“Marian Engel’s Bear: Romance or Realism?” Canadian Literature #197 (Summer 2008): 29-40. 2008
“Grace Metalious’ Peyton Place: Sentimental Storm-Trooper or Popular Throw-back?” Journal of Popular Culture 39.6 (December 2006): 985-1001.
“Independence Versus Community: Gendered Contradictions in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel and The Fire-Dwellers.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 35.1 (2010): 59-70.
“The Two Addies: Maternity and Language in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Alice Munro’s Lives of Girls and Women.” American Review of Canadian Studies 36.3 (Fall 2006): 440-457.
They disagreed about everything that mattered. Juveniles Officer Kara Ridgeway could confidently place an adolescent in any registered facility in the city. Except one -- Aiken House. But to her dismay, only Peter Aiken's group home had a spot when she desperately needed one for young Craig Taylor. Though Kara's philosophy concerning the treatment of young offenders clashed violently with Peter's, she had to admit that the man stood by his convictions. Still, she'd hardly expected to find herself swayed by his charm. But Craig's future hung in the balance, and Kara feared Peter wasn't to be trusted
National and Female Identity in Canadian Literature, 1965-1980: The Fiction of Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood, and Marian Engel. Edwin Mellen Press.
This Godforsaken Place
It’s 1885 and Abigail Peacock is resisting what seems to be an inevitable future—a sensible career as a teacher and marriage to a local store owner. But then she buys a rifle, and everything changes. Abigail accidentally shoots and kills a Pinkerton, which sets her on a daunting journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of Annie Oakley in the Bill Cody Wild West show. But when Abigail falls in love with Annie’s friend, and he winds up in jail, the two women join forces with Metis military general, Gabriel Dumont, to save him.
“‘Thinking themselves halved when they are atomized’: Identity Contradictions in Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory and The Honeyman Festival.” British Journal of Canadian Studies 21.2(2008): 219-238.
“‘Not Even a Hospital’: Abortion and Identity Tension in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal 32.1 (2007): 14-24.
“Quests versus Transgressive Journeys: Contradictions of Female and National Identity in Marian Engel’s Monodromos and The Glassy Sea.” Journal of Canadian Studies 42.2 (Spring 2008): 73-92.
Female and National Identities:Laurence, Atwood, and Engel, 1965-1980. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of English, York University.
A young mother who loses her baby shortly after childbirth forges an unexpected bond with her old Polish neighbour. Touched by a similar tragedy, Babcza retraces the path back to a will to go on.
*Prizewinner in the Prism International fiction contest.
Wife-Battery—The Labyrinth: Escape from a Violent Home. M.A. Dissertation, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto.
“Grooving the Nation: 1965-1980 as a Literary Era in Canada.” American Review of Canadian Studies (Autumn 2008): 367-386.
“Mana’s Funeral Stories: Function, Structure, and Constraints of One Woman’s Posthumous Stories.” Canadian Folklore canadien 18:1 (Spring 1996): 49-70.
“Readers Reading Margaret Laurence.” Canadian Women Writers: Connecting Texts and Generations. University of Alberta Press. 119-138.