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Nathalie M Cooke

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nathalie [dot] cooke [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Humanities and Social Science Library
3459 McTavish| Montréal (Québec) H3A 0C9
T 514-398- 1751 | C 514.686.7956


Faculty Members
Professor and Associate Dean, McGill Library (Archives & Rare Collections)
Arts 130

B.A. (Queen's, Kingston); M.A. (Cornell); B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. (University of Toronto), Professor. 

Canadian Literature
Cookery Literature
History of the Book
Teaching areas: 
  • Shaping of Taste in Canada, 1850-2000; Canadian Foodways; Canadian Women's Writing; Canadian Cultural & Social History
  • Canadian literature; literary and cultural celebrity; women’s writing, and specifically life writing; literary genres and their rhetorical strategies
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • McGill Popular Teacher (Macleans, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000)
  • Carrie Derrick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, McGill (2002)
  • Louis Dudek Award for Teaching Excellence in the English Department, McGill (1996)
Selected publications: 


Selected papers available on SSRN: 


Canadian Culinary Cultures:

  • Founding editor of CuiZine: the Journal of Canadian Food Cultures, an online, born digital peer-reviewed and fully indexed journal. CuiZine has published two issues per year since 2009, and since 2014 has an annual readership of over 12,000 in 114 countries.  See www.cuizine.mcgill.ca.

Food History:

  • "Lessons from Generations Past: Timely and Timeless Communication Strategies of Some Canadian Cooks of Note," Food and Communication, Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery 2015. Ed. Mark McWilliams. London: Prospect Books, July 2016. 131-142.
  • "Canadian Food Radio: Conjuring Nourishment for Canadians Out of Thin Air." How Canadians Communicate. Ed, Charlene Elliott. University of Athabasca Press, February 2016. 107-128.
  • Co-editor with University of Guelph Archivist, Kathryn Harvey (who provided high-res scans of the original manuscript), an annotated facsimile edition: The Family Treasury: A Collection of Household and Medicinal Receipts, 1741-1848. Toronto, ON: Rocks Mills Press, October 2015. See: http://www.rocksmills.com/the-johnson-family-treasury.html
  • “Spreading Controversy: The Story of Margarine in Quebec.” Edible Histories: A Canadian Food History Anthology. Editors Marlene Epp, Valerie Korinek, Franca Iacovetta. U of T Press, November 2012. 249-268.
  • “Canada's Food History Through Cookbooks.” Critical Perspectives in Food Studies. Editors Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner, and Tony Winson. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, August 2012. 33-48.
  • Editor. What’s to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2009.

Canadian Literary Criticism:

  • Biography of Margaret Atwood (1998), critical monograph on her work (2004); articles on works by Atwood, Crozier, di Michele, Lane, Musgrave, Richler and Thomas; edited volumes of poetry (MQUP).
  • Co-launched (with Suzanne Morton) an initiative of re-editions at McGill Queen’s University Press. Republished Phyllis Brett Young’s 1960 novel The Torontonians (2007) and 1959 novel Psyche (2008)
Current research: 

New edition of Catharine Parr Traill’s 1855 Female Emigrant’s Guide forthcoming MQUP, 2017

In process: article on work by Gabrielle Roy, archival study of settler narratives (1900-1920); narratological analysis of IMF discourse (funded by SSHRC)

Graduate supervision: 

Canadian literature, culture and culinary texts. 

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