Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Madeleine Reddon

Madeleine Reddon


Assistant Professor

  • Office Location: Crown Center 455
  • Phone number: 773-508-2254
  • E-mail: mreddon@luc.edu


I study 20th and 21st century Indigenous literature in relation to global and modernist avant-garde traditions. My research and teaching are guided by anti-colonial and decolonial reading practices. I ask how the disciplinary apparatus of literary studies reproduces colonial knowledge production and turn to the literary archive as a repository for alternative models of reading and interrelation.

My current book project, Inheritances, pursues an unexamined network of aesthetic affiliations between Indigenous writers, African American writers, and the surrealist avant-garde. In particular, I am interested in literature that explores the intergenerational experience of dispossession and the persistence of kinship in spite of collective experiences of genocide, enslavement, and dispossession. Working alongside Indigenous literary nationalisms, which insist that we must first understand Indigenous epistemological, political, cultural, linguistic, and spiritual contexts to read Indigenous literature, my research seeks to develop sensitive and capacious methods for reading Indigenous literature concerned with the interruption or perceived loss of such contexts.

I am also a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, born and raised in Treaty 6 territory in Edmonton, Canada.


  • BA Honours, English Literature, University of Alberta (2012)
  • MA, English Literature, University of British Columbia (2015)
  • PhD, English Literature, University of British Columbia (2022)

Program Areas

  • Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Indigenous Literature
  • Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Critical Theory
  • Race and Ethnicity Studies
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Literature and Identity

Research Interests

  • Indigenous Literature, 1890 to the present
  • Global modernist and avant-garde literatures
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Indigenous and Black Feminisms
  • Postcolonial and Cultural Studies
  • Anticolonial Thought
  • Critical Theory

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