Faculty: Dr. Monika Lee


Dr. Monika Lee

Professor, English, School of Humanities
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 335A
Email: mlee5@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28032

Academic Background

  • Combined Honours B.A. in English and French at the University of Toronto and the Université de Provence
  • M.A., English, Western University
  • Ph.D., English, Western University
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Humber College School of Writing

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • Creative Writing
  • P.B. Shelley
  • William Blake
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • English Romanticism
  • Contemporary Canadian Poetry


  • Dialogues with Frankenstein 1818
  • The Brontes: Romance, Realism, and Myth
  • Major British Authors
  • Revelation in Literature
  • Romantic Rebels
  • Creative Writing
  • General Literature and Composition
  • Keats and Shelley
  • Blake and Shelley: Visionary Poetics
  • Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • Nineteenth-Century British Literature
  • The Prophetic in Literature
  • The Family in Literature
  • Women and Literature: Romantic Women Novelists
  • Women and Literature: Victorian Women Novelists
  • Women and Literature: Repressions and Representations of the Maternal
  • Postmodern Canadian Literature
  • Introduction to English Literature
  • The Major Forms of Oral Discourse
  • Poetry and Prosody
  • Utopian Literature
  • Canadian literature

Representative Publications

Recent Publications:

  • Frankenstein 1818: Reproduction, Autobiography, and Dialogue.” Lamar Journal of the Humanities: Special Issue: Bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. 2019.
  • “A Tale of Two Rousseaus” in European Romantic Review. 2019.
  • “Shelley’s “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty” and Rousseau’s Julie: the Mirror and the Lake.” Wordsworth Circles. 2017.
  • “Fractal Fiction in Alice Munro’s ‘Too Much Happiness’.”  Chapter in a book on last things in Alice Munro, ed. Tim Struthers.  Guernica Press, 2017.
  • Dream Shapes as Quest or Question in Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound” in Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms. Aarhus University Press, 2016: (110-129).
  • “An Eerie and Numinous Place of Quiet Unknowing: Alice Munro’s ‘The Love of A Good Woman’ in Context” in The Windsor Review: Alice Munro, A Souwesto Celebration.  Eds. J.R. Struthers and John B. Lee.  Vol. 47. No. 2.  Spring, 2015: (104-124).


  • If water breathes (Wipf and Stock, 2019).
  • gravity loves the body: poems by monika lee (Southwestern Ontario Press, 2008).
  • Rousseaus Impact on Shelley: Figuring the Written Self, Romantic Reassessment, Vol. 154, Salzburg Studies in Literature, Lewiston: 1999.

Poetry Chapbooks:

  • skin to skin with Shelly Harder (Fire-stealing Primates’ Press, 2016)
  • Slender threads (Canadian Poetry Association, EBIP, 2004).


  • Brescia Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2013
  • Recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Grant for Poetry in 2010.