Robert Davidson (2017) (Resized)
Robert Davidson, Ph. D
Director, Northrop Frye Centre
Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

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Bob Davidson, Associate Professor of Spanish and Catalan, specializes in Modern Peninsular Literature and Culture with an emphasis on urban studies and cultural theories of food and hospitality. Prof. Davidson is the author of Jazz Age Barcelona (U of Toronto Press, 2009; shortlisted for the Canada Prize in the Humanities) and The Hotel: Occupied Space (forthcoming 2018, UTP). Current projects include a study of material culture and early 20th-century Spanish and Catalan narrative (By and About Objects) and a monograph on terroir and Catalonia (The Taste of a Nation), which brings together research conducted over the past decade.
He is the founder and co-editor of UTP’s Toronto Iberic book series and has published work on different aspects of the Castilian and Catalan avant-gardes, cultural theory and film. Prof. Davidson has served on the editorial boards of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Diacritics, Catalan Review and Journal of Catalan Studies and has held visiting positions at The Johns Hopkins University, Queen Mary - University of London (Institut Ramon Llull Visiting Faculty) and University College Cork.

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Amelia Bailey
Northrop Frye Centre & Events Coordinator
Victoria College
73 Queen's Park Crescent
Toronto, ON M5S 1K7

Introducing the Northrop Frye Centre Fellows for 2018-19:

Nick Feinig - NFC Fellow - Bio Photo

Nicholas Feinig
Nicholas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Against the backdrop of Japan's rapidly aging society and falling birthrate, his research examines non-profit organizations dedicated to promoting active and engaged fathering. His fieldwork was conducted in Tokyo alongside members of these groups, and incorporates translations of parenting textbooks and management training material.


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Chiara Graf
Chiara is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics. Her dissertation explores the ethical potential of affect in the literary, philosophical, and scientific works of the Roman author Lucius Annaeus Seneca. She argues that we should not formulate affect primarily as an obstacle to or distraction from rational knowledge; rather, affect can provide alternative routes to wisdom and define the relationship of the subject to his universe. She has a strong interest in critical theory, particularly modern affect theory. 


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Carolyn Reese
Carrie is a doctoral candidate at the Cinema Studies Institute. Her research interests lie at the intersection of experimental film and media, continental philosophy, intermediality, and the concept of violence. Linking the work of experimental artist Ana Mendieta to these ideas, her dissertation focuses on the ways in which Mendieta's work can change current methods of approaching media theory and philosophy. Carrie is an assistant editor of World Picture Journal and has published in an anthology titled "Jouer l'actrice" with Ecole normale superieure. 


Office Hours (VC103): Mondays, 12-1:30pm


Christina Turner - NFC Fellow - Bio Photo

Christina Turner
Christina is a PhD candidate and settler scholar in the Department of English. Her dissertation examines representations of human rights in contemporary Indigenous writing from Turtle Island (North America). She argues that Indigenous writers such as Eden Robinson, Shirley Sterling, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Jordan Abel critique normative definitions of human rights as conceptualized around the visual recognition of alterity. Instead, these writers propose that freedom, political autonomy, and Indigenous sovereignty is represented and realized through sound -- through certain postures of listerning and through echoes and impressions which travel across the borders of settler polities and endure through time.

Christina is also the books editor at and is always trying to perfect her recipe for sourdough bread.


Office Hours (VC103): Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30pm

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Nandi Bhatia
Nandi Bhatia is a Professor in the Department of English at The University of Western Ontario and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. A specialist in Postcolonial Literature and theory, her research explores the connections between literary and theatrical practices, nationalism, and colonialism, and examines the ruptures and crossovers that resulted from the British Empire's longstanding engagement with India. Such connections have been analyzed in her monographs, Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance: Theatre and Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India (University of Michigan Press and Oxford University Press: 2004), Performing Women/ Performing Womanhood: Theatre, Politics and Dissent in North India (OUP, 2010), edited collections Modern Indian Theatre (ed., OUP, 2011) and Partitioned Lives: Narratives of Home, Displacement and Relocation (co-ed. with Anjali Gera-Roy, Pearson, 2009) and in journal articles and anthologies. Professor Bhatia is now working on a SSHRC funded project on the inter-linkages between colonial laws, nationalist practices, and the alternative public sphere of female performance in India. For her research, she was awarded the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and was named UWO Faculty Scholar. 

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Daniel Gallimore
Daniel Gallimore first came to Japan in 1987, and has been professor of English literature at Kwansei Gakuin University, near Kobe, since 2011. His research interest is in Japanese translations of Shakepeare. His book on the treatment of prosody in Japanese translations of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream was published by Kwansei Gakuin University Press in 2012, and a book on Tsubouchi Shoyo, the pioneer of Shakespeare translation in early 20th century Japan, by Edwin Mellen Press in 2016. He was a contributor to A History of Japanese Theatre (ed. Jonah Salz, Cambridge University Press, 2016), is a regular participant in international conferences such as the World Shakespeare Congress, and has also translated contemporary plays for Kinokuniya's Half a Century of Japanese Theatre series. His fellowship at the Northrop Frye Centre will be spent in making a detailed study of the Shakespeare translations and criticism of Tsubouchi Shoyo (1859-1935). 

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