Dr. Monika Lee

Dr. Monika Lee

Job Title:

 Professor, English


 Full-Time Faculty




 519.432.8353 x28032


 Ursuline Hall 335 A

Academic Background

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

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
  • Monsters, Ghosts, and Demons in the Nineteenth Century
  • Senior Seminar in Creativity

Representative Publications

Recent Publications

  • "Shelley's The Cenci and Discourses of Sexual Violence" in Romantic Ethics and the 'Woke' Romantics. Heidelberg University Press: 2022. pp. 23-44.
  • “‘Let Me Converse with Spirits’: Haunting Interactions in P.B. Shelley’s Disembodied Dialogues” in New Perspectives on Romantic Interactions (Jagiellonian University Press, 2020).
  • “Fractal Fiction in Alice Munro’s ‘Too Much Happiness’” in Alice Munro Everlasting: Essays on Her Works II. Ed. J.R. Struthers.  Toronto: Guernica Press, 2020: 387-407.  Essential Writers Ser. 52.
  • “Frankenstein 1818: Reproduction, Autobiography, and Dialogue.” Lamar Journal of the Humanities: Special Issue: Bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Vol. 44, No. 1, Spring 2019: 9-28.
  • “A Tale of Two Rousseaus” in European Romantic Review. Vol. 30, Issue 1. March 2019:  70-76.
  • “Shelley’s ‘Hymn to Intellectual Beauty’ and Rousseau’s Julie: the Mirror and the Lake.”  Wordsworth Circle. Winter, Vol. 48. 2017: 51-59.
  • “Dream Shapes as Quest or Question in Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound” in Romantik: Journal for the Study of Romanticisms. Vol. 5, 2016: 110-126.
  • “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: (104-24).


  • If water breathes (Wipf and Stock, 2019).
  • gravity loves the body: poems by monika lee (Southwestern Ontario Press, 2008).
  • Rousseau’s 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.