Mary Jane Edwards

Mary Jane Edwards is an internationally known specialist in Canadian literature. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto after earning an Honours BA at Trinity College, Toronto, and an MA at Queen's, Kingston.

She taught in the departments of English at Acadia University and the University of British Columbia before joining Carleton University. She has also taught at McMaster, Karnatak (Dhawar, India), and Monash universities. In 1996, she was awarded the Henry Charles Chapman Fellowship from London Univerity’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

She has been the editor or general editor of five anthologies of Canadian literature and prepared scholarly editions of Frances Brooke’s The History of Emily Montague (1769 / 1985) and William Kirby’s Le Chien d’or / The Golden Dog (1877 / 2012) for the Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT), of which she was the director. She has also published extensively on Canadian literary history and bibliography and textual studies. Richard Bentley and the British Empire: Imperial and Colonial Publishing Connections, which she edited and to which contributed a chapter on Susanna Strickland Moodie, appeared in 2019.

Previously taught:

  • Canada's Culture Through its Writers (55+)   SCFC722
  • Constructing the Prairies: Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta in Canadian Literature (55+)   PLUS150
  • English-Canadian Literature and the First World War (Seminar) (55+)   SCFC870
  • Good Reads: Mid-20th-Century Canadian Authors (55+)   PLUS389
  • National Narratives in Canadian Literature (Seminar 55+)   SCFC819
  • “New Women” in the New Dominion (Seminar 55+)   SCFC943
  • Oh Canada! Perspectives On Canada Today   AHCP250
  • Remembering the "War to End All Wars": Poetry and Prose from the British Empire (55+) PLUS287

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