University of Toronto, BA
University of Guelph, MA
Queen’s University, PhD

Laura Moss (BA, U of Toronto; MA U of Guelph, PhD Queen’s U) is Professor of English at UBC where she teaches Canadian and African literatures. Her research interests lie in three intersecting categories: 1. literary theories of postcolonialism, diaspora, nationalism, and multiculturalism, 2. intersections of art and public policy, 3. literary history. Trained as a postcolonial theorist and a specialist in world literature written in English, her current research concerns the contemporary literatures of Canada and South Africa.

Having served as associate editor of the journal Canadian Literature since 2004, Moss became the editor of the journal in 2015. Since 2011, she has also been a contributing editor to the project. Moss served as Chair of the UBC Canadian Studies Program and of the International Canadian Studies Centre from 2008-2011. From 2006-10 she also sat on the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) Aid to Scholarly Publications Committee. Since its founding in 2012, Moss has been an active member of CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts, see, serving on its board of directors (2012-14) and as manager of the jury for the Inaugural Critic-in-Residence in 2012. In 2013-14, Moss led the UBC GRSJ-CWILA Research Network.

In addition to her five edited books, Moss has published articles on the work of M.G. Vassanji, Salman Rushdie, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, Chinua Achebe, Rohinton Mistry, and Antje Krog, among others, and has written on literary pedagogy, public arts policy in Canada, Canadian broadcasting, and public memorials in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. She was awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for 2013. She was appointed as the Faculty of Arts Associate Dean of Students beginning May 2020.

Laura Moss has taught classes on: Literary Economy, Multicultural Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature to 1967, Canadian Literature after 1967, World Literature Written in English, English Literature (1798-2000), Genre, Contemporary Canadian Literature, Canadian Studies, Postcolonial Studies, African Literatures, South African Literature, South African Theatre, J.M. Coetzee, South Asian Literature, and Caribbean Literature.

Moss has supervised and served on the committees of graduate students working on a wonderful range and eclectic mix of topics such as: Post-multiculturalism; the Newfoundland diaspora; Anglo-Indian Romance novels and the Raj Revival; Public Readers and Blogs; South Asian Canadian Literature; South African Protest Writing; Nineteenth-century Women’s Nature Writing; Yoruban Missionary Translations; the archives of J.M. Coetzee, Ryerson Press, and the Vancouver Poetry Society (not all together); Urban Writing in Vancouver; Asian North American Writing; Gothic Fiction; War Art; Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; Canadian Modernism; Orality and Orature; Danish Postcolonialism; Mennonite Writing; and Canadian Englishes.

Selected Publications

  • “On Refugees, Running, and the Politics of Writing: An Interview with Lawrence Hill.” Laura Moss, Brendan McCormack, and Lucia Lorenzi. Canadian Literature 232 (Winter 2017): 11-27.
  • * “‘Beyond the Hungry Edge’: An Interview with Daphne Marlatt.” Laura Moss and Gillian Jerome.  Studies in Canadian Literature 41.1 (2016): 248-65.
  • * “From haa-huu-pah to the Decolonization Imperative: Responding to Contemporary Issues through the TRC.Learn, Teach, Challenge: Approaching
  • *“’A Science of Uncertainty’: Bioethics, Narrative Competence, and Turning to the ‘What If’ of Fiction.” Studies in Canadian Literature, Fall 2015. (forthcoming, 8000 words)
  • “Tracking CanLit” Issue. L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 220 (Spring 2014). Editorial “Auditing, Counting, and Tracking CanLit.” 6-15; “Contested Migrations” Issue, L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 219 (Winter 2014). Editorial “Sustaining the Humanities.” 6-13; “Gendering the Archives” Special Issue, L. Moss, Editor. Canadian Literature 217 (Summer 2013). Editorial “Intro: Guy-Guys, CWILA, and Going Down the Hall to the Archives.” 6-16…
  • *“Is Canada Postcolonial? Re-Asking Through ‘The Forgotten’ Project.” TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, (Spring 2012, # 27). 47-65.
  • Leaving the Shade of the Middle Ground: The Poetry of F.R. Scott. Selected and Edited by Laura Moss with a scholarly Introduction by Laura Moss and an Afterword by George Elliot Clarke, Wilfrid Laurier University Press Poetry Series, Waterloo: WLUP. 88 pp.
  • Canadian Literature in English: Texts and Contexts (Volume 1: 1534-1920) (Volume 2: 1920-2008). Laura Moss and Cynthia Sugars, eds. Toronto: Pearson Education/ Penguin Academics, 2009.
  • *”Reconsecrating Hybrid Ground in Wole Soyinka’s The Beatification of Area Boy.” The Postcolonial Lamp: Essays in Honour of D. S. Izevbaye. Eds. Aderemi Raji-Oyelade & Oyeniyi Okunoye. Ibadan: Bookcraft, 2008.
  • *”Between Fractals and Rainbows of Truth: Criticizing Canadian Criticism.” Tropes and Territories: Short Fiction, Postcolonial Readings, Canadian Writing in Context, ed. Marta Dvorak & W.H. New. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2007: 17-32.
  • Is Canada Postcolonial? Unsettling Canadian Literature. Laura Moss, ed. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2003. 368 pp. (2nd printing 2004)
  • Brooke, Frances. The History of Emily Montague. Laura Moss, ed. Canadian Critical Editions Series, Ottawa: Borealis Press, 2001. 500 pp. (350 pp corrected edition of the novel, 150 pp. of scholarly apparatus). Includes preface (xi-xiii).


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