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Maggie Kilgour

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514-398-4400 Ext 09291
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maggie [dot] kilgour [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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

Faculty Members
Molson Professor of English Language and Literature
Arts 312
Office hours: 
Mondays 3:30- 4:30 | Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 | And by appt.

B.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Yale); Molson Professor of English Language and Literature

Early Modern
Seventeenth Century
Nineteenth Century
Teaching areas: 

Renaissance European literature, classical literature; the gothic novel; cannibalism.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Royal Society of Canada Fellow
  • James Holly Hanford prize, Milton Society of America
  • Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • SSHRC Research Grants
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
Selected publications: 

Milton and the Metamorphosis of Ovid. Oxford University Press, 2012. Recipient of the 2012 James Holly Hanford award given by the Milton Society of America for a distinguished monograph on Milton.

The Rise of the Gothic Novel. Routledge, 1995.

From Communion to Cannibalism: An Anatomy of Metaphors of Incorporation. Princeton University Press, 1990. 

Co-editor, with Elena Lombardi, Dantean Dialogues: Engaging with the Legacy of Amilcare Iannucci. University of Toronto Press, 2013.

“The Poetics of Time: The Fasti in the Renaissance.” A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid. Ed. John F. Miller and Carole E. Newlands. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014: 217-31.

“Classical Models.” The Cambridge Companion to Paradise Lost. Ed. Louis Schwartz. Cambridge University Press, 2014: 57-67.

“Dante’s Ovidian Doubling,” in Dantean Dialogues: Engaging with the Legacy of Amilcare Iannucci. pp. 174-214.

“Satanic Envy and Classical Emulation” in Their Maker’s Image: New Essays on John Milton. Ed. Louis Schwarz and Mary Fenton, Susquehanna UP, 2011: 46-62.

“New Spins on Old Rotas: Virgil, Ovid, Milton,” in Classical Literary Careers and their Reception. Ed Helen Moore and Philip Hardie: Cambridge UP, 2010: 179-96.

"Satan and the Wrath of Juno." English Literary History 75: 2008:653-71.

"Heroic Contradictions: Samson and the Death of Turnus." Texas Studies in Literature and Language. 50.2: 2008: 201-34.

"Changing Ovid" in Metamorphosis: The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Alison Keith and Stephen Rupp., 2007: 267-83.

"'One Immortality': The Shaping of the Shelleys in The Last Man.European Romantic Review 16.5. 2005: 563-88.

"'Thy perfect image viewing': Poetic Creation and Ovid's Narcissus in Paradise Lost.Studies in Philology 102.3, summer 2005: 307-39.

"Eve and Flora" (Paradise Lost 5.15-16), Milton Quarterly 38:1, 2004: 1-17.

"Writing on Water," ELR 29.2, 1999: 282-305.

"The Function of Cannibalism at the Present Time," in Cannibalism and the Colonial World, 1998: 238-60.

"Vampiric Arts: Bram Stoker's Defence of Poetry," in Bram Stoker: History, Psychoanalysis and the Gothic, 1998: 47-61.

"Dr. Frankenstein Meets Dr. Freud," American Gothic: New Interventions in a National Narrative, 1998: 40-57.

"On Cannibals and Critics: An Exploration of James de Mille's Strange Manuscript." Mosaic 30.1, 1997.

"Comus's Wood of Allusion." University of Toronto Quarterly 61.3, 1992: 316-33.

Current research: 

The reception of the classics, especially Virgil and Ovid, in the Renaissance; the poetry of Abraham Cowley.  

Essays forthcoming in volumes including The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English; Milton Studies; A New Companion to Milton (Blackwell);  the British Institute of Classical Studies Journal

Teaching in Italy!