Books published by Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

The Nature of Empires and the Empires of Nature

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | October 26, 2016 | 372 pages
Drawing on themes from John MacKenzie's Empires of Nature and the Nature of Empires (1997), this book explores, from Indigenous or Indigenous-influenced perspectives, the power of nature and the attempts by empires (United States, Canada, and Britain) to control it. It also examines contemporary... More Info

Lines Drawn Upon the Water

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | November 30, 2016 | 378 pages
The First Nations who have lived in the Great Lakes watershed have been strongly influenced by the imposition of colonial and national boundaries there. The essays in Lines Drawn upon the Water examine the impact of the Canadian--American border on communities, with reference to national efforts to... More Info

Critical Collaborations

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | May 1, 2014 | 350 pages
Critical Collaborations: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Ecology in Canadian Literary Studies is the third volume of essays produced as part of the TransCanada conferences project. The essays gathered in Critical Collaborations constitute a call for collaboration and kinship across disciplinary,... More Info

Fierce Departures

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | February 12, 2009 | 40 pages
These selections, drawn from work between 1990 and 2006, delineate with searing eloquence, how history marks and dislocates peoples of African Diaspora, how nations, concretely and conceptually, fail to create safe haven, and how nevertheless human desire persists.  More Info

Not the Whole Story

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | February 25, 2014 | 176 pages
Not the Whole Story is a compilation of seventeen stories narrated by single mothers in their own way and about their own lives. Each story is unique, but the same issues appear again and again. Abuse, parenting as single mothers, challenges in the labour market, mental health and addictions... More Info

Blocking Public Participation

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2014 | 210 pages
Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) involves lawsuits brought by individuals, corporations, groups, or politicians to curtail political activism and expression. An increasingly large part of the political landscape in Canada, they are often launched against those protesting,... More Info

Ontario Boys

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2014 | 220 pages
Ontario Boys explores the preoccupation with boyhood in Ontario during the immediate postwar period, 1945–1960. It argues that a traditional version of boyhood was being rejuvenated in response to a population fraught with uncertainty, and suffering from insecurity, instability, and gender... More Info

From Sugar to Revolution

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2012 | 358 pages
Sovereignty. Sugar. Revolution. These are the three axes this book uses to link the works of contemporary women artists from Haiti?a country excluded in contemporary Latin American and Caribbean literary studies?the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. In From Sugar to Revolution: Women's Visions of... More Info

The H Factor of Personality

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | November 1, 2012 | 201 pages
The "H"; in the H factor stands for "Honesty-Humility,"; and it's one of only six basic dimensions of personality. People who have high levels of H are sincere and modest; people who have low levels are deceitful and pretentious. It isn't intuitively obvious that traits of honesty and humility go... More Info

The Memory of Water

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | January 1, 2013 | 272 pages
Over the last forty years, Canadian adventurer, writer, and artist Allen Smutylo has experienced some of the wildest and most captivating waters imaginable in all corners of the globe. The stories in The Memory of Waterall of them accompanied by the author's own stunning artwork describe his... More Info


Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | April 1, 2013 | 258 pages
Since the early 1990s, tens of thousands of memoirs by celebrities and unknown people have been published, sold, and read by millions of American readers. The memoir boom, as the explosion of memoirs on the market has come to be called, has been welcomed, vilified, and dismissed in the popular... More Info

Lying Down in the Ever Falling Snow

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | April 1, 2013 | 224 pages
First used to describe the weariness the public felt toward media portrayals of societal crises, the term compassion fatigue has been taken up by health professionals to name—along with burnout, vicarious traumatization, compassion stress, and secondary traumatic stress—the condition of... More Info

Ecologies of Affect

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | May 30, 2011 | 346 pages
This collection of essays actively and consistently engages the reader in understanding how place images, and the attempts to build communities, are fundamentally tied to and revolve around themselves.  More Info

Trans/Acting Culture, Writing, and Memory

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2013 | 315 pages
This is a collection of essays written in honour of Barbara Godard, one of the most original and wide-ranging literary critics, theorists, teachers, translators, and public intellectuals Canada has ever produced. The contributors, both established and emerging scholars, extend Godard's work through... More Info

Understanding and Addressing Girls' Aggressive Behaviour Problems

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2013 | 230 pages
This book reflects a major shift in understanding children's aggressive-behaviour problems. Researchers used to study what went wrong with a troubled child and needed to be fixed; we now aim to understand what is going wrong in children's relationships that might create, exacerbate, and maintain... More Info

Bridging Two Peoples

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | June 1, 2012 | 244 pages
Bridging Two Peoples tells the story of Dr. Peter E. Jones, who in 1866 became one of the first status Indians to obtain a medical doctor degree from a Canadian university. He returned to his southern Ontario reserve and was elected chief and band doctor. As secretary to the Grand Indian Council of... More Info

Please, No More Poetry

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2013 | 80 pages
Since the beginning of his poetic career in the 1990s, derek beaulieu has created works that have challenged readers to understand in new ways the possibilities of poetry. With nine books currently to his credit, and many works appearing in chapbooks, broadsides, and magazines, beaulieu continues... More Info

Writing Surfaces

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | April 1, 2013 | 124 pages
Derek Beaulieu and Lori Emerson present a collection of John Riddell's work. Riddell's poems and short stories are a remarkable mix of largely typewriter-based concrete poetry mixed with fiction and drawings. Riddell's oeuvre fell out of popular attention, but it has recently garnered interest... More Info

Discipline, Devotion, and Dissent

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | December 1, 2012 | 350 pages
The education provided by Canada's faith-based schools is a subject of public, political, and scholarly controversy. As the population becomes more religiously diverse, the continued establishment and support of faith-based schools has reignited debates about whether they should be funded publicly... More Info

The End(s) of Community

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2013 | 220 pages
This book stems from an examination of how Western philosophy has accounted for the foundations of law. In this tradition, the character of the "sovereign" or "lawgiver" has provided the solution to this problem. But how does the sovereign acquire the right to found law? As soon as we ask this... More Info

Where No Doctor Has Gone Before

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | December 1, 2012 | 180 pages
Tens of thousands of people around the world die each day from causes that could have been prevented with access to affordable health care resources. In an era of unprecedented global inequity, Cuba, a small, low-income country, is making a difference by providing affordable health care to millions... More Info


Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | July 19, 2019 | 131 pages
Haiti: Hope for a Fragile State sheds light on the varied and complex roots of the current crisis, dispels misperceptions, and suggests that the situation in Haiti, despite evidence to the contrary, is not completely desperate.  More Info

Essential Song

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | June 30, 2007 | 174 pages
Includes audio CD with over 50 Cree hunting songs Essential Song: Three Decades of Northern Cree Music, a study of subarctic Cree hunting songs, is the first detailed ethnomusicology of the northern Cree of Quebec and Manitoba. The result of more than two decades spent in the North learning from... More Info

Watermelon Syrup

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | August 1, 2007 | 265 pages
Lexi, a young Mennonite woman from Saskatchewan, comes to work as housekeeper and nanny for a doctor's family in Waterloo. Ontario, during the Depression, Dr. Gerald Oliver is a handsome philanderer who lives with his neurotic and alcoholic wife. Cammy, and their two children. Lexi soon adapts to... More Info

Africa's Deadliest Conflict

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | August 1, 2012 | 237 pages
This book deals with the complex intersection of the legacy of post-colonial history a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions and changing norms of international intervention associated with the idea of human security and the responsibility to protect (R2P). It attempts to explain why, despite a... More Info

Cabbagetown Diary

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | October 1, 2012 | 211 pages
Robert Fulford called it "a remarkable glimpse of the underbelly of Toronto", but the reviews that greeted the publication of Cabbagetown Diary in 1970 were decidedly mixed. The novel's rowdy concoction of grit and violence and rooming-house sleaze had a strongly polarising effect on its readers.... More Info

Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | August 30, 2012 | 310 pages
Shifting the Ground of Canadian Literary Studies is a collection of interdisciplinary essays that examine the various contexts?political, social, and cultural?that have shaped the study of Canadian literature and the role it plays in our understanding of the Canadian nation-state. The essays are... More Info

From the Iron House

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2008 | 146 pages
In From the Iron House: Imprisonment in First Nations Writing, Deena Rymhs identifies continuities between the residential school and the prison, offering ways of reading "the carceral"-that is, the different ways that incarceration is constituted and articulated in contemporary Aboriginal... More Info

Preventing Eating-Related and Weight-Related Disorders

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | October 1, 2012 | 292 pages
This book presents a collection of writings by expert researchers from Canada, the United States, and Australia who are committed to finding common cause and common ground in the prevention of eating disorders and obesity. The eleven chapters in this book seek to create a new public health approach... More Info

Emerging Powers in Global Governance

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | July 19, 2019 | 368 pages
The early twenty-first century has seen the beginning of a considerable shift in the global balance of power. Major international governance challenges can no longer be addressed without the ongoing co-operation of the large countries of the global South. Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa,... More Info

Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | January 30, 2012 | 285 pages
Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada considers how the terms of critical debate in literary and cultural studies in Canada have shifted with respect to matters of race, nation, and difference. In asking how Indigenous and diasporic interventions have remapped these... More Info

The Arms of the Infinite: Elizabeth Smart and George Barker

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | November 16, 2010 | 238 pages
"A moving account of a man returning to his child self, trying to understand his absconding father, and of an adult searching to forgive."---Rosemary Sullivan, author of By Heart: Elizabeth Smart, a Life "One of the pleasures of this memoir is to see how the work of Elizabeth Smart still thrives;... More Info

Beyond Bylines

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | July 1, 2011 | 328 pages
This book explores the ways in which several of Canada's women journalists, broadcasters, and other media workers reached well beyond the glory of their personal by-lines to advocate for the most controversial women's rights of their eras. To do so, some of them adopted conventional feminine... More Info