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Robert Lecker

Greenshields Professor of English
Robert Lecker
Arts 335
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays 1:30-3:00PM
514-398-4400 Ext 09337
Email Address: 
robert [dot] lecker [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Mailing Address: 

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

Degrees and Academic Title(s): 

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (York), FRSC, Greenshields Professor of English

General Research Areas: 
Twentieth Century
Teaching and Research Areas: 

Canadian literature, literary history, canonical theory, cultural studies, bibliography.

Taught previously at: 

University of Maine, York University.

Awards and Fellowships: 
  • SSHRC Research Leave Grant, SSHRC Leave Fellowship, and SSHRC Research Grants, 1983-2014
  • H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching
Selected Publications : 


Keepers of the Code: English-Canadian Literary Anthologies and the
Representation of the Nation. 
Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013.

The Cadence of Civil Elegies. Toronto: Cormorant, 2006. 

Dr. Delicious: Memoirs of a Life in CanLit. Montreal, Véhicule, 2006.

English-Canadian Literary Anthologies: An Enumerative Bibliography.
Teeswater, ON: Reference, 1997. 

Making It Real: The Canonization of English-Canadian Literature. Toronto:
Anansi, 1995. 

An Other I: The Fictions of Clark Blaise. Toronto: ECW, 1988. 

Robert Kroetsch. Boston: Twayne, 1986. 

On the Line: Readings in the Short Fiction of Clark Blaise, John Metcalf,
and Hugh Hood
. Downsview, ON: ECW, 1982.

Edited Books

Open Country: Canadian Literature in English. Toronto: Thomson Nelson, 2007. 

Borderlands: Essays in Canadian-American Relations. Toronto: ECW, 1991. 

Canadian Canons: Essays in Literary Value. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1991. 

The New Canadian Anthology: English-Canadian Poetry and Short Fiction. With Jack David. Toronto: Nelson, 1988.

Introduction to Literature: British, American, Canadian. With Jack David and Peter O'Brien. New York: Harper & Row, 1987. 

Canadian Writers and Their Works: Essays on Form, Context, and Development
(CWTW). With Jack David and Ellen Quigley. Poetry and Fiction in two series and
24 Vols., 1982- . Toronto: ECW Press.

Introduction to Fiction. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1983. 

The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors (ABCMA). With Jack David. 8 Vols., 1982- . Toronto: ECW Press.

Anthology of Maine Literature. With Kathleen Brown. Orono, Maine: U of Maine P, 1982. 

Canadian Poetry. With Jack David. Don Mills, ON: New Press Canadian Classics. Vols. I & II, 1982. 

Introduction to Poetry: British, American, Canadian. With Jack David. Toronto: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1981.

Journal articles and book chapters

“Nineteenth-Century English-Canadian Anthologies and the Making of a
National Literature. ” Journal of Canadian Studies 44.1 (Winter 2010): 91-117.

“‘A Quest for the Peaceable Kingdom’: The Narrative in Northrop Frye’s ‘Conclusion’ to the Literary History of Canada.” Northrop Frye’s Canadian Literary Criticism and Its Influence. Ed. Branko Gorjup. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. 260-76.

Materializing Canada: National Literature Anthologies and the Making of a Canon.” Australasian Canadian Studies 26.1 (2008): 23-41.

“Anthologizing Canadian Literature: Material Conditions and the Making of a Canon.” 2007 Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu,
Hawaii, 2007. Proceedings.

“The Evolution of Canadian Criticism since 1970.” Congreso Internacional
Patrimonio Cultural. Universidad de Cordoba. Cordoba, Argentina, 2006.

“Where Is Here Now?” Essays on Canadian Writing 71 (2000): 6-13.

“Le Conseil des Arts du Canada et la formation de la littérature canadienne. Que vaut la littérature? Ed. Denis-Saint Jacques. Québec: Editions Nota bene, 2000. 235-44.

Would You Publish This Book? Material Production, Canadian Criticism, and The Theatre of Form.” Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 15-36.

“The Canada Council and the Construction of Canadian Literature.” English Studies in Canada 25.3-4 (1999): 322-45.

“The Writing’s on the Wall.” Saturday Night July-August 1996: 15-24, 51.“Readers, Machines, Gardens: Alice Munro’s ‘Carried Away.’” Essays on Canadian Writing 66
(1999): 103-27.

“Watson and Pierce and Our Canadian Literature.” Canadian Poetry: Studies,
Documents, Reviews
38 (1996): 49-87. 

“Inventing Literature.” Geist 4.19/20 (1995-96): 25-30.

“The New Canadian Library: A Classic Deal.” American Review of Canadian Studies 24.2 (1994): 197-216.

“Anthologizing English-Canadian Fiction: Some Canonical Trends.” Open Letter 9.1 (1994): 25-80.

“Professionalism and the Rhetoric of English Canadian Criticism.” Zeitschrift für Kanada-Studien 25.1 (1994): 87-103.

“Privacy, Publicity, and the Discourse of Canadian Criticism.” Essays on Canadian Writing 51-51 (1994): 32-82.

“Nobody Gets Hurt Bullfighting Canadian-Style: Rereading Frank Davey's ‘Surviving
the Paraphrase.’” Studies in Canadian Literature 18 (1993): 1-23.

“In Search of the Peaceable Kingdom: The Narrative in Northrop Frye's ‘Conclusion’ to the Literary History of Canada.” PMLA 108 (1993): 283-93.“A Country without a Canon? Canadian Literature and the Esthetics of Idealism.” Mosaic 26.3 (1993): 1-19.

“Making It Real: Representations of Value in English-Canadian Criticism.” Canada Ieri e Oggi 3. Atti dell '8' convegno internazionale di studi canadesi. Fasano: Schena, 1992. 9-21.

“Critical Response [to Frank Davey].” Critical Inquiry 16.3 (1990): 682-89.

“The Canonization of Canadian Literature: An Inquiry into Value.”
Critical Inquiry 16.3 (Spring 1990): 656-71.

Current Research: 

Contemporary Canadian fiction; the Canadian Long Poem; canonicity, audience formation, literary history, readership.