Professor Russell, the recipient of the Principal's Award for Teaching Excellence, specializes in American and Victorian Literature. She is the author of the book, Between the Angle and the Curve: Mapping Gender, Race, Space, and Identity in Cather and Morrison (2009), which explores the intersection of identity and setting in the fiction of Cather and Morrison. Her publications include chapters on Cather’s The Song of the Lark; Alice Walker’s The Color Purple; the critical legacy of The Madwoman in the Attic; L. M. Montgomery’s; Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and MirrorMask” ; and the Lemony Snicket Series.
York University (2003)
York University (1993)
Between the Angle and the Curve: Mapping Gender, Race, Space, and Identity in Cather and Morrison. New York: Routledge, 2006. Republished in paperback edition in 2009
“Self-deprecatory Humor and the Female Comic: Self-Destruction or Comedic Construction?” thirdspace 2/1 (November 2002): 43 pars. http://www.thirdspace.ca/articles/druss.htm
“‘A New Bend in the Road’: Navigating Nationhood through L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.” The Nation in Children’s Literature: Nations of Childhood. Eds. Kit Kelen and Bjorn Sundmark. New York: Routledge, 2012. 11-22. “Unmasking M(other)hood: Third-Wave Mothering in Gaiman’s Coraline and MirrorMask” . Feminism in the Worlds of Neil Gaiman: Essays on the Comics, Poetry, and Prose. Eds. Tara Prescott and Aaron Drucker. New York: McFarland Press, 2012. 161-176. “Immeasurable Yearnings: The Legacy of the Landscape in Cather’s The Song of the Lark.” Dialogue Literary Studies Series: Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark. Ed. Debra Cumberland. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2010. 67-90. “Familiarity Breeds a Following: Transcending the Formulaic in the Snicket Series.” Telling Children’s Stories: Narrative Theory and Children’s Literature. Ed. Michael Cadden. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 2010. 22-43. “Homeward Bound: Transformative Spaces in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.” Dialogue Literary Studies Series: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Eds. Delroy Constantine-Simms and Kheven LaGrone. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi Press, 2009. 195-207. “Revisiting the Attic: the Critical Legacy of The Madwoman in the Attic.” The Madwoman in the Attic After Thirty Years. Ed. Annette R. Federico. University of Missouri Press, 2009.127-148.
"Review of Feminist (Re)visions of the Subject: Landscapes, Ethnoscapes, and Theoryscapes.” Canadian Woman Studies 24 (2005): 204-5.