Manina Jones

Chair, English & Writing Studies

B.A. University of Western Ontario 1984
M.A. University of Western Ontario 1985
Ph.D. York University 1991

University College 2401D
519-661-2111 ext. 85788

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I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work across the field of Canadian literature, publishing work with a historical range from the early nineteenth century to contemporary writing, and spanning poetry fiction, drama, and autobiography. Recent research in Canadian literature, on collaborative writing, extends my ongoing interest in composite authorship and in the ways competing desires, motives, ideologies, and historical and aesthetic sensibilities can make themselves felt in a single text. My research in popular culture addresses detective fiction, understanding the genre in its aesthetic, social, and economic contexts. I am currently working on a book, under contract to Routledge Press, titled Cross-Border Crime in Fiction, Film, and Television: Bodies on the Line. This project asks how and why representations of cross-border crime have taken such a central place in the North American and Western European popular imagination. For more information, see

I am happy to supervise graduate students working in the following fields: Canadian literature, Detective Fiction, Literary Collaboration, Borderlands Studies.