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:

Date Details
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

Related events:

Date Details
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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