Margaret Reeves

Margaret Reeves

Margaret Reeves
Assistant Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS169, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

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Teaching | Research | Publications

Margaret Reeves earned a B.A.(Hons) and M.A. in English Literature at York University, and received her Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto in 2004. While doing her doctoral studies, she also completed the Collaborative Graduate Program in Women’s Studies at U of T. Dr. Reeves then taught English literature and Humanities at York University before joining the faculty at UBCO in 2007. She is in the English Program in the Department of Critical Studies, and is an Associate Member of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at UBCO.  She serves on the Board of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies / Société canadienne d'études de la Renaissance as Past-President for a two-year term (June 2018-2020).




Courses 2018-2019:

ENGL 151 001  Critical Studies in Literature 
ENGL 212 001  Studies in Children's Literature 
ENGL 349B 001  Seventeenth-Century Studies: The Poetry and Politics of John Milton 
ENGL 497/522/IGS 530: The Politics of Innocence: Mythologies of Childhood and the “Impossibility” of Children’s Literature


Current Primary Supervisions:

Anne-Bénédicte Claret, Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies. Dissertation: “The Refurbishment of Myth and Folklore in Fantasy by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.”

Gwen Pierce, M.A. English. Thesis Project: “Interpreting the Gothic in Thomas Lodge’s A Margarite of America.”

Rachel Stubbs, M.A. English. Thesis Project: “Harry in Wonderland: Constructing Childhood Through Education in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and the Harry Potter Series.”

Completed Primary Supervisions:

Rebecca Jane Francis, M.A. English Thesis 2018: “Instruction within Entertainment: Explicit and Implicit Religious Teachings in Children’s Literature in the Nineteenth Century.”

Max Dickeson, M.A. English Thesis 2014:  “The Alien and the Magically Strange: Responses to Stereotypes of Race and Gender in Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature.”  

Natalie Ingram, M.A. English Thesis 2013: “Cultural Conversations: The Politics of Myth and History in Guy Gavriel Kay’s Under Heaven and Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death.”

Kyla Ayers, M.A. English Major Research Paper 2012: “A Foot in Two Worlds: Mythic Innocence, Agency, and Double-Dealing in His Dark Materials.”



Darren Paterson, Honours English Thesis 2018: “What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?: An Exploration of the Representations of Adulthood in J. M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.”

Laura Savoie, Honours English Thesis 2017: “Reassuring Cisgender Supremacy: An Analysis of Ideology and Agency in Representations of Trans People in Young Adult Fiction.”

Mark Buchanan, Honours English Thesis 2014: “A Song of Fantasy Traditions: How A Song of Ice and Fire Subverts Traditions of Women in Tolkienesque Fantasy.”  

Max Dickeson, Honours English Thesis 2010: “‘Too Deeply Hurt’: The Textual Importance of Melancholy in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.”           

Natalie Ingram, Honours English Thesis 2010: “From Convention to Invention: Mythology and Archetypes in the Works of Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay.” Completed April 2010.


Research Interests

My research on early modern women’s writing and literary history investigates the relationship between literary texts and the dominant social and political cultures in which literary works and the narratives of literary history are produced. I examine early modern women writers’  engagement with public politics, even in writings that are presented as autobiographical. This research can itself be contextualized within the broader recuperative project central to feminist literary studies that is continuing to recover, document, and revalue the contributions of English women writers to the literary, cultural, and political histories of Western culture. I am also interested in the history of children’s literature and their literary cultures from the early modern period to the present, as well as the politics of innocence as it pertains to ideas of childhood and children’s literature. These areas have been the subject of two recently completed research projects on female youth in seventeenth-century British culture and on children’s literary cultures in England prior to the 1740s.

Research Areas

  • Early Modern Women’s Writing

  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Politics

  • Childhood and Youth in the Early Modern Period

  • Children’s Literature and Literary Cultures, early modern to the present

  • Feminist Theory

  • Early Modern Satire

  • History of Fiction and the Novel



Cohen, Elizabeth S. and Margaret Reeves, eds. The Youth of Early Modern Women.  Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming 2018.

Mark Crane, Richard Raiswell, and Margaret Reeves, eds. Shell Games: Studies in Scams, Frauds, and Deceits (1300-1650). Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2004.

Articles and Chapters

Reeves, Margaret.  “‘A Prospect of Flowers': Concepts of Childhood and Female Youth in Seventeenth-Century British Culture.”  The Youth of Early Modern Women. Ed. Elizabeth S. Cohen and Margaret Reeves. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming 2018.

Cohen, Elizabeth S. and Margaret Reeves. “Introduction.” The Youth of Early Modern Women. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, forthcoming 2018.

Reeves, Margaret. “Children's Literary Cultures in Early Modern England (1500-1740).” Literary Cultures and Medieval/Early Modern Childhoods. Ed. Naomi J. Miller and Diane Purkiss. New York: Palgrave, forthcoming 2019. 

Reeves, Margaret and Louise Frappier. “CSRS/SCÉR (1976-2014): Une brève histoire de la Société canadienne d'études de la Renaissance / A Brief History of the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies.” Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme. 37.3 (2014): 95-125.

Reeves, Margaret. "Writing to Posterity: Margaret Cavendish's ‘A True Relation of my Birth, Breeding and Life’ (1656) as an ‘Autobiographical Relazione.’" Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme. Special Issue: Things Not Easily Believed: Introducing the Early Modern Relation. Ed. by Tom Cohen and Germaine Warkentin. Intro. by Natalie Zemon Davis. 34.1-2 (2011): 183-206.

Reeves, Margaret. "History, Satire, and Fiction by British Women Writers in the Seventeenth-Century. "History of British Women's Writing. Vol. 3 (1610-1690). Ed. Mihoko Suzuki. New York: Palgrave, 2011. 204-218.

Reeves, Margaret. "From Manuscript to Printed Text: Telling and Retelling the History of Edward II." The Literary Career and Legacy of Elizabeth Cary, 1613-1680. Ed. Heather Wolfe. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 125-44.

Reeves, Margaret. "History, Fiction, and Political Identity: Heroic Rebellion in Aphra Behn's Love-Letters Between a Nobleman and His Sister and Oroonoko." 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 8 (2003): 269-94.

Reeves, Margaret. "Telling the Tale of The Rise of the Novel." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History 30.1 (Fall 2000): 25-49.

Reeves, Margaret. "Textual, Contextual, and Ideological Contradictions in Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford." English Studies in Canada 23.4 (December 1997): 389-407.

Reeves, Margaret. "Simone de Beauvoir and the Writing of Contemporary Feminist Theory: Rich, Butler, and The Second Sex." Simone de Beauvoir Studies: Simone de Beauvoir and Women Writers throughout the Centuries 10 (1993): 159-64.

Prize-Winning Essays

“Elizabeth Cary’s Extant Manuscript Histories of Edward II.” Presented at the Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, CFHSS Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Carleton University, Ottawa. May 25, 2009. Winner of the 2009 CSRS Montaigne Prize. 

“Running on ‘with public voice’: Inscribing the Political in Elizabeth Cary’s Edward II.” Presented at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. San Antonio, Oct. 26, 2002. Winner of the 2002 SSEMW (Society for the Study of Early Modern Women) Award for Best Graduate Student Paper.


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