Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

Ph.D. Queen's University
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Research Interests: 
Professor Stanley-Blackwell's specialties are the history of Maritime Canada, as well as Canadian cultural and religious history. Her current research focuses on the history of deaf culture in 19th-century Maritime Canada, a project funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). She is also engaged in a study of feats of strength as related in the settlement narratives, tall tales and praise songs of 19th-century Eastern Nova Scotia Scots and is editing the war-time letters of a rural Nova Scotia family. These two projects are funded by the Centre for Regional Studies and the University Council for Research respectively.

Recent Publications

Articles and Book Chapters (Since 2010)

“Romancing the Stone:  Female Figural Monuments in late 19th-century Nova Scotian Cemeteries” Markers: Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies (with Dr. Brenda Appleby) Vol XXIX, 2014, 16-53.

 “Introduction” to Rob MacNab: A Story of Old Pictou. “Fiction Treasures Series” edited by Dr. Gwendolyn Davies, Halifax:  Formac Press, 2013, VI-XXXIV.


“The Strongman, the Storyteller and Eastern Nova Scotia’s Scots” (with Shamus MacDonald) Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 5 edited by Kenneth E. Nilsen, Sydney: Cape Breton University  Press, 2010, 253-266.


"God’s Céildh: Cape Breton’s Ceist Tradition”  Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 5 edited by Kenneth E. Nilsen, Sydney: Cape Breton University Press, 2010, 238-252.