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 is currently Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg, where she specializes in alternative comics and graphic narratives, Canadian popular and political writing, and feminist auto/biography theory. Her co-edited scholarly collection with Linda Warley, 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.
Recent and forthcoming publications in Comics Studies include journal articles on the graphic memoirs of Geneviève Castrée, the history of Marie Curie comics and Lauren Redniss’s Radioactive, graphic biographies of Robert Oppenheimer and the figure of the atomic scientist, and graphic narratives of migrant detention centres and refugee camps. Recent and forthcoming book chapters focus on photography and Civil Rights in Lila Quintero Weaver's graphic memoir, Darkroom, and metabiography and black visuality in Ho Che Anderson’s comics biography, King. Recent and forthcoming publications in Canadian Studies include book chapters on the public memorialization and biomythology of Dr. Norman Bethune, the biotopographies of Seth’s “picture novella” George Sprott, and visual nostalgias of the Canadian company town. She was awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant (2015-18) to research graphic biography and a SSHRC Aid to Small Universities Grant (2018) to coordinate an annotated bibliography of Indigenous comics and graphic novels and co-write a book chapter on the Indigenous graphic novel Will I See?.
Dr. Rifkind is currently researching comics about migrants and refugees and continuing to study Canadian women's autographics. Co-edited projects include Documenting Trauma: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories & Graphic Reportage in Comics (with Dominic Davis, forthcoming with Palgrave) and a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies on “Migration, Exile, and Diaspora in Graphic Life Narratives (with Nima Naghibi and Eleanor Ty, forthcoming 2020).
She is President of the Comics Studies Society (2019-20) and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal iNKS, the Advisory Board of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics/La Sociéte canadienne pour l’étude de la bande dessinée, and regularly reviews comics and graphic narratives for the Winnipeg Free Press. With Barbara Postema and Nhora Serrano, she is co-editor of the new Wilfrid Laurier University Press book series Crossing Lines: Transcultural/Transnational Comics Studies. In Fall 2019, she is co-organizing the first One Book UW program at the University of Winnipeg.
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