Candida Rifkind

Candida Rifkind Title: Professor and UW SSHRC Leader
Office: 2A38
Building: Ashdown
Phone: 204.786.9198

Candida Rifkind has a BA (Hon.) in English from Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), an MA in English from Concordia University (Montreal, PQ), and a PhD in English from York University (Toronto, ON). She specializes alternative comics and graphic narratives, Canadian popular and political writing, and feminist auto/biography theory.

Her most recent book is the co-edited collection Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage (Palgrave, 2020) and she also co-edited the Spring 2020 special issue of the journal  a|b Auto|Biography Studies (35.2) on “Migration, Exile, and Diaspora in Graphic Life Narratives.” Her co-edited scholarly collection Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives  (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016), won the 2016 Gabrielle Roy Prize for the best book in English Canadian literary criticism. Her scholarly monograph, Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature and the 1930s Canadian Left (University of Toronto Press, 2009), received the 2009 Ann Saddlemyer Award for the best book published on a Canadian theatre topic. She recently collaborated with a team of UW and U of Manitoba researchers on Indigenous Comics and Graphic Novels: An Annotated Bibliography (open access resource hosted by Jeunesse).

Dr. Rifkind is currently co-writing a book titled Graphic Refuge, about migrant and refugee comics, with Dominic Davies (City University London) and is part of the team writing a textbook on auto/biography in Canada. She is Past President of the  Comics Studies Society , serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal iNKS, and was the co-orgainizer of 1BUW 2019. She is co-editor of the new Wilfrid Laurier University Press book series Crossing Lines: Transcultural/Transnational Comics Studies (with Barbara Postema and Nhora Serrano). Website:


Teaching Areas:
Graphic narratives and alternative comics; Canadian literatures and cultures; life writing.

(F) ENGL-4294-001 Contemporary Literature and Culture

Research Interests:
Comics and Graphic Narratives; Canadian Literatures and Cultures; Life Writing/Autobiography; Screen and Cultural Studies.



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OPEN ACCESS RESOURCE: Indigenous Comics Annotated Bibliography

with Camille Callison and contributions by Niigaan James Sinclair, Sonya Ballantyne, Jay Odjick, Taylor Daigneault, and Amy Mazowita. “Introduction: Indigenous Comics and Graphic Novels: An Annotated Bibliography.” Jeunesse 11.1 (2019): 139-155.

with Taylor Daigneault, Amy Mazowita, and Camille Callison. “Indigenous Comics and Graphic Novels: An Annotated Bibliography.” Jeunesse 11.1 (2019): i-xxxvi.


With Nima Naghibi and Eleanor Ty, Co-Eds. Special Issue of a/b Auto/Biography Studies on “Migration, Exile, and Diaspora in Graphic Life Narratives.” 35.2 (Spring 2020).

Co-edited with Dominic Davies.Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage. Palgrave Studies in Comics. Palgrave, 2020.

Co-edited with Linda Warley. Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. Life Writing Series. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. Print.

Comrades and Critics: Women, Literature, and the Left in 1930s Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.


Comics Studies

“Migrant Detention Comics and the Aesthetic Technologies of Compassion.” Documenting Trauma: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories & Graphic Reportage in Comics. Eds. Dominic Davies and Candida Rifkind. Palgrave Studies in Comics and Graphic Novels. Palgrave, 2020. 297-316.

With Jessica Fontaine. “Indigeneity and Intermediality in Will I See?” Graphic Indigeneity: Comics in The Americas and Australasia. Ed. Frederick Luis Aldama. U of Mississippi P, 2020. 34-60.

“The Elements of a Life: Lauren Redniss’s Graphic Biography of Marie Curie.” The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 10.1, Feb. 24, 2020. DOI:

“Geneviève Castrée’s Unmade Beds: The Graphic Memoirs and Digital Afterlives of a Young Female Cartoonist.” The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship. Sep. 18, 2018. DOI:

 “Memory and Black Visuality in Ho Che Anderson's King.” Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives. Eds. Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. 177-206.

“The Biotopographies of Seth’s George Sprott (1894-1975).” Material Cultures. Eds. Jennifer Blair and Tom Allen. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2015. 225-46.

"The Seeing Eye of Scientific Graphic Biography." Biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly. Special Issue on Auto/biography in Transit. Eds. Jason Breiter, Orley Lael Netzer, Julie Rak, Lucinda Rasmussen. 38.1 (Winter 2015): 1-22.

“Design and Disappearance: Visual Nostalgias and the Canadian Company Town.” Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory. Eds. Cynthia Sugars and Eleanor Ty. Toronto: Oxford University Press. 2014. 68-93. Book review here.

Canadian Literature

"Norman Bethune and the Contested Spaces of Canadian Public Memory." Contested Spaces: Counter-Narratives and Culture from Below. Eds. Roxanne Rimstead and Domenic A. Beneventi. University of Toronto Press, 2019. 212-240.

“The Returning Reader: Canadian Serial Fiction and Mazo de la Roche’s Jalna.” Middlebrow Literary Cultures: The Battle of the Brows, 1920-1960. Eds. Mary Grover and Erica Brown. London: Palgrave, 2012. 171-86.

“When Mounties were Modern Kitsch: The Serial Seductions of Renfrew of the Mounted.” English Studies in Canada 37.3-4 (2011): 123-46. Winner of the F.E.L. Priestley Prize, which recognizes and acknowledges the best essay published in English Studies in Canada over the past year.

 “Technologies of the Podium: Montreal Massacre Poetry and the Feminist Counterpublic.” Open Letter. Special issue on Poetics and Public Culture. Eds. Lily Cho and Melina Baum-Singer. 12.8 (Spring 2006): 46-59.

“Too Close to Home: Middlebrow Anti-Modernism and the Sentimental Poetry of Edna Jaques.” Journal of Canadian Studies 39.1 (Winter 2005): 90-114.

Research Methods & Pedagogy

“Research Methods for Studying Graphic Biography.” Research Methodologies for Auto/biography Studies. Eds. Ashley Barnwell and Kate Douglas. Routledge, 2019. 68-75.

“The Work of Teaching Women’s Auto/Bio Comics.” a/b: Auto/biography Studies 33:3 (2018): 725-734. DOI: 10.1080/08989575.2018.1499525.

“Graphic Narratives.” What’s Next? The Futures of Auto|Biography Studies. Spec. issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. Eds. Emily Hipchen and Ricia Anne Chansky. 32.2 (2017): 187-90.

“Graphic Life Narratives and Teaching the Art of Failure.” Teaching Lives: Contemporary Pedagogies of Life Narratives. Spec. issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies. Eds. Laurie McNeill and Kate Douglas. 32.1 (2017). 104-7. Reprint: Teaching Lives: Contemporary Pedagogies of Life Narratives, Routledge, 2017.