Pamela McCallum 2022

Dr. Pamela McCallum

Pronouns: she/her


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Phone number

Department: 403. 2205470

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Educational Background

BA English Literature, University of Toronto, 1970

MA English Literature, University of Toronto, 1973

PhD Faculty of English (modernist literature and theory), University of Cambridge, 1979


Pamela McCallum's research interests lie in the areas of literary theory and 20th-and 21st-century British literature, postcolonial studies, and globalization. She is engaged with questions of representation, primarily in literary texts, but also in art and film. At various times, she has been involved in editing and publishing: she was part of the founding collective of the journal Cultural Critique and she was editor of ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature from 2001 to 2011, and also served on the editorial boards of the University of Calgary Press and Athabasca University Press. 


Areas of Research

Representation, literary theory and globalization

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • Life Member, Clare Hall, Cambridge, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. 2001


  • Cultural Memories and Imagined Futures: The Art of Jane Ash Poitras. University of Calgary Press. (2011)
  • The Postmodern Problematizing of History: Essays. co-editor Shaobo Xie. Chinese Academy of Social Sciences . (2008)
  • Raymond Williams, Modern Tragedy, edited and annotated with introduction. (2006)
  • Linked Histories: Postcolonial Studies in the Globalized World . co-editor Wendy Faith. University of Calgary Press. (2006)
  • Feminism Now: Theory and Practic. co-editor Marilouise Kroker. New World Perspectives . (1985)
  • Literature and Method: Towards a Critique of I.A. Richards, T.S. Eliot, and F.R. Leavis . Dublin: Gill and Macmillan/Humanities Press (US edition). (1983)
  • “Representing Migrant Labour in Contemporary Britain: Hsaio-Hung Pai’s Chinese Whispers and Marina Lewycka”s Strawberry Fields/Two Caravans.” Negative Cosmopolitanism: Cultures and Politics of World Citizenship After Globalization. Eds. Eddy Kent and Terr. Queen's/ McGill University Press. 130-48. (2017)
  • “Writing at the Crossroads: The Black Atlantic, Transnation, and Virginia Woolf in Biyi Bandele’s The Street.” Ethinic Literature and Transnationalism: Critical Imaginaries for a Global Age. Ed. Aparajita Nanda. London: Routledge. 189-202. (2015)
  • “Cultural Memory in Nancy Huston’s The Mark of the Angel” Trans/acting Culture, Writing and Memory. Eds. Eva C. Karpinski, Jennifer Henderson, Ian Sowton and Ray Ellenwoods. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 41-57. (2013)
  • “Streets and Transformation in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and ‘Stuart’”. Literature for Our Time: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-first Century. Eds. Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, Julie McGonegal, and Arun Mukerjee.. Amsterdam: Rodophi. 485-504. (2012)
  • “Pseudo-Statement,” “Obscurity,” “Heresy of Paraphrase,” “Texture,” “Structure,” Entries for The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, fourth edition, ed. Roland Greene and Stephen Cushman.. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (2012)
  • “Standing in the middle of the world cracking”: Class, Cultural Memory, and Collectivity in Dionne Brand’s At the Full and Change of the Moon.” Beyond the Canebrakes. Ed. Emily Williams. Revised and expanded version. Christian Olbey. New York: Africa World Press. 12-35. (2008)
  • "Nationalism, An Emancipatory Strategy? 1968 and After". Cultural Critique 103. 62-68. (2019)
  • "Between Life and Death: Representing Trafficked Persons in Chris Abani's Becoming Abigail and Justin Chadwick's Stolen. Mosaic 48.2. 29-44. (2015)
  • “Questions of Haunting: Jacques Derrida’s Specters of Marx and Raymond Williams’s Modern Tragedy”. Mosaic 40.2. 231-44. (2009)
  • “The Success and Failure of Fredric Jameson”. Symplokè 9.1-2. 169-72. (2001)
  • Catherine Belsey. Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. (2021)