About – Research Profile


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Associate Professor, PhD

E-mail: ruta.slapkauskaite@flf.vu.lt

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Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)

Research interests (in no particular order):

Literatures in English: Canadian, Antipodean (i.e. Australian, Tasmanian, and New Zealand), British, Irish, American

Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities


Neo-Victorian literature and culture

Toys, dolls, machines, and literary practices

Membership in Associations: ESSE (European Association for the Study of English), CAPS (Canadian Association for Postcolonial Studies), CEACS (Central European Association for Canadian Studies), TransCanadian Networks

Some of my publications:

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2023. Eco-Memory and the Anthropocene Imagination: Ed O’Loughlin’s Minds of Winter. In: Bédard-Goulet, S. & Premat, C. (eds.), Nordic and Baltic Perspectives in Canadian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Northern Spaces Narratives, pp. 165–192. Stockholm University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16993/bci.f. License: CC BY.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2023. “Pro Pele Cutem: On the Subject(s) of Extraction in Fred Stenson’s The Trade”. Canadian Literature. Poetics and Extraction, No. 251, pp.13-34.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2023. “Waking the Witness and Witnessing the Wake in David Dabydeen’s Turner.” In The Hook of Desire – Slavery and David Dabydeen’s Turner edited by Lynne Macedo. Hertford: Hansib Publications, pp. 213-237.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2022. “An Ecology of the Hewn in Susan Vreeland’s The Forest Lover.” In The Northern Forest edited by Sara Bédard-Goulet and Daniel Chartier. Tartu and Montréal: University of Tartu Press and Imaginaire Nord.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2021.The He(A)rt of the Witness: Remembering Australian Prisoners of War in Richard Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthIn Anglica: An International Journal of English Studies30/3, p. 141161.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2020. „Ghost, host, hostage: a poet(h)ics of vulnerability in Emma Donoghue’s The Wonder.The European Journal of English Studies, 24:3, p. 241-254. https://doi.org/10.1080/13825577.2020.1876611

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2020. „Imperial (S)Kin: The Orthography of the Wake in Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black.“ Studia Anglica Posnaniensia Vol. 55, No. 2, De Gruyter/Sciendo.  https://repozytorium.amu.edu.pl/bitstream/10593/26124/1/SAP%2055s2%20%282020%29%2023%20Šlapkauskaitė.pdf

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2020. „Precariousness, kinship, and care: Becoming human in Claire Cameron’s The Last Neanderthal‘“. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Sage. https://doi.org/10.1177/0021989420967984

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2019. „Out of the Closet, into the World: The Power of Puppets in Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist.“ Literatūra, 61(4).

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2019. „An Arc of Itinerant Tropes: Beyond Kin and Kind in Andre Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs. Eds. Maria and Martin Loschnigg, The Anglo-Canadian Novel in the Twenty-first Century: Interpretations. Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter, p. 11-19. https://www.amazon.com/Anglo-Canadian-Novel-Twenty-First-Century-Interpretations/dp/3825346404/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?keywords=The+Anglo-Canadian+Novel+in+the+Twenty-first+Century%3A+Interpretations.+Heidelberg%3A+Universitatsverlag+Winter&qid=1580932439&sr=8-1-fkmr1

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2018. „Like being trapped in a drum“: The Poetics of Resonance in Frances Itani’s Deafening. Anglica: An International Journal of English Studies, 27/3, pages 201-232, University of Warsaw. http://www.anglica.ia.uw.edu.pl/images/pdf/27-3-SI-articles/Anglica-27-3-10-Slapkauskaite.pdf

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2018. „Material Reflections: The Scope of Memory in Peter Carey’s Oscar and Lucinda„. In History, Memory, and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2017. The Material of Memory in Helen Humphreys’ The Lost Garden. TransCanadiana. Polish Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue Polonaise d’Études Canadiennes. Vol. 2., University of Poznan, pages 238-253. http://www.ptbk.org.pl/userfiles/file/TransCanadiana/Transcanadiana_9_2017.pdf

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2016. Reciprocity and Re-enchantment in Charles Simic’s Dime Store Alchemy. The Art of Joseph Cornell. Human in Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Perspective. Comparative Studies Vol. VII (3), pages 167-179.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2015. Et in Arcadia Ego: Memory, Mystery, and Mourning in J.L. Carr’s A Month in the Country. Re-Imagining the First World War: New Perspectives in Anglophone Literature and Culture. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2014. Intermedial Translation: The Gyrating Gaze in David Dabydeen’s Turner. European Journal of English Studies, Volume: 18, Issue: 03, pages 316 – 329, December.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2012. ‘An Oscilloscopic Machine’: the Lens, the Image and the Canvas in Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family. Otherness: Essays and Studies, 3.1

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2012. The Social, the Spectral and the Specular in Michael Ondaatje’s Running in the Family. Rudaityte, R. (ed.) Literature and Society. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2011. Story of Identity, Identity of Story: Hiromi Goto’s Chorus of Mushrooms. Sojka, Eugenia and Tomasz Sikora (eds.) Embracing Otherness. Canadian Minority Discourses in Transcultural Perspectives. Torun: Wydanwnictvo Adam Marszalek.

Šlapkauskaitė, R. 2011. Bears, Bodies, and Boundaries: Douglas Glover’s Elle: a novel. Habegger-Conti, Jena (ed.) Transnational Literature, Vol. 4 no. 1.

Some of my other publications may be accessed online: https://vu-lt.academia.edu/RutaSlapkauskaite

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