Dr Will Smith PhD

Photograph of Dr Will Smith

Department of English Literature
Visiting Lecturer in Canadian Studies

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


BA, MRes, PhD


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


  • Introduction to Canadian Studies


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


“‘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).