Dr. Tina Trigg

Associate Professor, English P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8029 F: 780-465-3534
  • PhD, University of Ottawa, 2003
  • MA, Lakehead University, 1996
  • BA Honours, Lakehead University, 1994


Research interests

  • Literature and psychology
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Contemporary Canadian Fiction
  • Disability Studies
  • Madness and Marginalization

Research projects

  • Hope or Fiction? The Novel World of Margaret Atwood (monograph)
  • Reader-Involvement Strategies for the Down Syndrome Population
  • Pedagogical Approaches to Canadian Literature

Selected publications

“Bridging the Gaps through Story Cycle: The View from Castle Rock,” Alice Munro: Critical Essays (forthcoming)

“Family Matters” Canadian Literature 222 (Autumn 2014)

“Of Bodies (Politic)” Canadian Literature 222 (Autumn 2014)

“Mapping our Mental Geography: Regionalism as Pedagogical Strategy” (co-authored with Philip Mingay) West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature (2008)

“Frans Eemil Sillanpaa” The Facts On File Companion to the World Novel, 1900 to the Present (2008)

"A Silhouette of Madness: Reading Atwood's Surfacing" Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye (2006)

Selected conference papers

"No Princesses, Just a Stone Mattress and Tales of Moral Disorder" Margaret Atwood Society/ACCUTE at Congress (June 2015)

“Narrative Dis/closure: Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin” Christianity and Literature Study Group, University of Ottawa (May 2015)

“Breathing Life into the Classroom: Tactics, Tips, and Triads” Augustana International Undergraduate Teaching Workshop, University of Alberta (April 2015)

“MaddAtwood?: Reimagining Dystopia as Regeneration,” ACCUTE Congress, Brock University (2014)

"Bridging the Gaps through Story Cycle: The View from Castle Rock," The Alice Munro Symposium, The University of Ottawa (2014)

"Teaching Psychology through Literature: Redeeming the Power of the Word," The Social Sciences and Christian Faith Conference (2013)

"'Everything is Political': Atwood for All Ages," The Margaret Atwood Society / ACCUTE joint session, Congress (2013)

"A Voice from the Wilderness: The Challenging Call of Margaret Atwood" at the Humanities and Christian Faith Conference (2012)

“The Poet at the Door of the Burned House: Reading Atwood’s Recent Collections” at Margaret Atwood Society/ ACCUTE joint panel at Congress (2009)

“‘[W]e remember when we were human’: Unearthing the Human Animal in Atwood’s Poetry” at The International Canadian Literature Symposium: The Animals in This Country (2005)

“Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood: Writers on reading and writing” at INSCRIBE Writers Conference (2005)


  • ENGL 204/205 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 327 Psychology and Literature
  • ENGL 370/371 Canadian Literature
  • ENGL 385 North American Short Stories
  • ENGL 405 Contemporary Literary Theory
  • ENGL 495 Senior Seminar