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Marie Carrière, PhD (Comparative Literature), MA (English), BA (English/Lettres françaises)

Professor, Director of the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne


English and Film Studies

About Me

I research, write, and teach in the fields of Canadian and Québécois literatures, with a particular interest in contemporary fiction and poetry, feminist and queer studies, Indigenous writing, crisis literature, comparative approaches, and writing by women. I have taught several courses in these areas and at various levels, in the Departments of both English & Film Studies and Modern Languages & Cultural Studies. I also direct the Canadian Literature Centre/Centre de littérature canadienne, a bilingual research centre in the Faculty of Arts. I am a white settler French-Canadian born sometime in the 1970s in Ottawa, Ontario, the traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. I now live and work on Treaty 6 territory, where I also enjoy reading, music, cooking, kayaking, zumba, travelling, and time with my family and friends. 



My current research looks into present-day expressions and inflections of feminism in Canadian, Indigenous and Québécois literature, with a focus on writings of crisis (social, planetary, or personal), intersectionality, affect, and the recent resurgence of the feminist ethics of care in contemporary criticism and philosophy. Authors I am reading include Gwen Benaway, Dionne Brand, Nicole Brossard, Karen Connelly, Louise Dupré, Naomi Fontaine, Tracy Lindberg, Ruth Ozeki, and Miriam Toews. Among thinkers who currently nourish my research are Sara Ahmed, Judith Butler, Jodi Byrd, Dian Million, Martha Nussbaum, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Joan Tronto. I recently published a book of collected essays, co-edited with Ursula Mathis-Moser and titled, Writing Beyond the End Times/Écrire au-delà de la fin des temps. I am currently working on a book of theoretical and critical analysis with the tentative title of Cautiously Hopeful: Metafeminist Practices in Canada, as well as another edited volume, with Ursula Mathis-Moser and Kit Dobson, on affect and Canadian writing.


I teach in the areas of Canadian literature, Québécois and French-Canadian literature, critical theory, and women's writing. My preferred teaching method blends lecture, media, and active, respectful and informed group or class discussion. I am especially fond of the seminar format. I am happy to supervise students working in the following areas: Canadian Literature; Québécois and French-Canadian Literature; Comparative Canadian Literature; women’s writing; contemporary poetry and poetics; feminist theory; ethics and care theory; posthuman studies; crisis, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic writing; post-9/11 literature; transculture and transnationalism; Indigenous writing in Canada.