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Lorraine York, Ph.D.

Professor of English and Cultural Studies

Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23739
Office: Chester New Hall, Room 304

Areas of Interest

English Literature; Contemporary Canadian Literature; Celebrity and culture


Lorraine York is a contemporary Canadian literature specialist with a particular interest in theories of celebrity and authorship. Her first book, The Other Side of Dailiness, (ECW Press, 1988) examined the role of photography in postmodern Canadian literature. Front Lines: The Fiction of Timothy Findley (ECW Press, 1991) was a study of systems and discourses of war as intertexts in Findley’s work. She also edited a collection of essays on Margaret Atwood, Various Atwoods, for Anansi Press in 1995. Her book, Rethinking Women’s Collaborative Writing, published by the University of Toronto Press in 2002, reaches beyond Canadian literature to examine the workings of power, difference and property in collaborative works by women in English, American, Italian and French as well as Canadian literary and theoretical texts. Collaborators include: Michael Field, Edith Somerville and Martin Ross, Daphne Marlatt and Betsy Warland, the Milan Women’s Bookstore Collective, Carol Shields and Blanche Howard, Helene Cixous and Catherine Clement, and Suniti Namjoshi and Gillian Hanscombe. Along with Jennifer Blair, Daniel Coleman and Kate Higginson, she coedited ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production (University of Alberta Press, 2005). Her 2007 book Literary Celebrity in Canada brings theories of celebrity drawn from film and cultural studies to bear on the celebrity of earlier Canadian figures like L.M. Montgomery, Mazo de la Roche, Stephen Leacock, Pauline Johnston, as well as contemporary writers Michael Ondaatje, Carol Shields and Margaret Atwood. It was nominated for the Raymond Klibansky Prize for the best English-language book in the Humanities published that year.  Her most recent book, Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity appeared with the University of Toronto Press in the spring of 2013 and was shortlisted for the Gabrielle Roy Prize. She is currently working on two books: one on a theory of reluctant celebrity, and one on Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro as a reluctant celebrity whose reluctance constructs her as a model citizen of a nation that imagines itself peculiarly resistant to celebrity’s attractions.





Celebrity Cultures in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. Co-authors Katja Lee, Lorraine York, and P. D. Marshall.








Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity. U of Toronto P, 2013.








Literary Celebrity in Canada, University of Toronto Press, 2007.








ReCalling Early Canada: Reading the Political in Literary and Cultural Production. University of Alberta Press, 2005. Co-authors Daniel Coleman, Kate Higginson, Lorraine York, and Jennifer Blair.






Rethinking Women’s Collaborative Writing: Power, Difference, Property. U of Toronto P, 2002.

Various Atwoods. Anansi Press, 1995.

Front Lines: The Fiction of Timothy Findley. ECW Press, 1991

The Other Side of Dailiness. ECW Press, 1988

Refereed Book Chapters:

“Biography/Autobiography.” The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood. Ed. Coral Ann Howells. Cambridge UP, 2006. 28-42.

“Canadian Celebrity Authorship Moves on.” The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars. Oxford UP, 2016. 80-91. Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

“Celebrity and the Cultivation of Indigenous Publics in Canada.” Celebrity Cultures in Canada. Eds. Katja Lee, Lorraine York, and P. David Marshall. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. 93-110. Series: Cultural Studies

“Large Ceremonies: The Literary Celebrity of Carol Shields.” Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary. Eds. Marta Dvořák and Manina Jones. McGill-Queen’s UP, 2007. 238-255.

“Literary Celebrity in the United States and Canada.” The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative North American Literature. Ed. Reingard M. Nischik. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 299-312.

“Satire: The no-Woman’s Land of Literary Modes.” Approaches to Teaching Atwood’s the Handmaid’s Tale and Other Works. Eds. Sharon R. Wilson, Thomas B. Friedman, and Shannon Hengen. Modern Language Association of America, 1996. 43-48.

“Timothy Findley (1930- ).” Canadian Writers and their Works. Eds. Robert Lecker et al. ECW, 1995. 71-120. Series: Canadian Writers and their Works: Essays on Form, Context, and Development.