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Professor, English Department, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
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Canadian women writers; Canadian book and publishing history; Pauline Johnson
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About Me

Dr. Carole Gerson (FRSC) works in the English department at Simon Fraser University, where she holds the position of University Professor. Co-editor of volume 3 (1918-1980) of History of the Book in Canada / Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé au Canada, she has published extensively on Canada’s literary and cultural history with a focus on early Canadian women writers, ranging from well-known authors such as Pauline Johnson and L.M. Montgomery to more obscure figures. In 2011, her book, Canadian Women in Print, 1750-1918, won the Gabrielle Roy Prize for Canadian criticism. In 2013 she received the Marie Tremaine medal from the Bibliographical Society of Canada.


Recent Publications

“Literary Legacies and Afterlives of Samuel Hearne.” Studies in Canadian Literature, special issue, “Reconfederating Canada,” 42.1 (2017): 110-29.

“Maud’s Darkening Gables.” Review article, Literary Review of Canada, 26.6 (July/Aug 2017): 26-27. [on L.M. Montgomery]

“Canadian Literature at Home and Abroad: International Contexts of W.D. Lighthall’s Songs of the Great Dominion (1889) and Robert Weaver’s Canadian Short Stories (1960).” Studies in Canadian Literature (SCL) 41.2 (2016): 61-80.

“Mid-Century Modernity and Fiction by Women, 1920-1950.” Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature, ed. Cynthia Sugars. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016, 337-51.

“Plaques and Persons: Commemorating Canada’s Authors.” Material Cultures in Canada, ed. Jennifer Blair and Tom Allen. Waterloo, ON:  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015, 265-9.

“Pauline Johnson and Celebrity in Canada.” Ann Hawkins and Maura Ives, eds. Women Writers and the Artifacts of Celebrity in the Long Nineteenth Century. London and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012, 219-32 (

Canadian Women in Print, 1750 -1918. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010.

Carole Gerson and Jacques Michon, eds. History of the Book in Canada / Histoire du livre et de l’imprimé au Canada, vol 3 (1918-80). Toronto: UTP; Montreal: PUM.  2007

Carole Gerson and Veronica Strong-Boag, eds. E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose. University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Veronica Strong-Boag and Carole Gerson. Paddling Her Own Canoe: Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2000.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Women