Battershill, Claire
BA Hons (Oxford), PhD (Toronto)

Dr. Claire Battershill joins the Department of English as a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow. Her project, “Travelling Books: A Transnational History of Literary Publishers and their Archives, 1914–2014”, uses material from publishers’ archives to examine the relationship between literary aesthetics and the emergence of a global publishing trade. She is a co-investigator on the Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), a digital resource for the study of modernist book production focusing first on Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press. Dr. Battershill has published articles on a variety of topics in 20th- and 21st-century literary culture and book history. She is also a fiction writer and her first book of short stories, Circus, was published by McClelland & Stewart in 2014.

Poll, Melissa
BFA Acting (UBC), MA (UBC), PhD (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Dr. Melissa Poll joins the Department of English as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow. Her project, “Towards Reconciliation: Recognizing the Intergenerational Repercussions of Residential Schools through Intercultural Performance-Making”, investigates how select performing arts companies are crafting intercultural performances via a dramaturgy of reconciliation that restages colonizing practices in an effort to acknowledge the legacy of colonialism for First Peoples. Dr. Poll’s research on performance-making and interculturalism has been published in the Body, Space & Technology JournalCanadian Theatre Review, Theatre Research in Canada, and Interventions and her monograph, Robert Lepage’s Scenographic Dramaturgy, is forthcoming (Palgrave Macmillan). She has also worked as an actor (Arts Club, Bard on the Beach, and Théâtre la Seizième), critic (Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Plays, and The British Theatre Guide) and dramaturg (Solo Collective and Shameless Hussy).