurian romances. His current work involves proverbs in older Scots literature as well as perceptions of the Welsh in Old English.
Ronald CooleyRonald CooleyB.A., M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto)Professor Email: ron.cooley@usask.caRonald Cooley specializes in 17th-century literature, and in the literary, social and cultural history of early modern England. He has published articles on George Herbert, John Milton, Shakespeare, and Thomas Pynchon. His book on George Herbert draws on ecclesiastical, economic and social history, to show how Herbert's poetry and prose records, responds to and promotes the emergence of the modern in early modern England, as modernity is expressed in worship, social regulation, agricultural technology and land use, and domestic relations. His current research involves the literary and cultural history of Early modern Kent, and the Kentish spa town or Tunbridge Wells. He is also the supervising editor of Early-Modern Electronic Texts, a series of electronic documentary and critical editions of early-modern texts, prepared by senior undergraduate and graduate students.
Len FindlayLen FindlayM.A. (Aberdeen), D.Phil. (Oxford)ProfessorOffice: Arts 310Phone: 966-2573Email: len.findlay@usask.caLen Findlay did his graduate work and most of his early publication on Victorian aesthetic theory and practice. From this strongly interdisciplinary base, he then expanded his interests historically and philosophically, before turning to the social functions of the literary, the figure of the public intellectual, the role of institutions and disciplines in determining what counts as knowledge and culture, and the division of academic labor in the contemporary university. He is currently endeavoring to establish in a number of different settings how critical theory, combined with critical pedagogy and collaborative research, can help decolonize Canadian universities while repoliticizing them in ways more receptive to the needs and knowledge of different communities.
Kevin FlynnKevin FlynnB.A. (McGill), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (McGill)Assistant Professor Office: Arts 309Phone: 966-5522Email: kevin.flynn@usask.caKevin Flynn has published previously on 19th-century Canadian poetry and culture, particularly as concerns literary representations of the railway in Canada. His current research on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s lectures in Canada is part of a larger project on the influence of American Transcendentalism on 19th-century Canadian literature and culture. He is also working on an enumerative bibliography of Canadian literary criticism with an eye to interrogating shifts in the Canadian canon away from literary value and toward theoretical positionings. Dr. Flynn is the editor of Essays on Canadian Writing.
Richard HarrisRichard HarrisB.A. (University of the South), M.A. (Florida), Ph.D. (Iowa)Professor Office: Arts 314Phone: 966-5502Email: richard.harris@usask.caRichard Harris edited the Old Icelandic Hjalmþés saga for his dissertation while in Reykjavík on a Fulbright Grant for Graduate Research (1965-67). His early publications, undertaken while teaching at Umeå University in Sweden (1971-72), were concerned with Old Icelandic and Old English literature and their inter-connections. He then undertook research in Reykjavík and London on the collaborative activities of William Morris and Eiríkur Magnússon, resulting in several articles and the discovery of 75 letters from Morris to Magnússon which had sat unknown for several decades in a shoebox in a cupboard at the National Library of Iceland. His work with the 17th-century English antiquaries, begun in the late 70s and supported by SSHRCC (1983-85), produced 'A Chorus of Grammars': The Correspondence of George Hickes and his Collaborators on the Thesaurus linguarum septentrionalium, a 492-page volume published with the aid of a CFH grant (Pontifical Institute, Toronto, 1992). He continues work on an edition of the Oxford journals of Sir Frederik Madden and is a Contributing Editor to the international digital project, Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages, at the University of Sydney, Australia. Professor Harris has spent some years compiling A Concordance to the Proverbs and Proverbial Materials of the Old Icelandic Sagas, which now covers most of the Family Sagas (Íslendingasögur). He is currently at work on paroemial texts in the Kings’ Sagas (Konungasögur) and in the Sagas of Ancient Times (Fornaldarsögur norðrlanda). A section of the Concordance, Applications, presents conference papers and references to articles making use of the material gathered by this project. 
Peter HynesPeter HynesB.A. (Acadia), M.A. (York, England), Ph.D. (Toronto)Associate ProfessorOffice: Arts 413Phone: 966-5519Email: Peter Hynes has a background in comparative literature and 18th-century studies, with particular interests in the epistolary novel, sentimental drama, and the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Lately his teaching and research focus has expanded to include contemporary fantasy and science fiction. He has published articles on Richardson and on eighteenth-century drama. Current writing includes essays on Diderot, Frances Brooke, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
Kathleen James-CavanKathleen James-CavanB.A. Hons. (Trent), B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's)Associate Professor Office: Arts 321Phone: 966-5501Email: kathleen.james-cavan@usask.caKathleen James-Cavan has published in Studies in the Novel on Jane Austen's The Watsons and has published two articles in Persuasions: The Journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She has given conference papers on Austen; Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; and Edmund Spenser. Her research concerns primarily literature by women of the later 18th century, specifically Jane Austen, Hannah Cowley, Frances Burney, Elizabeth Carter, Catherine Talbot, and Elizabeth Inchbald. As part of a collective, she helped to produce the second edition of Thinking It Through: A Practical Guide to Academic Essay Writing (Academic Skills Centre, Trent University, 1989).
Darlene Kelly, STMDarlene Kelly, STMOffice: St. Thomas More 130Phone: 966-8926Email:
Arul Kumaran, STMArul Kumaran, STMM.A. (Madras, India), M.Phil. (Madras, India), Ph.D. (Saskatchewan) Office: St. Thomas More 203Phone: 966-8938Email:
Yin LiuYin LiuB.A., Ph.D. (Alberta)Associate ProfessorOffice: Arts 316Phone: 966-1835Email: Some current research: Medieval Codes project
Marie LovrodMarie LovrodPh.D.Associate Professor, English/Women's and Gender StudiesOffice: Arts 416Phone: 306-966-7538Email:
Jeanette LynesJeanette LynesM.A. (York), M.F.A. (University of Southern Maine), Ph.D. (York)Professor of English and Coordinator, MFA in Writing (I.C.C.C.)Office: Arts 408Phone: 966-2781Email: jeanette.lynes@usask.caWebsite:
Ann R.C. MartinAnn R.C. MartinB.A., Hons. (Toronto), M.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Toronto)Associate ProfessorOffice: Arts 420Phone: 966-5527Email: Ann Martin is the Vice-President of the International Virginia Woolf Society and has published on Canadian, American, and British modernisms for journals such as Canadian Literature and Woolf Studies Annual. Her interests in cultural studies, gender performance, and children’s literature are reflected in articles on Virginia Woolf and Emma Donoghue, as well as in her monograph: Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Bed (UTP 2006; reprint 2007), which addresses the multifaceted role of fairy tales in the modernist prose of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Djuna Barnes. An interdisciplinary methodology has also informed her work on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning through collaborative articles published in CELT and CJSoTL. Co-editor of Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Second Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (CUP 2013) and guest editor of the upcoming Fall 2015 issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany: Virginia Woolf and the Modern Machine Age, she is currently researching the role of the motor-car in interwar British fiction, where commodity culture jostles against rural and urban community in the lives and works of--among others--Virginia Woolf, Dorothy L. Sayers, Kenneth Grahame, and Radclyffe Hall.  
Allison MuriAllison Muri B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (Saskatchewan)Professor Office: Arts 418Phone: 306-966-5503Email: allison.muri@usask.caWebsite: Muri's research investigates the history of book and print culture and the theory and applications of digital texts and media. Her book The Enlightenment Cyborg: A History of Communications and Control in the Human Machine, 1660–1830 (Toronto UP, 2007) focuses on representations of materialism and the man-machine in 18th-century texts to discern a history of the human machine trope. This research encompasses an inquiry into the history of cyborgs or present-day representations of humans as machines in literature, cultural studies, and science and medicine. Currently, her research focuses on the literary topographies and the trades of 18th-century London: The Grub Street Project is a digital work in progress that maps these relationships, and also investigates new practices in digital scholarship.
Brent NelsonBrent NelsonB.R.E. (Briercrest), B.A., M.A. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (Toronto)ProfessorOffice: Arts 317Phone: 966-1820Email: brent.nelson@usask.caWebsite: Brent Nelson is principal investigator of The Culture of Curiosity in England and Scotland 1580-1700 and is building a virtual museum of collections of curiosities in this context.  He is also the director of the John Donne Society's Digital Text Project and a member of INKE: Implementing New Knowledge Environments.  He is assocate  editor of Opuscula: Short Texts of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (OSTMAR) and of ArchBook: Architectures of the Book.
Ella OphirElla OphirB.A., Hons.(Simon Fraser), M.A. & Ph.D. (Queen's)Associate Professor Office: Arts 411APhone: 966-2056Email: Ella Ophir specializes in British and American modernist literature. She has published essays on modernist fiction, poetry, documentary, and life writing. Her most recent work explores the relationship between language and power, with a particular focus on conceptions of voice. She has received SSHRC funding to produce a digital edition of The Note Books of a Woman Alone, the diary of London employment agency clerk from the years 1914 to 1934. First published in 1935, The Note Books were edited by M.G. Ostle, an ordinary reader inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.  
David J. ParkinsonDavid J. ParkinsonB.A. (Victoria), M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (Toronto)ProfessorOffice: Arts 320Phone: 306-371-0402Email: david.john.parkinson@usask.caLate-medieval and early-modern literature in Scotland
Sarah Powrie, STM Sarah Powrie, STM B.A., Hons. (Saskatchewan), M.A. (Queens), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto)Associate ProfessorOffice: St. Thomas More 446Email: spowrie@stmcollege.caSarah Powrie publishes on medieval and early modern topics. She has several publications investigating the philosophical and allegorical sources of Chaucer's dream visions.  She is also interested in continuities bridging medieval and early modern periods.  She has published several articles identifying ways in which early modern writers (John Donne, Edmund Spenser, Nicholas of Cusa) appropriate medieval theories of metaphysics or cognition.  Her articles appear in the Chaucer Review, Modern Philology, SEL, Studies in Philology, Renaissance and Reformation, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, and the John Donne Journal.
Peter RobinsonPeter RobinsonDip. Ed., (Monash), M.A. & Ph.D. (Oxford) ProfessorOffice: Arts 311Phone: 966-5491Email: peter.robinson@usask.caDigital methods for humanities research, scholarly editing, methods for editing and analysis of large manuscript traditions (particularly, application of techniques from evolutionary biology); the textual traditions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Dante's Commedia
Joanne RochesterJoanne RochesterB.A., Hon. (British Columbia), M.A. & Ph.D. (Toronto)Assistant Professor Office: Arts 307Phone: 966-5499Email:
Wendy RoyWendy RoyB. Journalism (Carleton), M.A. (Saskatchewan), Ph.D. (McGill)ProfessorOffice: Arts 419Phone: 306-966-2132Email: wendy.roy@usask.caDr. Roy works on issues of gender and culture in Canadian women's writing. Her manuscript under review, The Next Instalment: Continuing Stories by Nellie McClung, L.M. Montgomery, and Mazo de la Roche, examines the cultural and social implications of serials, sequels, and adaptations of Montgomery (the Anne of Green Gables books), McClung (the Pearlie Watson trilogy), and de la Roche (the Jalna books). Her current research project, Women of the Apocalypse: Writing the End of the World in Canada, focuses on apocalyptic and dystopian writing by Canadian women from the past 50 years to the present.She has published a book on travel writing in Canada (Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel), as well as essays on Canadian writers including Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, L. M. Montgomery, Nellie McClung, Mina Hubbard, and Anna Jameson, and she co-edited (with Susan Gingell) the 2012 collection Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond: Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual. Click on the "More Information" tab for a complete list of her publications. Professor Roy is a member of the advisory board of Studies in Canadian Literature / Études en littérature canadienne and is past-president of the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures / l'Assocation des littératures canadiennes et québécoise.
Douglas ThorpeDouglas ThorpeB.A. (Saskatchewan), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)Associate Professor Office: Arts 421Phone: 966-5524Email: doug.thorpe@usask.caDouglas Thorpe, Associate Professor, has written on Dickens, Stevenson, Hogg, MacDonald, fantasy, and children's literature in such journals as Dickens Studies Annual, Victorian Review, and Canadian Children's Literature. His current research is interdisciplinary, drawing on history, sociology, art, and literature, and focuses on the history of old age, especially on problems of discourse and representation of the aged in Victorian culture. Active in ACCUTE and The Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada (he was co-convenor of the Saskatoon conference this fall), Professor Thorpe has also presented a paper to the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
Nancy Van StyvendaleNancy Van StyvendaleB.A., Hon. (Winnipeg), M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. (Alberta)Assistant ProfessorOffice: Arts 414Phone: 966-5521Email: Nancy Van Styvendale teaches and researches in the field of Indigenous North American Literatures. Her work theorizes discourses of recovery, homecoming, and healing in Indigenous literatures, including works by Joseph Boyden, Tomson Highway, Maria Campbell, Jeannette Armstrong, Sherman Alexie, Janet Campbell Hale, James Welch, and Richard Wagamese. Her background in performativity and trauma theory has informed her published work on the trans/historicity of trauma in Indigenous literatures, and her expertise in gender and racial melancholia (Butler; Cheng) has shaped her analyses of loss in relation to subject and community formation. She is very interested in urban Indigenous literatures, and specifically in texts that imagine the city as a vibrant site of Indigenous identity and community activism. Most recently, she has become interested in Indigenous prison literatures, and in the link between incarceration, creativity, and social justice. As an activist-scholar, Dr. Van Styvendale is interested in the intersection of literary study and community engagement, and she is involved in a number of collaborative, community-based teaching and research projects. The first of these is "Inspired Minds," a creative writing program at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre, which is run in collaboration with the Aboriginal Cultural Coordinator at the jail. The second is "Wahkohtowin" (which means "kinship" in Cree), a collaborative teaching and research project with faculty members Priscilla Settee (Native Studies) and Sarah Buhler (Law), as well as Str8Up (an organization for exited gang members) and Oskayak High School. Dr. Van Styvendale has co-published an article on the later project in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Justice Studies. She is currently working on a publication on the role of art in the Idle No More movement, and is co-editing a collection on community service-learning in Canada.
Lisa VargoLisa VargoB.A. (Mount Holyoke), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)ProfessorOffice: Arts 318Phone: 966-5500Email: lisa.vargo@usask.caLisa Vargo teaches and researches 18th- and 19th-century literature. She is particularly interested in women writers, especially Mary Shelley and Anna Barbauld. She has published articles on Graham Greene, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Robinson, Anna Barbauld, Mary Shelley, Anna Jameson, hypertext editing, gothic women's fiction, Scottish women writers, 18th-century representations of the moose and Mathilde Blind. She is the editor of Mary Shelley's Lodore (Broadview Press, 1997) and Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey (Broadview Press, 2007).  She is co-editor with Allison Muri of an edition of Anna Barbauld's Poems (1773) for Romantic Circles Electronic Editions. Her edition of Mary Shelley's Spanish and Portuguese Lives appears in the 4-volume set Mary Shelley's Literary Lives and Other Writings from Pickering and Chatto.  Lisa is Associate Editor (North America) for the journal Women's Writing. She has spent many years as a tutor and  volunteer in adult literacy work and currently serves on the board of the Word on the Street (Saskatoon).
Ludmilla VoitkovskaLudmilla VoitkovskaPh.D. (Linguistics), Ph.D. (English)Associate Professor Office: Arts 313Phone: 966-6918Email: ludmilla.voitkovska@usask.caJoseph Conrad, translingual writers, critical theory, linguistics, translation studies, comparative literature.
Cynthia Wallace, STMCynthia Wallace, STMB.A. (Cedarville), M.A., Ph.D. (Loyola Chicago)Assistant ProfessorOffice: St. Thomas More 213Phone: 966-8067Email: cwallace@stmcollege.caCynthia R. Wallace teaches and researches in religion and literature, contemporary literature, women writers, postcolonial literature, and literary theory, especially literary ethics and feminist theory. She has published articles and book chapters on Toni Morrison, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Mary Gordon, Adrienne Rich, Ana Castillo, and Denise Levertov. Her first book, Of Women Borne: A Literary Ethics of Suffering (Columbia UP, 2016) theorizes a dynamic interplay of readerly attention and literary representation in contemporary women's writing. Currently she's at work on a creative manuscript on embodied suffering and attention as well as a scholarly manuscript on the surprising influence of philosopher-mystic Simone Weil on twentieth- and twenty-first century feminist writers' ethical and political ideals.
Francis ZichyFrancis ZichyB.A. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Harvard)Professor Office: Arts 315Phone: 966-5494Email: francis.zichy@usask.caFrancis Zichy has published Leo Kennedy and His Works (ECW Press, 1990) and articles on Canadian fiction, poetry, and drama, on American poetry, and on literary theory. His work in progress focuses on contemporary Canadian fiction and on postmodernism in Canada. He has been visiting professor at Rostock and Greifswald universities and has given papers widely in Germany, has adjudicated manuscripts for The Journal of Canadian Studies and Essays on Canadian Writing, and has contributed to the Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory, ed. Makaryk (U of Toronto Press).



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