My New Bibliography of Margaret Avison

“Bibliography of Margaret Avison, 1987-2017.” The Avison Centenary in 2018. Ed. David A. Kent. Spec. issue of Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 80-81 (Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter 2017): 216-69.

I was asked to help celebrate Avison’s centenary (2018) by contributing an updated bibliography to David A. Kent’s special issue of Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews. I am grateful to David, …

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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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William James in a seance, sometime before 1910


Canadian Modernist Poetry and the Rise of Personal Religions

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 Canadian poetry of E.J. Pratt, Margaret Avison, Louis Dudek, and P.K. Page. In particular, my study focused on how this poetry was affected by the …

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