York University, BA, MA
University of Toronto, PhD
University of Victoria, Dip. Appl. Ling.

Margery Fee holds the Brenda and David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies (2015-2017) to work on early oral and literary production by Indigenous people in BC and the Yukon. She is also working on a new project in Environmental Humanities, a book on polar bears in the Reaktion Press Animal series, which she plans to connect to work on Inuit and Omushkego Cree stories about human-animal interaction. She has a paper forthcoming (with Shurli Makmillen), “Disguising the Dynamism of Law in Canadian Courts: Judges Using Dictionaries,” in The Pragmatic Turn in Law and Language, edited by Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter) and is working on The Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles, 2nd online edition with editor-in-chief, Stefan Dollinger, to appear in 2017.



  • With Shurli Makmillen. “Disguising the Dynamism of Law in Canadian Courts: Judges Using Dictionaries.” The Pragmatic Turn in Law and Language. Ed. Janet Giltrow and Dieter Stein. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Dollinger, Stefan (chief editor) and Margery Fee (associate editor). DCHP-2: The Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles, Second Edition.Vancouver & Gothenburg: University of British Columbia & University of Gothenburg. dchp.ca/dchp2 Forthcoming 2017.

In progress:

  • “What Can be Learned from Dining with Bears?: Food, Indigenous Worldviews and the Environment.” Chapter for Canadian Culinary Imaginations, ed. Shelley Boyd and Dorothy Berenscott. McGill-Queen’s UP. Under contract and submitted.
  • Gender, Space, and Race in the Colonization of the Western Canadian Borderlands: Essays by Jean Barman. Ed. Margery Fee with Jean Barman. Submitted to AU Press.
  • Polar Bear. London: Reaktion. Animal series. Under contract.


Selected Publications:

  • With Dory Nason. Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson’s Writings on Native North America Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2016.
  • Literary Land Claims: “The Indian Land Questionfrom Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2015. Indigenous Studies Series.
  • The Guide to Canadian English Usage. 2nd ed. With Janice McAlpine. Toronto: Oxford UP, 2007. 658 pp. New issue, 2011. 651 pp. E-book, 2013.
  • “Publication, Performances, and Politics: The ‘Indian Poems’ of E. Pauline Johnson / Tekahionwake (1861-1913) and Duncan Campbell Scott (1862-1947).” Anthologizing Canadian Literature: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives. Ed. Robert Lecker. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2015. 51-77.
  • “Decolonizing the Indigenous Oratures and Literatures of Northern British North America and Canada, Beginnings to 1960,” The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literatures. Ed. James H. Cox and Daniel Heath Justice. New York: Oxford UP, 2014. 559-76.
  • “The Trickster Moment, Cultural Appropriation and the Liberal Imagination in Canada.” Troubling Tricksters: Revisiting Critical Conversations. Ed. Deanna Reder and Linda Morra. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2010. 59-76.

Current Research

  • Early oral and written texts by Indigenous people in British Columbia and the Yukon for publication deriving from McLean Chair research award

In progress

  • Polar Bear. London: Reaktion. Animal series.
  • The People and the Text (thepeopleandthetext.ca). With Deanna Reder (PI, SFU) and Daniel Heath Justice (co-investigator) Fee is a co-investigator for the SSHRC-funded project (2015-20) which is working to reorient English literary studies in Canada by focusing on Indigenous texts published before 1992.
  • Paper Speaking. Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC). http://www.cwrc.ca/projects/paper-speaking-indigenous-publication-in-northern-north-america-from-the-beginning-to-1992/ This bibliographical project will now be folded into The People and the Text’s digital humanities work with CWRC.
  • CanLit Guides (canlitguides.ca/) as editor of Canadian Literature (2007-15), I led an editorial team, supported by the UBC Teaching and Learning Enhancement fund, to produce the initial version of these guides. The project is now led by Laura Moss, Editor of Canadian Literature and Kathryn Grafton, Associate Editor.