Part-time Instructor of English
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Biography

Laura Van Dyke has taught part time in the English department at Trinity Western University since 2015. She completed her PhD at the University of Ottawa in 2019, with specializations in Twentieth-Century British Literature and in the environmental humanities.

Research & Scholarship

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Ottawa/ Université d’Ottawa (2019)
  • M.A. Trinity Western University (2011)
  • B.A. (Honours) Trinity Western University (2009)

Awards & Honors

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) CGS Doctoral Scholarship (2011)
  • University of Ottawa Excellence Scholarship (2011-2013)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) Joseph-Armand Bombadier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2009)

Recent Publications

Book Chapters:

“‘Self-contained and singing to itself’: Reading the Fairy Melusine in A.S. Byatt’s Possession.” Curious, If True: The Fantastic in Literature. Ed. Amy Bright. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. 145-158.

“Literature and the ‘Grand Art’: The Poetic Vision of Charles Williams.” The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship from the Inklings Institute of Canada. Eds. Monika Hilder, Sara Pearson, and Laura Van Dyke. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. Forthcoming.

Edited Volumes:

The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship from the Inklings Institute of Canada. Eds. Monika Hilder, Sara Pearson, and Laura Van Dyke. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020. Forthcoming.

Book Reviews:

Review of Victorian Vulgarity: Taste in Verbal and Visual Culture. Eds. Susan David Bernstein and Elsie B. Mitchie. Brontë Studies 35.3 (2010): 301-302. Print.

“A Medium for Life.” Review of Claire Tacon’s In the Field. Ed. David Richardson. Foment (2012) 54-55. Print.

Conference Papers:

“Monstrous Reflections: Race and Colonialism in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) Conference: Race and the Fantastic. Orlando Florida, March 17-21 2010.

“‘My Tales’: Saleem’s Telling of Histories in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children.Trinity Western University MAIH Colloquium: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries: Negotiating Literature, History, and Philosophy in the Twenty-First Century. Langley B.C., Nov. 4 2010.

“‘A world without maps’: Nationalism and Hybridity in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference 2011: World Literature, Comparative Literature. Vancouver, March 31-April 3 2011.

“‘With no eyes on her’: The Fairy Melusine and Self-Constructed Identity in A.S. Byatt’s Possession.” University of Victoria Graduate Conference 2011: Curious, If True: The Fantastic in Literature. Victoria, March 10-12 2011.

“Towards an Alchemical Theology? Hermetic Spiritualties in Lindsay Clarke’s The Chymical Wedding and Patrick Harpur’s Mercurius.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Conference. Fredericton, May 28-31 2011.

“The “mere stress of glory”: Poetry and the Poet in Charles Williams’ Arthuriad.” Trinity Western University Verge Conference. Langley, September 29 2016.

“A Coinherent Ecology? Charles Williams’ Arthurian Poetry.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference. Bellingham, Nov 9-11 2018.

Expertise

  • British and Irish Modernism
  • Twentieth Century and Contemporary British Literature
  • Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities
  • Fantasy Literature
  • The Inklings

Courses Taught

ENGL 103 Introduction to Fiction

ENGL 104 Introduction to Poetry and Drama

ENGL 318 Studies in Modern Canadian Literature

WRTG 100 Writing in the University Context