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 Dr. Ernestine Lahey


Ernestine is Associate Professor in Linguistics and Stylistics at UCR, where she has worked since 2006. Previously she held teaching posts in the U.K. at the University of Nottingham, the Open University, and Sheffield Hallam University, and in Canada at Saint Mary’s University and Mount Saint Vincent University. Her fields of teaching and research expertise include stylistics, cognitive stylistics/poetics, Text World Theory, literary landscape representation, and English-Canadian literature and culture. Ernestine is a former member of the executive board of the Association for Canadian Studies in the Netherlands and a long-standing member and former committee member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA).




  • Gavins, J. and Lahey, E. (eds) (2016) World-Building: Discourse in the Mind. London: Bloomsbury


  • Lahey, E. (2019) ‘World building as cognitive feedback loop’, in B. Neurohr and L. Stewart-Smith (eds) Experiencing Fictional Worlds. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

  • Lahey, E. (2016) ‘Author-character ethos in the Robert Langdon novels of Dan Brown: a Text World Theory approach’, in J. Gavins and E. Lahey (eds) World-Building: Discourse in the Mind. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 33-51.
  • Gavins, J. and Lahey, E. (2016) ‘World building in discourse’, in J. Gavins and E. Lahey (eds) World Building: Discourse in the Mind. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 1-13.
  • Lahey, E. (2015) ‘Remember and forget in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons: a corpus-informed account’. Language and Literature 24.4: 292-306.
  • Lahey, E. (2014) 'Stylistics and text world theory', in M. Burke (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge, pp. 284-96.
  • Lahey, E. (2012) 'Blended discourses: reading the multimodal North in Al Purdy's North of Summer', in D. Zetu (ed.) Contemporary Canadian Literature: European Approaches. Iasi: Al. I. Cuza University Press, pp. 68-99.
  • Cruickshank, T. and Lahey, E. (2010) 'Building the stages of drama: towards a Text World Theory account of dramatic play texts'. Journal of Literary Semantics 39.1: 67-91.
  • Lahey, E. (2007) 'Megametaphorical mappings and the landscapes of Canadian Poetry', in M. Lambrou and P. Stockwell (eds) ontemporary Stylistics. London: Continuum, pp. 156-167.
  • Lahey, E. (2006) ‘(Re)thinking world-building: locating the text-worlds of Canadian lyric poetry.’ Journal of Literary Semantics 35.2: 145-64.
  • Lahey, E. (2004) ‘All the world’s a subworld: direct speech and subworld creation in Norman MacCaig’s “After.”’ Nottingham Linguistic Circular 18: 21-28.
  • Lahey, E. (2003) ‘Seeing the forest for the trees in Al Purdy’s “Trees at the Arctic Circle.”’ BELL: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures. ns 1: 73-83.

Creative writing

Ernestine’s fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous Canadian and US literary magazines. In 2012 she was longlisted for the CBC Short Story Prize.

Research Projects

Ernestine is currently  working on a monograph on literary landscape representation, contracted with John Benjamins Press and scheduled to appear in 2017. 


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