Professor Coral Ann Howells

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Professor Coral Ann Howells
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Research Fellow
Institute of English Studies
Home institution:
Formerly University of Reading
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
English Literature, Gender studies
North America
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Specialised in teaching and writing about Canadian literature, particularly contemporary Canadian women writers, including Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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01-Apr-2022 Nurturing Nature and Our Humanity: Margaret Atwood's Environmental Writing


Ecocritical reading of selected Atwood poems and MaddAddam trilogy  which emphasises both thematic and literary dimensions of her enviromental writing. Chapter is in Ecosustainable Narratives and Partnership Relationsips in World Literature in English, eds.Antonella Riem Natale and Tony Hughes d'Aeth (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), pp.18-30.


01-Apr-2021 Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood 2nd edition

Edited Book

12 essays plus introduction offers a comprehensively revised overview of Atwood's work,with emphasis on her work in multiple genres since 2000, paying particular aatention to her recent dystopias includign The Testaments and the Hulu+MGM tv adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. xxi+216 pp. ISBN 978-1-108-48635-4  Hardback / 978-1-108-70763-3 pbk

10-Dec-2017 Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Coral Ann Howells


Pamphlet 20pp. Publisher: British Library, Eccles Centre for American Studies, December 2017. (This is an edited transcript of interview I did with Atwood for BACS Annual Conference keynote in May 2017)

06-Nov-2017 True Trash: Genre Fiction Revisited in Margaret Atwood's *Stone Mattress*, *The Heart Goes Last*, and *Hag-Seed*

Journal articles

Contemporary Women's Writing 11.3.(November 2017): 297-315.

01-Jan-2014 Private and Fictional Words: Canadian Women Novelists of the 1970s and 80s


 Private and Fictional Words: Canadian Women Novelists of the 1970s and 80s (London & NewYork: Methuen, 1987. 229 + ix pp.) Reissued in Routledge Revivals series. Abingdon & New York: Routledge, 2014.

01-Sep-2013 ‘ Haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale’. A Word after a Word is Power


‘ Haunted by The Handmaid’s Tale’. A Word after a Word is Power: Saggi per Anna Pia De Luca, ed. Deborah Saidero. Udine: Forum Press, 2013, pp.37-48.

01-Sep-2013 ‘ Writing Poetry of Place and Belonging in World Literatures in English.’


‘ Writing Poetry of Place and Belonging in World Literatures in English.’ The Tapestry of the Creative Word in Anglophone Literatures, ed. Antonella Riem Natale et al. Udine: Forum Press, 2013, pp.117-130.

01-Jan-2013 Love, Mystery and Misery: Feeling in Gothic Fiction


Love, Mystery and Misery: Feeling in Gothic Fiction (London: Athlone, 1978, 199 pp. 2nd edition with new Preface, 1995). Reissued in Bloomsbury Academic Collections: English Literary Criticism 18-19th Centuries. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.

01-Jan-2013 Cambridge History of Canadian Literature, ed. with Eva-Marie Kroller

Edited Book

 Cambridge History of Canadian Literature, ed. with Eva-Marie Kroller. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 754 +xlviii pp. Reissued in paperback, 2013.

01-Jan-2013 Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination of Carol Shields


In Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy. Ed. William Baker with Isobel Armstrong. London: Legenda, 2013. Pp. 160-169.

01-Sep-2012 An Atwoodian Mosaic: Transformations of The Year of the Flood


In Transformations of the Canadian Cultural Mosaic. Eds. Anna Pia de Luca and Deborah Saidero. Udine: Forum, 2012. Pp. 49-62

01-Jan-2012 'Rewriting Tradition: Literature, History, and Changing Narratives in English Canada Since the 1970s'


In Unruly Penelopes and the Ghosts: Narratives of English Canada. Ed. Eva Darias Beautell. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012. pp. 19-42

01-Jan-2012 'Canadian? Literary? History? Writing Canadian Literary Histories'


In Various Cultures, Variant Readings: Essays in Honour of Professor Jameela Begum. Vol. I. Ed. B. Hariharan et. al. New Delhi: Creative Books, 2012. pp. 30-44.

01-Jan-2010 “Literary History and National Narrative in the Cambridge History of Canadian Literature, the Cambridge History of Australian literature and A New Literary History of America.”

With Eva-Marie Kroller. Anglistik 21.2 (2010): 115-132.

01-Jan-2010 “Janice Kulyk Keefer’s Travelling Ladies.”


Janice Kulyk Keefer: Essays on Her Works. Ed. Deborah Saidero. Toronto: Guernica, 2010: 57-78. (Reprint of 1992 essay)

01-Jan-2009 “Switching the Plot: From Survival to the Cambridge History of Canadian Literature.”

With Eva-Marie Kroller. Canada Exposed / Le Canada a découvert. Ed. Pierre Anctil, André Loiselle, Christopher Rolfe. Brussels: Peter Lang, 2009: pp. 45-60.

01-Jan-2009 “The 1940s and 1950s: Signs of Cultural Change.”

Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. C.A.Howells and E-M. Kroller. Cambridge : CUP, 2009: pp.289-311.

01-Jan-2009 “Not Belonging, but Longing: Shifts of Emphasis in Contemporary Diasporic Writing in Canada.”

Diasporic Subjectivity and Cultural Brokering in Contemporary Post-Colonial Literatures. Ed. Igor Maver. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009: pp.1-14.

01-Jan-2009 The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature

Co-edited with Professor Eva-Marie Kroller of the University of British Columbia

01-Jan-2006 Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood


Oxford History of the Novel in English, Vol.12

'The Novel in English since 1950 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific'. Co-editor (with Gerry Turcotte and Paul Sharrad).

Relevant Events

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15-May-2013 'Nothing: Writing Poetry of Place and Belonging in World Literatures in England'

The Creative Word, University of Salerno, 15-17 May, 2013

03-Apr-2013 Framing Urban Canada: Thoretical and Creative Spaces

One-day research seminar, in collaboration with the three-year research project 'The City, Urban Cultures and Sustainable Literatures: Representations of the Anglo-Canadian Post-Metropolis' funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.

01-Jan-2012 'All That Below-the-Surface Stuff: Carol Shields's Conversational Modes'

The Worlds of Carol Shields. University of Ottawa. 27-29 April, 2012

01-Jan-2012 Graduate Classes: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Visiting Professor for graduate classes on Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. University of Udine, Italy. February 2012

01-Jan-2011 An Atwoodian Mosaic: Transformations of 'The Year of the Flood'

International conference on the "Canadian Cultural Mosaic as Metaphor", University of Udine, Italy, April 2011

01-Jan-2011 Gender and the City

International conference "The Glocal City in Canadian Literature", University; of Salamanca, June 2011

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