dr. Patricia Canning
Assistant Professor
Humanities - Fellows and Instructors

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Patricia teaches Stylistics and Rhetoric as part of the Humanities Lab course. She also teaches Research in Context.

She is currently developing a research project:  'No Ordinary Crowd': The linguistics of blame in the evidence-gathering processes following the Hillsborough Football Stadium Disaster

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Curriculum vitae

Patricia completed her PhD in 2009 at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in linguistics and early modern literature. Her interdisciplinary approach to language and literature incorporates stylistics, forensic linguistics, cognitive poetics, and reader-response. She is author of Style In The Renaissance: Language and Ideology in Early Modern England (Continuum), and has contributed to a range of journals and books, including Language and Literature, Critical Survey, and The Reader.

Patricia is founder of read.live.learn, a dynamic, high-impact community project that uses literature in all sorts of contexts (including workplaces, prisons, hospitals and universities) to connect people and improve mental health, critical thinking, and wellbeing.

She has worked with female prisoners in Northern Ireland, and was an invited guest of the Bard Prison Initiative where she gave a lecutre at Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York. Patricia has also worked with many mental health groups promoting the value of reading as a powerfully simple way of improving and restoring wellbeing. 

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  • (forthcoming) ''Schemas and stories: ‘Making’ sense of fictional and lived experience in prison reading groups', in The Linguistics of Crime, (eds) John Douthwaite and Ulrike Tabbert.

    (2019: forthcoming): "‘I loved the stories, they weren’t boring": Narrative Gaps, the disnarrated, and the significance of style in prison reading groups', in The Edinburgh History of Reading: A World Survey from Antiquity to the Present (eds), Mary Hammond and Jonathan Rose. 

    (2018): ‘No ordinary crowd’: Foregrounding a ‘hooligan schema’ in the construction of witness narratives following the Hillsborough football stadium disaster', Discourse and Society, 29(3) 237–255.

    (2017): Co-editor of a Special Issue in Reader-Response, Language and Literature.

    (2017): "Text World Theory and Real World Readers: From Literature to Life in a Belfast Prison", Language and Literature, 26(2):172–187

    (2017):[with Sara Whiteley] "Reader response research in Stylistics" Language and Literature, 26(2): 71–87.

     (2017): [with Paul Simpson] "Chicken and Egg Stylistics: From Lexical Semantics to Conceptual Integration Theory". Stylistics: Critical Concepts in Linguistics (ed), Michael Burke. London: Routledge.

    (2014): ‘Action and Event’ [with P. Simpson], in The Handbook of Stylistics. Eds. Peter Stockwell and Sara Whiteley. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

    (2013): ‘Functionalist Stylistics’. The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. Ed. Michael Burke. London: Routledge.

    (2013): “‘Fatal Visions’: The Image as Actor on the Early Modern Stage”. Early Modern Drama and the Politics of Biblical Reading. Ed. Adrian Streete. London: Palgrave Macmillan: pp. 68-86.
    (2012): “‘For I must nothing be’: Richard II and the Double-Body of the Sign in Early Modern England”. Critical Survey, 24(3): 1-22.
    (2012): “Chicken and Egg Stylistics: From Lexical Semantics to Conceptual Integration Theory” [with P. Simpson]. Current Trends in Pedagogical Stylistics. Szilvia Csabi, Lara Week and Judit Zerkowitz. New York and London: Continuum: pp. 24-44.
    (2012): “Poetic Justice: A Narrative of Belfast Breakthroughs”. The Reader, 48: 59-65.
    (2011): Style in the Renaissance: Language and Control in Early Modern England. London: Continuum (Bloomsbury).
    (2008): “The Bodie and the Letters Both’: Blending the Rules of Early Modern Religion”. Language and Literature, 17(3): 187-203.

In press: (2018) : '"No ordinary crowd": Foregrounding a ‘hooligan schema’ in the construction of witness narratives following the Hillsborough football stadium disaster'. Discourse and Society.

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Additional functions and activities

Member of:

Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA)

The International Association for Forensic Linguistics (IAFL)

Germanic Society for Forensic Linguistics (GSFL)

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