Kerry McSweeney

Contact Information
Email address: 
kerry.mcsweeney [at]

McGill University
Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Retired Faculty
Professor (retired)

B.A., Ph.D. (University of Toronto), Molson Professor of English

Teaching areas: 

19th- and 20th-century fiction and poetry.

Taught previously at: 

Queen's University, University of Warwick, University of Victoria.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • SSHRC research grants
  • Leave fellowships
  • Book subventions.
Selected publications: 


The Realist Short Story of the Powerful Glimpse: Chekhov to Carver(2007).

What’s the Import? Nineteenth-Century Poems and Contemporary Critical Practice (2007).

The Language of the Senses: Sensory-Perceptual Dynamics in Wordsworth, Coleridge, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dickinson (1998).

Supreme Attachments: Studies in Victorian Love Poetry (1998).

George Eliot: A Literary Life (1991; 1996).

"Invisible Man": Race and Identity (1988).

"Moby-Dick": Ishmael's Mighty Book (1986).

"Middlemarch" (1984).

Four Contemporary Novelists: Angus Wilson, Brian Moore, John Fowles, V.S. Naipaul (1983).

Tennyson and Swinburne as Romantic Naturalists (1981).

Books edited:

Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Aurora Leigh. Oxford World’s Classics (1993; third printing 1994; reissued 1998).

Thomas Carlyle. Sartor Resartus (with Peter Sabor). Oxford World’s Classics (1987; reprinted1991; reissued 1999)

Angus Wilson. Diversity and Depth in Fiction: Selected Critical Writings(1983).

Selected articles and contributions to books

"Dream Representations in Wuthering HeightsCrime and Punishment, and War and Peace." Symposium 59 (2005): 163-78.

"Literary Allusion and the Poetry of Seamus Heaney." Style 33 (1999): 130-43.

"David Copperfield and the Music of Memory." Dickens Studies Annual23 (1994): 93-119.

"Intimations of Wordsworth in A. M. Klein's ‘Autobiographical’."Canadian Poetry 35 (1994): 74-9.

"The Silver-Grey Discourse of The Music of Time." English Studies in Canada 18 (1992): 43-58.

"The Ending of The Mill on the Floss." English Studies in Canada 12 (1986): 55-68.

"Mordecai Richler." Canadian Writers and their Works, fiction Series vol. 6 (1985).

"Salinger Revisited." Critical Quarterly 20 (1978): 61-68

Current research: 

Aesthetic readings of poems and short stories.