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Postdoctoral Fellows and Sessional Instructors

Paul Barrett

Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: barrep2@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.23670
Office: Chester New Hall 310

Paul Barrett was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and is now a Lecturer at McMaster. His research is at the intersection of Canadian literature, critical race theory, and digital humanities. He has recently published in Canadian Literature, TOPIA, and The Journal of West Indian Literature and is the author of Blackening Canada: Diaspora, Race, Multiculturalism (University of Toronto Press, 2015). He is currently editing a special issue of The Puritan dedicated to the reexamining Austin Clarke’s writing and is preparing a critical edition of Clarke’s first novel, The Survivors of the Crossing (University of Ottawa Press). He is also developing a monograph entitled Digital Canadas which investigates the particular relevance of digital humanities scholarship to Canadian literary and cultural production.


Andrew McKendry

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: mckendra@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23670
Office: Chester New Hall 310

Andrew McKendry is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD from Queen’s University, where he was awarded the A.C. Hamilton Dissertation Prize, and he recently held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale University. Andrew is currently developing a monograph, entitled Narratives of Toleration, 1660-1719, which studies the role that narrative forms—from The Blazing World to Robinson Crusoe—played in “naturalizing” the ascendency of religious toleration. Interrogating the “rise of toleration” so often considered the defining characteristic of the period, this study works to uncover how stories—about crime, about labor, about the natural world—could stage the failure of persecution and the desuetude of uniformity in unique ways. As part of this project, Andrew is completing a piece that traces how the affinities between civil, spiritual, and corporeal disability informed debates about the impact of the penal laws during the 1670s and 1680s, particularly as these debates took form in John Milton’s Samson Agonistes.

Selected Publications:

  • “Dissenters and Nonconformists.” Mary Wollstonecraft in Context. Eds. Nancy E. Johnson and Paul Keen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming)
  • “‘No Parallels from Hebrew Times’: Troubled Typologies and the Glorious Revolution in Daniel Defoe’s Williamite Poetry.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 50.1 (2016): 81-99.
  • “Will the Public Please Step Forward? Libel Law and Public Opinion in Byron’s The Vision of Judgment.” Studies in Romanticism 54.4 (2015):525-549
  • “‘For thou can’st read’: Cultural Silence and Education in Gray’s Elegy.” Lumen 31 (2012): 101-114.
  • “The Haphazard Journey of a Mind: Experience and Reflection in Samuel Johnson’s A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland.” Age of Johnson 20 (2010): 11-34.

Sarah Roger

E-mail: sroger@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905 525 9140 x 23670
Office: Chester New Hall 310

Sarah Roger is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow whose research explores the relationship between reading and identity formation. In her work, Sarah interrogates the importance of reading, the role played by public intellectuals in shaping our understanding of reading’s value, and how the ways in which literature is produced and consumed determines the power we accord it. Sarah also studies the writings of Franz Kafka and Jorge Luis Borges; her book, Borges and Kafka: Sons and Writers (Oxford University Press, 2017), focuses on the points in their work where personal experience and literary influence intersect. Sarah’s work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Critical Studies and Oxford German Studies. In addition, she has written for the Literary Review of Canada and is one of the editors of Ars Medica, the Canadian journal for medicine, the arts, and the humanities. Prior to coming to McMaster, Sarah was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and a Junior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Oxford.