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Joanne Findon

Joanne FindonProfessor (English)
B.A. (British Columbia), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)  

Office: Catharine Parr Traill College, Wallis Hall 116
Telephone:(705) 748-1011 ext. 6023
E-mail: jfindon@trentu.ca


Research interests

Middle English literature; Middle Irish and Middle Welsh literature; women in medieval literature; myth and folklore; children's literature; creative writing    

Current Research Projects

Women and the Other, Otherworld Women; a study of encounters between women and Otherworld men or some form of Otherness, and the experience of Otherworld women who fall in love with mortal men, in a number of medieval tales from several language traditions.

Selected Publications

Seeking "Our Eden": The Dreams and Migrations of Sarah Jameson Craig. McGill-Queens University Press (forthcoming, 2015)

“’Now is aloft þat late was ondyr!’: enclosure, liberation, and spatial semantics in the Digby Mary Magdalene Play,” in Mary Magdalene in Medieval Culture: Conflicted Roles, ed. Peter Loewen and Robin Waugh, (New York: Routledge, 2014), 247-57

“Looking for ‘Mr. Right’ in Tochmarc Becfhola”, in Constructing Gender in Medieval Ireland, edited by Ann Dooley and Sarah Sheehan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 57-73

Lady, Hero, Saint: The Digby Play's Mary Magdalene, Toronto: PIMS Press, 2011

“Fabula, Story and Text: the Case of Compert Conchobuir,” CSANA Yearbook 8-9 (2011): 37-55

"Mary Magdalene as New Custance? The 'Woman Cast Adrift' in the Digby Mary Magdalene Play," English Studies in Canada 32:4 (Dec. 2006): 25-50

"Dangerous Siren or Abandoned Wife? Gloss versus Text on an Early Irish Manuscript Page," Signs on the Edge: Space Text and Margin in Medieval Manuscripts, ed. Sarah Larratt Keefer and Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr., Medievalia Groningana, (Peeters, 2007)

"Napping in the Arbour in the Digby Mary Magdalene Play", Early Theatre 9:2  (2006): 35-56

"Gender and Power in Serglige Con Culainn and Yeats's The Only Jealousy of Emer", in Language and Tradition in Ireland: Continuities and Displacements, edited by M. Tymoczko and C. Ireland, American Conference for Irish Studies publication series, Vol. 3, (December 2003), 47-61

"Ogres in the Canadian Bush: The Fairy Tale Subtext in Tim Wynne-Jones' The Maestro", Canadian Children's Literature 98, Vol. 26:2 (2001): 4-14

A Woman's Words: Emer and Female Speech in the Ulster Cycle, University of Toronto Press, 1997.