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Nathalie M Cooke

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Email Address: 
nathalie [dot] cooke [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Office of the Provost
McGill University
James Administration Building
845 Sherbrooke St. West
Room 600
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 0G5

Faculty Members
A130 (On leave 2014-15)

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

Cultural Studies
Twentieth Century
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: 

“Cookbooklets and Canadian Kitchens,”Material Culture Review 70 (Fall 2009; published August 2010): 22-33.

Editor. What’s to Eat? Entrées in Canadian Food History. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, September 2009.

Founding editor of Cuizine, an online, born digital peer-reviewed and fully indexed journal of Canadian food culture. Published by McGill Libraries, this ejournal is hosted by the Érudit digitization initiative, Université de Montréal. See www.cuizine.mcgill.ca .

“Turning the Pages: Rereading Atwood’s Novels.” English Studies in Canada 33.3 (September 2007; but published May 2009): 89-94.

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)

Co-author (with Jordan Lebel). “Branded Food Spokescharacters: The Contribution of Consumers to the Narrative of Commerce.” Journal of Product and Brand Management 17. 3 (Spring 2008): 143-153.

“Some Books that Travel Well and Some that Don’t” in Canada: Text and Territory. Eds. Máire Áine Ní Mhainnín, and Elizabeth Tilley. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, May 2008. 20-38.

Co-author (with Jane Everett). “Gabrielle Roy contemporaine/The Contemporary Gabrielle Roy,” Editorial Introduction to Canadian Literature’s special issue on Gabrielle Roy contemporaine/The Contemporary Gabrielle Roy. Canadian Literature 192 (Spring 2007): 6-8.

Postface, chronologie et bibliographie (Commentary, annotated chronology, and selected bibliography), in Voyage dans le Canada ou Histoire de Miss Montaigu roman. Trans. Dominique Fortier. A reprint of the 1809 edition of Frances Brooke’s A History of Emily Montague. Montreal: Boréal, September 2005. 509-27, 529-32, 533-6.

Margaret Atwood: A Critical Companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.

“Getting the Mix Just Right for the Canadian Home Baker.” Essays on Canadian Writing Volume 78 (Winter 2003): 192-219.

“Lions, Tigers, and Pussycats: Margaret Atwood (Auto-) Biographically” in Margaret Atwood: Works and Impact. Ed. Reingard M. Nischik. Rochester, NY: Hardcover, Camden House, 2000. 15-27. Paperback Camden House, NY and Anansi, ON, 2002.

Cooking and Canadian Culture.” Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. Ed. W.H. New. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 234-5. April 2002.

Margaret Atwood: A Biography. Toronto: ECW Press, 1998.

Lorna Crozier. Markham, ON: ECW Press. Canadian Writers and Their Works, Vol 11. 1995.


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Current Research: 

The phenomenon of food celebrities in Canada, 1890-1967.

Graduate Supervision: 

Canadian literature, culture and culinary texts. Graduate students are encouraged to inquire directly about training opportunities, funding opportunities, graduate student work space, and research assistantships (available through the EMiC initiative; see http://editingmodernism.ca/), as well as recruitment funding available through such affiliated organizations as the McCord Museum (see Max Stern Fellowship  [http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=139762]).

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