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Daniel Coleman, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Office: Chester New Hall 303
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.23717

Areas of Interest

Canadian Literature; Caribbean Canadian writing; critical race studies; settler colonial studies; diaspora and immigration; Indigenous literary and cultural studies; the literary and cultural production of categories of privilege; the cultural and spiritual politics of reading.


Daniel Coleman carries out research in Canadian Literature, the literatures of immigration and diaspora, critical race and gender studies, Indigenous literary and cultural studies, and the cultural and spiritual politics of reading. He has published Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in a “New Canadian” Narratives (University of Toronto Press, 1998), The Scent of Eucalyptus: A Missionary Childhood in Ethiopia (Goose Lane Editions, 2003; winner of a Hamilton Literary Arts Prize for Non-Fiction, 2004), White Civility: The Literary Project of English Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006; winner of the Raymond Kilbansky Prize in 2007), andIn Bed With the Word: Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics (University of Alberta Press, 2009), and Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place (Wolsak &Wynn, 2017). He has co-edited ten scholarly volumes on various topics including early Canadian literary cultures, masculinities, postcoloniality, race, Caribbean-Canadian literature, the state of the humanities in Canadian universities, the creativity and resilience of refugee-d and Indigenous peoples, and international scholarship on Canadian literatures. His most recent course offerings have included Indigeneity and Diaspora, Framing CanLit, Critical Race Studies, Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics, and Documenting Place.





Yardwork: A Biography of an Urban Place. Wolsak and Wynn, 2017.









The Foreigner: A Tale of Saskatchewan. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. Co-authors: Daniel Coleman and Benjamin Lefebvre.








Countering Displacements: The Creativity and Resilience of Indigenous and Refugee-Ed Peoples. University of Alberta Press, 2012. Co-editors: Daniel Coleman, Erin Goheen Glanville, Wafaa Hasan, Agnes Kramer-Hamstra, Subhasri Ghosh, Jon Gordon, Catherine Graham, Maroussia Hajdukowski-Ahmed, Mazen Masri, Jean McDonald and Pavithra Narayanan.





Retooling the Humanities: The Culture of Research in Canadian Universities. U of Alberta P, 2011. Co-editors: Daniel Coleman and Smaro Kamboureli.




In Bed with the Word: Reading, Spirituality, and Cultural Politics. U of Alberta P, 2009.









White Civility: The Literary Project of English Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2006.






ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production. U of Alberta P, 2005. Co-editors: Daniel Coleman, Jennifer Blair, Kate Higginson, Lorraine York, and Carole Gerson.




Masculine Migrations: Reading the Postcolonial Male in New Canadian Narratives. University of Toronto Press, 1998.





Refereed Book Chapters:

“Beyond the Book: Reading as Public Intellectual Activity.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Eds. Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam. UTPress, 2013. 205-225.

“‘Playin’ Mas,’ Hustling Respect: Multicultural Masculinities in Two Stories by Austin Clarke.” Austin Clarke: Essays on His Works. Ed. Camille A. Isaacs.Guernica, 2013. 113-147.

“Epistemological Crosstalk: Between Melancholia and Spiritual Cosmology in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant and Lee Maracle’s Daughters are Forever.” Crosstalk: Canadian and Global Imaginaries in Dialogue. Eds. Diana Brydon and Marta Dvořák.Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2012. 53-72.

“Imposing subCitizenship: Canadian White Civility and the Two Row Wampum of the Six Nations.” Narratives of Citizenship: Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples Unsettle the Nation-State. Eds. Aloys N. M. Fleischmann, Nancy Van Styvendale, and Cody McCarroll.U of Alberta P, 2011. 177-211.

“J.S. Woodsworth and the Discourse of White Civility.” Human Welfare, Rights, and Social Activism: Rethinking the Legacy of J. S. Woodsworth. Ed. Jane Pulkingham. UTPress, 2010.

“From Canadian Trance to TransCanada: White Civility to Wry Civility in the CanLit Project.” Trans. can. Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature. Eds. Smaro Kamboureli and Roy Miki.Wilfred Laurier UP, 2007. 25-43.

“Transference: A Key to Psychoanalytic Social Work.” Fostering Healing and Growth: A Psychoanalytic Social Work Approach. Eds. Joyce Edward and Jean B. Sanville.Jason Aronson, Lanham, MD, 1996. 46-58.