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

Women’s and Gender Studies: Coordinator of the Program 2016-2019; 2014 (Acting); 2004-2007.
Languages and Literatures: Head (Acting) July 2015-June 2017
Graduate Coordinator:  July 2018 - June 2021

Research Interestsexperimental poetry; theories of critical analysis; law and literature; queer studies; modern and contemporary fiction and poetry in the UK

My research is characterized by interdisciplinarity and informed by a broad range of theories. Since publishing The Agon of Modernism: Wyndham Lewis’s AllegoriesAesthetics, 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. My recent book, Power and Legitimacy, examines the relationship between power and language in the context of interdisciplinary analyses of jurisprudence, statutory law, and literature. My current research project explores international practices of experimental poetry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a particular focus on Nicole Brossard, Erín Moure, and Rachel Zolf. I welcome students’ projects in the areas described above as well as in queer studies, theory, and contemporary British fiction and poetry.

Recent publications

“How to Make Sense? An Aesthesis of Citizenship and Legitimacy.” Sensing the Law. Ed. Sheryl Hamilton, Diana Majury, Dawne Moore, Neil Sargent, and Christiane Wilke. London: Routledge, 2016.

“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.

Power and Legitimacy: Law, Culture, and Literature. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.

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