Janice FIAMENGO

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Janice FIAMENGO
Professor

MHN 319

Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 1139

Work E-mail: Fiamengo@uOttawa.ca

Janice Fiamengo

Biography

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

I have three areas of research interest. The first is reflected in my monograph The Woman's Page (2008), a study of six early Canadian women writers; I continue to publish on female journalists of the late nineteenth century, with a special interest in Sara Jeannette Duncan. My second project, which is currently underway, surveys a century of literary representations of animals – from Ernest Thompson Seton and Charles G.D. Roberts to Yann Martel and Barbara Gowdy – in the context of present-day concerns with environmental ethics and care. My third interest involves re-reading central texts in the Canadian canon by such writers as Morley Callaghan, Sinclair Ross, and Alice Munro to explore their treatment of Christian faith. My goal is to be a life-long student of literature.

University degrees

1996 – PhD English, University of British Columbia
1988 – MA, English, University of British Columbia
1986 – BA, English, University of British Columbia

Career

2009- Professor, Department of English, University of Ottawa
2005-2009 Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Ottawa
2003-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Ottawa
1999-2003 Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan
1997-1999 Postdoctoral fellow, Department of English, Simon Fraser University
1998-1999 Sessional lecturer, English, University of British Columbia

Recent publications

Book

The Woman's Page: Journalism and Rhetoric in Early Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008.

Edited books

Home Ground and Foreign Territory: Essays on Early Canadian Literature. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2014.

Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Ottawa: Ottawa University Press, 2007.

Visible Living: Poems Selected and New by Marya Fiamengo. Edited and Introduced by Janice Fiamengo, Seymour Mayne, and Russell Thornton. Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2006.

Chapters in books

“Introduction: Home Ground and Foreign Territory.” Home Ground and Foreign Territory: Essays on Early Canadian Literature. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2014. 1-15.

“Afterword.” Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives. Ed. Linda M. Morra and Jessica Schagerl. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. 315-20.

“Textual and Social Experiment in Women’s Genres.” The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. Coral Ann Howells and Eva-Marie Kröller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 204-23.

“'Kind of ludicrous or kind of beautiful I guess’: Al Purdy’s Rhetoric of Failure.” The Ivory Thought: Essays on Al Purdy. Ed. Gerald Lynch, Shoshannah Ganz, and Josephene Kealey. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2008.

“Rediscovering Our Foremothers Again: The Racial Thinking of Canada’s Early Feminists.” Rpt. in Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History. Ed. Mona Gleason and Adele Perry. 5 th ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006. 144-62.

“‘It looked at me with its mashed eye’: Animal and Human Suffering in Surfacing.” Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye. Ed John Moss and Tobi Kozakewich. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2006. 171-84.

“‘Baptized with tears and sighs’: Sara Jeannette Duncan and the Rhetoric of Feminism.” ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production. Ed. Daniel Coleman. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2005. 257-80.

“‘The refuge of my sick spirit’: L.M. Montgomery and the Shadows of Depression.” The Intimate Life of L.M. Montgomery. Ed. Irene Gammel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. 170-86.

"Regionalism and Urbanism in English-Canadian Literature." The Cambridge Companion to Canadian Literature. Ed. Eva-Marie Kröller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. 241-62.

"Towards a Theory of the Popular Landscape in Anne of Green Gables."Making Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery and Popular Culture. Ed. Irene Gammel. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002. 225-37.

"A Legacy of Ambivalence: Responses to Nellie McClung." Rpt. inRethinking Canada: The Promise of Women's History. Ed. Veronica Strong-Boag, Mona Gleason, and Adele Perry. 4 th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 149-63.

Papers in refereed journals

“The Fail-Proof Student.” Academic Questions 26 (2013): 329-337.  

“Bring Back Learning By Heart.” Academic Questions 25.4 (Winter 2012): 476-77.

 “Sara Jeannette Duncan and Stephen Leacock: Two Master Satirists of Religion and Politics.” Studies in Canadian Literature 37.2 (2012): 54-72.

“Such Is My Beloved as Novelistic Parable.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 63 (Summer 2011): 22-37. 

“Truths of Storytelling: A Response to Burkhard Niederhoff.” Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate 19.1-3 (2009/2010): 53-67.

“Our Dear Cousins the Americans: Sara Jeannette Duncan in Washington.” American Review of Canadian Studies 40.4 (December 2010): 464-77.

“Looking at Animals, Encountering Mystery: The Wild Animal Stories of Ernest Thompson Seton and Charles G.D. Roberts.” Journal of Canadian Studies 44.1 (Winter 2010): 36-59.

“‘Seeing religiously that his socks were always darned’: Serving Idols in As For Me and My House.” Canadian Literature 200 (Spring 2009): 56-71.

“The Death of the New Woman in Sara Jeannette Duncan’s A Daughter of To-day.” Studies in Canadian Literature 34.1 (2009): 5-21.

"Rediscovering Our Foremothers Again: The Racial Thinking of Canada's Early Feminists." Essays on Canadian Writing 75 (Winter 2002): 85-117.

"'Abundantly Worthy of its Past': Agnes Maule Machar and Early Canadian Historical Fiction." Studies in Canadian Literature 27.1 (2002): 15-31.

"'A Last Time for This Also:' Margaret Atwood's Texts of Mourning."Canadian Literature 166 (Autumn 2000): 145-64.

"A Legacy of Ambivalence: Responses to Nellie McClung." Journal of Canadian Studies 34.4 (Winter 2000): 70-87.

"Forms of Suffering in Charlotte Yonge's The Clever Woman of the Family." Victorian Review 25.2 (Winter 2000): 80-105.

"Postcolonial Guilt in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing." The American Review of Canadian Studies 29.1 (Summer 1999): 141-63.

"'Susceptible to no common translation': Language and Idealism in Sara Jeannette Duncan's The Imperialist." Canadian Literature 160 (Spring 1999): 121-40.

"Linda Svendsen's Marine Life: Undoing Narrative Consolation." Studies in Canadian Literature 23.2 (1998): 1-18.

Theses Supervised

Patricia Life, "Long-Term Caring: Canadian Literary Narratives of Personal Agency and Identity in Late Life" (PhD), May 2014.

Marilyn Huebener Osborne, "The Changing Isolation of the Outsider: A Time-Based Analysis of Four Canadian Immigrant Writers" (MA), March 2013.

Bonnie Hughes, “The Subtle but Powerful Cement of a Patriotic Literature”: English-Canadian Literary Anthologies, National Identity, and the Canon (PhD), March 2012.

Suzanne Bowness, In their Own Words: Prefaces and Other Sites of Editorial Interaction in Nineteenth-Century Canadian Magazines (PhD), March 2012.

Josephene Kealey, "American and Canadian Short Story Cycles: The Mythology of the Small Community" (PhD), April 2011.

Kathleen Patchell, "Faith, Fiction, and Fame: Sowing Seeds in Dannyand Anne of Green Gables" (PhD), February 2011.

Jennifer Macquarrie, Never Was Such a Race of Dancers: Dance and Nation in Canadian Literature (PhD), August 2010.

Heather Thomson, “I think it well to search for truth everywhere”: Religious Identity and the Construction of the Self in L.M. Montgomery’s Selected Journals (MA), July 2010.

Christa Zeller Thomas, Making Themselves at Home: Strategies of Self-Representation in Pioneer Women’s Autobiographies (PhD), June 2009.

Tania Aguila-Way, “Returning the Gaze”: The Language of Cinema and the Construction of National Identity in the Canadian Documentary Poem (MA), December 2008.

Michael Fralic, Towards Christianity Without Authority: Pluralism, Skepticism, and Ecclesiastical Power in Selected Examples of Humorous Newfoundland Writing (PhD), January 2007.

Courses taught

ENG2400 Introduction to Canadian Literature 
ENG4182 A Century of Canadian Women Writers 
ENG7321 Nineteenth-Century Canadian Literature 
ENG7320 Regionalism in Twentieth-Century Canadian Fiction

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