I am Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) in the Department of English at the University of Toronto,
where I specialize in Narrative Theory and Graduate Writing. I am also the Director of Graduate Writing Support
in the Faculty of Arts & Science, part of its Milestones & Pathways Program
for supporting graduate students through and beyond their programs.
My teaching focuses primarily on scholarly writing. Working with graduate students across Arts & Science, I run clinics, peer-review sessions and roundtables on writing strategies and skills. I also lead writing groups and camps designed to help graduate students begin, continue and finish their dissertations, articles, proposals and other documents. In the Department of English, I teach narrative theory and twentieth- and twenty-first century literature.
My research specializes in narratology, Literature & Science Studies, and modern and contemporary British and Irish fiction, though I have also published on American and Canadian literature, on Shakespeare, and on narrative in science communication.
EducationPhD–English Literature, University of Toronto (2013)
MA–English Literature, University of Toronto (2008)
BA Honours–Creative Writing & English Literature, Concordia University (2007)
MSc–Zoology, University of Toronto (2004)
BSc–Biology & Environmental Sciences, Trent University (2000)
PublicationsPeer-reviewed articles and chapters
“Limits of Narrative Science: Unnarratability and Neonarrative in Evolutionary Biology
.” Partial Answers
20.2 (2022): 331-51.
“Beyond the Search Image: Reading as (Re)Search.” Modernism, Theory and Responsible Reading
, ed. Stephen Ross, pp. 93-109. Bloomsbury, 2021.
“From ‘Flowery Expression’ to Floral Motif: Adapting Discordant Narration in Sarah Polley’s Away from Her.” Ekphrasis: Images, Cinema, Theory, Media
22.3 (2019): 54-72.
“Narrative: Common Ground in Literature and Science Studies?
26.3 (2018): 277-82,
special joint issue with Journal of Literature and Science
on “The State of the Unions II”
“Your Body Is Our Black Box: Narrating Nations in Second-Person Fiction by Edna O’Brien and Jennifer Egan
.” Frontiers of Narrative Studies
5.1 (2018): 42-65, special issue on Narrative Theory and Experimental Fiction, ed. Brian Richardson.
“Nabokov’s Gradual and Dual Blues: Unreliability, Taxonomy, and Ethics in Lolita
.” Journal of Narrative Theory
48.1 (2018): 54-84.
“Terms of Art in Law and Herbals
.” Shakespeare’s Language in Digital Media: Old Words, New Tools
. Edited by Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Mark Kaethler & Janelle Jenstad 47-65. New York: Routledge, 2018.
“Plot Counter Plot: Genetics and Generic Strain in the Modernist Novel of Formation.” Intervalla: Platform for Intellectual Exchange
4 (2016): 30-69.
“‘Education of an Amphibian’: Anachrony, Neoteny and Bildung in Aldous Huxley’s Eyeless in Gaza.” Twentieth Century Literature 62.4
“Heredity, Kin Selection and the Fate of Characters in E.M. Forster’s The Longest Journey
.” Fact and Fiction: Literature and Science in the German and European Context.
Edited by Christine Lehleiter, 247-71. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2016.
“A Source for ‘The Most Profound Sentence’ in A Portrait of the Artist
.” James Joyce Quarterly
52.1 (2014): 165-68.
“Flaubertian Aesthetics, Modernist Ethics and Animal Representation in Hemingway’s Green Hills of Africa
47.4 (Winter 2013): 509-24.
Burkle, L.A., R.E. Irwin, & D.A. Newman. “Predicting the Effects of Nectar Robbing on Plant Reproduction: Implications of Pollen Limitation and Plant Mating System
.” American Journal of Botany
94 (2007): 1935–43.
Newman, D.A. & J.D. Thomson. “Interactions among Nectar Robbing, Floral Herbivory, and Ant Protection in Linaria vulgaris
110 (2005): 497–506.
Newman, D.A. & J.D. Thomson. “Effects of Nectar Robbing on Nectar Dynamics and Bumblebee Foraging Strategies in Linaria vulgaris
110 (2005): 309–20.
Essays, reviews and creative writing
Response to Masami Sugimori’s ‘Weak Theory, “Responsible” Reading, and Literary Criticism” Bloomsbury Literary Studies Blog
(12 Jan. 2022).
Review of Midcentury Suspension: Literature and Feeling in the Wake of WWII,
by Claire Seiler, Twentieth Century Literature
67.3 (2021): 345-51.
“Concrete is everywhere. It’s also terrible for the planet.” A Review of Mary Soderstrom’s Concrete: From Ancient Origins to a Problematic Future. rabble.ca (23 Nov. 2020).
Review of Animal Subjects: Literature, Zoology, and British Modernism
, by Caroline Hovanec, Twentieth Century Literature
66.2 (2020): 265-72.
“The Imperilled Ocean Makes Climate Change all about Us.” A Review of Laura Tretheway’s The Imperilled Ocean: Human Stories from a Changing Sea. rabble.ca (27 Feb. 2020).
“Portrait of the Invisible Artist: A Review of Rachel Cusk’s Transit.” Toronto Review of Books (May 2018).
“Everything New Is Old Again: A Review of Guillaume Morissette’s The Original Face.” The Puritan 40 (2018).
Review of The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism
, ed. Joe Cleary, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies
39.2 (2016): 276-9.
“Bumble Bees Have Turned to Goldenrod.” The Fiddlehead
245 (2011): 72–3 (poem).
29.2 (2010): 65–9 (story).
“The Coolidge Effect in Gallus gallus
: Implications for Human Demography.” The Future Hygienic
(Toronto: PistolPress, 2009): 27–41 (story, briefly noted here
“Multiples of Three.” Prairie Fire
29.4 (2009): 80–81 (poem).
“Puccinia monoica.” The Dalhousie Review
88.3 (2008): 380–81 (poem).
“Kate Comes to Bed,” “On Spotting Orchids.” Wascana Review
41.1–2 (2008): 87–89 (poems).
“Death of a Train.” Misunderstandings
10 (2008): 29 (poem).
“The Hawk” & “You and I Are the Lucky Ones (after Richard Dawkins).” The Antigonish Review
39.154 (2008): 118–21 (poems).
“Laughing in the Darkness.” Soliloquies
11.2 (2008): 82–99 (essay on being funny in literature, and the deplorable lack of fun and funniness in creative writing workshops).
“Iris versicolor.” Contemporary Verse 2
30.1 (2007): 86 (poem).
“Re-cognition.” Vallum: Contemporary Poetry
4.2/5.1 (2007): 25 (poem).
“Experiential Learning in Wilderness Canoe Tripping.” Green Horizon Quarterly
(now Green Horizon Magazine
) 25 (2004): 6–7 (essay).
ProjectsA Narratology of Science, Insight Development Grant funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (2021-2023)
Upcoming Talks and Conferences“Storification, Financialization, Obfuscation: Worrying Trends in the Science Storytelling Business,” MLA convention 2023.
“I Am Bot: Composite Characters and Narrative Innovation in 21st-century Fiction,” MLA convention 2023.
RECENT TALKS and CONFERENCES
“Exploring Participation in Highly Social Forms of Graduate Writing Support,” with Rachael Cayley and Fiona Coll, Consortium for Graduate Communication Summer Institute conference, June 15, 2022. (Virtual)
“Telling Events: Narraction by Passive Protagonists,” part of the panel on “Narration as Action,” co-organized by Angela Du and Daniel A. Newman, International Society for the Study of Narrative, June 28, 2022. (Virtual)
MembershipsModern Language Association
International Society for the Study of Narrative
Consortium for Graduate Communication
Modernist Studies Association