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Pamela Banting

  • Associate Professor

Professional Description

Dr. Pamela Banting, B.A., Cert. Ed., M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Alberta).


Research interests

My current research interests are in Canadian literature, western North American literature, nature writing and environmental literature, ecocriticism and eco-theory, interdisciplinarity, animal studies, and petrocultures.

I conduct research, teach courses and supervise graduate work on such diverse topics as Canadian literature, theories of 'the animal' and animality, writing about landscape, the poetics of place and space, rethinking the notion of setting, geography and literature, local knowledge in a global world, settlers and nomads, wilderness and wilder places, the literature of walking and other forms of locomotion, narratives about wild animals, extinction narratives, and animals and globalization.

A selection of forthcoming and recent publications:

"Walking Through Lightning:  A Peripatetic Bioregional Reading of a Novel." Article submitted to PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature for the special issue on Place. Submitted spring 2014.  Accepted May 2015.  In press.

"Colony Collapse Disorder: Settler Dreams, the Climate Crisis, and Canadian Literary Ecologies." Studies in Canadian Literature 39.1 (2014): 5 ? 20. 

"Ecocriticism in Canada." Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars.  London and Toronto: Oxford UP, 2015

"Humming Along with the Bees: A Few Words on Cross-Pollination." Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments. Eds. Liza Piper and Lisa Szabo-Jones. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, April 2015.

"The Ontology and Epistemology of Walking: Animality in Karsten Heuer?s Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd."  Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context. Ed. Ella Soper-Jones and Nicholas Bradley.  Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2013.  407 - 435.

"Robert Kroetsch: A Story, a Memory, a Reminiscence. Memorial tribute essay for Robert Kroetsch." The Goose 9 (2011):

"Geography as Intertext:  Toward a Non-Representational Reading of Thomas Wharton?s Novel Icefields."  Process: Landscape and Text.  Eds. Catherine Brace and Adeline Johns-Putra.  Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010.  285 ? 307.

"Magic is Afoot: Hoof Marks, Paw Prints and the Problem of Writing Wildly." Animal Encounters.  Eds. Tom Tyler and Manuela Rossini.  Leiden, Netherlands, and Boston, MA: Brill Publishers, 2009.  27 ? 44. 

" Grizzly Country to Grizzly Heart: The Grammar of Bear-Human Interactions in the Work of Andy Russell and Charlie Russell." Wild Words: Essays on Alberta Literature.  Eds. George Melynk and Donna Coates.  Athabasca, AB: Athabasca UP 2009. 159 ? 72.

"Deconstructing the Politics of Location: The Problem of Setting in Prairie Fiction and Nonfiction.  West of Eden: New Approaches in Canadian Prairie Literature.  Ed. Sue Sorenson. Winnipeg: Canadian Mennonite University Press, 2009. 48 ? 74.

"Abandoning the Fort: Cultural Difference and Biodiversity in Canadian Literature and Criticism." Teaching North American Environmental Literature. MLA Options for Teaching Series. Eds. Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long, Fred Waage. New York: Modern Language Association, 2008. 112 - 25.


Recent book reviews:

Rev. of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous, by Paula Wild. Pacific Northwest Quarterly. In press.

Rev. of The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be, by J. B. MacKinnon.  The Goose 13.1 (2014):

Rev. of The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude, by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Goose (Fall 2013): n.p.

Rev. of The Bioregional Imagination: Literature, Ecology and Place.  Ed. Cheryll Glotfelty, Tom Lynch, and Karla Armbruster.  ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment 19.4 (2012): 788 ? 789. 

Rev. of Oyama Pink Shale, by Sharon Thesen. The Goose 10 (Winter 2012): 120 ? 21. 


Selected conference papers:

?Anim-oils:  Wild Animals in Petro-Cultural Landscapes.? Minding Animals International Conference, Utrecht University, Netherlands, July 3 to 6, 2012. 

?Bears and Scents of Place:  The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek.?  Island Time: Biennial ASLE Conference, University of Victoria, June 2 to 6, 2009. 

?Wild Faces 2.? Species, Space and the Imagination of the Global:  Ninth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, June 21 to 26, 2011.

?From Beowulf through Virginia Woolf to the Coastal Wolves of British Columbia: Animal Studies, Interdisciplinarity, and the Arts,? ?Cross-Pollinations: Seeding New Ground for Environmental Thought and Activism Across the Arts and Humanities,? a SSHRC-funded joint NICHE/ALECC workshop, University of Alberta, March 24 to 27th, 2011.

?Wild Faces.?  Under Western Skies Conference, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, October 13 ? 16, 2010.

?Notes Toward Ecological Community: Reading Natural History Narratives for an Interspecies Ethic,? ?The Ecological Community Conference,? Association for Literature, the Environment and Culture in Canada Conference, Cape Breton University, August 19 ? 22, 2010. 


Some reviews of my work: 

Stefan Herbrechter, ?Turning Towards the Animal.? Rev. of Animal Encounters, ed. Tom Tyler and Manuela Rossini, highlighting my article, in Parallax 16.3 (2010): 133 ? 36.

                Jon Gordon, Rev. of West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature, ed. Sue Sorensen, highlighting my article, in The Goose 5 (2009): n.p. 

                Carol L. Beran, Rev. of West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature, ed. Sue Sorensen, mentioning my article, in American Review of Canadian Studies 39.4 (2009): 438 - 40

                Tamara Palmer Seiler, Rev. of West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature, ed. Sue Sorensen, highlighting my article, in Canadian Ethnic Studies 40.3 (2008): 197 ? 200.

                Stephen Pain, Rev. of Animal Encounters, ed. Tom Tyler and Manuela Rossini, highlighting my article, in Biosemiotics 2.3 (2009): 361 ? 65.

                Barb Grinder, ?University Course Studies Rural Literature.? The Western Producer, Feb. 12, 2004.



2013       Guest Editor, Canadian Literary Ecologies, special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature 39.1 (2014).

             2    2011 - Editorial Advisory Board, Canada and Beyond Journal (Spain)

2008-      Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Ecocriticism          

2007-      Editorial Advisory Board, The Brock Review

2007-      Editorial Advisory Board, Lake: A Journal of Arts and the Environment

                 House of Anansi Press

                 Contemporary Verse Two Magazine







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