Research & Publications

Main fields of interest are Postcolonial, Canadian, and African literatures in English.

Moss is a specialist in Canadian literature, postcolonial theories, and African literatures. Her research interests lie in three intersecting categories: 1. literary theories of postcolonialism, diaspora, nationalism, and multiculturalism, 2. intersection of art and public policy, 3. literary history. Trained as a postcolonial theorist and comparativist of world literature written in English, IMG_2907her current research concerns the contemporary literatures of Canada and South Africa. Issues of cultural responsibility, canon formation, cultural identity, political resistance, and government intervention inform her work. She is particularly interested in how trends in national literatures are reflective of shifting political contexts. Her research methodology links work as a literary historian interested in contextualizing Canadian literature and contemporary literary theory with ongoing editorial work. She is most interested in researching movements and trends in national literatures at a macro level by looking at cultural institutions.

Books | Selected Articles & Chapters | Editorials | Invited Lectures


Leaving the Shade of the Middle Ground The Poetry of F.R. Scott. Selected and Edited by Laura Moss with a scholarly Introduction by Laura Moss and an Afterword by George Elliot Clarke, Wilfrid Laurier University Press Poetry Series, Waterloo: WLUP.
Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts, Vol. 2. Laura Moss and Cynthia Sugars. Pearson Education Canada, 2009. 768 pp.,1144,0321494008-FEA,00.html
Canadian Literature In English: Texts and Contexts, Vol. 1. Laura Moss and Cynthia Sugars. Pearson Education Canada, 2009. 592 pp.,1144,0321313623,00.html
Canadian Literature in English:Texts and Contexts  is a comprehensive, multi-genre Canadian literature text that strives to give a broad picture of the history of English-Canadian poetry, short fiction, pamphlets, nonfiction, and essays, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present. The text includes important writings by canonical and non-canonical, literary and “non-literary” Canadian authors for each of seven time periods, and combines these with visual materials and contextual pieces such as political speeches, government documents, maps, photographs, paintings, newspaper articles, cartoons, autobiographical statements, songs, and popular culture texts. Introductory essays begin each chronological section, providing historical, cultural, and literary context.
Is Canada Postcolonial? Unsettling Canadian LiteratureLaura Moss, ed. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2003. 376 pp. (2nd printing 2004)
Frances Brooke, The History of Emily Montague, Critical Edition, Laura Moss, ed. Canadian Critical Editions Series, Tecumseh Press, 2001.

Selected Articles, Chapters, and Stuff:

  • With Cynthia Sugars. “Performing Editors:  Juggling Pedagogies in the Production of Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts.” Editing as Cultural Practice: Institutional Formations, Collaboration, and Literatures in Canada, Ed. Dean Irvine and Smaro Kamboureli Waterloo: WLUP, (forthcoming , 2015).
  • “Pipelines, Decomposition, and Poetic Activism.” Canadian Literature 218. (Fall 2013) 140-143. (review of Decomp by Stephen Collis and Jordan Scott and The Enpipe Line: 70,000 kilometers of poetry written in resistance to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines proposal by The Enpipe Collective.) (
  • “Is Canada Postcolonial? Re-Asking Through ‘The Forgotten’ Project.” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, (Spring 2012,  27). 47-65.
  • “The Multinational’s Song: The Global Reception of M.G. Vassanji.” Global Reception of Post-liberalization Indian Novels in English. Ed. Aysha Viswamohan. New Delhi: Anthem-Wimbledon, 2012.
  • “Hesitating Readers: When The Turn of the Screw Meets Disgrace in the Classroom.” English Studies in Canada 35/ 2-3. (September 2009): 129-144.
  • “Nice Audible Crying: Editions, Testimonies, and Country of My Skull.” Research in African Literatures 37. 4 (Winter 2006). 85-104.
  • “Between Fractals and Rainbows of Truth: Criticizing Canadian Criticism.” Tropes and Territories: Short Fiction, Postcolonial Readings, Canadian Writing in Context, ed. Marta Dvorak & W.H. New (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP) 2007: 17-32.
  • “Nice Audible Crying: Editions, Testimonies, and Country of My Skull.” Research in African Literatures 37.4 (Winter 2006) 85-104.
  • “Margaret Atwood: Branding an Icon Abroad.” Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye. John Moss and Tobi Kozakewich, eds. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press (2006): 19-33.
  • “Reconsecrating Hybrid Ground in Wole Soyinka’s The Beatification of Area Boy.”   S.  Izevbaye Festschrift. Remi Raji, ed, Ibadan: Bookcraft, 2006.
  • “The Politics of Everyday Hybridity: Zadie Smith’s ‘White Teeth.” Wasafiri. 39 (Summer 2003): 11-18.
  •  “Is Canada Postcolonial? Introducing the Question,” Is Canada Postcolonial? Unsettling Canadian Literature. Laura Moss, ed. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, (2003): 1-26.
  • “The Politics of Everyday Hybridity: Zadie Smith’s ‘White Teeth.” Wasafiri. University of London 39 (Summer 2003): 11-18.
  • “Car-Talk: Interview With Peter Carey” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. University of Calgary 32. 3 (Summer 2001): 1-14.
  • “Colonialism and Postcolonialism in The History of Emily Montague,” Frances Brooke The History of Emily Montague, Scholarly Edition, Laura Moss, ed. Canadian Critical Editions Series, Tecumseh Press, (2001): 451-459. (see Books #2)
  • “‘Forget those damnfool realists!’ Salman Rushdie’s Self-Parody as the Magic Realist’s Last Sigh.” Ariel : A Review of International English Literature.University of Calgary 29. 3 (October 1998): 121-139. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism 110, Ed. Linda Pavlovski, Bloomfield: Gale Group, 2001: 231-238.
  • “Can Rohinton Mistry’s Realism Rescue The Novel?” Postcolonizing the Commonwealth: Studies in Literature and Culture. Rowland Smith, ed. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (2000): 157-165.
  • “’The Plague of Normality’: Reconfiguring Realism in Recent Postcolonial Theory.” Jouvert North Carolina State University 5.1. (Fall 2000) ( ). Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism 146 Ed. Linda Pavlovski, Bloomfield: Gale Group, 2004:154-162 (
  • “The Re-Emergence of a Nation: Ian Wedde’s Symmes Hole. ” The Frontenac Review. 12 (1995): 52-66.
  • “Perceptual Differences: A Comparative Study of the Theories of Ngugi wa Thiongo and Chinua Achebe,” In-Between: Essays and Studies in Literary Criticism. University of New Delhi 2.1 (1993): 29-35.

Editorials for Canadian Literature:

  • “Contested Migrations” Issue, L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 219 (Winter 2014). Editorial: “Sustaining the Humanities.” 6-13.
  • “Of Borders and Bioregions” Special Issue.  L. Moss, Editor, with Guest Editors Robert Thacker and Anne Kaufman, Canadian Literature 218 (Autumn 2013).
  • “Queerly Canadian” Special Issue.  Guest Co-Editor (with Janice Stewart). Canadian Literature 205, (Summer 2010).
  • “50th Anniversary Interventions” Special Issue.  Section Editor, “Interventions Section.” Canadian Literature 204 (Spring 2010), 103-160;  “Introduction: Generous and Grounded Connections.” “50th Anniversary Interventions” Special Issue.  Canadian Literature 204 (Spring 2010), 103-108.
  • “Canada and its Discontents” Issue, Acting Editor; Guest Editor, Smaro Kamboureli. Canadian Literature 201 (Summer 2009).
  • Editorial, “Strategic Cultural Nationalism.”Canadian Literature 200. Strategic Nationalism Issue (Spring 2009). 6-14.
  • Editorial. “Playing the Monster Blind? The Practical Limitations of Updating the Canadian Canon.” Canadian Literature 191 (Winter 2006): 6-10.

Invited Lectures:

  • “Past, Present, and Future: Indigeneity, Multiculturalism, and Environmental Citizenship in Canadian Literature.” University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain, April 27-28, 2015. (Invited, Visiting Lecturer, 10 hour intensive class).
  • “Postcolonialism, Multiculturalism, and Rohinton Mistry’s ‘Squatter.’” University of Huelva, Spain. January 2015. (Invited, Visiting Lecturer).
  • “‘A Science of Uncertainty’:  Bioethics and the Possibilities of Fiction as Case Study.” School of English, University of Leeds, England.  November, 2014. (Invited Presentation).
  • Green Grass, Running Water and Intertextuality.”  University of Zagreb, Croatia. October 2014. (Invited, Visiting Lecturer)
  • “Rethinking the Humanities as a Thriving Ecology, Or, How Can We Better Sustain the Ecosystem of Graduate Training?” Sustainability, Mentorship, and Intellectual Production:
The Present and Future of Emerging Scholars in Canadian Literary Studies Think Tank. TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph. April 2013.
  • “Performing Editors: Juggling Pedagogies in the Production of a ‘Canadian’ Literature.” Co-presented with Cynthia Sugars. Editing as Cultural Practice: Institutional Formations, Collaboration, and Literatures in Canada: Editing Modernism in Canada and TransCanada Institute Workshop. TransCanada Institute, University of Guelph. October 20-22, 2011.
  • “Is Canada Postcolonial? Re-Asking the Question A Decade Later” (plenary). Post/Kolonialismus neu denken, Rethinking Post/Colonialism, Repenser le post/colonialism. Gesellschaft für Kanada-Studien/ Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking countries. Grainau, Germany, February 2011.
  • The Dappled Foal of National Literatures in Canada” (plenary). Flogging a Dead Horse?: Are National Literatures Dead? Conference, University of Victoria, Wellington New Zealand. December 2008.
  • “Canada v. Australia: Multiculturalism In Policy and Arts Practice.” Citizenship and Globalisation Seminar Series, Deakin University, Melbourne. Australia, April, 2007.
  • “Canadian Literature Today.” School of English, Media, Communication Seminar Series, UNSW, Sydney Australia, May 2007.
  • “Is the National Postcolonial?” (plenary panel). Association of Studies in Australian Literatures (ASAL), University of Queensland, July 2007.
  • “’The Quotidian Is Where It’s At’: Portraits of Diasporic Everydayness.” Reading Postcolonial Short Fiction: Tropes and Territory Conference, Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France, 21-23 April 2005.
  • “Is Canada Postcolonial?” Canadian Studies Speakers Series, Trent University, Peterborough Ontario, October 27, 2003. (Reviewed by Maggie Quirt, “Is Canada Postcolonial? On Hyphens and Hybridity,” Frostline (Winter 2003/4):7).
  • “Framing Hybridity: From Contamination to Celebration and Beyond.” Transculturalisms Symposium in the Transculturalisms Research Project, International Council for Canadian Studies, the University of British Columbia, February 2002.
  • “From Death and The King’s Horseman to the Beatification of Area Boy : Reconsecrating Hybrid Ground.” Pre, Post, and Neo-Imperialism: Wole Soyinka and Contemporary Theatre Conference, University of Toronto, Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, Oct 20, 2001.