Candida Rifkind has a BA (Hon.) in English from Dalhousie University, an MA in English from Concordia University (Montreal), and a PhD in English from York University (Toronto). She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg. She specializes in alternative comics and graphic narratives, Canadian popular and political writing, and life writing and 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 include articles on the public memorialization and biomythology of Norman Bethune, photography and Civil Rights in Lila Quintero Weaver's Darkroom, Mountie serial fiction and kitsch, the biotopographies of Seth’s “picture novella” George Sprott, metabiography and black visuality in Ho Che Anderson’s comics biography King,  visual nostalgias of the Canadian company town, and comics about migrant detention centres. 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. She is also interested in the recent emergence of comics about migrants and refugees and Canadian women's autographics. She is First Vice President of the Comics Studies Society 2018-19 (President Elect 2019-20), 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.


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Department of English

University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Ave

Winnipeg MB