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

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


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


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


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)


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.


"'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).

"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 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.

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


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