Part-time Professor

1987 – B.A., English, Glendon College
1988 – M.A., English, York University
2014 – Ph.D. English, University of Ottawa

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Ruth Bradley


  • Canadian Association for Studies in Book Culture, founding member
  • MLA member
  • Bibliographical Society of Canada member

University Degrees

1987 – B.A., English, Glendon College
1988 – M.A., English, York University
2014– Ph.D. English, University of Ottawa

Fields of Interest

  • Canadian literature
  • Children’s literature
  • Canadian publishing
  • Ryerson Press
  • Palliative and post-mortem editing
  • Opera as literature
  • Non-fiction

Research and Teaching Interests

The Ryerson Press represents the first Canadian publisher and, in its time, published in the four main streams of publishing: educational, professional, trade, and religious. It went through several peaks and valleys from its inception to its eventual sale, in 1970, to McGraw-Hill. The sale itself caused an uproar in the Canadian publishing industry, including questions raised in the House of Commons and a protest march in the streets of Toronto. A history of the press represents, to a great extent, the history of Canadian publishing.


Sept. 2007 — Present Instructor / Teaching Assistant / Marker, Department of English, University of Ottawa

Sept. 2002 — Present

Freelance Writer and Editor, member of Editors’ Association of Canada (EAC); founding member of Canadian Freelance Union (CEP Local 2040)
Jan. 2011 —
Apr. 2011
Instructor, Communications, Algonquin College

Dec. 2009 —
Dec. 2010

Managing Editor, Canadian Journal of Development Studies
May 2008 —
July 2008 
Marketing, Upper Canada Village (Contract)
2006, 2007, 2008 Historic Interpreter, Upper Canada Village (Seasonal)
July 2003 —
June 2006 
Publisher, Winding Trail Press,
Oct. 2003 —
Dec. 2005
Director, University of Ottawa Press
Feb. 2003 —
June 2004
Production Manager, Canadian Journal of Development Studies
Dec. 2001 —
June 2002
Production Manager, Stewart House Publishing
Sept. 2001 —
Dec. 2001
Marketing, Stoddart Publishing and Readers’ Digest Children’s Books
Jan. 1997 —
Sept. 2001
Publisher, Brown Bear Press
Sept. 1999 —
Sept. 2001
Editorial Director, Canadian Scholars’ Press, Inc. (CSPI) & Women’s Press—promoted from Managing Editor
Mar. 1998 —
Aug. 1999
Acquisitions/Managing Editor, Between the Lines (BTL)
May 1994 —
Feb. 1998
Managing Editor, United Church Publishing House
Feb. 1993 —
Nov. 1995
Publisher/Editor, Growth Spurts magazine
Apr. 1993 —
May 1994
Associate Editor, School Division, McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Oct. 1991 —
Apr. 1993 
Freelance Writer and Editor, member of Freelance Editors’ Association of Canada (FEAC, now the EAC)
Feb. 1989 —
Feb. 1991
Project Editor, Prentice-Hall Canada—promoted from Production Editor, Nov. 1989

Selected Publications


Editor, Little Downy, by Catharine Parr Trail (Winding Trail Press, 2005)

Co-Author, with Ruth Morris, of Transcending Trauma (Winding Trail Press, 2005)

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

One Proud Summer: Reading Politics to Marie-Nicole,” Canadian Children’s Literature 100/101, 2001.

A Walking Tour Through the Children’s Books of Catherine Parr Traill,”Canadian Children’s Literature 62, 1991.

Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

“Sisters in the Wilderness: The Mythologizing of Catharine Parr Traill” in Double-Takes: Intersections Between Canadian Literature and Film, eds. David Jarraway and Carmela Coccimiglio, University of Ottawa Press, forthcoming.

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