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Michelle Superle

Office:

Department of English
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC, Canada, V2S 7M8
michelle.superle@ufv.ca

Academic Preparation:

Ph.D., English Literature, Newcastle University, July 2009

  • Concentration: English-language South Asian Children’s Literature
  • Dissertation: Inside and Out: Representations of India, Indianness, and the New Indian Girl in Contemporary, English-language Children’s Novels from India and the Diaspora
  • Primary Supervisor: Professor Kimberley Reynolds

Defended with “No Corrections” on July 2, 2009

The dissertation explores ways in which Indian children’s writers have represented childhood in relation to the Indian nation, Indian cultural identity, and Indian girlhood in their contemporary, English-language novels for children. From a framework of postcolonial and feminist theories, the work compares the children’s novels published in India with those published in the United Kingdom and North America, examining the differing ideologies promoted in each. It argues that in the past twenty years an aspirational view of childhood has developed in this literature—a view that positions children as powerful participants in the project of enabling positive social transformation. These idealised portrayals can be seen as optimistic and inspirational, but they also remain overly reliant on western liberal feminism, rest on an unproblematized hegemonic sociopolitical hierarchy, and perpetuate essentialized versions of Indianness.

M.A., Children’s Literature, University of British Columbia, May 2005

  • Concentrations: Fiction for eight- to twelve-year-olds and Creative Writing (directed study project supervised by Alison Acheson in the MFA, Creative Writing Program)
  • Thesis: Vision of Community: A Feminist Re-reading of Elizabeth Goudge’s Children’s Novels
    • Primary Supervisor: Associate Professor Jane Flick (UBC English Department)

B.A., English Literature and Psychology, Simon Fraser University, June 1997

  • Concentration: Poetry

Teaching Positions Held:

University of the Fraser Valley

  • Assistant Professor (Department of English), 2012-present

Okanagan College

  • College Professor (Departments of English and Communications), 2010-2012

York University

  • Part-time Instructor (Humanities Department), 2009-2010

University of the Fraser Valley

  • Sessional Instructor (Department of English), 2005-2009

University of British Columbia

  • Sessional Instructor (Department of Continuing Studies), 2005-2008
  • Teaching Assistant (Faculty of Arts), 2004-2005
  • Tutor (University Writing Centre), 2004-2005

IIG All Nations Aboriginal College

  • Sessional Instructor (Humanities), 2006

Courses Taught:

University of the Fraser Valley (2012-present)

  • Assistant Professor, English Department

  • 2017
    • ENGL 388 D (Children’s Literature & Children’s Rights)
    • ENGL 105 (Academic Writing)
  • 2014-2015
    • ENGL 491 (Creative Writing, Honours Directed Reading)
    • ENGL 490 (Creative Writing, Directed Study)
    • ENGL 388 (Special Topics in Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 315 (Creative Writing—Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 120 (Introduction to Modern Fiction)
    • ENGL 105 (Academic Writing)
    • ENGL 104 (Introduction to Creative Writing)
  • 2013-2014
    • ENGL 491 (Creative Writing, Honours Directed Reading)
    • ENGL 490 (Creative Writing, Directed Study)
    • ENGL 388 (Special Topics in Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 315 (Creative Writing—Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 105 (Academic Writing)
  • 2012-2013
    • ENGL 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 315 (Creative Writing—Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 388 (Special Topics in Children’s Literature)
    • ENGL 105 (Academic Writing)

Okanagan College (2010-2012)

  • College Professor, Communications Department
    • CMNS 112 (Business Communication)
    • CMNS 132 (Technical Communication)
    • CMNS 122 (Advanced Business Communication)
    • CMNS 143 (Advanced Technical Communication)
  • College Professor, English Department
    • ENGL 235 (Professional Communications)
    • ENGL 100 (University Writing)

York University (2009-2010)

  • Part-time Instructor, Children’s Studies Program, Humanities Department
    • HUMA 1970B (Worlds of Childhood)
    • HUMA 2690 (Introduction to Children’s Studies)

University of the Fraser Valley (2005-2009)

  • Sessional Instructor, English Department
    • English 490 (Creative Writing Directed Study), Summer 2010
    • English 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature), Summer 2009
    • English 490 (Creative Writing Directed Study), Summer 2009
    • English 270 (Animal Fiction), Fall 2008
    • English 104 (Introduction to Creative Writing), Fall 2008
    • English 105 (The Reading and Writing of Non-Fiction Prose), Fall 2008
    • English 315 (Creative Writing: Children’s Literature), Summer 2008
    • English 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature), Summer 2008
    • English 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature), Summer 2007
    • English 105 (The Reading and Writing of Non-Fiction Prose), Fall 2006
    • English 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature), Summer 2006
    • English 105 (The Reading and Writing of Non-Fiction Prose), Fall 2005
    • English 280 (Survey of Children’s Literature), Summer 2005

University of British Columbia (2004-2008)

  • Sessional Instructor, Department of Continuing Studies

    • Writing 099 (Advanced Composition), Summer 2008
    • Writing 098 (Preparation for University Writing), Summer 2007
    • Writing 098 (Preparation for University Writing), Fall 2006
    • Writing 098 (Preparation for University Writing), Summer 2006
    • Explore English Immersion Program, Summer 2006
    • Writing 098 (Preparation for University Writing), Fall 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Arts

    • Foundations 101, 2004-2005
    • Tutor, Writing Centre, 2004-2005

IIG All Nations Aboriginal College (2006)

  • Sessional Instructor (Humanities)
    • Foundations 110 (Academic Skills), Fall 2006

Further Teaching Experience:

University of British Columbia, Okanagan (2011)

  • Instructor, Department of Continuing Studies
    • Write to Win (Business Writing), Fall 2011
    • Writing for Children, Fall 2011
    • Travel and Food Writing, Fall 2011
    • Writing for Children, Summer 2011
    • Travel and Food Writing, Summer 2011

Catherine of Siena Virtual College (2013 & 2010)

  • Online Instructor
    • Role Perceptions of Women in Children’s Literature

Capilano College (2005)

  • Instructor, Department of Continuing Studies
    • All About Children’s Literature and Writing for Children

University of British Columbia (2005-2006)

  • Guest Lecturer, Humanities 101

Publications:

Books:

Superle, Michelle. Contemporary, English-language Indian Children’s Literature: Representations of Nation, Culture, and the New Indian Girl. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Superle, Michelle. Black Dog, Dream Dog. Vancouver: Tradewind, 2010. (Children’s novel.)

Chapters:

Superle, Michelle and Robert Bittner. “The Last Bastion of Aesthetics? The Influence of Conservative Value Systems on Cultural Gatekeeping Activities in Children’s Literary Awards.” In Prizing Children’s Literature. Eds. Kenneth Kidd and Joseph Thomas. Routledge: 2017.

Superle, Michelle. “Animal Heroes and Transforming Substances: Canine Characters in Contemporary Children’s Literature.” In Animal Others and the Human Imagination. Eds. Anne Vallely and Aaron Gross. New York: Columbia UP, 2012.

Superle, Michelle. “Imagining the Motherland: Moving between India and Otherworlds.” In Knowing Their Place? Intersections of Identity and Space in Children’s Literature. Eds. Terri Doughty and Dawn Thompson. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2011.

Peer-reviewed Articles:

Superle, Michelle. “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: At the Core of a Child-Centered Critical Approach to Children’s Literature.” In The Lion and the Unicorn. April 2016.

Superle, Michelle. “Creating a ‘Masala’ Self: Bicultural Identity in Desi Young Adult Novels.” In International Research in Children’s Literature. December 2010.

Superle, Michelle. “Imagining the New Indian Girl: Representations of Girlhood in Keeping Corner and Suchitra and the Ragpicker.” In Papers: Explorations into Children’s Literature. June 2010.

Superle, Michelle. “Mother’s Milk: The Politics of Food in South Asian Children’s Novels.” In Journal of Children’s Literature. July 2008. (The Journal of Children’s Literature is published biannually by the Children’s Literature Association of India.)

Editorial:

Superle, Michelle. Guest Editor, “Canadian Children’s Literature” issue. Journal of Children’s Literature. January 2009.

Peer Review Reader:

  • For Palgrave MacMillan. June 2016. Ed. Tomas Rene.
  • For Children’s Literature in Education. August 2014 to present. Ed. David. Rudd.
  • For Children’s Literature. August 2013. Ed. Lisa Radcliffe.
  • For Journal of Graduate Research in Children’s Literature. April 2013. Ed. Rob Bittner.
  • For Papers. January 2013. Ed. Clare Bradford.

Conference Presentations:

Superle, Michelle. “Both an Overhaul and an Augmentation: Toward a ‘Child-Centered’ Critical Metaframe for Children’s Literature.” Modern Languages Association. Not an Exit but a Shift: Changing Children’s Literature panel. Vancouver. January 8-11, 2015.

Acheson, Alison, Richard Scrimger, and Michelle Superle. “Dancing with The Other Art(s)—Forms to Edify the Writing Life.” Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs: Canada’s Writing Conference. UBC. May 15-18, 2014.

Superle, Michelle. “Towards a ‘Child-centered’ Critical Approach to Children’s Literature: The Role of Digital Media Communities.” International Research Society for Children’s Literature: Children’s Literature and Media Cultures. Maastricht University (Netherlands). August 10-14, 2013.

Superle, Michelle. “Same Same But Different: Paradoxical Diversity in South Asian American Children’s Fiction.” Children’s Literature Association: Literary Slipstreams. Simmons College. June 14-16, 2012.

Superle, Michelle. “Representations of the Urban Child in Contemporary, English-language Indian Children’s Novels.” The Child and the City: Association for Research in the Cultures of Young People, in association with ACCUTE, Congress 2010. Concordia University. May 31, 2010.

Superle, Michelle. “The Role of the ‘Motherland’ in Contemporary Diasporic South Asian Children’s Novels.” Child and the Book: This Land is Our Land. Vancouver Island University. May 1-3, 2009.

Superle, Michelle. “From Exclusion to Inclusion: Indo-Canadian and South Asian Children’s Literature in Canadian Educational Institutions.” TransCanada Two: Literature, Institutions, Citizenship. Guelph University. October 11-14, 2007.

Invited Talks:

Superle, Michelle. “Finding the Right PhD Program after Your MACL Degree.” University of British Columbia. November 13, 2014.

Superle, Michelle. “How Being a Lifelong Reader Helped Me Write Black Dog, Dream Dog.” Penticton School District, Raise A Reader Day. September 21, 2012.

Superle, Michelle. “Writing Black Dog, Dream Dog.” Christianne’s Lyceum, 5th Anniversary. August 18th, 2012.

Superle, Michelle. “How Being a Lifelong Reader Helped Me Write Black Dog, Dream Dog.” Penticton School District, Raise A Reader Day. May 2, 2012.

Superle, Michelle. “Life After MACL.” University of British Columbia. September 23, 2011.

Superle, Michelle. “Black Dog, Dream Dog—How It All Began.” Word on the Street Vancouver. September 25, 2011.

Superle, Michelle. “The Road Goes Ever On: Scholarly and Creative Publications after the Degree.” University of British Columbia. April 18, 2011.

Reviews:

Superle, Michelle. CM: Canadian Review of Materials, 2004-present

  • I am a regular contributor of book reviews to this online journal focused on Canadian children’s literature. The following provides a representative sampling of the many dozens of reviews I have completed.

Superle, Michelle. Review of David Jacobson et al, Are You an Echo? Forthcoming.

Superle, Michelle. Review of Eric Walters, Walking Home. CM 21.2 (2014).

Superle, Michelle. Review of Gerelchimeg Blackcrane, Black Flame. CM 19.28 (2013).

Superle, Michelle. Review of Kathy Stinson, What Happened to Ivy. CM 19.12 (2012).

Superle, Michelle. Review of Allan Stratton, Borderline. CM 16.21 (2010).

Superle, Michelle. Review of James Heneghan and Norma Charles, Bank Job. CM 15.16 (2009).

Superle, Michelle. Review of Susan Nielsen, Word Nerd. CM 15.1 (2008).

Superle, Michelle. Review of Bernice Thurman Hunter. The Girls They Left Behind. CM 11.19 (2005).

Awards:

UFV Research Release, 2014-2015 and 2016-2017

  • I received a one course release to pursue work on my research towards developing a “child-centered” critical approach to children’s literature.

UFV Scholarly Release, 2013-2014

  • I received a one course release to pursue work on my literary fiction novel.

UFV Writing Centre Writing Prize, 2013

  • Supervised David Stobbe, winner of Lower Level Research category (ENGL 105)

Black Dog, Dream Dog:

  • People’s Book Prize, finalist (Summer 2011 winner; 2011/2012 longlist)
  • Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, nominated (2012-2013 shortlist)
  • Chocolate Lily Award, Best Chapter Book (2012)

Research Fellowship, International Youth Library, Munich, 2007-2008

  • This bursary of $4000 allowed me a three-month study period to use the holdings in the International Youth Library to facilitate and supplement my doctoral research.

Newcastle University English Department Bursary, 2006-2007

  • This bursary of $15,000 funds academically deserving doctoral students.

Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship, 2006-2009

  • This scholarship of $3000 is awarded annually to academically deserving international doctoral students to enable them to complete their studies.

University College of the Fraser Valley, 2006

  • As part of its initiative to develop courses in Indo-Canadian Studies, the University College of the Fraser Valley sponsored my first research trip to India ($3000), during which I researched English-language children’s books published in India.

Eileen Wallace Fellowship in Children’s Literature, 2005

  • The University of New Brunswick grants this fellowship of $5000, the only Canadian fellowship of substantial value dedicated to the furthering of scholarship in the field of children’s literature.

Workshops for Teaching Preparation:

University of the Fraser Valley, September 2014

  • I completed John Bean’s problem-based assignments workshop.

University of the Fraser Valley, June 2013

  • I completed the “Engaging Ideas” all-day workshop.

University of the Fraser Valley, Centre for Teaching and Learning, January 2013

  • I completed the “Problem-Based Learning” workshop.

University of British Columbia, Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth, 2004-2005

  • I completed internationally recognized training courses in Instructional Skills, Presentation Skills, and Facilitating Productive Groups.

University of British Columbia, Writing Centre, 2004-2005

  • Under the direction of Judy Brown and Ramona Montagnes, authors of The Canadian Writer’s Handbook (Oxford UP, 5th ed.), I completed the “Well-Trained English Tutor” courses, which focuses on fostering academic writing skills.

Current Research and Literary Interests:

  • Developing a child-centered critical approach to children’s literature
  • South Asian children’s literature by women authors
  • I am currently at work on my fifth novel for children and my second novel for adults

Scholarly and Professional Memberships:

Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs

International Research Society for Children’s Literature

Children’s Literature Association

International Board on Books for Young People Canada

Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Children’s Literature Roundtable, Vancouver

Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia Society

Service to University and Professional Organizations:

University of the Fraser Valley:

Ongoing Service:

University of the Fraser Valley, English Department Social Media and Website Committee, 2014

  • Founder and chair of committee to update and refresh departmental page with links, alumni statements, social media links, and a blog.

University of the Fraser Valley, Childhood Studies Certificate Initiative, 2013-2014

  • Member of working group

University of the Fraser Valley, CSSC Faculty Networking Group, 2013-2014

  • Member of working group

University of the Fraser Valley, Community Liaison Arts Club Initiative, 2012-present

  • Faculty Advisor

University of the Fraser Valley, English 105 Committee, 2012-present

  • Chair, 2014
  • Committee Member, 2012-3 & 2017

University of the Fraser Valley, Creative Writing Committee, 2012-present

  • Committee Member

Special Events:

University of the Fraser Valley, RGS Workshop, Spring 2015

  • Panel presenter, “Publishing Your Article”

University of the Fraser Valley, PD Day, May 2014

  • Presenter, “The Crowd-Sourced Essay”

University of the Fraser Valley, Scholarly Sharing Session, “Childhood Studies Research,”
Winter 2014

  • Panel presenter

University of the Fraser Valley, RGS Workshop, “Publishing Your Article”, Fall 2013

  • Panel presenter

University of the Fraser Valley, Eldercollege, Fall 2013

  • Workshop on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”

University of the Fraser Valley, Writing Centre, Summer 2013

  • Judge for the Writing Prize Competition

University of the Fraser Valley, Eldercollege, 2013

  • Volunteer Instructor (Course: Introduction to Contemporary Children’s Literature)

Scholarly Organizations:

Children’s Literature Association, 2013-2016

  • Member, International Committee

Literary Organizations:

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, 2013 & 2010

  • Judge

George Ryga Literary Award for Social Justice, 2012 & 2011

  • Jury member

International Board on Books for Young People Canada, 2010

  • Vice President

Association for Research in the Cultures of Young People, 2010

  • Secretary-Treasurer

Other Institutions:

Okanagan College Travelling World Film Festival Planning Committee, 2012

  • Committee Member

Okanagan College International Women’s Day Celebration Planning Committee, 2012

  • Committee Member

Okanagan College Sustainability Across the Curriculum Committee, 2011-2012

  • Committee Member

Okanagan College Mini-Sampler for Kelowna Secondary School, 2011

  • Presenter

Okanagan College English Department Handbook Review Committee, 2011

  • Reader and Committee member

York University Department of Humanities, 2009-2010

  • Founder and Faculty Advisor for Student Club
  • BITTERSWEET: Students for the Ethical Treatment of Children in Cocoa Production

York University Children’s Studies Program, November 2009

  • Event Coordinator: Warchild Fundraiser Concert

University of British Columbia, 2004-present

  • Alumni Representative, M.A. in Children’s Literature, 2005-present
  • Volunteer Instructor, Humanities 101, Fall 2005-2006
  • Student Representative, M.A. in Children’s Literature, 2004-2005

Capilano College, 2004

  • Volunteer Instructor, Eldercollege
  • Course: Children’s Literature, Fall 2004

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