University of Victoria, BA
Queen’s University, MA, PhD

Tiffany Potter works in 18th-century studies. Her arc has included major research projects on libertinism and gender in fiction and theatre; representations of indigenous women in 17th- and 18th-century North American contact and captivity narratives; and women writers in 18th-century England. She also works in television studies, co-editing with CW Marshall an award-winning critical collection on SciFi’s Battlestar Galactica (Bloomsbury 2008), and the first scholarly collection on HBO’s The Wire (Bloomsbury 2009).

SSHRC-funded research projects have generated the 2012 collection, Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century (UTP) and three critical classroom editions with the University of Toronto Press: Robert Rogers’ 1766 play, Ponteach, or the Savages of America: A Tragedy (2010); Elizabeth Cooper’s 1735 play, The Rival Widows, or Fair Libertine (2013); and Eliza Haywood’s 1724 short novels The Masqueraders and The Surprise (2015).

Tiffany is also a specialist in teaching and learning, and is a Faculty Associate with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology. She is part of the team that developed the online learning tool ConPAIR at UBC and has published work related to that project. Her next book project will be Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eliza Haywood with MLA Press, and her ninth will be a classroom edition of Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko for Broadview Press.

She is also Associate Head, Curriculum and Planning and one of the originators of the groundbreaking English PhD Co-op program that started at UBC in 2013. She was awarded the Fairclough Teaching Prize in 2006 and the Killam Teaching Prize in 2015.

I teach primarily in eighteenth-century studies, including courses on theatre; cultures of libertinism; gender and indigeneity; and popular culture and adaptation studies. I also teach first-year English most years, which is always a great experience.

Winter 2018

ENGL110 Approaches to Literature Sections

Study of selected examples of poetry, fiction, and drama. Essays are required.

Winter 2018

ENGL358 Studies in an Eighteenth-Century Genre Sections

Please see the Department website for further information on topics offered in the current session.

Winter 2018

ENGL490 Literature Majors Seminar Sections

Required of all Literature Majors. See Department Website (www.english.ubc.ca) for options.

Recent and forthcoming books

  • Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eliza Haywood. MLA Press (in press 2019)
  • Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko (1688). Critical classroom edition. Broadview Press ( in press 2019)
  • Eliza Haywood’s The Masqueraders, or Fatal Curiosity and The Surprise, or, Constancy Rewarded (1724). Critical classroom edition. U of Toronto P 2015.
  • Elizabeth Cooper’s The Rival Widows, or Fair Libertine (1725). Critical classroom edition. Ashgate 2007; rpt UTP 2014.
  • Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century. UTP 2012.
  • Robert Rogers’ Ponteach, or the Savages of America: A Tragedy (1766). Critical classroom edition. UTP 2010.
  •  The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. Bloomsbury 2009 (ed. with CW Marshall)
  •  Cylons in America: Critical Studies in Battlestar Galactica. Bloomsbury 2008 (ed. with CW Marshall)

 

Select articles and book chapters

  • “ComPAIR: A New Online Tool Using Adaptive Comparative Judgement to Support Learning with Peer Feedback.” Teaching and Learning Inquiry 2 (2017) (with Letitia Englund, James Charbonneau, Mark Thomson MacLean, Jonathan Newell, Ido Roll).
  • “Insurgency, Accidental Guerrillas and Gang Culture in The Wire.” The Wire and America’s Dark Corners: Essays on a Post 9/11 Urban Dystopia. McFarland 2015.
  • “Closure in the Classroom: ‘Final Grades’” (with CW Marshall). HBO’s The Wire in the College Classroom: Pedagogical Approaches to the Humanities. McFarland 2015.
  • “Historicizing the Popular and the Feminine: The Rape of the Lock and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” Women, Popular Culture and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Tiffany Potter. UTP, 2012.
  • “Thinking Inside the Box: A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of Television Studies” (with CW Marshall). From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Indiana UP, 2012.
  • “‘I am the American Dream’: Modern Urban Tragedy and the Borders of Fiction” (with CW Marshall). The Wire: Urban Decay and American Television. Bloomsbury, 2009.
  • “Circular Taxonomies: Regulating European and American Women through Representations of North American Indian Women.” Early American Literature2 (2006).
  • “Reciprocal Regulation: Trans-Atlantic Implications of Colonial Accounts of North American Indian Women and Menstruation.” British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies1 (2006).
  • “Writing Indigenous Femininity: Mary Rowlandson’s 1682 Narrative of Captivity.” Eighteenth- Century Studies2 (Winter 2003).

My current major project is the editing of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Eliza Haywood, forthcoming in the MLA series “Approaches to Teaching World Literature.”

I also work in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and have articles in progress on the Adaptive Comparative Judgement Tool, UBC-designed teaching technology; and on an innovative classroom practice called the Discussion Day Protocol.