Dr Heather A. Evans

PhD Queen’s

Contact Information

Office: Watson 402
Office Hours:
Extension: 74403
E-mail: heather.evans@queensu.ca

Research Interests

Nineteenth-century literature; New Woman literature and women’s writing, particularly work by Sarah Grand; food and culinary history, food writing and gastronomy; children’s literature, with a special focus on works by Beatrix Potter; graphic novels; and war literature.

Recent Publications

  • “Kittens and Kitchens: Food, Gender, and The Tale of Samuel Whiskers,” Victorian Literature and Culture 36.2 (2008): 603–623.
  • “ ‘Nor Shall I Shirk My Food’: The New Woman’s Balanced Diet and Sarah Grand’s Babs the Impossible,” Nineteenth-Century Feminisms 4 (2001): 136–147.
  • “Power-Eating and the Power-Starved: The New Woman’s New Appetite in Sarah Grand’s Babs the Impossible,” Consuming for Pleasure: Selected Essays on Popular Culture, ed. Julia Hallam and Nickianne Moody (Liverpool: John Moores University and the Association for Research in Popular Fictions, 2000) 121–139.


Current projects include articles on food in Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World, cookery and gender in Beatrix Potter’s tales, the artistry of Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince,” and chocolate, sweets and confectionery in nineteenth-century fiction. Articles derived from my doctoral dissertation, The New Woman’s New Appetite: Cooking, Eating and Feeding in Sarah Grand’s New Woman Fiction, are also in the works.

In addition to my work at Queen’s, I have been teaching for several years at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Recipient of the 2010 Royal Military College of Canada Class of 1965 Teaching Excellence Award.