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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Suzanne Zeller

Canada; Victorian culture; history of science; history of ideas; environmental history.

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.3813

Office Location: DAWB 2-128


Academic Interests

My interests are the intellectual impact of science in Canada; science in Victorian and modern culture and society; changing historical perceptions of the natural environment and the physical world; and the history of scientific exploration and research.

Recent Publications


Land of Promise, Promised Land: The Culture of Victorian Science in Canada, Canadian Historical Association Booklet #56. Ottawa, 1996.

Inventing Canada: Early Victorian Science and the Idea of a Transcontinental Nation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1987.

Chapters in Books

"Merchants of Light: The Culture of Science in Sir Daniel Wilson's Ontario," in Daniel Wilson, ed. Elizabeth Huse. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 1998.

"Environment, Culture, and the Reception of Darwin in Canada, 1859-1909," in Responding to Darwin: Place, Race, Class, and Gender, ed. Ron Numbers and John Stenhouse. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

"Nature's Gullivers and Crusoes: The Scientific Exploration of British North America, 1800-1870," in North American Exploration, vol. 3: A Continent Comprehended, ed. John L. Allen,190-243. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1997.


"Classical Codes: Biogeographical Assessments of Environment in Victorian Canada," Journal of Historical Geography (January 1998).

"William Brodie (1831-1909)," "J.B. Cherriman (1823-1908)," "G.M. Dawson (1849-1901)," and "D.P. Penhallow (1854-1910)," in Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994.

"Mapping the Canadian Mind: Reports of the Geological Survey of Canada, 1842-1863," Canadian Literature, 131 (1991):156-67.