Roxanns Rimstead

Roxanne Rimstead

Professeure titulaire
Responsable de la maîtrise et du doctorat en littérature canadienne comparée


Comparative Canadian Literature; Cultural Studies; Poverty Narratives and Class; Native Writing; Precarity Studies: Culture from Below; Feminist Criticism and Women’s Writing;Minority Writing; Life Writing and Oral Histories; Cultural Memory Studies; Theories of Space and Literature; Postcolonial Theory; School Narratives and Anti-school Theory; Resistance Writing; Prison Writing.


  • B.A. (English), York University
  • M.A. (études anglaises) Montréal
  • Ph.D. (littérature comparée) U. de Montréal

Domaines d'enseignement

  • Comparative Canadian Literature
  • Introduction to Comparative Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Culture from Below, Class, Poverty, and Resistance Writing
  • Minority Writing
  • Native Writing
  • Feminist Criticism and Women's Writing
  • Autobiography and Oral Histories
  • Cultural Memory
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Multicultural Fiction
  • Travel Writing and Exploration Literature
  • Space, Literature and Urban Fiction
  • School Narratives

Recherches en cours

  • The World Upside Down - Teaching Culture from Below.
  • Making Meaning out of Precarity: Recognizing Precarious Subjects in Contemporary Canadian and Québécois Literatures. (1960-2012)
  • Précarité et discrédit dans les littératures canadienne et québécoises (1960-2010) SSHRC standard research grant. Simon Harel and Roxanne Rimstead. (2011-2014)
  • Zones de tension: expressions de la conflictualité dans la littérature québécoise et canadienne (1981-2006) FQRSC, Soutien aux équipes de recherche avec Simon Harel (chercheur principal, UQAM), Catherine Leclerc (McGill), Pierre Ouellet (UQAM), et Sherry Simon (Concordia). (2007-2011)

Publications récentes

Livres, numéros spéciaux, Web-bibliographies, etc.

  • Rimstead, Roxanne and Domenic Beneventi, editors and introduction. Contested Spaces: Counter-discourse and Culture from Below, under review by U of Toronto Press, 2014 (529 pages).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne and Deena Rymhs, guest editors and introduction. Prison Writing/Writing Prison. Special Issue: Canadian Literature: A Quarterly, #208, (Summer 2011) (125 pages).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne, guest editor. Cultural Memory and Social Identity. Special Issue: Essays on Canadian Writing, #80, (Fall 2003) (329 pages).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne. The Remnants of Nation: On Poverty Narratives by Canadian Women. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2001 (348 pages). Gabrielle Roy Prize 2001.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne and the Culture from Below Group. Bilingual Web Bibliography. Culture from Below/La Culture d’en bas, May 2009. (Over 113 pages to be expanded and converted to book form in collaboration with Natasha Dagenais and David Leahy).
  • Perspectives Sub/Liminales: Actes des 6e et 7e colloques annuels en littérature canadienne comparée. Editors Michelle Ariss and Simon Gilbert in collaboration with Roxanne Rimstead. Baldwin Mills: Topeda Hill, 2009 (166 pages).
  • Intercultural Journeys/Parcours Interculturels: Actes des colloques en littérature canadienne comparée, Université de Sherbrooke (2001-2002). Editors Natasha Dagenais and Joanna Daxell in collaboration with Roxanne Rimstead. Baldwin Mills: Topeda Hill, 2003 (269 pages).
  • Beyond Comparison: Actes du 5e colloque en littérature canadienne comparée, Universitéde Sherbrooke (2004). Editors Roxanne Rimstead, Michelle Ariss, Simon Gilbert and Suzanne O’Connor. Baldwin Mills: Topeda Hill, 2005 (264 pages).

Articles ou chapitres de livres

  • Rimstead, Roxanne « États de siège dans la poésie urbaine d’en bas : "voisins pauvres" et communautés connaissables. » Traduit de l’anglais par Kate Brown. Figures du siège au Québec :Concertation et Conflits en Contexte Minoritaire, corédigé par Simon Harel et Isabel St-Amand, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2012.  pp. 253-71.
  • Deena Rymhs and Roxanne Rimstead "Introduction: Prison Writing/Writing Prison in Canada." Guest co-editors. Special Issue: Canadian Literature, #208, (Spring 2011), 6-11.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Literary Futures and Utopic Longing." Canadian Literature Quarterly, #204, (Summer 2010), 146-9.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Resistance from Below: Public and Hidden Transcripts in Residential-School Narratives." Living In Canada: Accords & Dissonances - Colloque annuel international AFEC (Association Française des études canadiennes), Université de Grenoble, (juin 2009) (15 pages).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne " 'Knowable Communities' in Canadian Criticism." Review76 (Canadian Writing and Arts, Ed. Sylvia Söderlind), Routledge, (May 2008) (20 pages).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Used People: La Rivière sans repos as Postcolonial Poverty Narrative." Canadian Literature, #192, (Spring 2007), 68-94.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Remembering the Unemployed: The Role of Cultural Memory in Resistance Literature." The Making of Memory: Working Papers from the Distinguished Speakers’ Series 2002-2003. Humanities Research Group: University of Windsor, Vol. 14, 2007, 26 pages. Web.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Double Take: The Uses of Memory" Introduction.Cultural Memory and Social Identity. Special IssueEssays on Canadian Writing, guest editor, Roxanne Rimstead, #80, (Fall 2003), 1-15.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Working-Class Intruders: Female Domestics in Kamouraska and Alias Grace." Canadian Literature-Anglo/Francophone Writing, #175, (Winter, 2002), 44-65.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Between Theories and Anti-Theory: Moving Towards Marginal Women's Subjectivities." 1995, Rpt. What We Hold in Common: An Introduction to Working-Class Studies. Editor Janet Zandy, New York: The Feminist Press at CUNY, 2001, 182-99.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Histórias orais como locus de resistência." (Trans. of "Oral Histories as a Site of Resistance".) As Armas do Texto, editor Michael Peterson, L'Institute des Lettras da Universidade Fédérale do Rio Grande do Sul, Bresil, 2000, (26 pages).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Subverting 'Poor Me:' Interpreting Negative Constructions of Identity." The Language and Politics of Exclusion : Others in Discourse, editor Steven Riggins, Series:Communications and Human Values, Thousand Oaks, California; London: Sage, 1997, 249-80.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne  "Mediated Lives: Oral Histories and Cultural Memory." Essays on Canadian Writing. Special Issue: Reading Canadian Autobiography, guest editor Shirley Neuman, (Winter, 1996), 139-65.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "What Working-Class Intellectuals Claim to Know."Race, Gender, and Class: An Interdisciplinary  Multicultural Journal, (CUNY) editor Jean Belkhir. Vol.4, #1, 1996, 119-42.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Between Theories and Anti-Theory: Moving Towards Marginal Women's Subjectivities." Women's Studies Quarterly, Special Issue on Working -Class Studies, editor Janet Zandy, New York: The Feminist Press, Vol.XXII, 1&2 (Spring/Summer 1995), 199-218.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Visits and Homecomings: The Psycho-social Place(s) of Poverty in Narratives by Canadian Women." Textual Studies in Canada: Selected Papers from Aux Canadas Conference 1993,  (Autumn 1994), 46-63.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Klee Wyck: Redefining Region Through Marginal Realities."Canadian  Literature. #130 (Autumn 1991), 29-50. (Don D. Walker Award, Western Literature Association USA)
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Beyond Exclusion: On Reading Poverty Narratives by Canadian Women." Michigan Feminist Studies Journal, #6 (Fall 1991), 59-76.

Comptes rendus de livres

  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Dust Prints in the Archive: Review of Canadian Women in Print (1750-1918)" by Carole Gerson in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature (Spring 2011).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Seeds in the Wind?: Review of Progressive Heritage: The Evolution of a Politically Radical Literary Tradition in Canada" by James Doyle. Canadian Literature (2004)
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Fighting the Good Fight: Maude Barlow's Memoirs." Books in Canada, (May 1999), 16-19.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne « Corps et souvenirs d'une jeune fille radicale. » Review article on Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood and Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks. Trans. Marie Lusignan. Spirale: Les politiques du  corps, (mai-juin 1997), #154, 2300 mots).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "The Real National Struggle." Review of Treason of the Intellectuals: English Canada in the Post-Modern Period by Robin Mathews, Canadian Forum (July/August 1996), 38-40.
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Constructing Sisterhood with 'the Sense of the Sweep of History.' " Review of All My Sisters by Clara Thomas, Essays in Canadian Writing, #58, (Summer 1996).
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Science Saves the Family: A New Twist on the Family Values Debate." (Review of New Families, No Families? University of California) Surfaces. (electronic journal) Université de Montréal, V.1.0A,  December 1994, 5-9. 
  • Rimstead, Roxanne "Faith and Iconoclasm." (Review of Tay John and the Cyclical Quest and Phoebs) Canadian Literature, #131, (Winter 1991), 210-12.

Communications depuis 2000 (sélectionnées)

  • "Chained to Our Machines: Expendability and Precarity in Work Poetry" ACQL Congrès 2012 des Science Humaines, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., June 2013.
  • The Micro- and Macro-Politics of Precarity in Lorna Crozier’s Small Beneath the Sky (2009) and Jeff Derksen’s Transnational Muscle Cars (2003) International Seminar in Canadian Studies, Universidad d’Holguin, Cuba, April 2013.
  • "Home as Transformable Space in Urban Fiction by Canadian and Québécois Women", Écritures des femmes au Canada et au Québec aujourd’hui : alliances/transgressions/trahisons, (Trudeau Foundation et Canadian Lit. Centre, U of Alberta) The Banff Centre, Alberta, Oct. 2012.
  • "Social Cosmologies and 'Wasted Lives' in Rawi Hage’sCockroach." ACQL/CLACLAS Congrès 2012 des Science Humaines, University of Waterloo, Ontario, May 2012.
  • "Out of the Depths: Social Cosmologies and Dislocation in Residential School Narratives", 6th International Seminar in Canadian Studies, Universidad d’Holguin, Cuba, April 2012.

  • "A Space for Organic Intellectuals?: Utopic Longing in Canadian Criticism." ACSUS Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, Ottawa, Nov. 2011.
  • "Reading Residential School Narratives as Prison Writing", 5th International Seminar in Canadian Studies, Universidad d’Holguin, Cuba, April 2011.
  • "The Cultural Politics of Eviction Narratives.” Spaces of Civil Discord, CELAT, Oct. 2010.
  • " 'Keeping the Wolf from the Door’: The Politics of Eviction and Forced Exile in Canadian Literature." Colloque annuel de l’ACQL (Association of Canadian and Québec Literatures). CFHSS, Concordia, Montréal, May 2010.
  • "Social Cosmologies and Utopian Longing: Narrative Frames for Wasted Lives", Où va la culture? : La mobilité culturelle, UQAM, April 2010.
  • "Surviving Poor Housing in Canadian Urban Literature: Home as Transformable Personal Space." IV International Seminar of Canadian Studies, Universidad de  Holguin (with University of Western Ontario) Cuba, April 2010.
  • "Canadian Literature and the National Imaginary." Université de Bourgogne à Dijon, France, March 2010.
  • "Utopian Longing and Literary Futures.” 50th Gala of Canadian Literature, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Oct. 2009.
  • "Resistance from Below: Public and Hidden Transcripts in Residential-School Narratives." Living in Canada: Accord et dissonances, Université de Grenoble, France, June 2009.
  • "The Ethics and Epistemology of Slumming: Notes on Seeing and Constructing the Other in Slum Novels." Urbanités Littéraires, SUNO State University of New York at Buffalo, Sept. 2009.
  • " 'Look Back in Anger' : The Global and Local in Poems by Patrice Desbiens." 21st and 20th Century Francophone Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, March 2009.
  • "Radical Knowledge and 'Knowable Communities' in Canadian Modernist Urban Poems." 2nd International Seminar on Canadian Studies, WEFLA, U of Western Ontario & Universidad d’Holguin, Cuba, April  2008.
  • "Outing Hidden Tanscripts: Discursive Conflict and Poetry from Below." (ACQL), Congrès CFHSS, U of British Columbia, Vancouver, May 2008.
  • " 'Slumming It': Literature, Oral Histories, and Radical Knowledge." (ACQL/CCLA), Congrès CFHSS, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, May 2007.
  • "The Arts of Resistance: Memory and Agency in Culture from Below." 7th Annual Race, Gender, and Class Conference: Natural and Social Disasters, SUNO (Southern University of New Orleans and Socioligists for Women in Society), New Orleans, USA, January 2007.
  • "Poor Neighbors: Literary Ghettos as 'Knowable Communities.' " NEMLA Buffalo, New York, USA, April 2007.
  • Resurrecting Culture from Below to Study Urban Literature in Canada (ACQL/CCLA), Congrès CFHSS, York University, Toronto, Ontario, May 2006.
  • "Writing against the Grain: Poverty Narratives in Canada." 1st International Seminar on Canadian Studies, Universidad de Holguin, Cuba, April 2006.
  • "An Unimaginable Community: The Threat of Symbolic Unity among the Poor in the Americas."IASA International American Studies Association, 2nd World Congress, Ottawa, August 2005.
  • "Radical Readings of Poverty Narratives across the Disciplines." Race, Gender, and Class Conference. Southern University at New Orleans, Sept. 2004.
  • "Testimony and Class Hierarchy in Canada and Quebec." (ACQL/CCLA) HSFCC University of Manitoba, May 2004.
  • "Remembering the Unemployed: The Documentary Moment and Utopian Energy." Cultural Studies Association of Canada: Inaugural Conference, McMaster University, February 2003.
  • " 'The Servant’s Hand:' The Cultural Politics of Female Domestics in Canadian Literature." MCRTW, Speakers Series, McGill University, Nov. 2002.
  • "Space and Class Identity: The Working-class Intruder in The Titanic, Sorry, Wrong Number and Alias Grace." Race, Gender, and Class Conference 2000, Southern University at New Orleans, Oct. 2000.
  • "Realist Acts of Memory: Testimony and Continuity." International Comparative Literature Association Conference, Pretoria, Univesity of Pretoria, South Africa, August 2000.

Communications invitées depuis 2000 (sélectionnées)

  • 2012 "Cosmologies of Desire: Reading the Social Logic of Precarity and Hierarchies in Contemporary Times" Videoconference, Sherbrooke/U de Montréal, Nov.
  • 2012 « Déambulations Poétiques et Politiques (Regards sur le conflit étudiant). » Table Ronde, Trajectoires Montréal, U de Montréal, Sept.
  • "2011 The In’s and Out’s of Eviction Narratives: The Struggle for Space in Canadian Literature." McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Feb.
  • 2010 "Canadian Literature and the National Imaginary." Université de Bourgogne à Dijon, France, March.
  • 2009 "Utopian Longing and Literary Futures." 50th Gala of Canadian Literature, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • 2009 « L'interprétation des témoignages, des autobiographies et des récits littéraires comme savoir radical - les récits de pauvreté sur les femmes dans le besoin, les femmes "en service" et celles de la rue. » Centre des sciences de Montréal, Forum publique FQRSC pour sept chercheures innovantes.
  • 2007 "Culture from below in Canada: Community, Cultural Agency, and Empowerment." McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Lunch & Learn Speakers Series, Montréal.
  • 2007 "Zones of Tension, Expressing Conflict: Culture from below in Canada." FQRSC, Speakers Series, UQAM, Montréal.
  • 2006 « Les récits cachés : Le chômage dans la littérature. » CELAT, UQAM Montréal, Nov.
  • 2006-2013 Eight annual talks on Can. novels for Montreal Women’s Reading Club.
  • 2004 "The Future of Comparative Literature: Reviewing Gayatri Spivak’s Death of a Discipline." Invited: Roundtable, Université de Montreal, Littérature comparée.
  • 2003 "Testifying to Need: Bonheur d’occasion as Poverty Narrative." Invited by Gabrielle Roy Research Team (SSHRC funded) – New approaches to Gabrielle Roy, McGill University.
  • 2002 "Literary Testimony: The Revival of Realist Memory Acts in a Post-modern Age." Humanities Research Group, Faculty Colloquium, University of Windsor.
  • 2002-2003 Visiting Scholar at MCRTW, five guest lectures, undergrad and grad seminars McGill Dept. of English and MCRTW.