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Henstra, Sarah


Associate Professor; Graduate Practicum Director


BArtsSc (McMaster); MA (UWO); PhD (Toronto)




416-979-5000 ext 6139

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I’m a writer and scholar specializing in 20th century British fiction.

I am the author of two novels: Mad Miss Mimic (Razorbill, 2015), and The Red Word, coming from Grove Atlantic in 2017. Currently I am completing a fiction manuscript titled Dear Little Jo. My monograph, The Counter-Memorial Impulse in Twentieth-Century English Fiction (Palgrave, 2009), examines the narrative effects of unmournable loss in the fiction of such writers as Ford Madox Ford, Doris Lessing, and Jeanette Winterson. Recent scholarly publications include a study of the construction of women’s mourning in British propaganda during WWI, and a pedagogical consideration of Joe Sacco’s “comics journalism.” I am a board member of Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (CCWWP), and I’m on the steering committee of the 2016 Canadian Writers’ Summit. I teach courses in the novel, the Gothic, fairy tales, women’s fiction, and creative writing.

Research Interests:

Public memory and mourning; memorials; (prose) elegy; discourses of social activism; narrative studies; feminism; feminist histories; myths and folklore, archival practices; secret societies.