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Athabasca University

Dr. Angie Abdou

Associate Professor, Creative Writing



  • B.A. University of Regina
  • M.A. University of Western Ontario
  • Ph.D. University of Calgary


Angie Abdou is an Assistant Professor, English and Creative Writing in the Centre for Humanities.

Angie has a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a B.A. from the University of Regina. After nearly completing a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature at the University of Western Ontario, Angie left academe to pursue her interest in creative writing. She later returned to academe and completed a Ph.D. at the University Calgary. In that program, the “creative option” dissertation allowed her to write a novel as partial fulfilment of the research requirement. Her dissertation, The Canterbury Trail, melds her interest in medieval studies and the contemporary novel. The project satirizes Canadian ski culture while drawing its theoretical framework from eco-criticism, pilgrimage studies, and edgework.

Angie is presently working on a fourth novel. Her main scholarly interest is Canadian Literature, particularly writing about the body, and she is a long-standing, active member of the International Sport Literature Association. She is also a regular book reviewer for the foremost book trade publication in Canada, The Quill and Quire.

Before being appointed to the faculty of Athabasca University in 2015, Angie taught at the College of the Rockies in Cranbook for nearly fifteen years. She also did shorter teaching stints at the University of Western Ontario and Nipissing University.

Recent Book - Length Publications:

In Case I Go (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, Sept 2017.

Between (a novel). Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, August 2014.

The Canterbury Trail (a novel). Victoria: Brindle & Glass Press, 2011.

The Bone Cage (a novel). Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2007.

Anything Boys Can Do (a short-story collection).  Saskatoon: Thistledown Press, 2006

Recent Published Essays:

“The First (& Last) Time I Attempted to Stage an Intervention,” Elle Canada, September 2014.

“On Motherhood & Truth,” National Post, September 2014.

“On Bitches,” National Post, September 2014.

“On Killing Our Mothers,” National Post, September 2014.

“On Payment,” National Post, September 2014.

“Speech and Power in Old English Conversion Narratives.” Florilegium: Carleton
University Annual Papers on Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages 17 (2000), pp.195-212.

Educational Resources:

Calder, Alison.  Canadian Encyclopedia Entry.

Taylor, Timothy. Canadian Encyclopedia Entry.

“The Olympics: A Novelist’s Perspective.”  2010 Today: Discussion Starters.  Olympic Legacies Project. BC Campus.

Recent Conference Presentations:

“‘Air this thin turns anyone into a mystic’: Extreme Sport as Metaphor for Political Disengagement in Steven Heighton’s Every Lost Country.” Sport Literature Association AGM. Monmouth University. West Long Branch, New Jersey. June 2013.

 “Skating against a Ghost: Anxiety of Influence, Women’s Hockey, & Cara Hedley’s Twenty Miles.”  Sport Literature Association AGM.  Springfield College. Springfield, Massachusetts. June 2012.

“Trekking up The Cunterbury [cnq] Trail.”  Sport Literature Association AGM. Orono, Maine. June 2011.

“Dreamers and Desperados: Sport as Subversive Space in Three Contemporary Swimming Novels.”  Sport Literature Association AGM. Williamsport, PA.  June 23-26, 2010.

Recent Book Reviews:

Born to Walk: The Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act by Dan Rubenstein. For Quill and Quire (Spring 2015)

The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens. For Quill and Quire. (March 2015)

Boundless by Kathleen Winter. For Quill and Quire. (Fall 2014)

All Saints Church by KD Miller. For Quill and Quire. (Spring 2014)

Landing Gear by Kate Pullinger. For Quill and Quire. (Spring 2014)

The Once and Future World by J.B. Mackinnon. For Quill and Quire.  (December 2013)

Kicking the Sky by Anthony De Sa. For Quill and Quire. (October 2013)

Little Ship of Fools by Charles Wilkins. For Quill and Quire. (September 2013)

Flip Turn. By Paula Eisenstein. Toronto: Mansfield Press, 2012. For Spot Literature Association Review database (2013).

The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. For Quill and Quire. (June 2013)

Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels. By Michael Buma. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012. For Spot Literature Association Review database (2012)

Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe by Charlotte Gill.  In The Goose (Summer 2012).

Georges Laraque: the NHL’s Unlikeliest Tough Guy. For Sport Literature Association Book Review database (2011).

Freedom Climbers by Bernadette McDonald.  For Quill and Quire. (November 2011)

In Search of Powder: A Story of America’s Disappearing Ski Bum by Jeremy Evans.  For Sport Literature Association Book Review database (2010).

Now is the Winter: Thinking about Hockey.  Eds. Jamie Dopp & Richard Harrison.  For Sport Literature Association Book Review database (2010).

Ritual Imports: Performing Medieval Drama in America by Claire Sponsler. For Theatre Survey 48.2 (2007), pp. 375-376.

Updated February 19 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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