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Cynthia Wallace Associate Professor

STM 213

Research Area(s)

  • Catholic writers
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Women writers and feminist theory
  • Religion and literature
  • Ethical theory


  • Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, May 2012
  • M.A., Loyola University Chicago, August 2007

Research Projects

Professor Wallace is currently at work on a creative manuscript on embodied suffering and attention as well as a scholarly book manuscript on the surprising influence of philosopher-mystic Simone Weil on twentieth- and twenty-first century feminist writers' ethical and political ideals.

Selected Publications


Book Chapters and Journal Articles

  • "Attention, Representation, and Unsettlement in Katherena Vermette’s The Break, or, Teaching and (Re)Learning the Ethics of Reading." Humanities vol. 8, no. 4, 2019. 
  • ""passionate reverence / active love": Levertov and Weil in the Communion of Struggle." In this need to dance/this need to kneel: Denise Levertov and the Poetics of Faith, edited by Michael P. Murphy and Melissa Bradshaw. Wipf and Stock, 2019.
  • "A Cloud of Unknowing: Anticolonial Ethics in Louise Erdrich's The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse." Contemporary Literature, vol. 59, no. 4, 2018.
  • "To the World: Ana Castillo's The Guardians and Literature after Vatican II." In Turning to the World: Social Justice and the Common Good Since Vatican II, edited by Carl N. Still and Gertrude Rompré, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018, pp. 125-139.
  • "’Whatever Else We Call It’: The Great Price of Secular Sainthood in Mary Gordon's Pearl." Religion and Literature, vol. 48, no. 3, 2016, pp. 1-25.
  • "L as Language: Love and Ethics." African American Review, vol. 47, no. 2-3, 2014, pp. 375-390.
  • "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and the Paradoxes of Postcolonial Redemption." Christianity and Literature, vol. 61,no. 3, 2012, pp. 465-483.
  • "In the Beginning: Beloved and the Religious Word of Psychoanalysis," Literature and Theology, vol. 25, no. 3, 2011, pp. 268-282.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ENG 215: Life Writing
  • ENG 282: Introduction to Feminist Theory and Literature by Women
  • INTS 203: Cultivating Humanity
  • CTST 200: Introduction to Catholic Studies
  • ENG 209: Transnational Literatures
  • ENG 383: Decolonizing Theories and Literatures

As well as Honours seminars and graduate courses in postcolonial literature and theory, women writers and feminism, and literary ethics