Research and Writing


Proletarian Publics:
Leftist and Labour Print in Canada, 1930-1939

Through a connected body of archival and critical research, publications, editorial work, public presentations, and teaching, I am deeply invested in analyzing how a language of disenfranchisement was made intelligible to Canadians during the turbulent decade of the 1930s.

In my doctoral dissertation, “Proletarian Publics,” I have chosen to examine ephemeral print—such as political pamphlets—alongside conventionally literary works in order to achieve a clearer, more grounded understanding of the role of print in developing and mobilizing political action in western Canada.

Significantly, I argue that this body of print constitutes a specifically proletarian public, at times contiguous with and distinct from the larger Canadian public in this period.