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Grace Kehler, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23723
Office: Chester New Hall, Room 208

Areas of Interest

English literature; Canadian, British, and Victoria literature and culture; Adaptations


Grace Kehler principally works on British literature and culture of the Victorian era, publishing articles on period representations of opera and gender (the prima donna and the castrato) in both nineteenth-century journals and fiction. These concerns, in turn, have led to research on late twentieth-century recurrences to the problematic figure of the castrato in texts such as Ross King’s Domino (1995) and Farinelli, the 1994 art film directed by Corbiau. Most recently, she has been exploring the interchanges among British and German culture in terms of irony and ethics, using the art of Richard Wagner as a prime site of contestation. Her work appears in journals such as Tessera, Essays in Theatre, Victorian Literature and Culture, Australasian Victorian Studies Journal, and the Victorians Institute Journal.


Refereed Journal Articles

“Heeding the Wounded Storyteller: Toews’ A Complicated Kindness.” Journal of Mennonite Studies. 34 (2016): 39.

“Representations of Melancholic Martyrdom in Canadian Mennonite Literature.” Journal of Mennonite Studies. 29 (2011): 167.

“Charles Darwin, on the Origin of Species (1859).” Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies. 35.1 (2009): 32-6.

“Gothic Pedagogy and Victorian Reform Treatises.” Victorian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Social, Political, and Cultural Studies. 50.3 (2008): 437-56.

“Gertrude Jekyll and the Late-Victorian Garden Book: Representing Nature-Culture Relations.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 35.2 (2007): 617-33.

“Armgart’s Voice Problems.” Victorian Literature and Culture. 34.1 (2006): 147-66.

“Still for Sale: Love Songs and Prostitutes from La Traviata to Moulin Rouge.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 38.2 (2005): 145-62.

“Opera in the Family: Eliot’s Daniel Deronda.” VIJ: Victorians Institute Journal. 31 (2003): 109-55.

“The Language of Emotion: Urjo Kareda’s Opera Criticism.” Canadian Theatre Review. 113 (2003): 23-8.

“Narrative Returns: The Production of Domino.” English Studies in Canada. 28.3 (2002): 447-69.

“Performing the British Nation: Foreign Opera and the Prima Donna.” Australasian Victorian Studies Journal. 8 (2002): 1-22.

“Opera in Dispute: Recitative and Audience Relations.” Essays in Theatre/Etudes Théâtrales. 18.2 (2000): 149-60.

Refereed Book Chapters

“Between Action and Inaction: The ‘Performance’ of the Prima Donna in Eliot’s Closet Drama.” Nervous Reactions: Victorian Recollections of Romanticism. Eds. Joel Faflak and Julia M. Wright. State U of New York P, 2004. 65-91. SUNY Series: Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century.