Caitlin Charman


Associate Professor


  • PhD, English Literature (Queen’s University)
  • MA, English Literature (Queen’s University)
  • BA (St. Francis Xavier University)

Contact Information

Research Interests

Newfoundland and Labrador literature; Atlantic Canadian literature; Canadian literature; Ocean Studies; Energy Humanities and Petrocultures; Environmental Writing and Theory; Cultural Geography and Place Studies; Regionalism; Heritage and Tourism Studies; Public Policy; Food

Selected Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “‘An ugly, piled-up sea:’ Industrialization and Regional Identity in Hickman’s Gulf of St. Lawrence Fiction.” The Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. McGill-Queen’s UP. Forthcoming 2018.
  • “‘There are things you don’t get over’: Resistant Mourning in Lisa Moore’s February.” Studies in Canadian Literature vol. 39, no.2, 2014, pp. 126-148.
  • “Secretly Devoted to nature”: Place Sense in Alice Munro. Critical Insights: Alice Munro, Salem Press, 2012, pp. 259-274.
  • “‘There’s got to be some wrenching and slashing’: Horror and Retrospection in Alice Munro’s “‘Fits’.” Canadian Literature vol. 191, Winter 2006, pp. 13-30.

Refereed Reports

  • Second author, with Stuckey, James and Jean-Charles Le Vallée. Reducing the Risk: Addressing the Environmental Impacts of the Food System. Ottawa: The Conference Board of Canada, 2013.

Conference Presentations and Lectures

  • “‘Newfoundland’s Robinson Crusoe?’: Michael Crummey’s Sweetland and the Failure of Ocean Management.” Plenary Address, Negotiating Waters: Seas, Oceans and Passageways in the Colonial and Postcolonial Anglophone World, France, 15-16 February 2018, Grenoble-Alps University, France.
  • Coal Nostalgia and Energy History in Alistair MacLeod’s Short Fiction. Petrocultures: The Offshore, 31 August – 3 September 2016, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • “Infinitely treacherous and hateful?”: The Atlantic Ocean in Canadian Sea Stories and Environmental Policy. Biennial Conference of the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC)—Making Common Causes: Crises, Conflict, Creation, Conversation, 15-18 June 2016, Queen’s University, Canada.
  • “I turned my back to the sea”: Smallwood and the Ocean in Wayne Johnston’s Baltimore’s Mansion and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. ACCUTE 59th Annual Conference: Energizing Communities, 28-31 May 2016, University of Calgary, Canda.

Current Research Projects

Re-Imagining the Ocean: Atlantic-Canadian Sea Stories and Environmental Policy

Other Professional Activities

Member at Large, Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada Executive Committee.

Regularly Taught Courses


  • English 3155: Newfoundland Literature
  • English 2151: New Canadian Fiction
  • English 2150: Modern Canadian Fiction
  • English 3158: Canadian Literature 1970 to the Present
  • English 4822: Canadian Literature—Making it New


  • English 7071: Atlantic-Canadian Sea Stories and the Oceanic Imagination

Honours and Graduate Supervision 

Newfoundland and Labrador Literature and Culture; Atlantic Canadian Literature; Canadian Literature