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September 19, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Kate Carter

Dr. Kathryn Carter

Associate Vice President: Teaching and Learning

Contact Information
Phone: 519.884-0710 ext.3213

Office Location: 202 Regina Street North, R294

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Academic Background
  • BA Wilfrid Laurier University (English with a minor in History)
  • MA University of Waterloo (English)
  • PhD University of Alberta (English)

Administrative Background:

Kate Carter has served most recently as the Associate Dean of Academic co-ordination at Laurier Brantford (reporting to the Vice President Academic) and the Associate Dean of Graduate and Post Doctural Studies for the Brantford campus. Past administrative positions have included being Associate Dean for the Brantford campus (2007-2013) and the Acting Dean of the Brantford campus (2008-2009).  Kate was the lead developer on the Bachelor of Fine and Applied Arts, Game Design and Development, which began in September 2015, and a key proponent of the Yellow Brick Wall Art Gallery located at the Brantford Campus at 97 Dalhousie Street. 

Research Specialization:

Kathryn specializes in Canadian women’s literature, primarily the non-fiction life writing of nineteenth-century women. She edited and introduced The Small Details of Life: Twenty Diaries by Women in Canada: 1830-1996 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002). Her articles address the 1830 letter journal of Frances Simpson (in Australian-Canadian Studies), the 1930's diary of Myrtle Gamble Knister (in the Journal of Canadian Studies) and late nineteenth-century diaries by Canadian schoolgirls (in Canadian Children’s Literature).  Another edited collection from WLU Press (Bearing Witness, 2009) collects the life stories of women facing ovarian cancer. Her most recent work, in the journal Life Writing, examines the connections between time, accounting, diary writing, photography, and the industrialized economy of the 19th century. 

Kathryn was also a member of the ground-breaking Orlando Project, an electronic history of British women's writing, since its inception in 1995.  It has now gone live with Cambridge University Press.



The Small Details of Life: Twenty Diaries by Women in Canada, 1830-1996. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Diaries In English by Women in Canada, 1753-1995: An Annotated Bibliography. Feminist Voices No. 4 Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, July 1997.

Selected Articles:

Carter, Kathryn. “Accounting for time in 19th-century manuscript diaries and photographs.” Life Writing (Oxford) 2015

“Discipline, Bodies, and Girls’ Diaries in Post-Confederation Canada" Canadian Children’s Literature. (Fall 2006) 16-36.

“Death and the diary, or tragedies in the archive.” Journal of Canadian Studies. 40:2 (Spring 2006) 42-59.

Introduction to "Tinsmith’s Song" by Thomas Cowherd (1884). "Poetry and the Colonies," Victorians Institute Journal 32 (2004): 93-96.

 "The Circulating Self: Frances Simpson’s 1830 ‘Journal of a Voyage from Montreal . . .’" Australian Canadian Studies: The Status of Women in Canada and Australia 22.1 (2004): 9-34.

"An Economy of Words: Emma Chadwick Stretch's Account Book Diary 1859-1860." Acadiensis: Journal of the History of the Atlantic Region. 29.1 (Autumn 1999) 43-56.

"The Cultural Work of Diaries in Mid-Century Victorian Britain." Victorian Review 23.2 (Winter 1997) 251-267.

Creative Work:

"The Ballad in Vera's Ice Box." (Drama, with Lauren Britten) Cobblestone Festival, Paris, Ontario, 2005

"Nith Wits: A Grand Diversion." (Drama) Cobblestone Festival, Paris, Ontario, August 2003, August 2008.

"Knickers in a Twist." (Drama) Cobblestone Festival, Paris, Ontario, August 2001.

Additional Information
Kate is the proud mom to two beautiful daughters (Rachel and Isobel) and three amazing step children (Billy, Alexandra, and Bradley). 

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