Dr Danielle Fuller BA, MA, PhD

Photograph of Dr Danielle Fuller

Department of English Literature
Reader in Canadian Studies and Cultures of Reading

Contact details

Arts Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My main research areas are: contemporary Canadian writing, particularly Atlantic Canadian literary culture; the politics of cultural production in Canada, and reading communities in present-day North America and the UK. I am also committed to interdisciplinary research methods that combine empirical and textual strategies.


  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Language, First Class, University of Durham, 1989
  • MA in American Literature, with Distinction, University of Leeds, 1991
  • PhD Canadian Literature, University of Leeds, 1996


  • Introduction to Canadian Studies
  • Research Skills in American & Canadian Studies
  • Contemporary Canadian Writing
  • The North American 1920s
  • Reading and Popular Culture
  • Contemporary Literary Cultures (MA module)

Excellence in Teaching Award, Heads of Schools Prize Winner, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, 2009-10.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised postgraduate research on Maritime short fiction, on the publishing history and institutionalisation of Margaret Atwood’s work in Central Europe, South-East Asian Canadian literature, Canadian film, Asian-American film, and an inter-textual study of women’s writing by Faye Hammill subsequently published as Literary Culture and Female Authorship in Canada 1760-2000 (Rodopi, 2003) and winner of the Pierre Savard Award for best book in English by a “foreign” Canadianist 2004.

I am currently supervising PhD work on Newfoundland literature; US lesbian feminist textual communities and lesbian pulp fictions (1950s), and a study of globalisation in the oeuvre of Douglas Coupland. 

I would particularly like to encourage you to contact me if you are interested in:

  • readers and reading in 21st-century UK and/or North America (f2f and online)
  • book events, book festivals and arts organizations involved with print culture
  • contemporary Canadian prose writing (including US/Canadian comparative projects)


Atlantic Canadian literary culture

My fascination with reading, writing and publishing communities in the Atlantic region of Canada began with my PhD - research that was expanded for my book, Writing the Everyday: Women’s Textual Communities in Atlantic Canada (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2004). There, I explore how and why communities form around texts that record women’s everyday realities, histories, and traditions.

My interest in popular, non-canonical writing is informed by feminist standpoint epistemology (see, for example, my articles in Women’s Studies International Forum 2002b and Atlantis 1999a) - a theoretical approach that has shaped my investigation of textual communities, leading me to combine qualitative interviewing with studies of publishing history, social contexts, textual analysis and, most importantly, close attention to the local histories and oral cultures that many Atlantic writers draw upon in their work (evident in the poetry of Maxine Tynes, see 1999b below; and 2006).

My research has developed into a consideration of the reception of “best-selling” Atlantic Canadian books and films beyond their most immediate communities (2007d; 2008a). In my essay “Strange Terrain” (Essays in Canadian Writing, 2004), for example, I consider how two writers engage with place-myths about Newfoundland that circulate trans-nationally.

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Reading communities and cultures of reading in the USA, Canada and UK

Beyond the Book: Mass Reading Events and Contemporary Cultures of Reading in the UK, USA and Canada” was an ambitious interdisciplinary trans-Atlantic investigation ofshared reading events, which was funded for 3 years by the AHRC (2005-8) and undertaken in collaboration with DeNel Rehberg Sedo (Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada), a communications scholar with expertise on book groups.

A pilot fieldwork study with readers participating in a “One Book, One Community” program in Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge (Canada) and with the agencies involved in the organisation of “One Book, One Chicago” was completed in October 2004, part-funded by the British Academy. This research is informed by my previous work on textual communities and my interest in issues of democratic access to cultural production and literature pursued via my guest editorship of Women’s Studies International Forum (2002) and a co-authored article on the export of Canadian Literature (2000). It also builds upon my commitment to research methodologies that combine empirical and textual approaches to the study of literary cultures (e.g. 2007c; 2008b; 2009a).

The capstone publication for the project is a monograph co-written with DeNel Rehberg Sedo, Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture (Routledge, 2013). Several articles arising from the same research project are already in print (e.g. 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and more are forthcoming.  Please see the Beyond the Book website for details of articles, book chapters, podcasts, resources and more information. www.beyondthebookproject.org.

We are continuing with our work on readers and reading with a project called 'Reading Lives', initially funded by the AHRC via the CATH project within the Digital Humanities/Heritage Hub at the University of Birmingham (2013-2014) and now developing further thanks to a Grants for the Arts Award from Arts Council England. We are also members of the AHRC-funded network on Digital Reading, lead by colleagues at Bournemouth University.

During 2012 I gave keynote presentations at a conference on book events at the University of Stirling and on readers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.  I also ran a workshop on methods and methodologies for literary research at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne and worked with Estonian MA students at the University of Tartu.

In May 2013 I spoke about our research on readers and reading events at the Hay Literary Festival, and in October 2013 I reprised this talk for U of Birmingham's 'Book to the Future' Literature Festival

In 2013-2014, I gave research talks at the University of Warwick (Centre for Cultural Policy), the University of Mainz (Centre for the Study of the Book), Resurrecting the Book conference at the new Library of Birmingham, and University of Exeter (English department). 

In June 2014, DeNel and I will gave a keynote presentation at the Cultural Crossings: Production, Consumption and Reception Across the US-Canada Border conference at the University of Nottingham as part of a Leverhulme-funded Network initiative lead by Drs Gillian Roberts and David Stirrup.

Other activities

  • Programme Leader for BA English and American Literature undergraduate degree
  • School Research Mentor
  • Committee Member, School Mitigations Panel
  • School Impact Lead
  • Beyond the campus: I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. I am a former Council member of the British Association for Canadian Studies, former convenor of its Literature Group and was co-host, with Steve Hewitt, of the 2011 BACS conference held at University of Birmingham. I have been on the Advisory Board for Studies in Canadian Literature since 2006, for Canada and Beyond:A Journal of Canadian Literature and Cultural Studies since 2011, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies since 2014, and the Board of Directors for the Birmingham Literature Festival, now incorporated into Writing West Midlands, since 2008.
  • co-editor, with Dr Ceri Morgan (Keele U) of the British Journal of Canadian Studies.



  • (2013) with DeNel Rehberg Sedo.  Reading Beyond the Book: The Social Practices of Contemporary Literary Culture.  New York and London: Routledge. 
  • (2004) Writing the everyday: Women's textual communities in Atlantic Canada.Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press. Winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize (English-language) 2005

Articles and selected publications

  • 2014. Fuller, Danielle and DeNel Rehberg Sedo. ‘Reproducing “the Wow Factor”?: Negotiating the Values of Reading Through One Book, One Community Events.’ In Patrick Spedding and Anna Poletti (eds.) ‘Revealing the Reader’.  Special issue of Australian Humanities Review 56 (May 2014): 163-186.
  • 2014. Fuller, Danielle and DeNel Rehberg Sedo. ‘“And then we went to the brewery”: Reading as a Social Activity in a Digital Era.’ Popular feature commissoned for World Literature Today88.3: 14-18.
  • 2013. ‘Reader at Work: An Appreciation of Barbara Godard.’  [revised and expanded from review article originally published in 2009 (see below)].  In Trans/acting Culture, Writing, and Memory: Essays in Honour of Barbara Godardedited by Jennifer Henderson, Eva Karpinski et al.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1-20.
  • 2012. Fuller, Danielle. ‘Beyond CanLit(e): Reading. Interdisciplinarity. Trans-Atlantically.’ Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies edited by Smaro Kamboureli and Robert Zacharias.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, TransCanada Series, 65-85.  
  • 2012. Fuller, Danielle and DeNel Rehberg Sedo. ‘Mixing It Up: Using Mixed Methods to Investigate Contemporary Cultures of Reading.’  InFrom Codex to Hypertext: Reading at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century, ed. Anouk Lang. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 234-51.  [This collection is part of the Beyond the Book project output]
  • 2011. Fuller, Danielle, DeNel Rehberg Sedo and Claire Squires. ‘Marionettes and Puppeteers? The Relationship Between Book Club Readers and Publishers.’  In Reading Communities: From Salon to Cyberspace, edited by DeNel Rehberg Sedo, 181-199.  Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • 2011. Fuller, Danielle and DeNel Rehberg Sedo.  ‘Suspicious Minds: The Richard & Judy Book Club and Its Resistant Readers.’  In The Richard & Judy Book Club Reader, edited by Jenni Ramone and Helen Cousins, 21-42. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • 2011. Fuller, Danielle. 2011. ‘Citizen Reader: Canadian Literature, Mass Reading Events and the Promise of Belonging.’ The Fifth Eccles Centre for American Studies Plenary Lecture. Pamphlet Series, print and online.London: Eccles Centre & The British Library.  ISBN: 0 7123 4459 4.Also available at: http://www.bl.uk/eccles/pdf/bacs2010.pdf#zoom=80
  • 2010. Listening to the Readers of “Canada Reads.”’ Reprinted in The History of Reading. Edited by Shafquat Towheed, Rosalind Crone, Katherine Halsey. London: Routledge, 411-26.
  • 2010. Chapter 2, ‘Writing home: A Regional Business,’ Reprinted from Writing the Everyday, in Twentieth Century Literature(TCLC-238), edited by Larry Trudeau. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale/Cengage Learning.
  • 2010. Fuller, Danielle, DeNel Rehberg Sedo and Amy Thurlow. ‘More than “just a little library program”: Discourses of power in One Book, One Community programming committees.’ Logos, (20)1-4 (2009): 228-240.
  • Fuller, Danielle and James Procter. 2009 ‘Reading as “social glue”?: Book Groups, Multiculture, and Small Island Read 2007.’ ‘Region/Writing/Home: Relocating Black, Migrant and Diasporic Writing in Britain.’ Special Issue Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, edited by Corinne Fowler and Graham Mort. 9.2: 26-40.
  • 2009 ‘Reader at Work: An Appreciation of Barbara Godard.’ Review Article. Barbara Godard, Canadian Literature at the Crossroads of Language and Culture, edited by Smaro Kamboureli. Edmonton: NeWest P, 2008. British Journal of Canadian Studies 22.2: 235-249.
  • 2008 ‘The Crest of the Wave: Reading the Success Story of Best-Sellers.’ Studies in Canadian Literature Special Issue: "Surf's Up! The Rising Tide of Atlantic-Canadian Literature." 33.2, 40-59.
  • 2008 ‘Reading as Social Practice: The Beyond the Book research project.’ Journal of Popular Narrative Media1.2: 211-217.[Special issue arising from the 'Beyond the Book' conference]
  • 2007 ‘Beyond the Book: Researching Reading in an Event-Based Culture.’ (30 mins; Nov)
  • 2007 Listening to the Readers of “Canada Reads.”’ Canadian Literature. 193 (Summer): 11-34.
  • 2007 ‘Beyond CanLit(e): Reading. Interdisciplinarity. Trans-Atlantically.’ TransCanada 2: Literatures, Institutions, Citizenship. Article & plenary presentation. 
  • 2007 ‘Travelling Tales: Interrogating the Trans-Atlantic Journey of Three Atlantic-Canadian Bestsellers.” Chapter 5 in The Global Literary Field, edited by Anna Guttman et al. Cambridge Scholars’ Press: 78-104. 
  • 2006 ‘Riding a Rolling Wave: A Conversation with Joan Clark.’ Canadian Literature. 189 (Summer): 121-133.
  • With Rehberg Sedo. 2006. ‘A Reading Spectacle for the Nation: The CBC and “Canada Reads.”’ Journal of Canadian Studies. 40.1 (Winter): 5-36
  • 2004 Strange terrain: Re-producing and resisting place-myths in two contemporary fictions of Newfoundland. Essays on Canadian Writing82: Special issue, Newfoundland literature, 21-50.
  • 2002 Critical friendships: Reading women's writing communities in Newfoundland. Women's Studies International Forum, 25(2), 247-260.
  • 2002 Introduction: Women-texts-communities. Women's Studies International Forum, 25(2), 163-166.
  • 2002 Guest editor: Special issue, women-texts-communities. Women's Studies International Forum, 25(2).
  • 2000 With Billingham, S. Can Lit(e): Fit for export? Essays on Canadian Writing- Special 25th Anniversary Issue, 71(Winter), 76-112.


Readers, shared reading and mass reading events in 21st century UK and North America, e.g. book groups, 'One Book, One Community' programmes, TV and radio such as Richard and Judy's Book Club; reading and popular culture; North American women's writing; Canadian Studies

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Readers, shared reading and mass reading events in 21st century UK and North America, e.g. book groups, 'One Book, One Community' programmes, TV and radio such as Richard and Judy's Book Club; reading and popular culture; North American women's writing; Canadian Studies