Vicki S. Hallett

Associate Professor

Pronouns: She/Her

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Research areas:

Newfoundland and Labrador women; Life writing, auto/biography and autoethnography; Co-constitutive nature of identity and place; Masculinities, gender, and sexuality; Feminist Theory; Postcolonial Theory.

Current Research:

My new research project, “Floating in Settler-Colonial Spaces: Life Narratives of the Floater Fishery in Newfoundland and Labrador,” will draw on my ancestry and the stories of my family, along with stories of women whose work was essential, but often overlooked, in this fishery.  The processes and products of this industry linked multiple communities in NL, but also multiple cultures and continents in the Atlantic World through the trade of salt fish.  

Photo of Schooner The John Hallett


Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Teaching Excellence 2018

Recent Courses Taught
  • Gender Studies 2006 - "Genders and Sexualities"
  • Gender Studies 2010 - "Masculinities in Critical Global Context"
  • Gender Studies 3003 - "Women’s Life Stories: Text, Image, Art"
  • Gender Studies 3025 - "Theories of Gender, Race, and Postcolonialism"
  • Gender Studies 6000 - "Graduate Seminar in Feminist Theory"
  • Gender Studies 6407 - "The Gendered Politics of Life Writing"

Selected Publications:

Hallett, Vicki S. Mistress of the Blue Castle: The Writing Life of Phebe Florence Miller. ISER Books, 2018.

Cover Image Mistress of the Blue Castle

Short listed for the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards, 2019.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Hallett, Vicki S. “Hail Mary: On Prayers, Poetry and Navigating Motherhood.” Journal of AutoEthnography. 1.4 (Fall 2020): 354-369.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Against the Prevailing Currents: The History of Them Days Magazine in Labrador.” Acadiensis. 48.2 (Autumn 2019): 146-176.

Hallett, Vicki S. “’I Know Who I Am and What I Represent’: Asserting Indigenous Labrador Identity.” a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. 34.2 (2019): 271-301.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Reading (for) Decolonization: Engaging with Life Writing in Labrador’s Them Days Magazine.” Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. 18.5 (2018): 326-338.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Seafaring Cowboys and Ersatz Indians: Settler Colonialism Meets Reality Television in Newfoundland.” TOPIA: A Journal of Canadian Cultural Studies. 38 (Fall 2017): 5-24.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Fluid Possibilities: Theorizing Life Writing at the Confluence of Decolonial and Postcolonial Approaches in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. 31.2 (2016): 316-328.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Hallett, Vicki S. and Hickey, Gemma M. “Navigating Gender Together.”
TransNarratives: Scholarly and Creative Works on Transgender Experience. Edited by Kristi Carter and James Brunton. Women’s Press/Canadian Scholar’s Press, 2021.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Engaging in Complex Relationships: On Reading Historical Life Narrative.” Life Writing for Women’s History: A Memoir on British Suffrage and Canadian Homesteading. Edited by Emily van der Meulen. Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2018. 11-24.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Decolonizing Newfoundland and Labrador’s Democracy.” The Democracy Cookbook. Edited by Alex Marland and Lisa Moore. St. John’s: ISER Books, 2017. 70-72.

Hallett, Vicki S. “A Class Unto Itself: Phebe Florence Miller’s Outport Literary Salon.” Creating This Place: Women, Family and Class in St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1900-1950. Edited by Marilyn Porter and Linda Cullum. Montreal, PQ: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2014. 47-70.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Verses in the Darkness: A Newfoundland Poet Responds to the First World War.” A Sisterhood of Suffering: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland During the First World War. Edited by Amy Shaw and Sarah Glassford. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2012. 245-269.

Hallett, Vicki S. "Continuous Erosion: Place and Identity in the Lives of Newfoundland Women." Despite This Loss: Essays on Loss, Memory and Identity. Edited by Ursula Kelly and Elizabeth Yeoman. St. John’s, NL: ISER Books, 2010. 74-90.

Book Reviews

Ordinary Saints: Women, Work, and Faith in Newfoundland. Bonnie Morgan. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. Labour/Le Travail. (Fall 2021).

Nitinikiau Innusi I Keep the Land Alive. Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue, edited by Elizabeth Yeoman. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2019. Canadian Journal of Native Studies. 39.2 (Fall 2020).

Research Reports

Hallett, Vicki and Baikie, Gail (authors) with assistance from Petrina Beals, Deborah Stienstra, and Jane Stinson. "Out of the Rhetoric and Into the Reality of Local Women's Lives: Submission to the Environmental Assessment Panel on the Lower Churchill Hydro Development". FemNorthNet/CRIAW. 2010.

Blog Posts

Hallett, Vicki S. “On the Edge of Canada: Creating Labrador Identity Within and Against the Settler State.”Acadiensis. July 25, 2018.

Hallett, Vicki S. “Cold Water Cowboys and Newfoundland Masculinity.”Acadiensis. June 13, 2016.


Gender Studies

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