Natalee Caple

Faculty of Humanities

Natalee Caple

English Language & Literature

Assistant Professor
PhD University of Calgary

Office: GLN 153
Phone: 905.688.5550 x 3155

Areas of Specialization

Natalee Caple wrote a critical-creative thesis for her PhD dissertation. The creative portion of her thesis was a novel in the Western genre taking up Hélène Cixous’s challenge to each woman writer to disrupt the logocentricism of traditional narratives and to “insert herself into the text – as into the world and into history – by her own movement.” Caple’s novel, In Calamity’s Wake, inserts a female anti-hero into the traditionally masculine narrative of the hero’s journey: a woman from Alberta hunts across the badlands of Alberta and South Dakota for the mother who gave her up for adoption – the famous cross-dressing frontierswoman Calamity Jane. The novel is accompanied by a critical exegesis that contextualizes Caple’s work in terms of Canadian literature, metahistoriographic fiction, and feminist criticism. Caple’s current research includes an interdisciplinary study of Indigenous women heroes that will culminate in a series of graphic novels supported by teaching texts, digital archives, and critical materials, and a literary novel about women pirates. Ongoing interests include contemporary women's writing, Canadian literature, the Western genre, Slipstream fiction, and feminist theory.

Selected recent publications


In Calamity’s Wake. NewYork: Bloomsbury. Fall 2013.

In Calamity’s Wake. Toronto: HarperCollins. April 2013.

Mackerel Sky. Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2004.

Mackerel Sky. New York: St. Martin’s P, 2004.

The Plight of Happy People in an Ordinary World. Toronto: Anansi, 1999.

 Short Story Collection

How I Came to Haunt My Parents. Toronto: Spring 2011.

The Heart is its Own Reason. Toronto: Insomniac P, 1998.

 Books of Poetry

The Semiconducting Dictionary: Our Strindberg. Fall 2010.

A More Tender Ocean. Toronto: Coach House, 2000.


The Notebooks: Interviews and New Fiction from Contemporary Writers. Ed. Michelle Berry and Natalee Caple.
Toronto: Doubleday, 2002.


iROBOT Theatre at the Art Box: A Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre Collective original production. Calgary: 20113.
September 11-22, 2013.

iROBOT Theatre: A Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre Collective original production. Calgary: 2011. June 17-25, 2011.

iROBOT Unplugged: A Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre Collective original production. Calgary: 2011. October 21-22, 2011.



photo of Prof. Natalee Caple

Prof. Natalee Caple

Departmental Events

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