Priscila Uppal, PhD

Priscila Uppal’s teaching and research interests include English Poetry, European Poetry, Canadian Literature, World Literature, elegies, sport aethetics and sport art, reading culture and representations of readers in art, revisionist mythmaking, adaptation, and the artistic process. Her current research focuses on “creative health” and the medical humanities.

As editor, her publications include Uncommon Ground: Matt Cohen, Red Silk: An Anthology of South-Asian Canadian Women’s Poetry, Barry Callaghan: Essays on His Works, The Exile Book of Poetry in Translation: Twenty Canadian Poets Take on the World, The Exile Book of Canadian Sports Stories, and The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2011.

An academic book, We Are What We Mourn: The Contemporary English-Canadian Elegy, was released in 2009 by McGill-Queen’s University press, making a contribution to the fields of Canadian Literature, English Poetry, Elegy Studies, Genre Studies, Mourning Studies, and Multi-cultural and Post-Colonial Literatures.

She has been involved in organizing or co-organizing various Authors Series Events and Mini-Conferences at York University, and has published on Creative Writing pedagogy, the art of poetry, South-Asian Canadian writing, and Canadian sport literature, among other topics.

In addition to teaching and lecturing in the graduate and undergraduate programs of English and the Humanities at York University, Priscila Uppal frequently gives guest lectures, talks, workshops, in academic and non-academic circles about writing, reading, literacy, ethnicity, revisionism, genres, pedagogy, among many other topics, in Canada and the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. She has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and panels, and has been reviewed and/or profiled in national and international papers. (Click here to see a full list of Priscila Uppal’s events.)