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Dr. Jennifer Harris
University of Waterloo

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Dr. Jennifer Harris works primarily in the area of nineteenth-century American literature and culture, with interests in gender, race, and print culture. Recent investigations have focussed on uses of the past, including American literary tourism.

She is the review editor of the Canadian Review of American Studies, the vice-president of the Canadian Association for American Studies, and coordinator of American Studies at Mount Allison University. Recently, she has been the Cultural Studies and Film Director of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) and managing editor of the Alphabet City book series, published by MIT Press, including Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film (ed. Atom Egoyan and Ian Balfour), and Suspect (ed. John Knechtel).

Select Current Projects:

* The Tears of Strangers: Tracing Elizabeth Whitman's Life After Death. An examination of the reception and revisioning of a late eighteenth-century story over time. (SSHRC-funded book project, in progress)

*Anthology co-edited with Hilary Iris Lowe on American Literary Tourism.

* A study of Field Talfourd, "artist of the Brownings." (in progress)

* Two essays on literary tourism: one on Jupiter Hammon, the other on Hartford's Harriet Beecher Stowe House.

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Select Publications:

"Unmasking The Literary Garland's T.D. Foster."Canadian Literature 213, Summer 2012. (forthcoming)

"'Ushered into the Kitchen': Lalia Halfkenny, Instructor of English and Elocution at a Nineteenth-Century African American Women's College." Acadiensis Autumn 2012. (forthcoming)

"Black Life in a Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick Town." Journal of Canadian Studies 46.1,
Winter 2012.

“'Almost idolatrous love’: Caroline Dall, Sarah Knowles Bolton, Mary C. Crawford and the Case of Elizabeth Whitman.” Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century. Ed. Ann R. Hawkins and Maura Ives. London and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Press, 2012

“Aprons and Pearls: Images of Phillis Wheatley.” Resources for American Literary Study 34, 2011.

“Wax Coquettes: Elizabeth Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and the Nineteenth-Century Traveling Waxwork Exhibition.” Canadian Review of American Studies 40.3, 2010.

“Managing Madness: Charles and Mary Lamb, Thomas Noon Talfourd, and Normand House.” Charles Lamb Bulletin October, 2010.

“The Legend of John Ruskin in Nineteenth-Century Upper Canada.” Ruskin Review and Bulletin 6.2, fall 2010.

"Writing Vice: Hannah Webster Foster and The Coquette." Canadian Review of American Studies 39.4, 2009.

“'What is Africa to Me?’: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.” The Oprah Phenomenon, 2nd edition. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2009.

“Revolution and the New Republic.” The Cultural History of Reading, volume 2: American Literature. Ed. Sara Quay. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008.

“It's a Family Affair: Harriet Beecher Stowe and Annie and James T. Fields.” Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers and the Literary Marketplace. Ed. Earl Yarrington. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007.

“A Renaissance for Elizabeth Stoddard.” Canadian Review of American Studies 37.2, 2007. (283-292)

Black Like ?: The Strange Case of Emma Dunham Kelley-Hawkins.” African American Review 40.3, fall 2006.

“Worshipping at the Altar of Barry White: Ally McBeal, Race, and Uses of the Racial Other.” Searching the Soul of Ally McBeal: Critical Essays. Ed. Elwood Watson. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2006. (160-176)

Marketplace Transactions and Sentimental Currencies in Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall.” American Transcendental Quarterly 20.1, 2006: 343-359.

“Seeing the Light: Re-Reading James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw.” English Language Notes 42.4, 2005: 43-57.

Ain’t No Border Wide Enough: Writing Black Canada in Lawrence Hill’s Any Known Blood.” Journal of American Culture 27.4, 2004. (367-374)

“At one with the land: Charles Brockden Brown’s Wieland and Matters of National Belonging.” Canadian Review of American Studies 33.3, 2003: 189-210.

“Betty Friedan’s Granddaughters: Cosmo, Ginger Spice, and the Inheritance of Whiteness.” Turbo Chicks: Talking Young Feminisms. Ed. Lara Karaian, Allyson Mitchell, and Lisa Bryn Rundle. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2001. (195-206)

“The More You Look, the More You See: Josephine Baker, Motherhood, Nation, Race, and Identity.” Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 2.1, 2000. (156-164)

“Rock the boat, don’t tip the boat over: Conflict and Community Building in Women’s Studies.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 22.2, Spring 1998. (140-144)

Edited Collections & Critical Editions

Norton Critical Edition of The Coquette and The Boarding School, Hannah Webster Foster. Co-editor, Bryan Waterman. (forthcoming)

Co-editor and Introduction (with Elwood Watson): The Oprah Phenomenon. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2007. (1-31); Preface to second edition, 2009.

Co-editor and Introduction, “Blackness and the 49th Parallel” (with Richard Almonte and David Chariandy): Special Issue of Canadian Review of American Studies 30.2, 2001. (123-127)

Managing editor of eight volumes of the Alphabet City book series, MIT Press.

Book Reviews

Review of At Home in Diaspora: Black International Writing, by Wendy Walters. New Dawn: Journal of Black Canadian Studies 2.1, 2007. (76-77)

Review of Faith in Reading: Religious Publishing and the Birth of Mass Media in America, by David Paul Nord. SHARP News Notes 14.4, 2005. (15-16)

Review of Women and the Historical Enterprise in America, by Julie Des Jardin. Canadian Women’s Studies 23.2, 2004. (171-172)

Review of Being Black, by Althea Prince. Fuse Magazine 24.2, 2001. (42-43)

Review of Immigrant Mothers: Narratives of Race and Maternity, 1890-1925, by Katrina Irving. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering 2.2, 2000. (236-238)

Review of Monkey Puzzle, by Rita Wong. Fireweed Fall 1999. (79-81)

Select Articles in Reference Books

Olaudah Equiano and Phillis Wheatley. Africa and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. Ed. Richard M. Juang and Noelle Morrissette. Santa Barbara, CL: ABC-CLIO Incorporated, 2008.

William Wells Brown, Charles Chesnutt, Amelia Johnson, Emma Dunham Kelley-Hawkins, Suzie King Taylor, and Dorothy West. Writing African American Women: An Encyclopedia of Literature by and about Women of Color. Ed. Elizabeth Ann Beaulieu. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006.

James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw and Dorothy West. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature. Ed. J. David Macey, Jr. and Hans Ostrum. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005.

Quobna Ottabah Cugoano. Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook: 2002. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Company, 2003.

Claude Brown, Lorraine Hansberry, and James Meredith. Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: The 1960s. Ed. William L. O'Neill. Chicago, IL: Schlager Information Group, 2003.

Erna Brodber, Austin Clarke, Jack Hodgins, Jamaica Kincaid, Earl Lovelace, Terry McMillan, Mordecai Richler, Jeff Shaara, Helena Viramontes, and Lois-Ann Yamanaka. Contemporary Novelists: A Biographical Resource, 7th Edition. Chicago, IL: Schlager Information Group, 2001.

Select Awards:

2010: Marjorie Young Bell Faculty Fund Award (Research Grant)

2009: CultureWorks Research Grant (SSHRC Aid to Small Universities Program)

2006-2009: SSHRC Standard Research Grant

2006: Fulbright Fellow, New York University, June & July

2006: Honorable Mention with respect to the 2006 Joe Weixlmann Award for the Year's Best Essay in Black Print Culture/ 20th-Century African American Literature in African American Review.

2006: Leadership Mount Allison Grant

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Conference Organization

2007-2010: Media Coordinator, Annual Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) convention.

2007-2008: Member of Conference Organizing Committee, “American Legacies.” Canadian
Association for American Studies, August 13-16, 2008.

2006-2007: Member of Conference Organizing Committee, “The Americas: Drawing the Lines.” Canadian Association for American Studies, November 8-11, 2007.

2007: Faculty coordinator: Winnifred Eaton Symposium & Book Exhibit, March 15-April 2, 2007.

2003-2004: Member of Conference Organizing Committee, “Imagining Diasporas: Space, Identities, and Social Change.” University of Windsor, May 14-16, 2004.

2002-2003: Member of Conference Organizing Committee, “Researching Black Canadian
Musics/Black Musics Cultures.” York University, May 1-3, 2003.

2000: Member of Organizing Committee, Lost in the Archives Symposium, Art Gallery of Ontario.


2008: Supervisor, Summer Research Project. Sara Smith-Eivemark, “The Role of
Motherhood in Southern Women’s Civil War Literature.” (Received award)

2007-2008: Supervisor, Honours Thesis. Stephanie Marin, “Indo-Caribbean-Canadian Women and the Post-Colonial Voice.”

2007: Supervisor, Summer Research Project. Katie Saulnier, “How has the Female Gothic Evolved?” (Publication resulted)

2006-2007: Supervisor, Honours Thesis. Beth Goslett: “Mapping in Contemporary South Asian Literature.”

2006: Directed Reading. Marc Leblanc: “Herman Melville.”

2005-2006: Supervisor, Honours Thesis. Ashley Pardoe: “Imagining Home: Examining Return in South Asian Diasporic Literature.”

2005: Directed Reading. Allison Mader: “Women and Nation in Post-Partition South Asian Literature.”

2004-2005: Second Reader, Honours Thesis. Genevieve Samuels: “Toni Morrison’s Balancing Act: Past, Present, and Future.”

Professional Academic Activities

2010-present: Vice-President, Canadian Association of American Studies. (Elected)
2009-present: Chair, American Studies Programme. Mount Allison University.
2008-present: Honorary Research Associate, University of New Brunswick. (Invited)
2007-2010: Cultural Studies and Film Director, Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA). (Elected)
2006-present: Book Review Editor, Canadian Review of American Studies.
2006-2009: International Committee, American Studies Association.
2006-2007: Appointed Interim Chair for academic year, American Studies Programme. Mount Allison University.
2006, summer: Visiting Scholar, University of Washington. (Invited)
2005-2010: Secretary, Canadian Association of American Studies. (Elected)
2003-2006: Board of Directors, Alphabet City Media.
2002- 2003: Member of the Steering Committee, Centre for the Study of Black Cultures in Canada, York University.
2002: Communications Manager: “Next Memory City.” Canadian Pavilion, Venice International Biennale for Architecture, Venice, Italy, 2002. Curators Michael Awad and John Knechtel.
1998-2001: Associate Editor: Alphabet City.

Select Courses Taught:

Writing about Literature
Introduction to American Literature
Women’s Literature in the Twentieth Century
American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Civil War
African American Literature
Asian American Literature
Cultural Studies (specializing in the Chicago World's Fair)
American Moderns

4000-Level Seminar Courses:
African American Literary Theory
The American Renaissance and Print Culture
The American Novel of Slavery to 1867

Tracing the Black Presence in Nineteenth-Century Westmorland, New Brunswick
This research attempts to: 1) draw attention to the resources available for tracing the lives and contributions of black residents of Westmorland; 2) illuminate aspects of black life in nineteenth-century Westmorland; and 3) demonstrate that an understanding of black life in the region enriches any understanding of Westmorland history more generally.

Winnifred Eaton Symposium and Book Exhibit
*Dr. Harris organized the Winnifred Eaton Symposium and Book Exhibit at Mount Allison University, March 15-April 2, 2007: select students curated an exhibit featuring Eaton's many novels, and a one-day symposium featuring student papers was a success. Eaton expert Dr. Jean Lee Cole (Loyola University, Maryland) provided the keynote address. The program, exhibit text, and select papers are included here.

Bird in a Tree

* A blog which features surplus research undertaken for academic papers on John Ruskin, Charles Lamb, Thomas Noon Talfourd, and Field Talfourd.

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