Kirsten Bussière is a doctoral candidate whose SSHRC-funded research analyses what Mikhail Bakhtin calls the chronotope, or the ways that literature represents time and space, in post-apocalyptic fiction. In her dissertation, she examines the ways that different forms of collective memory emerge in response to disaster, which ultimately exposes tensions between nostalgic longing for the past and the development of progressive new futures. Since this genre offers a unique temporal perspective, which reframes our real-world present as the recent past, this project intends to serve as a critical intervention where we can re-examine our current precarious position in a novel way.


PhD English Literature, University of Ottawa (2018-present)
MA English Literature and Digital Humanities, Carleton University (2017-2018)
BA English (Major), Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies (Minor), Carleton University (2013-2017)


“Beginning at the End: Indigenous Survivance in Moon of the Crusted Snow.” Foundation 136, 49.2 (2020) 47-58.

“Chapter Four: Text Analysis.” Digital Humanities – A Primer, Pressbooks, 2018, carletonu.pressbooks.pub/digh5000/chapter/chapter-4-text-analysis/.

 “Digital Humanity: Collaborative Capital Resistance in Doctorow’s Walkaway.” Vector: Future Economies 288 (2018): https://vector-bsfa.com/2018/11/29/digital-humanity-collaborative-capital-resistance-in-cory-doctorows-walkaway/.

“Feminist Future: Time Travel in Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time.” MOSF Journal of Science Fiction 3.3 (2019): 33-42, https://publish.lib.umd.edu/?journal=scifi&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=482&path%5B%5D=87

Blog Posts


  • Golden Key International Honour Society

  • English Graduate Student Association

  • Utopian Studies Society


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