Gwendolyn Davies, literary scholar, Maritime literature, women Loyalists
University of New Brunswick
A graduate of Dalhousie-King’s, the University of Toronto, and York University, Gwen Davies was Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President Research at the University of New Brunswick from 2000-2008. Nominated to the Royal Society of Canada in 2004, she is now Professor and Dean Emerita at UNB (English and the School of Graduate Studies). Gwen Davies’ research on the Loyalists focuses on three areas (with an emphasis on those who immigrated to what are now the Maritime Provinces of Canada): (1) Loyalist literary activity, including the diaries, narrative accounts, letters, and sampler verses that have given voice to Loyalist women; (2) The education and reading tastes of Loyalists, including book and manuscript dissemination in late 18th-century Maritime Canada; and (3) The role of Loyalist printers in helping to negotiate the cultural adaptation of Loyalists to their new environment through the establishment of newspapers and the printing of literary and public texts.The author/editor/co-editor of five books and numerous articles on Maritime literature, Gwen Davies has published on the Loyalists in Gwendolyn Davies, Studies in Maritime Literary History (Acadiensis Press, 1992), in The History of the Book in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2004, Volume 1), Essays on Canadian Writing 31, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 42/2, and Buss & Kadar: Working in Women’s Archives ( WLU Press, 2001). In 2006, she received a DCL honoris causa from the University of King’s College, founded by Loyalists in the aftermath of the American Revolution.