Dr. Jocelyn Williams
Associate Professor, English
Area Chair, Humanities
Phone: (403) 254-3767
PhD English Literature, Memorial University, Newfoundland
MA English Literature, University of Toronto, Ontario
BA English Literature, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
Specialization/research interests: Canadian literature, Catholic literature, Romantic literature, trauma theory, life writing, and poetry.
I’m Dr. Williams and although I’m formal in name, you’ll find me open and warm in class. I love teaching you literature and writing and that passion shows through in my energetic lectures and our lively class discussions. I even have fun teaching you grammar. Stick with me and you’ll perfect the use of the semicolon, but you’ll also fall for everything from moody and meaty Canadian novels to honest, clever, and rebellious poems of the 19th-21st century. It’s my pleasure to make you think through critical topics from different angles and express yourself fully,confidently, and culturally responsibly. Through the study of English literature, we’ll keep ourselves entertained and live with joy and tolerance.
2018-19 Disarming Pedagogy. Book in progress
2018 Sharon Butala: Feminism in Motion. Katowice, Poland
2018 Poetry. Forthcoming. Mansfield Press
2018 Nanabush Showed Me. AEPL Conference, Estes Park, Colorado
2017-present Faculty Editor of Sightlines, the creative journal of St. Mary’s, Calgary
2018 Nanabuh Showed Me. AEPL Conference, Estes Park, Colorado.
2013 “‘As in Genesis, Pain Came’: The Role of Institutionalized Faith in Trauma Memoir” at ACCUTE Conference, Congress.
2012 “All God’s: Children in Flannery O’Connor’s Short Fiction” at ACCUTE Conference, Congress.
2011 “Another Old Buck:” Masculinity and Spirituality in Andre Dubus’s Short Fiction. Christianity and Literature Study Group/ ACCUTE, Congress.
2010 “Beyond Horizontal: Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Prose. Canada and Beyond. Huelva, Spain.
2009 “Cocktail Queer” at ACCUTE Conference, Congress.
2008 “Prey Tell: Hunting in Canadian Literature” at the Eleventh Annual CBU Storytelling Symposium.
2006 “MisLeading: Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fiction” at ACCUTE Conference, Congress.
2006 “(Re)Facing Freud: The Williamson Approach” at CCCLA Conference, Congress.
2006 “Voice Not Victim” at the Tenth Annual CBU Storytelling Symposium.
2005 “Writing and Racing Abuse: Vanessa Alleyne” at Race, Gender, Class, Sexuality Conference.
2005 “Selves: Writing Race, Writing Incest” at Beyond Autoethnography: Writing Race and Ethnicity.
2005 “The Messy Things Let Out: Janice Williamson” at the ACCUTE Conference, Congress.
2005 “Monsters and Mockery: James De Mille” at The Ninth Annu7al CBU Storytelling Symposium.
2004 “The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Reader)” at The Thomas Raddall Symposium Series.
2000 “From House to House: Story in Cape Breton” at The Fourth Annual UCCB Storytelling Symposium.
1998 “Postcolonial Possibilities for George Cartwright” at The Atlantic Canadian Studies Conference XII.
2018 Poetry. Forthcoming. Mansfield Press.
2018 Faculty Editor. Sightlines. St. Mary’s University, Calgary.
2013 – Poetry. Canadian Woman Studies. 30:1. 65, 127.
2012 – Beyond the Foreground: Ann Marie MacDonald’s Prose. Canada and Beyond.
2011 – Book Review of Helpless by Barbara Gowdy. The Nashwaak Review.
2009 – 2nd editor of Sylvie Berard’s Of Wind and Sand; Calgary: Tesserect.
2006 – “The Rifle Kicks Hard Both Ways: Rereading David Adams Richards.” The Nashwaak Review.
1999 – Poetry. The Antigonish Review: 117: 54-56.