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


“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.