Dale Tracy

Dale Tracy

PhD Queen’s

Contact Information

Office: Watson 403
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:30–3:30, and by appointment
Extension: 74404
E-mail: dale.tracy@queensu.ca

Research Interests

Poetry and poetics, contemporary Canadian literature, North American literature.


  • “Reading Metonymically in Dionne Brand’s Inventory,” MaComère: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, 14.1–2 (2012).
  • “Introduction to Ideas of Place and Particularity Issue,” with Andrew Bingham and Nick Hauck, Modern Horizons Journal (2012) <http://modernhorizonsjournal.ca>.
  • “Heirs, Apparently: Nation-Building in Isabella Valancy Crawford’s Winona,” English Studies in Canada 37.3–4 (2011): 107–121.
  • Poetry review: Ricochet, by Seymour Mayne, The Bull Calf Review 2.1 (2012).
  • Literary criticism review: Annihilated Time, by Jeff Derkson, The Bull Calf Review 1.2 (2011).


I’m interested in tradition (inherited story and myth) as it structures thought and identity in current contexts. It’s appealing to me to consider the kind of meaning-making an idea does, the sorts of questions it answers, through its repetition and alteration in other contexts. I also like to think about compassion and other forms of attention in relation to the things texts ask of us as readers, how they position our responses, and the ways they might compel us to feel or think or do or live things.