American Literature, Canadian Film, Canadian Literature, Canadian Studies, Contemporary Writing, Intellectual History, Literary Geographies, Literary Tourism, Middlebrow Culture, Modernism, Place and Space, Poetry, Publishing and the Marketplace, Regionalism
Culture, Geography, History of ideas, Literature and location, Transcultural writing
Dr Will Smith
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ENGL204 - American Literature to 1900
"Reading for a civic public poetic: Toronto in Raymond Souster's ‘Ten Elephants on Yonge Street' and Dennis Lee's Civil Elegies." Public Poetics. Eds. Christl Verduyn, Bart Vautour, Travis Mason and Erin Wunker. Waterloo,ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Forthcoming.
"David Bezmozgis." Critical Survey of Short Fiction. 4th ed. Ed. Charles E. May. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2012.
"Curating Toronto." Rev. of City of Words, ed. by Sarah Elton and Witness to a City by David Miller and Douglas Arrowsmith. Matrix 88 (2011): 57-58.
"Fluid Translations: Counter Torontos in David Bezmozgis's Natasha and Other Stories and Dionne Brand's What We All Long For." Canada Exposed/Le Canada À Découvert. Eds. Pierre Anctil, André Loiselle and Christopher Rolfe. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2009. 243-52.
"A Place to Meat? Victory Meat: What and Where Is New Fiction from Atlantic Canada?" Dynamics of Canada/Dynamiques Du Canada. Eds. Keith Battarbee and Melanie Buchart. Brno, Czech Republic: European Network for Canadian Studies and Masaryk University, 2009. 227-37.
Rev. of The Beautiful Children by Michael Kenyon. The Malahat Review 168 (2009): 109-12.
Torontos: Toronto in Contemporary Literature currently in preparation.
Recent Conference Presentations
"Natural Toronto: confronting the urban wild in Karen Solie's Pigeon." Shifting Territories: Modern and Contemporary Poetics of Place. Institute of English Studies, London. 22nd May, 2013.
"Massing literary credit: How do the reviews of Isabelle Hughes shape a middlebrow response to Canadian literary modernism?" 38th Annual Conference of British Association for Canadian Studies. British Library, London. 3rd April, 2013.
"Poetry is Public is Poetry: Toronto, Civil Space and Public Poetics in the work of Raymond Souster and Dennis Lee." Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics. Mount Allison University, Sackville NB. 21 September 2012.
"Natural Toronto: the environment of human-animal relations in Alissa York's Fauna." 37th Annual Conference of British Association for Canadian Studies. Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. 2nd April, 2012.
I'm interested in transdisciplinary work which embraces cultural geography, spatial theory and literary criticism. I have a particular interest in the overlap of urban theory and located literary cultures.
Will Smith gained a BA (Jt. Hnrs w/Int Study) in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham, spending a year at the University of Toronto. His undergraduate dissertation, "Avant-Garde Canadian Comics: Seth and Chester Brown," was researched in Canada. He wrote an MRes thesis on Atlantic-Canadian Literature at the University of Nottingham where he also completed his doctorate. He has taught at the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham before coming to Lancaster University in September 2012.
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