Richard J. Lane

Dr. Richard J. Lane is the Principal Investigator of the CFI-funded MeTA Digital Humanities lab at VIU, as well as an Associated Researcher at The Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, and The Maker Lab, at The University of Victoria. He also directs the Literary Theory Research Group’s Seminar for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and The Interdisciplinarity Research Group, both at VIU. He is the author or editor of eleven academic books, including most recently The Routledge Anthology of Global Literary Theory (2013), The Routledge Concise History of Canadian Literature (2011), and the co-edited Image Technologies in Canadian Literature: Literature, Film and Photography (2009). DH work includes a project on eBook Futures: A Phenomenology of Digital Being and Reading, work on tablet computing, desktop fabrication & digital innovation, and digitizing experimental literary texts.


Twitter: @RichardJLane1

Daniel Burgoyne

Having completed his doctoral work on Romanticism at the University of Washington in 1998, Daniel Burgoyne taught at UBC until 2006 and then joined the English Department at VIU. He is the co-author of The New Century Handbook (2005), an associate author of Janet Giltrow’s Academic Writing: An Introduction (2005; 2nd edition 2009), and editor of the Broadview Edition of James De Mille’s A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder (2011). His current research focuses include Romanticism and the Gothic, speculative literature, and the graphic surface of texts. He is a co-applicant on the MeTA Digital Humanities project and co-director of the lab.


Twitter: @DanielBurgoyne1

Associated Researchers

Anna Atkinson

Anna Atkinson completed a BA (hons) in English from the University of Calgary, and from there went to study at Queen’s University (Kingston). Under the supervision of Dr. Paul Stevens and Dr. Laura Murray, she completed her PhD in Early American Literature in 2001. She now teaches in the Department of English at VIU, where her current interests range from the function of narrative in culture, eco-criticism, ecosophy, and the literature of cultural transition. She has recently published an essay entitled “We’re In the Wrong Story,” which combines many of these interests, in The Trumpeter. Anna is also fascinated by biblical text, and on the impacts (both acknowledged and unacknowledged) that biblical narratives have on (particularly American) culture. It is this interest which has led to her current project in the MeTA lab. The project seeks to create a software application that will digitize early American colonial documents, and in the process identify all allusions and/or references to either biblical texts or well-known biblical commentaries. These references will then be linked to digitized biblical textual (and/or commentary) referents. The hope is to enrich the experience of reading these texts for students who are just beginning to develop biblical literacy.

Sally Carpentier

Sally Carpentier received a PhD in World Literatures from the University of Sunderland in 2007. She is a member of the VIU English Department and of the Literary Theory Research Group’s Seminar for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at VIU. Early in her teaching career, she began to explore the potential for computer mediated communication and on-line learning, an exploration that grew out of a desire to accommodate the needs of individuals who were either reluctant or unable to leave their homes to continue their studies. Since that time, she has continued to explore the opportunities presented to educators by technology as a member of VIU’s Teaching and Learning Advisory Group. As part of that exploration, she has piloted an online learning project with Les Etoiles Brillantes, a network of schools in Chad, Africa; has initiated the creation of the Cowichan Innovation Lab; is researching in the area of the educational application of holograms; and, in partnership with the MeTA Digital Humanities lab at VIU, is working on a project that involves encoding the Douglas Treaties. She is also currently writing for Oxford University Press’ series New Literatures: Years Work in English Studies (Canada).

Terri Doughty

Terri Doughty's research interests encompass children's and young adult literatures and late Victorian and Edwardian girls' and women's periodicals. She is editor of Selections from the Girls' Own Paper 1880-1907 (Broadview). Recent publications include book chapters on emigration propaganda in the Girl's Own Paper and the empire adventures of Bessie Marchant (in Victorian Settler Narratives, ed. Tamara S. Wagner, Pickering & Chatto) and on the celebrity interviewing of the journalist Sarah Tooley (in Women in Journalism at the Fin-de-Siecle, ed. F. Elizabeth Gray, Palgrave Macmillan). Her current project, building on work from the 2012 (Trans)National Girlhoods Workshop at the University of Melbourne, is an exploration of the intersections of gender and race in the illustrations of a serial from the Girl's Own Paper, Robina Crusoe and Her Lonely Island Home. She is also in the early stages of developing a project to digitize material from the Young Woman (1897-1915), with a particular focus on the relationship between text and image.

Sasha Koerbler

Sasha Koerbler joined the VIU Faculty of Arts and Humanities Music Department in the fall of 2007, following an over twenty-year long broadcasting career with the CBC and, prior to that, the Croatian Radio and Television. Having completed her undergraduate degree with the Professor of Music Theory degree in the 1980s at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, she pursued a Master’s degree in Music Theory at the University of Regina, and is now in the middle of her Ph. D. in Musicology studies at the University of Victoria. Sasha’s research focuses on various types of metrical irregularity that permeate the musical content of Claude Debussy’ songs. She aims to identify, analyze and categorize types of these metric irregularities, as well as to determine and interpret their function in this musical corpus. Her project aims to develop a program for a thorough study and comparative analysis (as originally written in the selected poems and then set to music by Debussy) of the French prosody. This step will determine the level of influence that prosody may have had on metric irregularities in Debussy’s songs. The study of prosody will be followed by a detailed examination of Debussy’s compositional procedures, as evident in available sketches deposited at The Pierpont Morgan Library, New York and the Bibliothèque nationale, Paris. Since the composed metric irregularities materialize in an actual performance, the initial analysis of songs in their notated form will be followed by a comparative analysis of their recorded performances, including Debussy’s own performances as recorded on piano rolls.

Ian Whitehouse

Ian Whitehouse is a long time member of the Vancouver Island University English Department. He received his PhD from the University of Wales, Cardiff, for a dissertation on postmodernism. He is a member of the Literary Theory Research Group’s Seminar for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at VIU and teaches courses in the history of literary theory and contemporary literary theory. Currently, he is researching in the area of modern and postmodern theories of the subject. As a member of the Cowichan Innovation Lab, in partnership with the MeTA Digital Humanities lab at VIU, he is working on a project that involves encoding the Douglas Treaties. He also co-authors the YWES (Canada) for The Oxford Journal.

Research Assistants

Maria Bassett

Maria Bassett is a fourth year student working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a minor in Sociology. Maria has thus far greatly enjoyed her scope of learning, but is always brought back to her love of reading and literature. While she enjoys a variety of genres, she hopes to be able to further her explorations of children’s literature and science fiction in particular. Maria is currently working on a Text Encoding Initiative project encoding multiple editions of James De Mille’s A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder.

Deanna McGillivray

Deanna McGillivray is a third year student of Geography and English at Vancouver Island University. Though aspiring to a career in urban planning and sustainable community development, literature is her first love. She has special place in her heart for 18th century novels, fantasy lit, and Virginia Woolf, and is especially intrigued by the intersections between geography and literature. Her involvement with the MeTA lab has led to a burgeoning interest in the area of Digital Humanities. She is currently participating in work on both the "Creative Cloud Computing: Utilizing Android Tablet Computers & Dynamic Connectivity Modes in Undergraduate Research" project, and a Text Encoding Initiative project, encoding B.S. Johnson's groundbreaking experimental novel, The Unfortunates.

Brittany Mitchell

Brittany Mitchell is in her fourth year at Vancouver Island University working towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double minor in English and Sport Health & Physical Education (SHAPE). Upon completion she plans to take her Post Baccalaureate Degree in Education for Secondary Teachers. Brittany is currently working with a small research group on the “Creative Cloud Computing: Utilizing Android Tablet Computers & Dynamic Connectivity Modes in Undergraduate Research” project, and thoroughly enjoying the experience thus far. Brittany is also looking forward to a study abroad trip to Cuba with her SHAPE program next year. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Darcie Smith

Darcie Smith is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts in English at Vancouver Island University. She intends to pursue a Masters of Library and Information Science in fall 2014. She has worked in libraries since 2006 and through this experience she has developed a passion for literacy and information access. Her current interests are in Feminism, Canadian Literature, and Poetry. Her own poetry has been published in subTerrain magazine, VIU's own Portal magazine, and her first chapbook Butter Thief was runner up for the 2011 Barry McKinnon Chapbook Award. She is the recent recipient of the Mike Matthews Award for Studies in Canadian Literature.

Shaun Wong

Shaun Wong recently graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Major in Graphic Design and a Minor in Digital Media. He is passionate about creating well-designed interfaces and utilizing new technologies to versatile web applications. While he is an advocate of clean functional design, his artwork can be gritty and passionate as well. His involvement with MeTA lab is related to the Development of the MeTA website and application. His interests include hiking, trail-running, and photography.

Past Research Assistants

  • Courtney Allen
  • Emily Marroquin
  • Lauren Walker

Open Invitation

We invite participants to apply to join the MeTA research project as collaborative researchers or to make use of the MeTA Digital Humanities Lab for research projects exploring the graphic surface of texts.

Please send us a short description of your proposed project.


Lab Location

Building 340, Room 136

900 Fifth Street

Nanaimo, B.C.

Canada V9R 5S5