Kelly MacPhail

Dr. Kelly MacPhail
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Email address: 
kelly.macphail [at]
Postdoctoral Fellows
Postdoctoral Fellow
Arts 110

B.A. (Waterloo); S.T.M. in Theology (McGill); Ph.D. (Montréal); Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Twentieth Century
Teaching areas: 

British and American Modernisms; Twentieth Century Literature; Poetry and Poetics; Religion and Belief Systems; Critical Theory; Ecocriticism and Ecospirituality; Spectres; Space and Marginalization; Human and Animal Studies; Political Theology; Cinema.

Taught previously at: 

McGill University, Université de Montréal

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • FQRSC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2011-13
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
  • FQRSC Doctoral Fellowship
Selected publications: 

Articles and Chapters:

"'He's—a kind of a man': Jim Casy's Spiritual Journey in The Grapes of Wrath" in The Grapes of Wrath: A Re-Consideration. 2 vols. Michael Meyer, Ed. New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press: Dialogue Series, 2009. I:123-153.


"'Leave death to the professionals': Post-War Nihilism and Identity in The Third Man.Modernism and Film. Ed. Robert McParland. Forthcoming. 


"'How quietly she takes her death': The Duty of Daily Dying in Seventeenth Century English Poetry." Death and Dying in LiteratureEd. John J. Han and Clark Triplet. Forthcoming Rodopi Press 2013.


"Eastwood Unloaded: Vengeance and Justice in The Outlaw Josey Wales" in proposed collection Eastwood and the Gun. Ed. Michael Berman.    




The Kingdom and the Glory: For a Theological Genealogy of Economy and GovernmentGiorgio Agamben. Trans. Lorenzo Chiesa. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 2011. Topia: The Canadian Journal of Cultural StudiesForthcoming.


The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion vs. Environmental Religion in Contemporary AmericaRobert H. Nelson. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State UP, 2012. Political Studies Review.Forthcoming.


The Persistence of the Sacred in Modern Thoughtedited by Chris L. Firestone and Nathan A. Jacobs. Notre Dame, IN: U of Notre Dame P, 2012. Philosophy in Review. Forthcoming. 


Spinoza and the Specters of Modernityby Michael Mack. New York and London: Continuum P, 2010. Political Studies Review 10.1 (Jan 2012):93.


Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of Indigenous Continuance. Ed. Susan Berry Brill de Ramirez and Evelina Zuni Lucero. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2009. Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources. Web. 1 Feb. 2010.


Reading Virginia Woolf, by Julia Briggs. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2006. H-Net. H-Albion, H-Net Reviews. July 2009.


Reference Works:


Entries on "Ezra Pound," "Emerson's 'Divinity School Address,'" "Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea," and "D.H. Lawrence's Studies in Classic American Literaturefor the Encyclopedia of the Environment in American Literature. Ed. Brian Jones. Jefferson, NC: McFarland P, 2012. 


"Shadows." [John Cassavetes's 1957 film.] Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia. 3 vols. Ed. Philip C. DiMare. ABC-Clio, 2011.

Current research: 

Anglo-American Modernism and the sacred; ecospirituality in American literature; the "vital universe" in Ezra Pound's Pisan Cantos.