School of English


BA, MA, PhD, Leeds

My research interests centre on Native American and Canadian Aboriginal literature in all genres--fiction, poetry, memoir, and children's writing—and Native North American visual art. I am particularly interested in the relationship between literary and artistic production and major legal, political, and theoretical debates over cultural and political sovereignty, indigeneity, modernity, and community. In addition, I am particularly focused currently on the relationship between the literary and the visual, and on innovation and genre/medi-mixing in contemporary literature. My interests extend to the rise of discourses of global indigeneity in forums such as the UN and the International Labour Organisation, and to comparative understandings and constructions of the indigenous in a variety of locations. My work to date has drawn on a wide variety of disciplines, including Indigenous Studies, literary theory, Cultural Anthropology, History, Border Studies, and Law Studies, and focuses on literature and art from c.1880 to the present.

I am Principal Investigator on a Leverhulme Trust funded research network titled "Culture and the Canada-US Border" (CCUSB), and am a founding editor of the online open access journal Transmotion.

Contact Information


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Stirrup, D. (2010). Louise Erdrich. Manchester: Manchester University Press.
Edited book
Stirrup, D. (2013). Parallel Encounters: Culture and the Canada-US Border. Roberts, G. and Stirrup, D. F. eds. Waterloo, Ontario, CA: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Stirrup, D. (2012). Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imaginary, 1900-2010. MacKay, J. and Stirrup, D. F. eds. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book section
Stirrup, D. (2016). This story is found: Silko's Storyteller and the Roots of Native American Literature. In: Rainwater, C. ed. Leslie Marmon Silko's Storyteller: New Perspectives. University of New Mexico Press, pp. 133-154.
Stirrup, D. (2015). "Wild West in the Mild West: Reading the Canadian Anti-Western through The Englishman's Boy". In: Leo, J. R. and Paryz, M. eds. The Post-2000 Film Western: Contexts, Transnationality, Hybridity. Palgrave.
Stirrup, D. (2015)."Spinning the Binary: Visual Cultures and Literary Aesthetics." In: Madsen, D. ed. Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. London: Routledge, pp. 340-352.
Stirrup, D. (2014). Bridging the Third Bank: Indigeneity and Installation Art at the Canada-US Border. In: Roberts, G. and Stirrup, D. F. eds. Parallel Encounters: Culture at the Canada-US Border. Wilfrid Laurier University Press.
Stirrup, D. (2013). Aadizookewininiwag and the Visual Arts: Story as Process and Principle in Twenty-first Century Anishinaabag Painting. In: Doerfler, J., Sinclair, N. J. and Stark, H. K. eds. Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, pp. 297-316.
Stirrup, D. (2013). Reading around the dotted line: from the contact zones to the heartlands of First Nations Literatures. In: Lee, A. R. and Velie, A. eds. Native American Renaissance. Oklahoma University Press.
Kirwan, P. and Stirrup, D. (2013). "I'm indiginous, I'm indiginous, I'm indiginous": Indigenous Rights, British Nationalism, and the European Far Right. In: Mackay, J. and Stirrup, D. F. eds. Tribal Fantasies: Native Americans in the European Imaginary, 1900-2010. Palgrave.
Stirrup, D. (2011). "To become a bureaucrat myself": History and Law in Tracks'. In: Madsen, D. ed. Louise Erdrich: Tracks, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, The Plague of Doves. Continuum.
Stirrup, D. (2010). "My body is my voice / Listen": Past, Presence, and the Poetic Voice (Joan Crate and Louise Erdrich). In: Pellerin, S. ed. A Usable Past: Tradition in Native American Arts and Literature. Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux.
Stirrup, D. (2009). "According to our knowledge of ourselves": Andrew Blackbird's Odawa History. In: Pellerin, S. ed. Before Yesterday: The Long History of Native American Writing. Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux.
Stirrup, D. (2004). Artefact and Authenticity: Narrative Strategy in Contemporary Native American Fiction. In: Giordano, F. and Comba, E. eds. Indian Stories, Indian Histories. Torino: Otto Editore, pp. 95-108. Available at:
Mackay, J. and Stirrup, D. (2012). Native Americans in Europe (special journal issue). European Journal of American Culture 31:181-263.
Roberts, G. and Stirrup, D. (2010). Culture and the Canada-US Border (special journal issue). American Review of Canadian Studies 40:321-428.
Stirrup, D. (2006). Narrative Community, Community Narrative: (Anti) Academic Discourse in Gordon Henry's The Light People. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 39:141-162.
Stirrup, D. (2006). "Songs belong to these islands": Mapping the Cultural Terrain in Louise Erdrich's Nonfiction Porter, J. and Feest, C. eds. European Review of Native American Studies 20:1:29-34.
Stirrup, D. (2006). Narrative Community, Community Narrative: (Anti-)Academic Discourse in Gordon Henry Jr.'s The Light People. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture XXXIX:141-162.
Stirrup, D. (2005). Life after Death in Poverty: David Treuer's Little. American Indian Quarterly 29:651-672.
Edited journal
Clarke, J. and Stirrup, D.F. eds. (2015). Comparative American Studies. [Online] 13. Available at:
Mackay, J. and Stirrup, D.F. eds. (2012). European Journal of American Culture. [Online] 31. Available at:,id=2304/.
Roberts, G. and Stirrup, D.F. eds. (2010). American Review of Canadian Studies. [Online] 40. Available at:
Internet publication
Stirrup, D. (2010). "to the Indian Names Are Subjoined a Mark and seal": Tracing the Terrain of Ojibwe Writing [Web]. Available at:
Stirrup, D. and St. George, A. (2008). Between Earth and Sky: In Conversation with Andrew St. George.
Stirrup, D. (2006). Louis F. Burns. Osage Indian Customs and Myths (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press 2005 $19.95). Journal of American Studies [Online] 40:420-421. Available at:
Stirrup, D. (2006). Review. Journal of American Studies [Online] 40:440-440. Available at:
Stirrup, D. (2005). The literary West: an anthology of western American literature by Thomas J. Lyon. Oxford UP, 1999. American Studies Today Online [Online]:N/A. Available at:
Stirrup, D. (2005). Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine: a casebook by Hertha D. Sweet Wong. Oxford UP, 2000. American Studies Today Online [Online]:n/a. Available at:
Blower, N. (2018). Outsiders in Red Rock Country: The Kaiparowits Project and the Reputation of American Environmentalism.
Mongiat, T. (2017). Confronting Heteronormativity in Postcolonial Zimbabwean Literature.
Edwards, R. (2016). Mythology, Ideology and the Contemporary American Short Story Cycle.
Henry, Jr., G. and Stirrup, D.F. eds. (2016). Enduring Critical Poses : Beyond Nation and History. [Online]. SUNY Press. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 33 [See all in KAR]
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Research supervision

I am supervising MPhil/PhDs on Chinese American Women's writing, the twentieth-century American short story, and Native American literary theory; and act as second supervisor to several projects, covering poetics, narrative theory, and postcolonial theory.

Prospective research students interested in working on any aspect of First Nations/Native American Literatures, indigenous studies, border studies, or Hemispheric American literatures more widely are welcome to contact me.

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Professional activities

Member of the British Association for American Studies, the British Association for Canadian Studies, and a committee/founder member of the Native Studies Research Network UK.

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School of English, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 06/09/2017