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Robert Myles

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Degree Certifications:

Ph.D (McGill, 93), M.A. (Carleton, 76); Hons. B.A. (Carleton, 74); B.A. (Carleton, 73)

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The McGill Writing Centre


Robert Myles’ doctoral studies focused on the history of sign theory as expressed in literature: classical, medieval, and modern. He has authored and edited books and articles and received two nominations for the McGill Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

From 1993 to 2010 he taught at the English and French Language Centre, Faculty of Arts. In 2010 he was transferred to the new McGill Writing Centre, School of Continuing Studies, which he had been working to establish for many years. Robert Myles has designed and taught numerous courses in academic writing for native and non-native speakers of English at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has also designed and taught core courses in western civilization in McGill’s Humanistic Studies Program, Faculty of Arts, which he directed for twelve years. He is presently teaching ESLN 690 Writing for Graduate Students and ESLN 500: ESL: Research Essay and Rhetoric.

In academic circles, Robert Myles is best known for Chaucerian Realism, (Chaucer Studies Series XX): Cambridge, England: D.S. Brewer, 1994. (Reviews: “the most important contribution to considerations over the past decade of the philosophical components of Chaucer’s poetry, his psychology, and his semiotic theory.” Russell A. Peck. Speculum 71, 1996. “[Myles] deploys an argument which is dazzling in its learning, careful in its categories, subtle in its development, and irresistible in its logic.” Peter Brown. Modern Language Review (MLR) 92.1.1997 “Myles lays a solid foundation for critical re-evaluation of Chaucer in the 1990s.” Daniel J. Ransom. Journal of English and German Philology (JEGP), October 1996.

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