Dr. Gyllian Phillips

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Associate Professor / Faculty of Arts and Science - Fine Arts and English Studies - English Studies
Full-time Faculty
BA, University of British Columbia
MA, University of Western Ontario
PhD, University of Western Ontario
Areas of Specialization:

British modernism; postcolonial literature and theory

Research Interests:

Her focus has included the work of women modernists such as Virginia Woolf and Edith Sitwell with an interest in the interplay between modalities such as visual art, music, performance, and literature.  1930s film has also figured in her work, especially as it intersects with colonial and imperial discourses representing Africa and the Caribbean.  More recently, her work has moved a little closer to home in addressing sport and adventure in Canadian literature.


The Many Facades of Edith Sitwell.  Essay Collection, co-edited with Allan Pero.  University Press of Florida, 2017.

Articles and Chapters

“Cannibals and Capital: George King’s 1936 Sweeney Todd and Representations of Class, Empire and Wealth.” Journal of British Cinema and Television. 15.4 (2018): 571-588.

“The Darkening Path: the Hero-Athlete Reconsidered in The Bone Cage.” in  Writing The Body in Motion: a critical anthology on Canadian sport literature. Eds. Angie Abdou and Jamie Dopp. Athabasca: Athabasca University Press, 2018.

“’Glittering Like the Wind’: Edith Sitwell’s Female Poetry.”  In The Many Facades of Edith Sitwell.  Eds. Allan Pero and Gyllian Phillips.  University Press of Florida, 2017.

“‘Vociferating through the megaphone’: theatre, consciousness and the voice from the bushes in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts.” Journal of Modern Literature. 40.3 (2017).

“Our Man on the Inside: Cannibalism in William Seabrook’s Jungle Ways.” Postcolonial Studies.  16:4  (2013): 388-405.

“White Zombie and the Creole: William Seabrook’s The Magic Island and American Imperialism in Haiti.”  In Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture.  Eds. Stephanie Boluk and Wylie Lenz.  Jefferson NC and London: McFarland Press, 2011.  27-40.

“Imaginary Africa and London’s urban wasteland in Edith Sitwell’s ‘Gold Coast Customs.’”  Twentieth-century Literature  56.1        (Spring 2010): 71-91.

“Personal and Textual Geographies in Olive Senior ’s Literary Relationship with Jean Rhys.” Caribbean Literature.  November 2003.

“Something Lies Beyond the Scene ’ of the Façade: Sitwell, Walton and Kristeva’s semiotic. ” In Literature and Music. Ed. Michael Meyer. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2002. 

"'She was no scholar': Placing Mrs. Browning." In Turning the Centuries: Selected Papers from the 9th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference. Eds. Bonnie Scott and Ann Ardis.  New York: Pace UP, 2000.

"A Fractured Iconography of Gender in Four Saints in Three Acts." Tessera 20 (1996): 51-62.

"Re(de)composing the Novel: The Waves, Wagnerian Opera and Percival/ Parsifal." Genre 28.3 (1995): 119-144.