Myra Bloom

Associate Professor


Myra Bloom specializes in modern and contemporary Canadian/Québécois literature. Her current research is focused on women's confessional writing and intercultural relations in Québecois fiction. She recently guest-edited a double issue of English Studies in Canada on the topic of autofiction. She is currently working on a manuscript on confessional Canadian women's writing, Evasive Maneuvers, and is the principal investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development Grant that will study how living Canadian writers incorporate self-disclosure in their work.

Canadian/Quebecois literature


Women's writing

PhD -- Comparative Literature, U of Toronto 

MA -- Comparative Literature, U of Toronto 

BA (Hons.) -- U of King's College 

Journal Articles

“Sources of the Self(ie): An Introduction to the Study of Autofiction in English.” English Studies in Canada 45. 1-2 (March/June 2019): 1-18.

"The Trope of the Translator: (Re)Writing history in Heather O'Neill's The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Claire Holden Rothman's My October. Canadian Literature 233 ("Literary History," Summer 2017): 51-68.

“'At the End of Everything': Confession and Critique in Michel Tremblay's Damnée Manon, Sacrée Sandra. ESC: English Studies in Canada 41.2-3 (2015): 43-64. 

“'The Suitable Language of Love': Confessional Discourse in By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.” Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en littérature canadienne 39.2 (Spring 2015): 45-61.

“Paratactics: Marie-Claire Blais's Feminist Praxis in Soifs. Québec Studies 52 (Fall 2011/Winter 2012): 123-136.

Book Chapters

"Messy Confessions: Sheila Heti's How Should a Person Be?Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries. Eds. Gregory Betts and Christian Bök. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2019: 173-196.

Other Publications

"Sometimes Baffling, Sometimes Subline: Sheila Heti's Pure Colour." The Walrus. May, 2022.

The Writers Leading the Nonfiction Revolution. (December 17, 2020)

"The Darker Side of Leonard Cohen." The Walrus (online)April 9, 2018

"Marie-Claire Blais." Critical Survery of American Literature. Ed. Steven Kellman. Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, 2016: 280-85.