Teaching

Courses Taught

Contemporary Studies and English, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford campus) (2010–2013)

  • Children, Toys and Media
  • Cinderella Stories: Fairy Tales and Contemporary Culture (Honours seminar)
  • Contemporary Canadian Fiction

Department of English, University of Winnipeg (2006–2007)

  • Adolescent Literary and Media Texts (Advanced Studies in Children’s Cultural and Literary Texts)
  • Canadian Children’s Literature and Cultures
  • Fairy Tales and Culture
  • Fairy Tales, Myth, and Poetry
  • Fiction for Children
  • Literature and Identity: Personal, Categorical, National

Courses Assisted

Teaching Assistant/Seminar Instructor, Guest Lecturer, Department of English and Cultural Studies and Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, McMaster University (2002–2005)

  • Cultural Studies and Consumer Culture
  • Cultural Studies and Visual Culture
  • Cultural Studies: History, Theory, Practice
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature I
  • Longer Genres
  • Popular Culture

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Seminar Instructor, Guest Lecturer, Marking Assistant, Tutor, School of English and Theatre Studies/Office of Open Learning (Distance Education), University of Guelph (1999–2001)

  • Children’s Literature
  • Communication Skills
  • Introduction to Film
  • Literatures in English: Reading the Contemporary World
  • Literatures in English: Reading the Past
  • Literatures in English II: Finding a Critical Voice
  • Major English Writers

Guest Lectures

“‘Pruned Down and Branched Out’? Anne of Green Gables and Its Afterlives.” English 2003: Field of Children’s Literature, University of Winnipeg, 25 September 2008.

“Language, Narration, and Intertextuality in Anne of Green Gables, Novel and Film.” English 2180: Types of Popular Literature, University of Winnipeg, 4 May 2007.

“‘Life Has Beaten Me’: Marriage as Surrender and Nightmare in Mistress Pat (1935).” English 770: L.M. Montgomery’s Fiction and Journals (graduate course), University of Waterloo, 24 March 2006.

“David Henry Hwang’s M Butterfly, Postcolonial Theory, Gender Theory, Intertextuality, and Adaptation.” English 1AA3: Longer Genres, McMaster University, 25 November 2004.

The Simpsons, Satire, Commodity Culture, and Mixed Viewership.” English/CSCT 2J03: Popular Culture, McMaster University, 12 March 2004.

“Viewing and Reviewing The Simpsons: Satire, Socialization, and the Question of the Resisting Viewer.” English/CSCT 2J03: Popular Culture, McMaster University, 19 November 2002.

“J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone: Representations of Gender and of the Fantastic.” English 2740: Children’s Literature, University of Guelph, 20, 22 March 2001.

Anne of Green Gables, Satire, and Cinematic Adaptation.” English 2740: Children’s Literature, University of Guelph, 25 January 2001.

Six sessions on canonical poetry by Shakespeare, Donne, Wroth, Eliot, and Yeats, as well as two dozen critical terms from allegory to zeugma. English 2060: Literatures in English II: Finding a Critical Voice, University of Guelph, 17 January to 2 February 2001.

Workshops Organized and Chaired

“Submitting Work to Academic Journals.” Department of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, 10 March 2008.

“Journal Submission Dos and Don’ts.” Department of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University, 16 March 2005.