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Laurel Ryan

Associate Professor of English

Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2014
M.A., University of Western Ontario, 2007

Office: Griffin 229
Phone: 337-482-5512

Pronouns: she/her

Teaching and Research Areas

Transatlantic and transnational literatures, Canadian literature, World literatures in English, Digital Humanities


Laurel Ryan’s research interests include transatlantic and transnational literary relationships, with a particular focus on nineteenth-century Canadian medievalism. She is also interested in the development of ideas of race in the nineteenth century. Her work has been published in journals including Mosaic: an Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, Studies in Canadian Literature, South Asian Review, Canadian Literature, and others.

Her current projects include the monograph Whiteout: Race and Medievalism in Early Canadian Literature, which examines how Canadian authors of the long nineteenth century participated in transnational discourses of Whiteness as an emergent racial category by inventing a European medieval past for Canada. She is also currently co-editing a book on Medievalism and Slavic Popular Culture.