Dr. Anne Quéma

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Position: Professor
PhD, Royal Holloway College, University of London
MA in Comparative Literature, Carleton University
MA in English, Carleton University
Licence, Université de Savoie

Office: Beveridge Arts Centre 420
Phone: (902) 585-1264

Graduate Studies (English) Coordinator: July 2018 - June 2021
Women’s & Gender Studies: Coordinator 2020-23; 2016-19; 2014; 2004-07
Languages & Literatures: Head (Acting) July 2015-June 2017

Research Interests: experimental poetry; theories of critical analysis; affect; queer studies; modern and contemporary fiction and poetry in the UK; law and literature

My research is characterized by interdisciplinarity and informed by a broad range of theories. Since publishing The Agon of Modernism: Wyndham Lewis’s Allegories, Aesthetics, and Politics in 1999, I have published articles on law and literature, legal discourse and same-sex partnership, historiography, Gothic fiction, fiction and the visual arts, and Canadian modernism. In Power and Legitimacy (2015), I examine relationships between power and language in the context of interdisciplinary analyses of jurisprudence, statutory law, and literature. My teaching of poetry focuses on poets writing in the UK and Ireland, including the works of Maggie O’Sullivan, Geraldine Monk, Frances Presley, Redell Olsen, Sophie Robinson, Harriet Tarlo, Andrea Brady, Frances Kruk, and Catherine Walsh.

My current research projects explore the poetry of Nicole Brossard, Erín Moure, Oana Avasilichioaei, Caroline Bergvall, and Rachel Zolf in the context of international practices of experimental poetry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I welcome students’ projects in the areas described above as well as in queer studies, theory, and contemporary British fiction and poetry.

Selected publications
“Phonotopia of Migrations: Oana Avasilichioaei’s Limbinal.” Falschrum Books, forthcoming.

“Ossuaries: Songs of Necropolitics.” Reflections on “A Perfect Kind of Speech”: Essays on Dionne Brand’s Writing, edited by Mark McCutcheon, Guernica, forthcoming.

“Engendering Biopoetics of Testimony: Louise Dupré, Chus Pato, and Erín Moure.” Canadian Holocaust Writing, edited by Ruth Panofsky and Goldie Morgentaler, Canadian Jewish Studies / Études juives canadiennes, vol. 32, 2021.

“Bioarchives of Affect: Erín Moure’s The Unmemntioable.” Studies in Canadian Literature, vol. 45, no. 2, 2020.

“How to Make Sense? An aesthesis of Citizenship and Legitimacy.” Sensing Law, edited by Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawne Moore, Neil Sargent, and Christiane Wilke, Routledge, 2016, pp. 111-132.

“Metaphor, Law, and Poetry: An Actor-Network Approach to Zong !” Journal of Law and Society 43.1 (2016): 85-104. Special Issue. Ed. David Gurnham.

“Ossuaries: Songs of Necropolitics.” Canadian Literature 222 (Autumn 2014): 52-68.