Dr. Paul Barrett

Position:  Assistant Professor
Office:     BAC 421
Phone:     (902) 585 1255

My teaching and research is situated at the intersections of Canadian literature, diasporic literature, and digital humanities. I am the author of Blackening Canada: Diaspora, Race, Multiculturalism (University of Toronto Press, 2015) as well as a number of articles in Canadian LiteratureTOPIAARIEL, and The Journal of West Indian Literature. My work considers the changing shape of the Canadian canon as it is transformed by diasporic texts and subjects. I’m also interested in the continued salience and persistence of the nation as a lens through which to view culture and literature.

My recent work combines my interest in literary and computational analysis by using digital humanities methods to analyze broad patterns in Canadian literature. I published some of the results of this work in a recent issue of Canadian Literature and taught these concepts at the 2017 Digital Humanities Summer Institute. I am also a co-investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant which aims to use a combination of traditional and digital methods study to reach and effects of the “Canada Reads” CBC program.

I also publish in a number of public venues including The Walrus, NOW Magazine, TVO and The Puritan; I recently edited a special issue of The Puritan dedicated to the work of Austin Clarke.