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Aritha van Herk

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Professional Description

Aritha van Herk teaches Creative Writing, Canadian Literature and Contemporary Narrative.  

Supported by SSHRC research funds, she is currently working on a creative place-biography of Robert Kroetsch.  

Her novels include Judith, The Tent Peg, No Fixed Address (nominated for the Governor General's Award for fiction), Places Far From Ellesmere (a geografictione) and Restlessness. Her critical works, A Frozen Tongue (ficto-criticism) and In Visible Ink (crypto-frictions), stretch the boundaries of the essay and interrogate questions of reading and writing as aspects of narrative subversion. With Mavericks: an Incorrigible History of Alberta (winner of the Grant MacEwan Author's Award), van Herk ventured into new territory, transforming history into a narratological spectacle. That book frames the new permanent exhibition that opened at the Glenbow Museum in 2007. Her latest works, In This Place and Prairie Gothic (with photographer George Webber), develop the idea of geographical temperament as tonal accompaniment. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, recipient of the Lt. Governor?s Distinguished Artist Award, and recipient of the Lorne Pierce Medal, awarded to recognize achievement of special significance and conspicuous merit in imaginative or critical literature in Canada.  

Aritha van Herk's work is particularly recognized for her innovative approaches to prose and cross-genre writing.  She is well known in the broader community of the city, the province, and the country as a writer and a public intellectual.

Student Supervision

Supervisor: Kathleen Brown, PhD Candidate, Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary, Anticipated 2016.

Supervisor: Dawn Bryan, PhD Candidate, Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2016.

Supervisor: Brian Jansen, PhD Candidate, Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2016.

Supervisor: Peter Forestell, PhD Candidate, Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2017.

Supervisor: Jane Chamberlin, PhD Candidate, Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2017.

Supervisor: Jordan Bolay, PhD Candidate, Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2018.

Member, Supervisory Committee: Rebecca Gelyn, PhD Candidate. Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2017.

Member, Supervisory Committee: Jess Nicol, PhD Candidate. Creative Writing, English, University of Calgary. Anticipated 2017.

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