In the fall of 2013 Dr. Emily Robins Sharpe will join the faculty as an assistant professor of English with expertise in global Anglophone and postcolonial literatures. Dr. Sharpe completed her Master’s and PhD in Penn State’s Department of English, and her BA at the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University. She is currently completing an Editing Modernism in Canada postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Guelph’s School of English and Theatre Studies. Her research and teaching interests include global modernisms, postcolonial theory, cosmopolitanism, Jewish literatures, and the digital humanities. She is at work on a book manuscript examining global Anglophone responses to the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), which argues for the war as a formative juncture in transnational multicultural discourse. She is co-director of “Canada and the Spanish Civil War: A Digital Research Environment,” a multi-phase project establishing a digital archive and print anthology of Canadian Spanish Civil War literature funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
In the fall of 2013, Dr. Sharpe will be teaching two courses for majors: Literary Analysis and a 300-level elective, Postcolonial Friendship, a course in modern Anglophone writings from the British Empire and its former colonies, with a particular interest in literary representations of friendship, partnership, and collaboration. Dr. Sharpe will also be teaching a an upper-level interdisciplinary course for non-majors, Women and War in Literature and Art, that begins with a series of questions: What does wartime mean for women? What social roles are women expected to play in times of war? What rights do women gain and lose during a conflict? How do female artists define war on local, national, international, and ideological levels? The course will analyze women’s creative output from around the world, including literature, music, film, and visual art. The course will challenge the boundaries between the battlefront and the home front, demonstrating how women might be both victims and agents of change during times of social upheaval and strife.