Caley Ehnes, BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Discipline: University Arts & Sciences

I joined the college in August 2013. Since then, I have been actively involved in curriculum development, the research ethics board, and CORFA (the faculty union). As a faculty member, I teach a variety of English courses, including all of our first-year offerings as well as courses on Children’s Literature and Film Adaptation.

I hold a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Alberta, and an MA and PhD in English from the University of Victoria. My research focuses on nineteenth poetry and media, including visual media and periodical culture. My monograph, Victorian Poetry and the Poetics of the Literary Periodical, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2019. I also recently contributed a chapter on periodical culture to the Routledge Companion to the British and North American Literary Magazine in 2022, and my current research is focused on the circulation of popular female poets from the nineteenth century in the print media of the 1830s, ’40s, and early twentieth century. My teaching interests include Children’s literature, film adaptation, illustration, poetry, new media and rhetoric, book history, detective fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and writing/composition.

I design my courses with student engagement and input in mind. In most of my classes, students are allowed to pursue their interests and explore alternative methods of critical inquiry beyond the traditional academic essay.  I am also a proponent of contract grading, which allows students to make informed decisions about their workloads and to receive credit for the work they put into the class beyond formally evaluated assessments.

I am grateful for the opportunity I am afforded to teach, learn, and live as a visitor on the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Kinbasket Peoples.