Maggie Kilgour

 Maggie Kilgour
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514-398-4400 Ext 09291
Email address: 
maggie.kilgour [at]

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

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

Early Modern
Seventeenth Century
Nineteenth Century
Teaching areas: 

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

Current research: 

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

Teaching in Italy!

Selected publications: 


Milton’s Poetical Thought. Oxford University Press, 2021.

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 Pleasure of Milton,”  Milton Studies 63.1 2021: 1-10.

“Harnessing Angels: The Patterns of Rhyme in Milton’s Nativity Ode.” Milton Quarterly 54.1. 2020: 41-53.

“In the Sibyl’s Cave: Vergilian Prophecy and Mary Shelley’s Last Man.” Walking Through Elysium: Aeneid 6 and the Poetics of Tradition. Eds. Bill Gladhill and Micah Young Myers. Cambridge University Press, 2020: 62-76.

“Cowley’s Epic Experiments,” in Royalists and Royalism in 17th-Century Literature: Exploring Abraham Cowley. Philip Major ed. Routledge, 2019: 93-123.

“Growing Up with Virgil.” With Wandering Steps: Generative Irresolution in Milton’s Poetry. Ed. Mary Fenton and Louis Schwartz. Duquesne University Press, 2016: 132-58.

“Virgilianisms and Ovidianisms.” The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature Volume 2. Ed. Patrick Cheney and Philip Hardie. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015: 517-38.

“Importing the Ovidian Muse to England.” The Afterlife of Ovid (BICS Supplement 130). Ed. Peter Mack and John North. London: Institute of Classical Studies, 2015: 181-202.

“Odd Coupling: Hercules and Oedipus in Paradise Regain’d and Samson Agonistes.” Milton Studies 56, 2015, 75-114.

“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.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Royal Society of Canada Fellow
  • Visiting Fellow, All Souls College Oxford, 2017
  • James Holly Hanford prize, Milton Society of America
  • Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • Louis Dudek Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • SSHRC Research Grants
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship
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