Dr Will Smith PhD

Photograph of Dr Will Smith

Department of English Literature
Visiting Lecturer in Canadian Studies

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I took my BA in English and American Studies at the University of Nottingham with a year spent at the University of Toronto. I then completed an MRes and a PhD in Canadian Literature at the University of Nottingham. I have since held teaching positions at the University of Nottingham, Lancaster University and the University of Birmingham.

Qualifications

BA, MRes, PhD

Biography

In 2014/2015 I was a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at Lancaster University.

Teaching

  • Introduction to Canadian Studies

Research

My current research work builds on my PhD thesis, exploring the history of Toronto’s depiction in literature. This has drawn me to focus on early twentieth-century writers of popular Toronto fiction, such as Fred Jacob, Frank Lillie Pollock, Bradda Field, Isabelle Hughes and Jesse Middleton. Wider research interests include periodical/magazine studies, literary awards, literary tourism and Canadian comic books.

Other activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Member of British Association for Canadian Studies (BACS) Council

Publications

“‘You might understand Toronto’: Tracing the Histories of Writing on Toronto Writing,” British Journal of Canadian Studies (forthcoming 2016).

“‘First and foremost a writer of fiction’: Revisiting two Toronto novels, Hopkins Moorhouse’s Every Man For Himself and Peter Donovan’s Late Spring,” British Journal of Canadian Studies 28.2 (2015): 167-186.

 “Reading for a civic public poetic: Toronto in Raymond Souster’s “Ten Elephants on Yonge Street” and Dennis Lee’s Civil Elegies.” Public Poetics. Ed. Travis Mason, Bart Vatour, Erin Wunker, and Christl Verduyn. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015. 139-158.

Cree, Canadian and American: Negotiating sovereignties with Jeff Lemire’s Equinox and the ‘Justice League of Canada’ (2014)”, Luminary, Lancaster University (2015).