Research & Publications

Main fields of interest and areas of expertise:  Postcolonial, Canadian, and African literatures in English.

Laura 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, her 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. 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, Interviews, and Stuff:

  • “25 Ways to Increase Your Chances at Publication.” Inside Higher Ed. Opinion. May 2019.
  • “On Not Refusing CanLit”  Refuse: CanLit in Ruins, Ed. Hannah McGregor, Julie Rak, and Erin Wunker. Toronto: Book*hug, Fall 2018. 146-148.
  • CanLit Guides: The 2018 Collection. Co-edited by Kathryn Grafton, Ceilidh Hart, Laura Moss, and Shannon Smyrl. 16 new, peer reviewed chapters. (Awarded the 2019 Scholarly and ResearchCommunication Journal Innovation Award).
  • “On Refugees, Running, and the Politics of Writing: An Interview with Lawrence Hill.” Laura Moss, Brendan McCormack, and Lucia Lorenzi. Canadian Literature 232 (Winter 2017): 11-27.
  • 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.  (2016): 169-187.
  •  “‘Beyond the Hungry Edge’: An Interview with Daphne Marlatt.” Laura Moss and Gillian Jerome. Studies in Canadian Literature1 (2016): 248-65.
  • * “From haa-huu-pah to the Decolonization Imperative: Responding to Contemporary Issues through the TRC.Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching Indigenous Literatures. Ed. Deanna Reder and Linda M. Morra. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. 429-35.
  • “Canadian Postcolonial Studies.” The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. 232-242.
  • * “‘A Science of Uncertainty’: Bioethics, Narrative Competence, and Turning to the ‘What If’ of Fiction.” Studies in Canadian Literature 40.2 (2015): 1-20.
  • “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:

  • Lost and Found Canadian Literature 236 (Spring 2018), L. Moss, Editor; Editorial, “An Editor’s Advice: How to Increase Your Chances of Publication in an Academic Journal.” 6-13. (192 pages).
  • Literary History Issue. L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 233 (Spring 2017); Editorial “Business Arising.” 6-9.  (
  • Meanwhile, Home Issue. L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 232 (Winter 2017); Editorial, Laura Moss and Brendan McCormack. “Meanwhile, Home: Tinder-Dry Conditions.” 6-9  (
  • “Emerging Scholars 2” Double Issue. L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 228-9 (Spring/Summer 2016); Editorial, “Notes from a Can Lit Killjoy.” 6-17. (
  • Radio, Film, and Fiction Issue. L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 225 (Summer 2015); Editorial, L. Moss. “Canadian Literature 6.0.” 6-10. (
  • “Tracking CanLit” Issue,  L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 220 (Spring 2014). Editorial: “Auditing, Counting, and Tracking CanLit.” 6-15.
  • “Contested Migrations” Issue, L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 219 (Winter 2014). Editorial: “Sustaining the Humanities.” 6-13.
  • “Gendering the Archives” Special Issue, L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 217 (Summer 2013). Editorial “Intro:Guy-Guys, CWILA, and Going Down the Hall to the Archives.” 6-16.
  • “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.
  • Editorial. “Beyond the Belly: Canadian Literature 186 (Fall 2005): 6-8.
  • Editorial. “Canada Reads.” Canadian Literature 182 (Fall 2004): 6-10.

Editorial Collaborations with Guest Editors of Canadian Literature

  • Canadian Literature 238 (2019), Rescaling CanLit: Global Readings. Issue. L. Moss, Editor; with Guest Editor Eva Darias-Beautell.
  • “Concepts of Vancouver: Media, Text, Art.” Special issue. L. Moss, Editor, with Guest Editors Gregory Betts and Julia Polyck-O’Neill. Canadian Literature 234 (Summer 2017).
  • “Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community” Special Issue. L. Moss, Editor, with Guest Editors Sam McKegney and Sarah Henzi. Canadian Literature 230-1 (Fall/Winter 2016).
  • “Asian Canadian Critique: Beyond the Nation” Special Issue. L. Moss, Editor, with Guest Editors Christopher Lee and Christine Kim. Canadian Literature 227 (Winter 2015).
  • “Of Borders and Bioregions” Special Issue. L. Moss, Acting Editor, with Guest Editors Robert Thacker and Anne Kaufman. Canadian Literature 218 (Autumn 2013).
  •  “Canada and its Discontents” Issue. L. Moss, Acting Editor, with Guest Editor Smaro Kamboureli. Canadian Literature 201 (Summer 2009).

Invited Lectures/ Plenaries/ Presentations:

  • “How Do We Study Cultural Institutions?” Cultural Institutions and Cultural Power Workshop. Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. October 2015.
  • “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. (Invited workshop participant)
  • “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. (Invited workshop participant)
  • “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.