Carole Gerson (BA Simon Fraser, MA Dalhousie, Ph.D British Columbia) is one of the most prolific and influential English professors in British Columbia, having co-edited (with Jacques Michon, at l'Université de Sherbrooke) volume III of the History of the Book in Canada / Histoire du livre et de l'imprimé au Canada. To complete the undertaking, Gerson co-coordinated more than 100 contributors in two languages over a six-year period to cover Canadian writings from 1918 to 1980. The overall three-volume project was made possible with a $2.3-million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC).

Gerson previously specialized in the study and appreciation of works by early Canadian women writers, including Pauline Johnson, and Canadian publishing history. Winner of the Raymond Klibanksy Prize, Gerson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and recipient of the Dean of Arts' Medal for Academic Excellence (2002).

CITY/TOWN: Vancouver

DATE OF BIRTH: December 23, 1948




Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
E. Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose
Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)
Vancouver Short Stories


Canadian Women in Print, 1750 -1918 (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2010)

"Reframing a National Literary History: Canadian Writers in the International Sphere, 1830-1910."; Found in Global Realignments and the Canadian Nation in the Third Millennium (Harrassowitz, 2010)

"Seven Milestones: How Anne of Green Gables Became a Canadian Icon."; Found in Anne's World: A New Century of Anne of Green Gables (University of Toronto Press 2010)

History of the Book in Canada / Histoire du livre et de l'imprimé au Canada, Volume III (UTP, 2007). With Jacques Michon.

E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake: Collected Poems and Selected Prose. Ed. Carole Gerson and Veronica Strong-Boag. University of Toronto Press, 2002

Paddling Her Own Canoe: Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). Veronica Strong-Boag and Carole Gerson. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2000

Roland Graeme: Knight. By Agnes Maule Machar, 1892. Introduced and annotated by Carole Gerson. Ottawa: Tecumseh, 1996

Canada's Early Women Writers: Texts in English to 1859. Ottawa: CRIAW (Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women), 1994

Canadian Poetry: The Beginnings Through The First World War. Ed. Carole Gerson and Gwendolyn Davies. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart (New Canadian Library), 1994

A Purer Taste: The Writing and Reading of Fiction in English in Nineteenth-Century Canada. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 1989

Vancouver Short Stories. Ed. Carole Gerson. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1985

Three Writers of Victorian Canada: Rosanna Leprohon, James De Mille, Agnes Maule Machar. Toronto: ECW, 1983

The Prose of Life: Sketches From Victorian Canada. Ed. Carole Gerson and Kathy Mezei. Toronto: ECW, 1981

AWARDS: Raymond Klibanksy Prize (Awarded by the Aid to Scholarly Publications Program)

ALSO: Carole Gerson introduced and annotated Agnes Maule Machar's Roland Graeme: Knight, first published in 1892 and reissued in 1996. She has been at the forefront of research into early Canadian female authors, overseeing a reference site from Simon Fraser University on the subject. Their biographies are available on-line at

[BCBW 2011] "Women" "Literary Criticism"