Dr. Kailin Wright

Assistant Professor
(902) 867-3362
(902) 867-5400
Nicholson Tower


  • Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
  • M.A. (University of Toronto)
  • B.A. Honours (University of Toronto) 

Research Interests and Teaching Interests: Canadian literature; Canadian drama; Revisionist drama; Canadian Modernist literature; Adaptation theory; Editorial theory; Feminist theory; Race theory; Performance Studies; Women's Literature; Motherhood.

Current Activities: I am currently involved with StFX's Feminist Hive and the Editing Modernism in Canada Project (a SSHRC-funded project for which I am a Co-applicant and Chair Social Media and Publicity).


Performing Political Adaptation in Canada, under consideration.

The God of Gods: A Canadian Play by Carroll Aikins. University of Ottawa Press, Canadian Literature Collection, 2016. 

“Failed Futurity: Performing Abortion in Merrill Denison’s Marsh Hay.” Canadian Literature, forthcoming, 2017. 

“Bringing the Text to Life: Editing the Modernist Canadian Play The God of Gods.” Making Canada New: Editing, Modernism, and New Media. Ed. Dean Irvine et. al. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. In press. 189-211.

“‘Who’s There?’: Slings & Arrows’ Audience Dynamics.” Shakespeare and Canada. Ed. Irene Makaryk, et. al. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, forthcoming 2016.

 “Performing Cultural Crossroads: The Subject-Making Functions of ‘I am’ Declarations in Daniel David Moses’s Almighty Voice and His Wife.” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada 35.2 (2014): 80-105.

 “Politicizing Difference: (Re)Claiming Canadian Theatre History and ‘Les Sauvages’ in Le Théâtre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France and Sinking Neptune.” Studies in Canadian Literature 38.1 (2013): 8-28. 

Book Reviews

Review of OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation. Ed. Daniel Fischlin. Shakespeare Bulletin (2016): forthcoming. 

Review of Performing Autobiography: Contemporary Canadian Drama. Ed. Jenn Stephenson. University of Toronto Quarterly Letters in Canada 2013 (2015). 

Review of Canadian Gothic and the Spectre of Self-Invention. Ed. Cynthia Sugars. Ariel 46.3 (2015). 

Review of Once More, With Feeling: Five Affecting Plays. Ed. Erin Hurley. Bull Calf 5.1 (2015). 

 “Canadian Shakespeare Adaptations.” Review of Canadian Shakespeare. Ed. Susan Knutson. University of Toronto Quarterly 82.3 (2013): 611-12. 

 “New Translations for a New Body of Women’s Writing.” Review of Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation: Volume III (1997-2009). Ed. Louise H. Forsyth. Canadian Literature 217 (2013): 156-58. 

“Casting a Reflexive Light on Theatre.”  Review of Theatre Histories. Ed. Alan Filewod. Design and Scenography. Ed. Natalie Rewa. Canadian Literature 212 (2012): 150-52. 

Encyclopedia Articles

 “Eh.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Toronto: Historic Canada, 2015. 

 “Douglas Coupland – Generation X.” Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and their Work. Ed. Geoff Hamilton. New York: Facts on File, 2010. 

Eh is Canadian, Eh? Usage, Functions, and the Identity Crisis of Eh.” The English Language(s): Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives. Ed. C. Percy. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2006.

Selected Fellowships, Funding, and Awards

2015  St.FX University Teaching Award Nomination.

2013-15 Co-Applicant, Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant. Director: Dean Irvine, Dalhousie University. ($2,100,000)

2013-16 St. FX University Research, Publication, and Teaching Award (URPTA). ($2100, $1650, $1600, $1700)

2014-15 SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG), St. FX. ($1500)

2013    Editing Modernism in Canada, Research Assistant funding. ($5000)

2013    University Council for Research Award (UCR), St.FX. ($3000)

2013    St.FX Start-up Research Grant. ($5000)

2012-14 Postdoctoral Fellowship, SSHRC. (Declined.) (approx. $80,000)

2011-12 Doctoral Completion Award, School of Graduate Studies, UofT. ($23,000)

2010-11 Editing Modernism in Canada, Graduate Fellowship. ($15,000)

2010 English Department Nominee, Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowship.

2008-10 Doctoral Fellowship, SSHRC. ($40,000)

2008-10 English Department Graduate Award. ($1000)

2008, 06, 05    Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). (Declined.) ($15,000)

2006-11 UofT Fellowship. (13,500)

2006-07 English Department Graduate Award. ($1000)

2005-06 Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS), SSHRC. ($17,500)

Travel Awards and Grants

2014    EMiC Grant for “Critical and Creative Remediations” course, UBC Okanagan. 

2014    EMiC Grant for the Avant Canada Conference, Brock University. 

2013    EMiC Grant for “Digital Databases” course, Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), UVic. 

2011    UofT English Graduate Travel Award for MLA, Los Angeles, CA. 

2011    MLA Convention Grant, Los Angeles, CA. 

2011    EMiC Grant for “Digital Editions” course, DHSI, UVic. 

2010    UofT Graduate English Association Travel Award. 

2010    EMiC Grant for “Text Encoding” course at DHSI, UVic. 

2009    EMiC Grant for “Textual Editing” course at Trent. 

Selected Conference Presentations

 “Political Adaptation: Performing ‘I am’ Declarations and the Adaptive Self in Indigenous Drama.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Conference. University of Calgary, May 28, 2016. 

 “Failed Community: Performing Lost Pregnancy in Merrill Denison’s Marsh Hay.” Canadian Association for Theatre Research (CATR). University of Calgary, May 29, 2016. 

  “‘Who’s There?’: Slings and Arrows’ Audience Dynamics. Shakespeare + Canada Conference. University of Ottawa, April 23, 2016. 

 “Failed Futurity?: Performing Lost Pregnancy in Canadian Drama.” Avant Canada Conference. Brock University, Nov. 5, 2014. 

“EMiC Emerging Scholars.” Roundtable. Avant Canada Conference. Brock University, Nov. 6, 2014. 

 “Bridging Borders: Political Publics in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.” CATR. Brock University, May 26, 2014. 

“Feminist Publics in Canadian Drama.” Feminist Hive Research Group. St. FX. January 17, 2014. 

“Performing Counterpublics and Dispublics in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad: The Play.” ACCUTE and Margaret Atwood Society (MAS). Victoria: University of Victoria, June 3, 2013. 

“‘We are’: Adapting Classical Myths for a Contemporary Audience in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad.” Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA). Boston, March 23, 2013. 

 “Performing Cultural Crossroads: A Genealogy of ‘I am’ declarations in Daniel David Moses’s Almighty Voice and His Wife.” CATR: Theatrical Crossroads Seminar. University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, May 14, 2012. 

 “Performing Alternative Publics for a Global Context in Erin Shields’s If We Were Birds.” CATR: Performing Alternative Globalization Seminar. University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, May 11, 2012. 

 “(Re)Narrating Poutrincourt’s Conquest: The Beginnings of ‘Theatre in our Nation.’” American Theatre and Drama Society: Credibility and Character Panel. Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention. Los Angeles, Jan. 7, 2011. 

“The Subject-Making Functions of ‘I am’ Declarations in Daniel David Moses’s Almighty Voice and His Wife.”  Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures. MLA Convention. Los Angeles, Jan. 7, 2011. 

 “Bringing the Text to Life: Editing the Modernist Canadian Play The God of Gods.” Conference on Editorial Problems. University of Toronto, Oct. 23, 2010. 

 “‘Theatre in our Nation’: Performing the (Counter)Production of Cultural Memory in Sinking Neptune.” ACCUTE. Concordia University, May 2010. 

 “Performing the Self: The Subject-Making Functions of ‘I am not’ Declarations in Djanet Sears’s Harlem Duet.” CATR. Concordia University, May 2010. 

 “Performing (Dis)Connections: Canadian Theatre History in Le Théâtre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France.” The Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (CACLALS). Concordia University, May 2010. 

 “Performances of Canadian Theatre History in Marc Lescarbot’s Le Théâtre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France and Optative Theatrical Laboratories’ Sinking Neptune.” Graduate English Department’s Research Roundtable. University of Toronto, Nov. 12, 2009.          

 “‘I am what I am’: Self Identifications in Monique Mojica’s Princess Pocahontas and the Blue Spots and Daniel David Moses’ Almighty Voice and His Wife.”  Canadian Literature Group Symposium. University of Toronto, May 13, 2009. 

“‘The mask of the minstrel’: Performing Racial Identification and Adaptation in Djanet Sears’s Harlem Duet.” Performing Multiculturalisms: Identities, Identifications, Differences. Canadian Literature Group Symposium. University of Toronto, May 7, 2008. 

“‘You’ve got to start the world again’: Anti-modernism in Jesse Georgina Sime’s Sister Woman and Our Little Life.”  ACCUTE. University of Saskatoon, May 26, 2007. 

“Adapting Racial Borders: Derek Walcott’s Pantomime and the Performativity of Racialized Roles.” FOOT: Dissolving Borders. University of Toronto, Graduate Drama Centre, Feb. 17, 2007. 

Conference Organizer

2010   “Reasserting the National?: Questioning Origin(al)s in Canada. The Canadian Literature Group. Hart House, May 14-15, 2010. Co-organizer. 

2010   “Conference on Editorial Problems.” Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC). Jackman Humanities Building, October 23-24 2010. Organizer-Assistant. 

2007   “Canadian Modernisms and Post-modernisms in a Transnational Context.”  Canadian Literature Graduate Symposium. Trinity College, May 2007. Co-organizer.  

Courses taught:

  • ENGL 491 Selected Topics: Canadian Adaptations (2016-2017)
  • ENGL 366 Special Topics in Canadian Literature I: Canadian Drama (2013-2014; 2012-2013)
  • ENGL 338 Canadian Drama
  • ENGL 264 Canadian Literature II:The 20th Century and After
  • ENGL 263 Canadian Literature I: 18th and 19th Centuries
  • ENGL 233 Children's Literature: 1865 to the Present
  • ENGL 111 Literature and Academic Writing I
  • ENGL 100 Introduction to Literature and Critical Writing