New article in the University of Toronto Quarterly

“Beyond the Temple and the Cave: William James, E.J. Pratt, and Christian-Spiritualist Syncretisms.” University of Toronto Quarterly 86.4 (2017): 1-26.

I am happy to announce that my article on James, Pratt, religious syncretism, and personal religions in Canadian poetry has now been published. If you belong to an institution that subscribes to the University of Toronto Quarterly, you may …

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Canadian Modernist Magazines Project

Canadian Modernist Magazines Project

The Canadian Modernist Magazines Project (CMMP) will be a digital repository of modernist periodical literature published in Canada (ca. 1900-1960). The project’s primary aim is to digitize and transcribe a selection of Canadian literary “little magazines” so that they can be read, searched, downloaded, analyzed, and taught. As a repository of Canadian modernist periodicals, the CMMP will make important but …

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Googly Poetry

Googly Poetry

This experimental, just-for-fun side project was created to test and showcase Google Translate‘s poetic abilities. The basic idea is simple: take a poem written in English, translate it into other languages, then translate it back into English and see what it looks like. The resulting poems are often silly or nonsensical, but they are sometimes surprisingly profound. Sort of.…

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William James in a seance, sometime before 1910

Dissertation

Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions

Recipient of 2018 Dalhousie Doctoral Thesis Award and the Malcolm Ross Thesis Award; nominated for Canadian Association for Graduate Studies/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award (results pending).

My dissertation, “Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions,” examined the influence of what William James calls “personal religion” in relation to the mid-twentieth-century …

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