Dr. Karis Shearer
Assistant Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Graduate Placement and Development Officer
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 347, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
UBC hosts 'Editing Modernism On and Off the Page’ July 29 - Aug 2, 2013
- Ph.D. (2008) Department of English, The University of Western Ontario
- M.A. (2004) Department of English, The University of Western Ontario
- B.A. (2003) English (Major), Canadian Studies (Minor), McGill University
I am also the Equity Representative for the Department of Critical Studies. If you have questions or concerns about harassment, discrimination, human rights or equity issues, please do not hesitate to contact me.
20th and 21st–century Canadian and American poetry, performance, and print culture; cultural workers; social justice; Canadian drama & theatre; literary institutions; pedagogy; feminist theory and masculinity studies.
Selected Course Development
ENGL 409: Performing Social Justice in Canadian Theatre
ENGL 199: Women, Literature, & Democracy in the Contemporary Period.
ENGL 661: Pedagogy in and Pedagogy of Canadian Literature
ENGL 453F: Masculinities in Canadian Literature
UBC's Okanagan campus:
ENGL 470E: Canadian Studies: Poetics Research Sites
Media and Digital Cultures
Digital Archives; Editing; Audiotexts; Canadian Poetry Recordings; Public Poetics
Since completing a dissertation on the postmodern Canadian long poem in 2008, I have broadened the scope of my research to include both the contemporary and modernist periods. In all my work, however, I am interested in the interventions poets have made and, indeed, do make in the literary field through their work as editors, publishers, critics, activists, and professors. My current research is a book project entitled Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Writers’ Interventions in the Development of Canadian Literature; this research draws on archival documents, interviews, correspondence, and poetry in order to reconstruct and theorize modernist writers’ radical pedagogy in a transnational and interdisciplinary context.
Before coming to UBC (Okanagan), I held the position of Assistant Professor (LTA) at Concordia University, Montréal (2011), the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, (2010), and a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University, Montréal, (2008-2010). At McGill I designed and taught the courses “Women, Literature, & Democracy in the Contemporary Period” and “Performing Social Justice in Canadian Theatre.” In a 2009 Sarah Mortimer profiled the latter course for an article on The McGill Daily, which can be accessed online here: http://www.mcgilldaily.com/articles/20669
I am presently involved in a range of editorial activities, both scholarly and literary: I am a collaborator in the Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC) project (editingmodernism.ca) and am completing an edition of the letters of Louis Dudek and Ezra Pound called Corresponding Modernisms: The Letters of Louis Dudek and Ezra Pound. With Denis Salter (McGill University) I am co-editor of the Canadian literature section of The Literary Encyclopedia (http://litencyc.com/)
In addition to my scholarly editing, I work as an editor for the small press Snare Books and as the reviews editor at Matrix magazine. To read more about this work, access an interview through this link: http://www.kickaction.ca/node/4177
Shearer, Karis, ed. All These Roads: The Poetry of Louis Dudek. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2008.
Selected Articles or Book Chapters
"'Faster than a Speeding Thought': Lemon Hound's Archive Unleashed." With Jessica Shagerl. Basements and Attics: Explorations in the Materiality and Ethics of Canadian Women's Archives. Wilfrid Laurier UP (forthcoming 2012)
"Masculinities in Canadian Literature." With Jane Tolmie. Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities. Ed. Jason Laker. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2012. 92-113.
"Jane Urquhart: Arbiter of the Aesthetic." Resurgence in Jane Urquhart's Oeuvre. Eds, Marta Dvorak and Héliane Daziron-Ventura.Berlin: Peter Lang, 2010. 145-58.
"Staging Oppression on the Québec Stage: Une Truite Pour Ernestine Shuswap at Théâtre Espace Go. " alt.theatre: cultural diversity and the stage. 7.3 (Spring 2010): 10-15.
"Imago: The Cultural Work of George Bowering." Spec. Issue on George Bowering. Ed. Ian Rae. Open Letter 14.4 (2010): 13-29.
"New Feminisms." Editorial co-authored with Melanie Bell. Matrix 85 (2010): 3 Davey, Frank and Karis Shearer. "Schlemiel and the Cat in the Hat: An exchange in which hats are wornand soup is spilled." Open Letter 13.7 (2008): 72-92.
"Introduction." Ed. Karis Shearer. Special issue on New Canadian Fiction Writers. Open Letter 12.6 (2005): 5-12.
"The Poetics of Autobiography: Reading Lynn Crosbie's 'Alphabet City.'" Open Letter 12.5 (2005): 71-83.
"Literary Vancouver." Canada: A Literary Tour, September 2009. Essay commissioned by Library and Archives Canada. Available online:
Recent Conference Papers / Readings / Talks
Selected Invited Talks
2011 "The Transatlantic Voyage: A Reconsideration of Louis Dudek's Long Poem Europe." Journée d'études: Literary Migrations and Transatlantic Narratives. L'Université de Toulouse-Le-Mirail, Toulouse, France. 4 July.
2010 "Radical Pedagogy: Modernist Writers' Interventions in the Development of Canadian Literature." Hudson Strode Lecture Series in Theory and Criticism, Department of English, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, U.S.A. 16 November.
2009 "The Poet and the University: Louis Dudek's Radical Post-war Pedagogy." The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), Lunch and Learn Series, Montreal, Canada. 11 November.
Selected Conference Papers
2011 "Masculinities in Canadian Literature." Session: Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities. Future Perspectives on Intervention, Policy and Research on Men and Masculinities. Université Laval, Quebec City. 9-11 March.
2010 "Staging Language and Oppression in Francophone Québec: Tomson Highway's Une Truite Pour Ernestine Shuswap at Théâtre Espace Go." Association of Bibliotherapy and Applied Literature (ABAL), Concordia University. 31 May.
"Louis Dudek: Toward a Functional Poetry." Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL), Concordia University. 30 May.
"Louis Dudek's Radical Pedagogy: A Poundian Intervention in Canadian Literature." North East Modern Language Association (NeMLA). McGill University. 8 April.
2009 "Cultural Custodians: The Literary Relationship of Louis Dudek and Ezra Pound." Culture and the Canada-U.S. Border conference. University of Kent, Canterbury UK. 28 June.
2008 "Postmodern Cultural Workers and the Construction of Canadian Literary Histories." Re: Reading the Postmodern (Ottawa Symposium on Canadian Literature) 10 May.
2007 "Anxieties of Influence: Self-Canonization and the Canadian Poet." ACQL, University of Saskatchewan. 28 May.
2005 "Suburban Geography in Douglas Coupland's Girlfriend in a Coma." Banlieues au Canada et en Europe. AFEC. L'université de Valenciennes, France / Mons, Belgique. 10 June.
Selected Grants / Research Projects / Honours & Awards
Fulbright Community Leadership Program Award (co-applicant)
Canada-U.S. Fulbright Visiting Research Chair, Vanderbilt University
- 2008 - 2010
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, McGill University
- 2005 - 2008
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
UWO Arts & Humanities Alumni Graduate Award
Kay MacIver Prize, McGill University
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