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Wendy Roy

Wendy Roy

B. Journalism (Carleton), M.A. (Saskatchewan), Ph.D. (McGill)

Associate Professor

Office: Arts 419
Phone: 306-966-2132

Teaching & Supervision

Wendy Roy is Undergraduate Chair in the Department of English. She teaches classes in Canadian Literature, Canadian Fiction, and Canadian Drama.

Professor Roy has supervised two MA projects on the novels of Carol Shields and a third MA project on Tomson Highway's Kiss of the Fur Queen and Neal McLeod's Sons of a Lost River. She is currently supervising an MA project on Mazo de la Roche's Whiteoaks of Jalna, as well as two PhD dissertations, the first on Asian Canadian women’s writing of the mid-1990s and the second on sexualized female bodies in Canadian women's short stories. She has mentored a student researcher from Brazil on a project on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and is currently mentoring a faculty member from China who is researching Canadian women's short story cycles.

Honours, Awards & Distinctions (Most Recent)

  • Inaugural Learning Communities Teaching Award, awarded by University of Saskatchewan, April 22, 2010
  • Finalist, Scholarly Writing Prize, for Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel, awarded by Saskatchewan Book Awards, November 26, 2005


Wendy Roy works on issues of gender and culture in Canadian women’s fiction and travel writing. Her current research project, funded by a SSHRC research grant, is called Continuing Stories by Canadian Women and examines the cultural and social implications of serials, sequels, and adaptations by writers such as L.M. Montgomery (the Anne of Green Gables books), Nellie McClung (the Pearlie Watson trilogy), and Mazo de la Roche (the Jalna books).

Dr. Roy 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. She 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.


"Visual Arts and the Political World in P. K. Page's Brazilian Journal." Canadian Poetry 75 (2014): 61-82.

"Revisiting the Sequel: Carol Shields's Companion Novels." The Worlds of Carol Shields. Ed. David Staines. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2014. 63-89.

"Home as Middle Ground in Adaptations of Anne of Green Gables and Jalna." Special issue on Print Culture, Mobility, and the Middlebrow. International Journal of Canadian Studies 48 (2014): 9-31.

“The Literary Construction of Saskatchewan before 1905: Narratives of Trade, Rebellion, and Settlement.” The Literary History of Saskatchewan. Vol. 1. Ed. David Carpenter. Regina: Coteau Books, 2013. 29-56.

S. Gingell and W. Roy, editors and introduction. Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond: Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012.

“ ‘The Power and the Paradox’ of the Spoken Story: Challenges to the Tyranny of the Written in Contemporary Canadian Fiction.” Listening Up, Writing Down, and Looking Beyond: Interfaces of the Oral, Written, and Visual. Ed. Susan Gingell and Wendy Roy. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. 201-20.

E. DeLathouwer, W. Roy, A. Martin, and J. Liska. “Multidisciplinary Collaboration Through Learning Communities: Navigating Anxiety.” Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching 5 (2012): 27-32.

W. Roy and J. Calderon, editors and introduction. "Representations of First Nations and Métis in Canada.” Special Dossier of International Journal of Canadian Studies 41 (2010): 181-312.

“The Word is Colander: Language Loss and Narrative Voice in Fictional Canadian Alzheimer’s Narratives.” Canadian Literature 203 (2009): 41-61.

“Misreading the Literary Evidence in Carol Shields’s Mystery Plots.” English Studies in Canada 34. 2-3 (2008): 113-129.

"Brenda Bowman at Dinner with Judy Chicago: Feminism and Needlework in Carol Shields's A Fairly Conventional Woman." Atlantis 33.1 (2008): 120-30.

"The Politics of Hunting in Canadian Women's Narratives of Travel." Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2007. 305-32.
"The Body of/as Evidence: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin, and the Feminist Literary Mystery." Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye. Ed. John Moss and Tobi Kozakwich. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2006. 361-71.
Maps of Difference: Canada, Women, and Travel. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005. Finalist, Saskatchewan Book Awards Scholarly Writing Prize (2005).
"Primacy, Technology, and Nationalism in Agnes Deans Cameron's The New North." Mosaic 38.2 (2005): 53-78.
"'The Ensign of the Mop and the Dustbin': The Maternal and the Material in Autobiographical Writings by Laura Goodman Salverson and Nellie McClung." Auto/biography in Canada. Ed. Julie Rak. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2005. 247-62.
"Visualizing Labrador: Maps, Photographs, and Geographical Naming in Mina Hubbard's A Woman's Way through Unknown Labrador." Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Littérature Canadienne 29.1 (2004): 13-34.
"'Here is the picture as well as I can paint it': Anna Jameson's Illustrations for Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada." Canadian Literature 177 (2003): 97-119.
"Autobiography as Critical Practice in The Stone Diaries." Carol Shields, Narrative Hunger, and the Possibilities of Fiction. Ed. Edward Eden and Dee Goertz. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. 113-46.
"Unless the World Changes: Carol Shields on Women's Silencing in Contemporary Culture." Carol Shields: The Arts of a Writing Life. Ed. Neil Besner. Winnipeg: Prairie Fire, 2003. 125-32.
"Anti-imperialism and Feminism in Margaret Laurence's African Writings." Canadian Literature (2001): 169: 33-57.