Skip to Content

Research Collaborator

Lakehead University

Dr. Siddall's field is Canadian literature. Her publications include “‘That is what I told Dr. Jordan’: Public Constructions and Private Disruptions in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace,” Essays on Canadian Writing (2004); "'I want to live in that music’: Blues, Bessie Smith and Improvised Identities in Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Fall on Your Knees", Critical Studies in Improvisation/Études critiques en improvisation (2005); and "Nice Work if You Can Get It: Women in Jazz" (co-authored with Ajay Heble), Landing on the Wrong Note: Jazz, Dissonance and Critical Practice (2000). She holds a PhD in English Canadian literature (University of Western Ontario), MA and honours BA in English literature (University of Guelph). In 2004 Dr. Siddall was appointed as the founding director of Lakehead University’s Instructional Development Centre.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag