My principal research area is contemporary Canadian literature, especially fiction. My past research has focused on three main areas: regionalism, historical fiction, and Atlantic-Canadian literature.
I have published a number of essays on regionalism in Canadian literature and am one of the editors of A Sense of Place: Re-Evaluating Regionalism in Canadian and American Writing (1998). On the topic of historical fiction, I have co-edited Past Matters: History and Canadian Fiction (a special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature), and have published the critical study Speculative Fictions: Contemporary Canadian Novelists and the Writing of History (2002), as well as a collection of interviews, Speaking in the Past Tense: Canadian Novelists on Writing Historical Fiction (2007).
I have also published articles on a number of writers, including Guy Vanderhaeghe, Margaret Sweatman, Joseph Boyden and Jane Urquhart. In the area of East Coast writing, I co-edited another special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature titled Surf's Up! The Rising tide of Atlantic-Canadian Literature (2008) and, more recently, I completed work on a SSHRC Standard Research Grant project, which resulted in a critical study of Atlantic-Canadian literature, Anne of Tim Hortons: Globalization and the Reshaping of Atlantic-Canadian Literature (2011) and a website featuring contemporary writers of Atlantic Canada: Waterfront Views: Contemporary Writing of Atlantic Canada <http://waterfrontviews.acadiau.ca/> I have also published articles or interviews with a number of East Coast Writers, including David Adams Richars, Lisa Moore, Wayne Johnston, and Lynn Coady. My current research interests are globalization, neoliberalism, and contemporary Canadian literature. For more information, see: http://www.acadiau.ca/~hwyile
I invite anyone interested in working in these areas especially, but more broadly in topics relating to Canadian literature to contact me at: Herb.Wyile@acadiau.ca
Wanda Campbell’s research, since editing the anthology Hidden Rooms: Early Canadian Women Poets (Canadian Poetry Press 2000) has focused on early Canadian women writers including Susanna Moodie, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Susan Frances Harrison, Pauline Johnson and Katherine Hale, though she has written academic articles on several contemporary Canadian poets. As a creative writer who has published a novel Hat Girl (Signature Editions 2013) and four collections of poetry, she is also interested in poetics (particularly ekphrasis), the short story, and creative writing pedagogy. For more on her publications and research interests see http://3583bytesfree.com/wcampbell/
“Raid, Warp, Push: the Pedagogy of Poetic Form.” Creative Writing in the 21st Century: Pedagogy, Research and Practice. eds. Rishma Dunlop and Priscilla Uppal. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2013.
“Hidden Hunger: Early Canadian Women Poets.” Home Ground, Foreign Territory: Essays on Early Canadian Writing. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2013.
“Freeing Myth from Reality: India as Subject in Canadian Poetry.” Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews. 71 (2012): 45-60.
My current research and teaching interests focus on traditional eco-critical writing in relationship to theories of communication technology and recent theories of affect and neo-realism. My other primary interest is modern Canadian poetry, particularly small press writing. I have written on the early Tish movement (made up of, among others, Jamie Reid, David Cull, Frank Davey, and George Bowering) and contemporary Canadian surrealist poet, Stuart Ross; I have also had poetry published in small press magazines, including Industrial Sabotage; a chapbook, The Gross Metaphysics of Meat (Proper Tales Press); a book of poetry, Vermin (Bookthug); and poems included in the anthology Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (Mercury). I am currently researching Hemingway’s short stories in relation to the ideas of Deleuze and Guattari. I would be interested in supervising theses focused on modern Canadian poetry or environmental approaches to literature.