Julie Rak

Dr. Julie Rak


Julie Rak is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of Boom! Manufacturing Memoir for the Popular Market (2013) and Negotiated Memory: Doukhobor Autobiographical Discourse (2004) as well as many book collections, articles and chapters about life writing, mountaineering and Canadian literature. She is completing a manuscript for McGill-Queens University Press called “Social Climbing: Gender and Expedition Mountaineering Accounts.” With Andrew Gow, Julie edited Mountain Masculinity: the Writings of Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood in the Canadian Rockies, 1911-1938 (2008). Julie grew up near the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and the Green Mountains of Vermont, and she spent years hiking and canoeing in eastern North America before she came west, where she learned about much bigger mountains. She has climbed some of the more popular summits in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoys ice climbing, skiing and snow shoeing near Canmore when she can get out there. She dreams of solo hiking the great trails of North America and the UK, but has no plans to throw away her boots in the manner of Cheryl Strayed.

Selected Publications

Social Climbing on Annapurna: Gender and Expedition Mountaineering Accounts
Rak, J
Kingston, Montreal: McGill-Queens UP (Upcoming)

Life Among the Qallunaat
Mini Aodla Freeman. Edited by Rak, J; K Martin; and, N Dunning
2nd edition. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press (2015)

Mountain Masculinity: the Writings of Nello “Tex” Vernon-Wood in the Canadian Rockies, 1911-1938.
Edited by Gow, A, and J Rak
Edited Book Collection, Athabasca University Press (2008)

Social Climbing: gender in high-altitude mountaineering narratives
English Studies in Canada 33  no. 1-2:  109-148 (2008)