Concordia University

Nicola Nixon, PhD

Associate Professor, English

Office: S-LB 685-6 
J.W. McConnell Building,
1400 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2359

Selected publications


“‘Prismatic and Profitable’: Commerce and the Corporate Person in James’s ‘The Jolly Corner.’”  American Literature 76 (2004): 807-31.

“Men and Coats; or the Politics of the Dandiacal Body in Melville’s Benito Cereno.” PMLA 114 (May 1999): 359-72.

“The Reading Gaol of Henry James’s In the Cage.”  ELH 66 (spring 1999): 201-23.

“Making Monsters, or Serializing Killers.”  American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative.  Ed. Robert Martin and Eric Savoy.  University of Iowa Press, 1998. 217-36.

“Compromising Politics and Herman Melville’s Pierre.” American Literature 69 (1997): 719-41.

“When Hollywood Sucks, or, Hungry Girls, Lost Boys, and Vampirism in the Age of Reagan.”  Blood Read: The Vampire as Metaphor in Contemporary Culture.  Ed. Joan Gordon and Veronica Hollinger.  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. 115-28.

“Gray Areas: P. D. James’s Unsuiting of Cordelia.” Feminism in Women’s Detective Fiction.  Ed. Glenwood Irons.  University of Toronto Press, 1995.  29-45.

“Wide Sargasso Sea and Jean Rhys’s Interrogation of the ‘nature wholly alien’ in Jane Eyre” Essays in Literature 21 (fall 1994): 267-84.

“Cyberpunk: Paving the Ground for Revolution, or Keeping the Boys Satisfied?”  Science- Fiction Studies 19 (1992): 219-35.

Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 106. New York: Gale, 2001.188-97.

Reprinted in Cybersexualities: A Reader on Feminist Theory, Cyborgs, and Cyberspace.  Ed. Jenny Wolmark.  Edinburgh University Press, 1999. 191-207.


“Skin Deep?”  Rev. of re:skin.  Ed. Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth. Forthcoming in Science-Fiction Studies

“Belated Cyborgs.” Rev. of The Self Wired: Technology and Subjectivity in Contemporary Narrative.  By Lisa Yaszek.  Science-Fiction Studies 33 (2006): 554-57.

Rev. of Psycho Paths: Tracking the Serial Killer Through Contemporary American Film and Fiction.  By Philip L. Simpson.  Gothic Studies 8.2 (2006): 139-40.

“Recapitulating the Vicissitudes of the Quotidian.” Rev. of Femicidal Fears: Narratives of Female Gothic Experience.  By Helene Meyers.  Science-Fiction Studies 30 (2003): 329-31.

“The Exploitation of Credulity.” Rev. of “Deny All Knowledge”: Reading the X-Files. Ed. David Lavery, Angela Hague, and Marla Cartwright. Science-Fiction Studies 24 (1997): 513-14.

“Reviving the Intentional Fallacy.” Rev. of Writing Horror and the Body: The Fiction of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Anne Rice. By Linda Badley. Science-Fiction Studies 24 (1997): 510-12.

Selected conference papers and invited talks

Conference papers

“The Epical Limits of American Expansiveness,” Association of CanadianCollege and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Vancouver, May 2008

“Listing Naturalism in Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle,” Canadian Association of American Studies (CAAS), Montreal, November 2007.

“Heavenly Purchase in Warner’s The Wide, Wide World,”Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Saskatoon, May 2007.

“The Offal Truth of the Excluded Middle in Sinclair’s The Jungle.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Toronto, May 2006.

“Reproducing Consumption in Turn-of-the-Century American Fiction.” American Literature Association (ALA), Boston, May 2005.

“James and the Vicissitudes of the Actual Historic Page.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Winnipeg, May 2004.

“Gluttons for Estrangement.” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Halifax, May 2003.

“Currency Affairs in Poe’s ‘The Purloined Letter.’” American Studies Association (ASA), Houston, November 2002.

“Money Matters in Poe’s ‘The Purloined Letter.’” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Toronto, June 2002.

“Prismatic and Profitable: American Commerce in ‘The Jolly Corner.’” Modern Language Association (MLA), Washington, December 2000.

“From Scarlet Letters to Dead Letters in Hawthorne’s ‘Custom-House’ and Melville’s ‘Bartleby.’” Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Edmonton, May 2000.

“James’s ‘The Jolly Corner’ and America’s Solid Vacancies.” American Studies Association (ASA), Montreal, October 1999.

Invited lectures or colloquia

Invited Speaker, La Poétique des romanciers/ Novelists on the Novel Colloquium,   “L’envers de l’histoire contemporaine and James’s Historic Page,” McGill University, November 2008.

Invited Participant, “American Studies in Canada,” a Round Table, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Vancouver, June 2008.

Invited Speaker, ADE-ADFL Summer Seminar for the MLA, Montreal, “Poe and the Parvenues,” Montreal, June 2007.

Invited Speaker, Trent University, “Between Money and Meaning in Poe’s ‘The   Purloined Letter,’” Peterborough, February 2002.

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