Maggie Kilgour

 Maggie Kilgour
Contact Information
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
Areas of expertise: 


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.

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
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.

“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.

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!

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