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Dr. Nicholas Bradley

University of Victoria
In Pursuit of the Whale

I live in Victoria, and Bamfield feels both close to home and completely different. I enjoy introducing students to this part of the world and sharing my enthusiasm for the West Coast—in the classroom and on the beach. In my teaching and writing I’m fascinated by places, and by what it means to study literature in a particular location. Learning about local cultures and environments helps us understand our place in the wider world. Bamfield is a spectacular setting in which to think about connections between nature and culture. It’s a true pleasure to teach In Pursuit of the Whale with Greg Garrard, and to spend an intensive few weeks with such enthusiastic students. My favourite Bamfield-related organism is the Steller sea lion—they’re the noisiest and silliest species in the neighbourhood, I think.

I am an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. I teach Canadian literature and American literature, and I have a special interest in the multicultural literary traditions of the Pacific Northwest. I also have a strong commitment to environmental literary studies. For example, I co-edited an anthology of essays on Canadian literature and the environment, Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context. My most recent book is a collection of poems, Rain Shadow, which was published in 2018.