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Ann R.C. Martin B.A., Hons. (Toronto), M.A. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Toronto)

Associate Professor and Graduate Chair

Faculty Member in English
Graduate Supervisor in English

Arts 420

Research Area(s)

  • Cultural studies, gender and sexualities studies, interdisciplinarity.
  • Interwar British fiction; the writings of Virginia Woolf and Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Modernism and the lived experiences of Modernity.
  • The motor-car, machines, and object theory.
  • Children's literature; Young Adult fiction.

About me

Dr. Ann Martin studies and teaches 20th century literature, with a particular focus on Modernism and its connections to lived experiences of modernity. Taking an interdisciplinary approach that combines cultural studies and gender studies, she has published on responses to urban landscapes in early 20th century Canadian women's writing and on the presence of fairy tales in the prose fiction of American, Irish, and British modernists. Her interest in Children's Literature has also informed an article tracing the dynamics of intertextuality in the work of contemporary author Emma Donoghue and a forthcoming essay in Modernism in Wonderland (edited by Michelle Witen and John Morgenstern) regarding Dorothy L. Sayers's allusions to Lewis Carroll.  

Former Vice-President of the International Virginia Woolf Society, Professor Martin's research focus is the multifaceted place of the motor car in interwar British fiction as mechanical object, commodity, and canvas. She is currently co-editing an essay collection with Professor Christopher Townsend at Royal Holloway, University of London, on early 20th C. representations of and responses to the automobile: Modernity Must Drive.



Modernism / Modernity The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Young Adult / Literature for Children

(with Robin Adair)  "A Driving Bloomsbury: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and the Meaning of the Motor-Car." Woolf Studies Annual 24 (2018): 75-99.

"'The little bit of power I had myself': Lady Lasswade's Shifting  Sense of Place in The Years." Virginia Woolf and Heritage. Ed. Jane de Gay, Tom Breckin, and Anne Reus. Clemson/Liverpool UP, 2017. 60-66.

"Sky Haunting: The British Motor-Car Industry and the World Wars." Virginia Woolf Writing the World: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Fourth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Eds. Pamela L. Caughie and Diana Swanson.  Clemson, S.C.: Clemson UP, 2015. 49-54.
"'Unity--Dispersity': Virginia Woolf and the Contradictory Motif of the Motor-Car."  Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First Century Approaches.  Ed. Jeanne Dubino, Gill Lowe, Vara Neverow, and Kathryn Simpson.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2015. 93-110.
(with Kathryn Holland and Taylor Witiw)  "Student Learning and Conference Design: The Case of Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf."  CJSoTL 6.2 (2015): article 10.
(co-edited with Kathryn Holland)  Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the Twenty-Second Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf.  Clemson, S.C.: Clemson UP, 2013.
(with Erin DeLathouwer, Jasmine Liska, and Wendy Roy) “Multidisciplinary Collaborations Through Learning Communities: Navigating Anxiety.” CELT V (2012): 27-32. 

"Generational Collaborations in Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 35.1 (2010): 4-25.

"The Writing Livesays: Connecting Generations of Canadian Modernism.”  Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry.  Ed. Di Brandt and Barbara Godard.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2009: 29-48.

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Bed: Modernism's Fairy Tales. University of Toronto Press, 2006.

"Modernist Transformations: Virginia Woolf, Cinderella, and the Legacy of Anny Thackeray Ritchie." Woolf Studies Annual 11 (2005): 33-52.

"Mapping Modernity in J.G. Sime's Sister Woman." Sister Woman: A Critical Edition. Ed. Sandra Campbell. Ottawa: Tecumseh, 2004. 277-282.

"Visions of Canadian Modernism: The Urban Fiction of F.R. Livesay and J. G. Sime." Canadian Literature 181 (2004): 43-59.

"'Sweet Dolly Sodam': Narrative Drag in Djuna Barnes's Ryder." torquere: Journal of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association 2 (2000): 105-122.

Teaching & Supervision

Classroom Community Collaboratve Reciprocal teaching and learning Student-Centred

Having supervised a number of Ph.D. and Master's candidates on research geared to Modernist Studies, Speculative Fiction, and 20th C. British literature, I welcome expressions of interest from scholars working with modernism and modernity, children's literature, cultural studies, and gender and sexualities studies.

I am committed to the teacher-scholar model, in which my research informs my classroom teaching and classroom discussions allow me learn from my students.This is the reciprocal and collaborative dynamic that informs my instructional methods in first-year introductory courses, courses on Children's Literature and Crime and Detective Fiction, and upper-year classes more directly reflective of my research.

My interest in collaborative pedagogy is at the heart of presentations and of co-authored articles published in journals including Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (2012) and the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015).  The results of that interest have been recognized through teaching awards from Queen's University and from the University of Saskatchewan, including the USSU Teaching Excellence Award (2009), the College of Arts and Science Teaching Excellence Award in the Division of the Humanities and Fine Arts (2014), and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching: College of Arts and Science, Humanities and Fine Arts (2014).

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2016 - Virginia Woolf
  • 2016 - Literature for Children
  • 2017 - Kissing the Text: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Fairy Tales
  • 2017 - Crime and Detective Fiction
  • 2018 - Modernism and the Fashioned Self
  • 2018 - British and Irish Literature Since 1950


Dorothy L. Sayers England Modernism/Modernity Scholarship of Teaching and Learning The Motor-Car Virginia Woolf

Ann Martin researches Canadian, American, and British modernisms through an interdisciplinary approach that is influenced by cultural studies and gender theory. Her articles have been published in journals such as Woolf Studies Annual and Canadian Literature, as well as in essay collections, including Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First-Century Approaches (Edinburgh UP 2015). In addition to editing Virginia Woolf and the Modern Machine Age, a special issue of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany (Fall 2015 / Winter 2016), she was the co-editor of Interdisciplinary / Multidisciplinary Woolf (CUP 2013). Interdisciplinarity has also informed her publications on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which include co-authored articles published in CELT and The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

With her monograph, Red Riding Hood and the Wolf in Bed (UTP 2006; reprint 2007)--a reading of fairy tales in the fiction of Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, and Djuna Barnes--these publications represent a sustained exploration of intertextuality and cultural interaction, where narrative reflects the participatory dynamics and lived experiences of modernity. A strand of this project is her ongoing scholarly engagement with fairy tales, children's literature, and young adult fiction, whether in her work on the intergenerational relationships in Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch or on the modernist presence of Lewis Carroll in “'You’re nothing but a pack of cards!': Carrollian Intertextuality and the Detective Fiction of Dorothy L. Sayers," for the forthcoming collection Modernism in Wonderland.

Her current focus is the motor-car as it signals the early 20th century navigation of tradition and modernity. With Professor Christopher Townsend at Royal Holloway, University of London, she is co-editing Modernity Must Drive, a collection of essays on the automobile in interwar British fiction, culture, and art.

Education & Training

Ph.D. University of Toronto

M.A. Queen's University, Kingston

B.A. (Hons.) University of Toronto at Scarborough

Awards & Honours

  • Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching: College of Arts and Science, Humanitites and Fine Arts, awarded by Vice-Provost's Office, University of Saskatchewan April 2014
  • Teaching Excellence Award in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, awarded by College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan February 2014
  • USSU Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by USSU March 2009
  • Nomination, USSU Teaching Excellence Award, awarded by USSU March 2009
  • Gabrielle Roy Prize for Literary Criticism in Canada, awarded by Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women's Poetry January 2009