Lorraine York, CCENA Co-Director

Lorraine York is Distinguished University Professor and Senator William McMaster Chair in Canadian Literature and Culture in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster. Recent books include Literary Celebrity in Canada (2007), Margaret Atwood and the Labour of Literary Celebrity (2013), and Celebrity Cultures in Canada, co-edited with Katja Lee (2016). She has just completed a book called Reluctant Celebrity that examines public displays of celebrity reluctance as forms of privilege intertwined with race, gender, and sexuality. Her new project is “Denouncing 21st-Century Fame Hunger: Affect, Gender, New Media” and her dearest hope is to write a book on this subject entitled Unseemly


Daniel Coleman, CCENA Co-Director


Sarah Olutola, CCENA Research Assistant

Sarah Olutola is a Nigerian Canadian PhD candidate in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her research concerns representations of race in popular media and Western humanitarianism with respect to Africa, both of which considers the intersection between critical race theory, post-colonialism and global capitalism. She has published articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture and Social Justice, and written novel-length fiction for independent and trade publishing houses in the UK and US.


Melissa Tanti, CCENA Research Assistant

Melissa Tanti is a PhD candidate in English at McMaster University. She is  a feminist literary and media critic with work published in the Journal of Television and New Media and the Journal of Religion and Film.  Her doctoral dissertation, “The ‘Translating Subject’: Tracing the History of a North American Feminist Literary Avant-garde” reveals that Canadian and American women writers were involved in cross-border exchanges that have been overlooked by a focus on national literatures. She has presented work at conferences nationally and internationally in a range of fields including sexuality studies, studies in women and gender, geography, linguistics, pedagogy, film and new media criticism, and politics. She lives in Toronto where she teaches at Ryerson University.