Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Laura Murray


PhD Cornell,  CV/Bio (PDF 199 KB)

613-533-6000, ext. 74438

Office: Watson Hall, Room 534
Office Hours: Thu. 10-12 pm and by appointment


2017-18 Courses

  • ENGL 467-001/3.0 Topics in Modern/Contemporary Canadian Literature I – Language, Culture & Politics: Words in Place: Settler and Indigenous Stories of Kingston/Cataraqui
  • ENGL 815  Topics in Literary Study: Rigour and Readability: Writing for the World


  • Award of Merit from the Rideau Waterway Landscape Strategy Team, Parks Canada (for work on the Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project) (2017)

Research Interests

  • community-based and oral history
  • US literature before 1865, particularly issues of Indigenous experience, urban life, media, race
  • North American history as a nationalist project and its relation to colonialism, Indigenous presence
  • History, philosophy, and everyday practice of copyright law

Research in progress

Director, Swamp Ward and Inner Harbour History Project:

Recent Publications

Stories of the Swamp Ward – a series of 6 audio documentaries.

“Beyond Sir John: Unsettling Public Memory in Kingston, Ontario.” With Paul Carl. Journal of Critical Race Inquiry 3.1 (2016): 61-86.

Putting Intellectual Property in its Place: Rights Discourses, Creative Labor, and the Everyday. With S. Tina Piper and Kirsty Robertson. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Canadian Copyright: A Citizens’ Guide. With Samuel E. Trosow. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 2007. Second edition 2013.

“Exchange Practices Among Nineteenth-century US Newspaper Editors: Cooperation in Competition.” Katherine Strandburg, Michael Madison, and Brett Frischmann, eds., Governing Knowledge Commons. NY: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Appropriation Appropriated: Ethical, Artistic and Legal Debates in Canada.” With Kirsty Robertson. Teresa Scassa and Mistrale Goudreau, eds., Intellectual Property for the 21st Century: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law. Toronto: Irwin Law, 2013.