Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

S. Leigh Matthews

S. Leigh Matthews

S. Leigh Matthews

Name: Dr. S. Leigh Matthews
Position: Lecturer
Phone: 250-377-6172
Email: lematthews@tru.ca

Research Interests

Representations of Place and the Natural Environment in Western Canadian Literature (Prairies and British Columbia);
Self and Socialization in Women's Literature (both fictional and life-writing);
Canadian Literature (esp. pre-1950);
Children's and Young Adult Literature

Education

University of Victoria (BA and MA); University of Calgary (PhD)

Publications

As of December, 2015: General Editor, Early Canadian Women Writers Series, Borealis/Tecumseh Press

BOOKS:

Looking Back: Canadian Women's Prairie Memoirs and Intersections of Culture, History, and Identity. University of Calgary Press, 2010. (Nominated September, 2011 for the Canadian Women's Studies
Association Annual Book Prize)

SCHOLARLY EDITIONS:

Matthews, S. Leigh, ed. Janet of Kootenay: Life, Love, and Laughter in an Arcady of the West. By Evah McKowan. 1919. Ottawa: Tecumseh Press, 2014.

ARTICLES:

"'A wild cartography of longing': Outlaws, Borders and Coyotes in the Literature of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District." The Goose (an Online journal of the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada) 2.1 (Spring 2006). http://alecc.ca/documents/goose/2006-002.1-Fall-TheGoose.pdf

"The 'precarious perch' of the 'decent woman': The Spatial (De)Construction of Gender in Canadian Women's Prairie Memoirs." History, Literature, and the Writing of the Canadian Prairies. Eds. Alison Calder and Robert Wardhaugh. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2005. 141-174.

Reprint of "'The Bright Bone of a Dream': Drama, Performativity, Ritual, Community in Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family." Contemporary Literary Criticism Volume 180 (2004): 264-274.

"(Nearly) Sacred Achievements: Culinary Place in Women's Prairie Memoirs." Special Issue of Essays on Canadian Writing titled "Food, Cooking, and Eating in Canadian Literature." Guest Editor, Kathleen Batstone. 78 (2003): 16-41.

"The Journal of Frances Ramsay Simpson." The Small Details of Life: 20 Diaries by Women in Canada, 1830-1996. Ed. Kathryn Carter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 33-58.

"(Un)Confinements: The Madness of Motherhood in Mary Wollstonecraft's The Wrongs of Woman." Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives. Eds. Helen M. Buss, D.L. Macdonald and Anne McWhir. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001. 85-97.

"'The Bright Bone of a Dream': Drama, Performativity, Ritual, Community in Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family." biography 23, 2 (Spring 2000): 352-371.

"The New World Gaze: Disguising 'The Eye of Power' in Richardson's Wacousta." Essays on Canadian Writing 70 (Spring 2000): 135-161.

"Grove's Last Laugh: The Gender of Self-Representation in Frederick Philip Grove's In Search of Myself." Canadian Literature 159 (Winter 1998): 114-137.

BOOK REVIEWS:

Book Review of James Ferron Anderson's The River and the Sea (2012). Kamloops This Week, 6 Feb. 2015: B6.

Book Review of Evah McKowan's Janet of Kootenay: Life, Love and Laughter in an Arcady of the West (1919; 2014). Kamloops This Week, 28 Nov. 2014: B6.

Book Review of Mandy Kirkby's Love Letters of the Great War (2014) and Anna Hope's Wake (2014). Kamloops This Week, 5 Sept. 2014: B3.

Book Review of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park and Fangirl (2013). Kamloops This Week, 29 Apr. 2014: B1.

"I am Sustained by Trees," Book Review of Theresa Kishkan's Mnemonic: A Book of Trees (2011). The Goose (an Online journal of the Association for Literature, Environment and Culture in Canada) 11 (Summer 2012): 101-102.
http://alecc.ca/documents/goose/The_Goose_Issue_11_Summer_2012.pdf

Book Review of Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader. Eds. Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson. Ariel 31, 3 (July 2000): 186-188.

PROJECTS/PAPERS SUBMITTED/IN PROCESS:

Research and writing for a proposed "geo-critical" book length study of representations of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

Employment History

Thompson Rivers University, since Fall 2001

Courses Taught

English 1100: Composition
English 1110: Introduction to Prose Fiction
English 1210: Drama and Poetry
English 2040: Canadian Drama
English 2120: Reading Literature: Essential Skills
English 2150: Women and Literature: Voice, Identity, and Difference
English 2250: Women and Literature: Women's Bodies/Women's Roles
English 2170: Contesting Time, Space and Genre in Canadian Literature
English 2270: Subversion and Social Justice in Canadian Literature
English 2200: Studies in Literature: Young Adult Literatuure
English 2400: Studies in Literature: Literature and the Environment
English 2400: Studies in Literature: Literature and Film of WWI: Propaganda and Protest
English 3180: Children's Literature
English 4150: Studies in Women's Literature: The "Shrieking Sisterhood": The New Woman in Literature, 1880-1920
English 4260: Studies in Canadian Literature: Little Houses on the Canadian Prairie: The Natural Environment in Western Settlement Literature
English 4790: Studies in Genre: Women's Memoirs: Telling the Story of the Other/Self
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