B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (York), FRSC, Greenshields Professor of English
Canadian literature, literary history, canonical theory, cultural studies, bibliography.
University of Maine, York University.
Contemporary Canadian fiction; the Canadian Long Poem; canonicity, audience formation, literary history, readership.
Who Was Doris Hedges? The Search for Canada's First Literary Agent. Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2020.
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.
Anthologizing Canadian Literature: Theoretical and Cultural Perspectives. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2015.
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
“Music in Michael Ondaatje’s Divisadero.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature 2017, DOI: 10.11770021989417696123.
“Canadian Authors and Their Literary Agents.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 54:1-2 (2016): 93-102.
“Authors and Literary Agents in Canada.” Awake To Love and Beauty: Proceedings from a Conference in Honour of George Whalley. Ed. Michael John DiSanto, Alana Fletcher, Shelley King, and Jaspreet Tambar. Sault Ste Marie: Algoma University, 2016. 209-20.
“The Other Side of Things: Reading Clark Blaise's ‘Notes Beyond a History’. ” Clark Blaise: Essays on His Works. Ed. J.R. (Tim) Struthers. Oakville, ON: Guernica Editions, 2016. 187-204.
“Representations of Nation in Donna Bennett and Russell Brown’s An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English.” Editing as Cultural Practice. Ed. Dean Irvine and Smaro Kamboureli. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016. 149-67.
“Like following a mirage”: Memory and Empowerment in Alice Munro’s “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.” Journal of the Short Story in English 64 (Spring 2015): 207-18.
“Reflections on ECW.” ECW Press 40. Ed. Michael Holmes. Toronto: ECW, 2014. 10-28.
“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.
“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.
- Royal Society of Canada Fellow
- SSHRC Research Leave Grant, SSHRC Leave Fellowship, and SSHRC Research Grants, 1983-2014, 2016-2021
- H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching