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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
December 3, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Katherine Bell

Assistant Professor (On Leave)

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4949

Office Location: 3-152 Woods Bldg.

Academic Background

PhD (York)                                                                                                                          

 MA (University of Toronto)            

 BA/BED (University of New Brunswick)

Research interests: Youth Culture; Canadian YA/Children's Literature; History and Theory of      the Bildungsroman and Bildung Aesthetics; Narrative Ethics; Gender 


Selected Publications:

Journal Articles

"Breaking the Narrative Ties that Bind in Shyam Selvadurai's Funny Boy." English Studies in Canada. Special issue, "Childhood and its Discontents" 38.3 (Fall 2013).

""A Badly Brought up Member of the Family:" Early Adolescence as Narrative Rupture in Munro's The Lives of Girls and Women." Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 5:2 (2012): 9-23.

“Troping the Primitive: The Rhetoric of Socialization in Novels of Education and Educational Theory"

      Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. 34.5 (2012): 282-295.

"A Family from a Continent of I don't Know What:' Refiguring Ways of Belonging in Coming-of-Age 

      Novels for Young Adults." The ALAN Review 38.2 (2011): 23-31

 “Grotesque Encounters with Adolescence: Reading Carson McCuller’s A Member of the Wedding.

      Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education. 18.1 (2011): 67-73.

"The Angst of the Everyday: Using Narrative to Provoke an Affective Understanding of Adolescence."   Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations and Interventions. 2.1 (2011):20-32. 

Book Chapters

“The Cult of Solitude: Wordsworth’s Child Figure In British and Canadian Contexts.” In Lance Weldy, ed. Crossing Textual Boundaries in International Children's Literature. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011. 344-360.

Edited Collections

Assistant Editor. Art, Literature and Place: An Ecopoetics Reader. Rishma Dunlop, ed. Special Edition of The Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 31 (2): 2008.

Reviews and Commentaries

"'Obvie, We're the Ladies!:' Post-feminism, Privilege and HBO's Newest Girls." Feminist Media             Studies. 13: 2 (2013): 363-66.

Teaching 2014-2015

Fall 2014

EN165: Enriched Literary Studies                                                    

EN285: Tween Literature and Culture                                                           

EN696q: Youth, Canadian Fiction and the National Imaginary

Spring 2015

EN286: Young Adult Literature