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Kerry McSweeney

Professor (retired)
Email Address: 
kerry [dot] mcsweeney [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., Ph.D. (University of Toronto), Molson Professor of English

Teaching and Research Areas: 

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

Taught previously at: 

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

Awards 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.