Dr. Kailin Wright

Dr. Kailin Wright

Associate Professor
Nicholson Tower
(902) 867-3362


  • Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
  • M.A. (University of Toronto)
  • B.A. Honours (University of Toronto) 

Research Interests and Teaching Interests: Canadian theatre; Canadian literature; Political theatre; Feminism; Adaptation; Futurity.

Current Activities: I am actively involved with Theatre Antigonish and working on a project about the treatment of motherhood and the future in Canadian theatre (funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant).

Courses taught:

  • ENGL 491 Selected Topics: Canadian Adaptations (2016-2017)
  • ENGL 366 Special Topics in Canadian Literature I: Canadian Drama (2013-2014; 2012-2013)
  • ENGL 338 Canadian Drama
  • ENGL 264 Canadian Literature II:The 20th Century and After
  • ENGL 263 Canadian Literature I: 18th and 19th Centuries
  • ENGL 233 Children's Literature: 1865 to the Present
  • ENGL 111 Literature and Academic Writing I
  • ENGL 100 Introduction to Literature and Critical Writing



2019 Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Teaching Award Nomination (StFX).
2018-present Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant. “No Baby, No Future: Performing Pregnancy Loss in Canada.”
2017 StFX University Outstanding Teaching Award.
2013-15 Co-Applicant, Editing Modernism in Canada (EMiC), SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant. Director: Dean Irvine, Dalhousie.
2013-present St. FX University Research, Publication, and Teaching Award (URPTA)
2014-15 SSHRC Institutional Grant (SIG), St. FX.
2013 Editing Modernism in Canada, Research Assistant funding.
2013, 17 University Council for Research Award (UCR), StFX.
2012 Postdoctoral Fellowship, SSHRC.
2010-11 Editing Modernism in Canada, Graduate Fellowship
2008-10 Doctoral Fellowship, SSHRC.
2005-06 Canadian Graduate Scholarship (CGS), SSHRC.


Recent publications


Political Adaptation in Canadian Theatre. McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming, 2020.

The God of Gods: A Canadian Play by Carroll Aikins. University of Ottawa Press, Canadian Literature Collection, 2016.



Performing This is for You, Anna as #MeToo: Sexual Harassment and Performance-Based Activism on a University Campus.” Canadian Theatre Review, forthcoming, 2019.

Failed Futurity: Performing Abortion in Merrill Denison’s Marsh Hay.Canadian Literature 232 (2017): 100-116.

Dispublics: Popular Yet Political Spectatorship in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad and Erin Shields’s If We Were Birds.” Theatre Journal 69.2 (2017): 213-34.

Performing Cultural Crossroads: The Subject-Making Functions of ‘I am’ Declarations in Daniel David Moses’s Almighty Voice and His Wife.” Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches théâtrales au Canada 35.2 (2014): 80-105.

Politicizing Difference: (Re)Claiming Canadian Theatre History and ‘Les Sauvages’ in Le Théâtre de Neptune en la Nouvelle-France and Sinking Neptune.” Studies in Canadian Literature 38.1 (2013): 8-28.


Book Chapters

“Making Stories, Making Futures: Protesting Reproductive Futurity in The Handmaid’s Tale and its Television Adaptation.” Bloomsbury Companion to Margaret Atwood. Ed. Tomoko Kuribayashi and Alice Ridout. Invited and in progress, 2020.

“Untold Stories of Slavery: Performing Pregnancy and Racial Futurity in Beatrice Chancy.” Untold Stories of the Past 150 Years. Ed. Linda Morra et. al. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, forthcoming, 2019.

“Making Radio, Making History: Merrill Denison’s Alexander Mackenzie.” Past Lives: Performing Canada’s Histories. Ed. Heather Davis-Fisch. Toronto: Playwrights Canada Press, 2017. 189-196.

“Bringing the Text to Life: Editing the Modernist Canadian Play The God of Gods.” Making Canada New: Editing, Modernism, and New Media. Ed. Dean Irvine et. al. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. 189-211.

“‘Who’s There?’: Slings & Arrows’ Audience Dynamics.” Shakespeare and Canada: Remembrance of Ourselves. Ed. Irene Makaryk and Kathryn Prince. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2017. 79-95.


Book Reviews

OuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation. Ed. Daniel Fischlin. Shakespeare Bulletin 35.2 (2017): 362-366.

Performing Autobiography: Contemporary Canadian Drama. Ed. Jenn Stephenson. University of Toronto Quarterly 84.3 (2015): 279-81.

Canadian Gothic and the Spectre of Self-Invention. Ed. C. Sugars. Ariel 46.3 (2015): 202-4.

Once More, With Feeling: Five Affecting Plays. Ed. Erin Hurley. Bull Calf 5.1 (2015): n.p.

“Canadian Shakespeare Adaptations.” Rev. of Canadian Shakespeare. Ed. Susan Knutson. University of Toronto Quarterly 82.3 (2013): 611-12.

“New Translations for a New Body of Women’s Writing.” Rev. of Anthology of Québec Women’s Plays in English Translation: Volume III (1997-2009). Ed. Louise H. Forsyth. Canadian Literature 217 (2013): 156-58.

“Casting a Reflexive Light on Theatre.” Rev. of Theatre Histories. Ed. Alan Filewod. Design and Scenography. Ed. Natalie Rewa. Canadian Literature 212 (2012): 150-52.


Encyclopedia Articles

“Eh.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Toronto: Historic Canada, 2015.

“Douglas Coupland – Generation X.” Encyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and their Work. Ed. Geoff Hamilton. New York: Facts on File, 2010. 144-46.

Eh is Canadian, Eh? Usage, Functions, and the Identity Crisis of Eh.” The English Language(s): Cultural and Linguistic Perspectives. Ed. C. Percy. Toronto: UofT, 2006.