Having completed a PhD with a specialization in medieval literature, Bill Davey taught courses in Old and Middle English, and the History of the English Language for twenty-three years in the Department of Languages and Letters before retiring in 2009, when he became Senior Scholar with the Department. Since retiring, he has been working on defining stage of the Dictionary of Cape Breton English, which will be published with Richard MacKinnon as co-editor by the University of Toronto Press in early 2016.
The study of these early varieties of English sparked his interest in language studies, and consequently has contributed twenty articles on various topics: Old English, regional lexicography, the historical development of place names, and nickname patterns. These papers have appeared in Onomastica Canadiana, Papers of the Annual Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association, Acadiensis, Journal of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, Mediaeval Studies, English Quarterly, and chapters in books. He has also co-edited three collections of the Papers of the Annual Meeting Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association.
Because of these research interests, he has served for over fifteen years on the executives of both the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association and the Canadian Society for the Study of Names.
Jane Farnsworth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Letters. After receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, she taught in universities across Canada from UBC to St. Thomas University, NB until coming to CBU. Her areas of scholarly interest include Early Modern English Literature, Women’s Literature and English Emblems, particularly those by George Wither. She has published articles in SEL, The Seventeenth Century and Emblematica as well as several chapters in books on topics ranging from women and politics in Caroline drama to emblematic broadsides of monstrous fish. Currently, she is working on a paper examining the five senses and their relation to the soul in the poetry of Nicholas Breton. Her teaching interests include not only Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century English Literature, but also Middle English Literature and Shakespeare. She has also developed courses on Feminist Literary Theory and Practice and on Women Dramatists, and is now working on a course about literature and aging.
Todd Hiscock is the Director of the Boardmore Playhouse, and part-time instructor of Theatre Arts and Drama in the School of Arts and Social Sciences, and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. He has a Bachelor of Arts Community Studies degree from Cape Breton University and a Masters in Fine Art from York University where he studied Acting from 1997 to 1999. Along with his administrative and teaching duties, Todd has directed plays by Shakespeare, Beckett, Chekhov, Stoppard, and has acted in over fifty productions throughout Nova Scotia. As an advocate for Arts in Education, Todd has participated in several artists in the schools programs such as Perform and Learning Through the Arts, along with directing annual play productions for elementary, junior, and senior high schools in Cape Breton.
Mary Keating graduated with BA and MA from Acadia, BEd from STFX and PhD from Manchester University. Her areas of interest include Renaissance lyric poetry, especially the sonnet sequence and Renaissance drama, and she has emerging interests in fantasy and science fiction, as well as intertextuality as a literary device.
Ronald Labelle is a specialist of Acadian traditional culture who completed his doctoral studies in Ethnology at Université Laval. He worked at the Université de Moncton’s Centre d’études acadiennes, first as Folklore Archivist and then as Director. He later held the McCain Research Chair in Acadian Ethnology in the same institution, before becoming Associate Professor of French and Acadian Studies at Cape Breton University. His publications include The Acadians of Chezzetcook and Au Village-du-Bois (France-Acadie Literary Prize, 1986). In 2011, he curated an exhibit held at the Université de Moncton’s Acadian Museum, entitled The Art of Storytelling in Acadie. In October 2013, he was the principal organizer of an international traditional music conference held at CBU entitled Carrefour acadien et celtique / Acadian-Celtic Crossroads. Since coming to CBU in 2012, Ronald Labelle has been actively carrying out research on the Francophone presence in Industrial Cape Breton.
Nathaniel Leach is Associate Professor of English in the Department of Languages and Letters. He received his BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and his MA and Ph.D. from Western University. He has published on Romantic authors such as Byron, Friedrich Schiller, Alessandro Manzoni, Joanna Baillie, Mary Shelley, Charles Maturin, Elizabeth Inchbald and Thomas Lovell Beddoes. His work has appeared in journals such as Studies in Romanticism, European Romantic Review and Gothic Studies, and he has received “best article” prizes from European Romantic Review (2011) and the Byron Society of America (2007). He is currently working on a project concerned with performance and identity on the Romantic stage. He teaches courses on the poetry, prose and drama of the nineteenth century, as well as on film and literary theory.
Dana Mount received her PhD from McMaster University and is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Languages and Letters. Her current research is on the cultural work of garbage and waste. She is interested in the cultural and environmental implications of garbage as a concept, category, and material. Her work largely draws from literary texts in which garbage or waste is a theme or motif. This current project exemplifies the fact that Dr. Mount is interested in cultural and literary representations of nature, environment and environmental crisis. She has been published in The Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies, Postcolonial Text, and ARIEL, and has a forthcoming article in Resilience. Her work in ecocriticism is supported by interests and teaching in postcolonialism, gender studies, and indigenous studies. Dr. Mount’s work crosses disciplinary boundaries and she has found herself collaborating at times with economists, biologists, geologists, and folklorists. If you’re a student at CBU taking a course in World, Indigenous, Postcolonial, or Environmental literature, you’re likely to find yourself in one of Dr. Mount’s provocative, discussion-based classes.
Todd Pettigrew earned his PhD at the University of Waterloo in 1998. He joined the faculty of Cape Breton University in 2000 and is currently Associate Professor of English in the Department of Languages and Letters. His research focuses mainly on the literature and culture of the English Renaissance, especially drama and its relationship to early scientific discourses such as medicine. He is a contributor to The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia and is the author of Shakespeare and the Practice of Physic (U of Delaware Press, 2007; winner of the Jay Halio Prize), among many other publications. In addition to his work as an actor, director, and singer, he is frequently asked to comment on educational matters in the media, and has for many years served as an official in national and international spelling competitions. He teaches a wide range of courses including Shakespeare, History of the English Language, Detective Fiction, and The Literature of Sport.
Scott Sharplin is a playwright, director, dramaturge, and educator. He received training in playwriting from the National Theatre School of Canada, and holds a B.A. (Honours English) and an M.A. (Humanities Computing) from the University of Alberta. In addition to teaching Drama at CBU, Scott is an active practitioner in Cape Breton’s theatre scene. He is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre.
Julie Sutherland (M.A. Durham, Ph.D. Durham) is Academic Coordinator (Shakespeare) at Athabasca University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Letters and Literature at Cape Breton University. Her research and teaching interests include Shakespeare and Non-Shakespearean Renaissance Drama as well as Seventeenth-Century English Poetry. Among her publications are articles on dramatic and non-dramatic literature in Early Modern England, a monograph on representations of women in Jacobean and Caroline drama, and an edited collection (with C.H.L. George) on the creation and propagation of heroism and villainy in Early Modern Europe. She is also the contributing editor to Broadview Press’s new edition of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice (2014). She has received Honourable Mention at Durham University and the Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize at the University of British Columbia for her lecturing in a variety of English Renaissance courses. More information about Julie Sutherland can be found at http://www.juliesutherland.ca/.