Originally from the Canadian prairies (Treaty 6 territory), Graham H. Jensen is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in English at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he is grateful to live and work on the traditional, unceded lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ people.
His research interests include Canadian literature, Anglo-American modernism, twentieth-century literature and religion, and digital humanities (with more specific interests in such topics as religious and cultural pluralization, unorthodox forms of religious expression in literature, “global” and “late” modernisms, cross-border influences between Canada and the US, periodical studies and little-magazine manifestos, epiphanies, poetry about poetry, the Künstlerroman tradition, alcohol in modernist fiction, and digital humanities methodologies). In line with his interdisciplinary research interests, he also holds an Associate Fellowship in the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society as well as a Digital Scholarship Fellowship in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.
Jensen is Principal Investigator of the Canadian Modernist Magazines Project (CMMP), which is being initiated at a moment when the New Modernist Studies, modern periodical studies, and Canadian literature are dramatically reconstructing their definitions of—and methodological approaches to—modernism. In partnership with institutions in Canada and the United States, Jensen is in the process of digitizing and critically analyzing a selection of canonical and non-canonical Canadian modernist “little magazines,” beginning with Preview (1942-44), First Statement (1942-45), Tarot (1896), Neith (1903-4), and Le Nigog (1918). When launched, the CMMP will serve as a public-facing virtual research platform for those interested in reading, analyzing, or teaching Canadian modernist literature in its many permutations.
Jensen is the author of Unorthodox Modernisms: Varieties of Religious Experience in Twentieth-Century Canadian Poetry (under advance contract with University of Toronto Press). This scholarly monograph is a revised version of Jensen’s dissertation, “Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions“—which was the recipient of the Dalhousie Doctoral Thesis Award and the Malcolm Ross Thesis Award. This dissertation was supported by a Killam Scholarship and a Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, as well as research grants from York University and the University of Manitoba. It examined the notion of “personal religion” (advanced most memorably by American philosopher and psychologist William James) in relation to the mid-twentieth century poetry and unpublished writings of four major Canadian poets: E.J. Pratt, Margaret Avison, Louis Dudek, and P.K. Page. Some of his findings from this study were published in Further Directions in William James and Literary Studies (a special issue of William James Studies) and University of Toronto Quarterly. His work has also been published or is forthcoming in The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion (ed. Suzanne Hobson and Andrew Radford), Canadian Digital Humanities (ed. Paul Barrett and Sarah Roger), English Studies in Canada, Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture. Aside from his current writing projects, he is also working on a critical edition of Louis Dudek’s multi-volume long poem Continuation (under advance contract with University of Ottawa Press: Canadian Literature Collection) and a digital critical edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “May Day.”
As an instructor, Jensen has designed and taught courses in Canadian literature, modern Canadian poetry (ca. 1920-1970), American modernism, Alcohol in Modernist Fiction (British, American, and Canadian), as well as an introductory course on prose and fiction. In the classroom, where he channels the nerdy zeal and curiosity of Rick Steves, he emphasizes technology-enhanced and multimodal learning experiences, creative assignments, and interactive, respectful discussions facilitated in a variety of small- and large-group formats.