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Welcome to a facsimile of my many-times updated academic website (first created in 1996 at Dalhousie University using html coding), where you can access current and recent course descriptions, as well as other useful information. The header of this blog is a screenshot of the final version of that now deleted website.

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My Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Gisèle M. Baxter

  • Department of English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia
  • 397-1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
  • Gisele.Baxter@ubc.ca || https://blogs.ubc.ca/giselebaxter/

Teaching and Research Interests

  • 19th-21st century literary and cultural studies; Gothic studies; Victorian literature and 19th-century studies; science/speculative fiction and fantasy; dystopian/post-apocalyptic narratives; children’s literature; Modernism (especially British and Irish); rhetoric and composition including technical/professional communication

Professional Organizations

  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE); International Gothic Association

Education

  • 1986-90: PhD, Dalhousie University. Thesis: Narrative Methods and Social Contexts in the Novel of Dislocation. Supervisor: Dr. Rowland J. Smith
  • 1981-82: MA, Dalhousie University. Thesis: Northern Diviner: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney. Supervisor: Dr. S.E. Sprott
  • 1976-79: BA, Mount Saint Vincent University

Teaching Experience

All are English Department courses; all appointments are sessional.

  • University of British Columbia, 1997-present: Courses taught include Strategies for University Writing; Reading and Writing about Literature; Approaches to Literature (first year); Speculative Fiction (second year); Victorian Literature; Studies in a 19th Century Genre; Children’s Literature; Modernist Literature; 20th Century Studies; Technical Writing (upper year)
  • Dalhousie University, 1992; 1995-97; 1999: 20th Century Fiction; Framed Narratives; Introduction to Literature; Teaching Assistant for English/Women’s Studies: Fictions of Development
  • McGill University 1994-95: Modern British Fiction; Contemporary Women’s Fiction; Restoration to 20th Century
  • Université de Montréal 1995: Contemporary British Fiction
  • St. Francis Xavier University 1991-92: 20th Century Literature; Modern British Fiction
  • St. Lawrence University 1990-91: Introduction to Literature; English Literature since 1700; Modern British Novel; British Women Writers
  • Mount Saint Vincent University 1983-85: Literature for Children and Young Adults; Theory and Practice of Writing

Principal Academic Awards

  • 2019-20: Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize (for sessional teaching in English, UBC)
  • 2002-03: Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize (for sessional teaching in English, UBC)
  • 1992-94: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship; affiliated with the University of East Anglia (supervisor: Malcolm Bradbury) and McGill University (supervisor: Kerry McSweeney)
  • 1989-90: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • 1988-90: Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship

Graduating Honours Essay Supervision and Examination (UBC)

Supervisor unless otherwise indicated.

  • 2021-22: Gabrielle Alvarez, echoes of Nietzsche in contemporary fantasy/SF adventure stories; Saba Soltani, “The Bloody Chamber”, Bluebeard, and Persephone (both pending)
  • 2020-21: Teresa Chan, “Adapting the Wondertale: A ‘Sadeian’ Reading of ‘The Death of Koschei The Deathless’ and Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless” (reader)
  • 2019-20: Lauryn Collins, “‘My Eyes are of No Use to Me’: Blindness, Agency, and Gender Anxiety in Wilkie Collins’s Poor Miss Finch”; Kathleen Gigliuk, “Free Women: An Examination of Grendel’s Mother as Liminal Monster”; Aiden Tait, “Betwixt and Between: A Liminal Approach to Neil Gaiman’s Coraline”; Sydney White “‘He a man and I a woman’: Gender and Haunting in Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca”; Alex Allen, “Transmedia Exploration and Purposeful Decay in Peter Greenaway’s The Tulse Luper Suitcases and Other Works” (reader)
  • 2016-17: Yi Le Lu, “Entering Bluebeard’s Chamber and Living Happily Ever After: A Conventional Fairy Tale Marriage in L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle” (co-supervisor)
  • 2015-16: Emma Riek, “Born Without Destiny: A Discussion of Child Heroism and its Function in Roald Dahl’s Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches”; Gemma Grimes, “In Defense of the Gentle[manly] Creature: An Exploration of the Human and the Animal in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows”; Jessica Schmidt, “Mutations of Maleficence: Versions of the Wicked Witch in Fairy Tales and Beyond” (reader)
  • 2014-15: Elora Hunka, “A Performing Text: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a Visual Literary Story”; Vanessa Power, “Postmodern Degradation and Posthuman Transcendence”
  • 2013-14: Olivia Dreisinger “‘What’s the Word for Things Not Being the Same Always’: Change, Change, Change and Collaborative Misfits in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman
  • 2012-13: Travis LaCroix, “Existentialism and the Toy Story Triad”
  • 2011-12: Miranda Martini, “Get Them Young: Ecology and Children’s Culture of the Twentieth Century” (reader); Amy Miles, “Written by the Scriptors: Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories as a Response to Roland Barthes’s The Death of the Author” (reader)
  • 2010-11: Alyzee Lakhani, “The Crisis of Knowing in The Penultimate Peril of Daniel Handler’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”; Jessica Li, “Representation of Cloning in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go and Nancy Farmer’s The House of the Scorpion
  • 2009-10: John Brennan, “Technology and Globalism in William Gibson’s Spook Country and Pattern Recognition”; Jeremy Newcombe, “Examining Temporality in Graphic Novels: Representations of Time in Alan Moore’s Watchmen
  • 2008-09: Sulynn Chuang Xin, “Within the Vicious Cabaret: Masks, Identity, and How to Read a Superhero Body in Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta” (reader); Amanda Zapp, “When Wendy Grew Up: The Psychological Function of Fairyland in J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy” (reader)
  • 2007-08: Darcie Frederick, “Surviving The Road” (reader); Karen Teufel, “Tracking the Forces of Good and Evil in the Harry Potter Series” (reader)
  • 2006-07: Elizabeth Anderson, “Storytelling Then and Now: An Examination of the Effects of Oral, Literary and Electronic Forms on the Changing Nature of the Folk and Fairy Tale in Labyrinth and A Forfeit of Dreams”; Catherine T. Whitehead, “Worlds Apart: Children and Authority in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Dark Is Rising, and His Dark Materials
  • 2004-05: Mysha Dewar-McClelland, “‘Nobody’s Meat’: A Study of Gender Roles in Traditional and Modern Fairy Tales”
  • 2003-04: David Simpson, “Eco-Dystopia: A New Genre Born In The Last Frontier Of The New World”

Faculty Sponsor, UBC Student Directed Seminars

  • ASTU 400P: Why the Undead Walk Among Us: An Exploration of Zombies in Literature and Popular Culture (Coordinator: Kate Reilly, 2016)
  • ASTU 400G: Spectral Spirits, Suspense, and the Sublime: Gothic Literature in Speculation (Coordinators: Gemma Grimes and Catherine Read, 2014)
  • ASTU 400D/002: Science Fiction & the City (Coordinator: Matthew Blunderfield, 2009)
  • ENGL 490/015: Chick Lit: Making (Over) a Context (Coordinator: Anita Law, 2008)
  • ENGL 466: Sex, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll: Popular Culture, 1970s to Today (Coordinator: Ashley Bayles, 2006)

Other Supervision and Examination

  • 2006-07: Robert Willis, Master’s Thesis (UBC School of Journalism) “Cool to Be Christian?: Dissecting the North American Christian Rock Scene” (reader)
  • 2006: Leslie M. Meier, Master’s Thesis (Simon Fraser University School of Communication) “In Concert: The Coordination of Popular Music, Youth Practices, and Lifestyle Marketing” (external examiner)
  • 2000: Maria Ticinovic, Master’s Thesis (UBC Department of English) “Sublimity and History in Don DeLillo’s Underworld” (reader and examiner)
  • 1991: SallyAnne Wolek, Independent Study Project on South African women writers (St. Lawrence University Department of English): “What is Legitimate: Exploring Perceptions of Race and Sexuality (Gordimer, Tlali, Head)” (supervisor)

Publications

  • Book chapter: “Bluebeard’s Women Fight Back: the Gothic heroine in contemporary film and Heidi Lee Douglas’s Little Lamb (2014).” Gothic Heroines on Screen: Representation, Interpretation, and Feminist Enquiry, edited by Tamar Jeffers McDonald and Frances A. Kamm, Routledge, 2019.
  • Editor: Blast, Corrupt, Dismantle, Erase: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature edited by Brett Grubisic, Gisèle M. Baxter, and Tara Lee, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014.
  • Canadian Literature reviews: https://canlit.ca/canlit_authors/gisele-m-baxter-2/
  • Review: Kathryn James, Death, Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Adolescent Literature. English Studies, vol. 92, no. 8, 2011, pp. 933-934.
  • Review: Mavis Reimer, ed. Home Words: Discourses of Children’s Literature in Canada. The Dalhousie Review, vol. 88, no. 3, Autumn 2008, pp. 455-57.
  • Review: “Nightmares and Daydreams” (review of various picture books). Canadian Children’s Literature, vol. 27, no. 3.103, Fall 2001, pp. 71-2.
  • Article: “‘After such knowledge, what forgiveness?’: Exile, Marriage and the Resistance to Commitment in D.H. Lawrence’s Kangaroo.” The Journal of Narrative Technique, vol. 24, no. 2, Spring 1994, pp. 127-40.
  • Article: “The Generous Spirit: The Moral and Physical Experience of a Man at War in Homage to Catalonia and For Whom the Bell Tolls.” The Dalhousie Review, vol. 73, no. 3, Fall 1993, pp. 68-80.
  • Article: “Clothes, Men and Books: Cultural Experiences and Identity in the Early Novels of Anita Brookner.” English, vol. 42, no. 173, Summer 1993, pp. 125-39.
  • Reviews for The Dalhousie Review: Rodney Stenning Edgecombe, Vocation and Identity in the Fiction of Muriel Spark; Sanford Sternlicht, ed., In Search of Stevie Smith (Fall 1992); Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae (Fall 1991); Anita Brookner, Lewis Percy (Winter 1990).

Principal Papers and Talks

  • March 11, 2021: English Students Association Colloquium, UBC: “‘Like a real girl’: gaze, gender, and synthetic humans in Gothic science fiction” (revision)
  • 4 June 2019: SSHRC Congress, Contract Faculty Research Symposium, UBC: “‘Like a real girl’: gaze, gender, and synthetic humans in Gothic science fiction”
  • 2 May 2019: Gothic Feminism 3: Technology, Women, and Gothic Horror On Screen, University of Kent: “ ‘Like a real girl’: gaze, gender, and Gothically haunted humanoid inventions in the Blade Runner films and Ex Machina
  • 2 August 2018: International Gothic Association Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University: “The Posthuman Prometheus: artificial beings, so lifelike they’re scary, among Frankenstein’s inheritors in recent science-fiction films”
  • 22 August 2016: Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic, University of Surrey: “Bluebeard’s Victorian-Gothic Grand Tour”
  • 27 May 2016: Gothic Feminism: The Representation of the Gothic Heroine in Cinema, University of Kent: “Bluebeard’s Women Fight Back”
  • 29 October 2015: Harry Potter, Brands of Magic Colloquium (UBC): “Fanfiction and Fan Communities”
  • 1 August 2015: International Gothic Association Conference, Vancouver: “Bluebeard in Tasmania: Heidi Lee Douglas’s Little Lamb as Gothic retelling and historical drama”
  • 25 April 2009: Breaking the Boundaries: A Research Conference on Radical Children’s Literature (UBC): “The Problem of Teen Fiction” (keynote speaker)
  • 7 July 2008: Creative Writing MFA Summer Residency Program (UBC): “Literary Machines: The Writer and the Cybersphere” (panelist)
  • 1999-2008: Brock House Society Lecture Series (Vancouver): topics included Spanish Civil War narratives; Peter Pan; Frankenstein; Dracula; 1920s Paris Literary Scene; Anita Brookner; Christina Stead; Under the Volcano
  • 21 March 2002: Organizer, UBC English Department Colloquium: “Millennial Gothic” (Paper: “Dracula’s Grandchildren: Undomesticating the Count”)
  • 24 January 2001: Chair, UBC English Department Colloquium: “No Future: Punk Revisited” (Paper: “Never Mind the Situationists, or, Public Image Limited: Theorizing the Punk Myth”)
  • 3 June 1999: ACCUTE Conference, Sherbrooke: “Christina Stead’s The Man Who Loved Children: Why Still an Unread Book?”
  • 12 June 1997: Malcolm Lowry Symposium: An International Celebration, Toronto: “Mutual Dislocation: Marriage in Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano
  • 20 April 1996: NEMLA Convention, Montréal: “D.H. Lawrence and the Idea of Nation” (response to session D.H. Lawrence, Nation and Race)
  • 5 June 1994: ACCUTE Conference, Calgary: “Man Alive and the Mob-Spirit: Physicality, Integrity and Conscription in D.H. Lawrence’s Kangaroo
  • 28 December 1989: MLA Convention, Washington, D.C.: “Orwell and Hemingway in Spain: The Moral and Physical Experience of a Man at War”

Other Experience and Academic Service

  • 2020-21: Undergraduate Committee, UBC Department of English Language and Literatures
  • 2020-21: Online Teaching Working Group, UBC Department of English Language and Literatures; Coordinator: ENGL Online Teaching Resources Canvas site
  • August 2017-present: Technical writing workshops for incoming students (Master of Food Science program, UBC)
  • October-December 2017: Second Year Popular Culture sub-committee, Curriculum Development Committee, UBC Department of English Language and Literatures; designer of prospectus for ENGL 243: Science Fiction and Fantasy/Speculative Fiction
  • 2017: Author, blended (classroom and online) ENGL 301: Technical Writing (UBC)
  • February-March 2016: Instructor, AW107-W16-A: Writing for Graduate Students (UBC Writing Centre and Continuing Studies)
  • 2008-13: Online course authoring, UBC: ENGL 462 (now 366): The Modern British Novel, with Catherine Nelson-McDermott; ENGL 112: Strategies for University Writing and ENGL 468 (now 392): Children’s Literature, with Suzanne James
  • 2008-2015: Marker for CM1, a technical writing course offered by the Certified General Accountants Association (now Chartered Professional Accountants Canada); CM1 lecturer (UBC) 2010-12
  • 2012-13: Advisory Committee, development of Certificate in Professional Communication (UBC Continuing Studies)
  • 2003-2004: Humanities 101 lectures on Dracula: the novel and its cultural legacy (UBC)
  • Summer-Fall 2000: Website and Publicity Materials for Wilde 2000, a symposium at UBC’s Green College marking the centenary of Oscar Wilde’s death
  • July 1996-July 1997: Executive Assistant, The Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE: Dalhousie English Department)

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