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Laura K Davis Ph.D.

Discipline/Program
Humanities & Social Sciences
English
Phone
403.342.3210
Biography

 

Laura K. Davis teaches and researches in the areas of Canadian literature, contemporary women’s literature, postcolonial literature, and writing studies. She has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. She regularly teaches courses on modern and contemporary Canadian literature, life writing, postcolonial literature, and composition and rhetoric.

She is the first editor of Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters (University of Alberta Press, 2018), the author of Margaret Laurence Writes Africa and Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), and the co-author of Essay Writing for Canadian Students, with Readings (2019, 2015, 2012). She has published essays and reviews in Ariel, Canadian Literature, the Journal of Canadian Studies, and the British Journal of Canadian Studies.

She has been the recipient of teaching and research awards from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Association of Alberta Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI), the University of Alberta, and Red Deer College. She has served as an adjudicator for SSHRC and as an internal and external reviewer for various teaching and research awards. She is currently working on a scholarly book about the concept of time in Alice Munro’s writing.

Education

Ph.D. English, University of Alberta
M.A. English, University of Victoria
B.A. English, University of British Columbia

Main Areas of Teaching

Canadian Literature, Contemporary Women’s Literature, Postcolonial literature, Life Writing and Autobiography, Composition and Rhetoric.

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications
Books:

  • Davis, Laura K. and Linda M. Morra, eds. Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland, Letters. University of Alberta Press, 2018.
  • Davis, Laura K. Margaret Laurence Writes Africa and Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017.
  • Davis, Roger and Laura K. Davis. Essay Writing for Canadian Students, with Readings. Pearson, 2019, 2015, 2012.
  • Davis, Laura K. and Cristina Santos, eds. The Monster Imagined: Humanity’s Re-Creation of Monsters and Monstrosity. Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010.

Journal Articles:

  • Davis, Laura K. “Canadian Multiculturalism and Strategies of Resistance in Joy Kogawa’s Obasan.” British Journal of Canadian Studies, vol. 25, no. 1, 2012, pp. 57-76.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Margaret Laurence’s Correspondence with Imperial Oil: an Anti-Imperialist at Work.” Journal of Canadian Studies, vol. 44, no. 1, 2010, pp 60-74.

Articles in Books or Anthologies:

  • Davis, Laura K. “Portrait of a Publisher: Jack McClelland and McClelland and Stewart in 1968.” Canada in 1968: A Year and Its Legacies, edited by Andrew Holman, Christopher Kirkey, and Michael Hawes, University of Ottawa Press, 2020.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Identity and the Athlete: Alexander MacLeod’s ‘Miracle Mile.’” Writing the Body in Motion: A Critical Anthology on Canadian Sport Literature, edited by Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp, Athabasca University Press, 2018.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Creating a New Multicultural Canada: Motherhood and Nationalism in Margaret Laurence’s The Diviners.” Mothering the Nation: Constructing and Resisting Regional and National Allegories Through the Maternal Body. Ed. Lisa Bernstein. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008, pp. 88-98.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Davis, Laura K. “Leonard Cohen’s Correspondence with Jack McClelland, “Leonard Cohen, Our Contemporary? Round table panelist, Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C. June 2019.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Alice Munro’s Memory Work,” Timepieces: the University of Toronto’s Centre for Comparative Literature’s 29th Annual Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, March 2019.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Time in Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 2017.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Identity and the Athlete: Alexander MacLeod’s “Miracle Mile.” Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Ryerson University, Toronto, May 2017.
  • Davis, Laura K. and Linda M. Morra. “Margaret Laurence and Jack McClelland: the Development of Canadian Literature in Letters.“ Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL), Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calgary, Calgary, May 2016.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Writing for Creative Repurposing: Assessing Transferability in a New Writing Course.” Poster Presentation. Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Houston,Texas, April 2016.
  • Davis, Laura K. and Linda Morra. “The Letters of Margaret Laurence and jack McClelland: Public and National Identities in Transit.” International Association for the Study of Biography and Autobiography (IABA). Banff, 2014.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Aging, Coming of Age, and Canadian Settler-Descendent Identities in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel and A Bird in the House.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA). San Diego, November 2013.
  • Davis, Laura K. “A Fair Exchange: Debt and Repayment in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel.” The Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Congress of the Social Sciences and the Humanities, University of Victoria, Victoria, 2013.

Community Involvement:
Selected Public Lectures

  • Davis, Laura K. “Margaret Atwood, Creativity, and Stone Mattress.” A Public Lecture Presented at the Red Deer Public Library, sponsored by the Friends of the Red Deer Public Library, March 2015.
  • Davis, Laura K. “Homework: the Creation of Textbooks.” A Public Lecture with Roger Davis about the writing of Essay Writing for Canadian Students, funded by CAT (Cultural Activities Trust Fund), Red Deer College, March 2012.

Current Research – Laura K. Davis is presently working on a book length project on the Canadian short story writer Alice Munro. Her work focuses on time and memory in her short stories, which span from the 1960s through to the present.

Selected Professional and/or RDC Leadership

  • Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2018 – 2020
  • Head of English, Red Deer College, 2014-2016, 2017- 2018.
  • Academic Policy Committee, Red Deer College, 2012-2014.
  • Faculty Scholarship Recognition Committee, Red Deer College, 2011-2012.
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Campus Alberta Writing Studies (CAWS), 2009-2016.
  • Marking Assistance Committee, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Red Deer College, 2008-2012.

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Studies Network (CSN)
  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
  • Association of Canadian and Quebec Literatures/ L’Association des literatures Canadienne et Quebecois (ACQL)
  • Pacific Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA)
  • Association of Canadian Studies (ACS)

Selected Awards and Honours

  • Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Principal Investigator (SSHRCC), 2013-2016
  • Extended Funding Grants, Professional Development Fund, Red Deer College, 2015, 2016
  • Faculty Scholarship Recognition Awards, Red Deer College, 2015, 2013, 2011
  • Special Projects Grant, Red Deer College, 2009, 2010
  • Applied Research and Innovation Grant, Alberta Association of College and Technical Institutes, 2010, 2009.
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Alberta, 2006.

Selected Adjudication Committees and Scholarly Peer Review

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Adjudication Committee for Faculty Grants (Insight Development), Federal Government of Canada, 2017, 2016, 2015.
  • External Reviewer for the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Alberta, 2017.
  • Editorial Consultant for Gale Publishing, Section on Margaret Laurence, Short Story Criticism Series, 2015.
  • Judge for Student Writing Awards and Scholarships, Red Deer College, 2010-2014.