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About me

I’m an Associate Professor in the areas of Linguistics and Stylistics. My research interests are broad, and include stylistics, text world theory, literary landscape representation, and Canadian literature and culture. I enjoy teaching at UCR because of the energy of our undergraduates, for whom so much is still new and exciting. The enthusiasm they bring to their learning is contagious and inspiring.


  • Virdis, D.F., Zurru, E. and Lahey, E. (eds) (2021) Language in Place: Stylistic Perspectives on Landscape, Place and Environment. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 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.

Other projects

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. Ernestine is Assistant Fiction Editor for The Antigonish Review.