Editing Modernism in Canada

About Us


All EMiC collaborators have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the key fields associated with the project: modernist literatures and cultures in Canada, editing texts by Canadian authors, and international modernist literatures and cultures. Collaborators participate in the 2010 and 2012 EMiC conferences and the annual summer institutes, and they are invited to contribute essays to project publications. They serve as supervisors of EMiC-affiliated postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and act as advisors to participants working on editions, but for the most part they are not directly involved in producing their own editions. Finally, they serve as local liaisons to help organize project events at their home institutions.

Christopher Ackerley

Editor| Malcolm Lowry, Lunar Caustic

Email chris.ackerley@otago.ac.nz


Chris Ackerley is Professor and former Head of English at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He completed his PhD, on James Joyce’sUlysses, at the University of Toronto (1978). There he encountered the work of Malcolm Lowry, the subject of his first book, A Companion to Under the Volcano (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1984). His annotations to Lowry’s poetry appeared in an edition by Kathleen Scherf (1992), and he contributed regularly to The Malcolm Lowry Review. His speciality is annotation, with two book-length annotations of Samuel Beckett’s Murphy (1996, 2004) and Watt (2005). He wrote, with Stan Gontarski, The Grove Companion to Samuel Beckett (2004), republished in the UK as the Faber Companion; and his edition of Watt recently appeared from Faber (2009). He is working on a study of Samuel Beckett and science, and with a Canadian-based team as annotator of three new texts by Lowry, with the EMiC project: (1) an edition of Lowry’s novella Swinging the Maelstrom, (2) a recently discovered novel thought lost, In Ballast to the White Sea, and (3) the 1940 Volcano, Lowry’s first version of his eventual masterpiece, Under the Volcano.

Tim Conley

Email tconley@brocku.ca


Tim Conley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Brock University, where he also teaches in the graduate program in Comparative Literature and Arts. He is the author of Joyces Mistakes: Problems of Intention, Irony, and Interpretation (2003), and is co-author (with Stephen Cain) of The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (2006). He is currently editing a SSHRC-funded anthology of modernist poetry with Jed Rasula.

Frank Davey

Email fdavey@uwo.ca


Frank Davey, Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario, is the editor of the journal Open Letter and of Talonbooks’ New Canadian Criticism series. From 1978 to 1990 he was an editor of the Coach House Press where among the more than 60 titles he edited were Wyndham Lewis’s previously unpublished first novel, Mrs Duke’s Million (1977) and a gathering of Louis Dudek’s previously uncollected poems, Cross Section (1980). More recently he edited two posthumously published books by Greg Curnoe, Deeds Abstracts (1995) and Deeds/Nations (1996). His books include Earle Birney (1971), From There to Here (1974), Louis Dudek and Raymond Souster (1981), Surviving the Paraphrase (1983), Reading Canadian Reading (1988), Post-National Arguments (1993), and Canadian Literary Power (1994).

Gwendolyn Davies

Email daviesg@unb.ca


Gwendolyn Davies is Professor Emerita at the University of New Brunswick. Professor Davies’s main areas of interest are Canadian (and Atlantic) literature and the history of the book in Canada (she served on the editorial board of the HiBC project, which was funded from 2000 to 2005 by a SSHRC MCRI grant). She has served on a number of national executives, editorial boards, and committees, is the editor or author of five books (including Studies in Maritime Literary History and, with Carole Gerson, Canadian Poetry: From the Beginnings through the First World War), is Past President of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, and is General Editor of Formac’s Maritime Fiction Reprint Series.

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Cecily Devereux

Email cecily.devereux@ualberta.ca


Cecily Devereux is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She specializes in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English-Canadian women’s writing in the context of the British Empire. Her publications include the monograph Growing a Race: Nellie L. McLung and the Fiction of Eugenic Feminism (2005) and the critical edition of L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables (2004). Professor Devereux has recently edited two Canadian volumes for multi-volume international series, one of women’s writing on empire (2007) and one, with Kathleen Venema, of women’s correspondence in the British Empire (2005). She is currently working on a study of women and mobility in the British Empire, as well as on a study of the publishing history of Anne of Green Gables.

Victor Doyen

Editor | Malcolm Lowry, Lunar Caustic

Email Vik.Doyen@arts.kuleuven.be


Victor Doyen is Professor Emeritus and former vice-dean of the Arts Faculty and head of the English Department at K.U.Leuven (Belgium). After his MA-thesis on Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, and graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, he received a fellowship from the Belgian Foundation for Scholarly Research to study the Malcolm Lowry Archives at the University of British Columbia. This resulted in his doctoral dissertation: “Fighting the Albatross of Self : A Genetic Study of the Literary Work of Malcolm Lowry” (1973). In 1984 he returned to UBC to study the newly acquired manuscripts of Lowry’s posthumously published novel October Ferry to Gabriola, and in 1987 he taught a UBC graduate seminar on manuscript research of the Lowry archives. Together with Chris Ackerley he is preparing a scholarly edition of Lowry’s Lunar Caustic, a work which Lowry rewrote in Dollarton, BC in the early 1940s.

James English

Email jenglish@english.upenn.edu


Jim English is the Director of the Penn Humanities Forum. He received his MA from the University of Chicago and his PhD from Stanford, specializing in modern and contemporary British fiction. His book Comic Transactions: Literature, Humor, and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain explored the political dimensions of joke-work in the British novel from Conrad and Woolf to Lessing and Rushdie. His more recent work has focused on the sociology of literature and especially on its institutional and transnational dimensions. The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value (Harvard UP) was named Best Academic Book of 2005 by New York Magazine. The Concise Companion to Contemporary British Fiction, a collection of essays about the scene and system of literary production in the UK, was published the following year by Blackwell.

His most recent book is The Global Future of English Studies, published by Blackwell in 2012 and due out in paperback later this year. It rethinks the prevailing narratives of contraction and decline that dominate histories of the discipline, stressing instead the discipline’s expansion within a rapidly massifying global academic apparatus, and the new challenges and opportunities such sudden and dispersive growth presents. In progress is a book entitled Translated from the English, which maps a new geography of British culture along the institutional pathways of its exportation, translation, and transnational co-production, placing particular attention on struggles over the representation of race and class within the contemporary empire of anglophone culture. With Rita Felski he co-edited “New Sociologies of Literature,” a special issue of NLH that appeared in 2011, to which he also contributed “Everywhere and Nowhere: The Sociology of Literature After ‘the Sociology of Literature.'” He has recent or forthcoming essays in the Cambridge History of the English Novel, The Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, and A Handbook of Modernist Studies. From 1999 until 2004 he was editor or co-editor of Postmodern Culture, the first peer-reviewed all-electronic journal in the humanities, distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Alan Galey

Email alan.galey@utoronto.ca


Alan Galey is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where he also teaches in the collaborative program in Book History and Print Culture. His research focuses on intersections between textual scholarship and digital technologies, especially in the context of theories of the archive and the history of scholarly editing. He has co-edited special issues of Shakespeare: the Journal of the British Shakespeare Association (“Reinventing Digital Shakespeare,” with Ray Siemens) and TEXT Technology (“Digital Humanities and the Networked Citizen,” with Patrick Finn) and is co-editing a volume of essays titled Shakespeare, the Bible, and the History of the Material Book: Contested Scriptures (with Travis DeCook, forthcoming from Routledge). He currently holds a Standard Research Grant from SSHRC for a project titled Archive and Interface in Digital Textual Studies: From Cultural History to Critical Design, which combines a book project on preservation and loss in Shakespeare’s textual history with the design of an open-source, component-based code library for visualizing archival information (based on his interface design for the MLA’s Electronic New Variorum Shakespeare). He is a member and co-leader of the textual studies team of the Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) project, supported by an MCRI grant from SSHRC.

Matthew Griffis

Collaborator | The Theatre Diaries of Robertson Davies: An Online Edition

Email matthew.griffis@usm.edu


Dr. Matthew Griffis is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science. He holds both a PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and an Ontario Post-Graduate Certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing from Centennial College. He has worked in both the library and archival fields and has considerable interest in information access and the digitization of archival materials.

The major objective of the Robertson Davies “Theatre Diaries” project (one part of the larger RD Diaries Electronic Edition project) is to produce an online critical edition of Robertson Davies’s theatre diaries as an open access website for scholars and the general public. This online edition will include links to other textual, graphic, and sound materials in the Davies collection of Library and Archives Canada.

Miranda Hickman

Email miranda.hickman@mcgill.ca


Miranda Hickman is an Associate Professor of English at McGill University, where she specializes in transatlantic modernism, modern poetry, textual criticism, editorial theory, and gender studies. Her book The Geometry of Modernism appeared in 2006. Her edition of the correspondence between Ezra Pound and one of his London publishers, One Must Not Go Altogether with the Tide: The Letters of Ezra Pound and Stanley Nott, is forthcoming from McGill-Queen’s University Press (2011), and a volume of essays co-edited with John D. McIntyre, Rereading the New Criticism, is forthcoming from Ohio State University Press (2012). Her essay on the minor works of James Joyce appeared in Visions and Revisions: James Joyce (Irish Academic Press, 2009); she has also contributed articles to The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers, The Cambridge Companion to HD, and Ezra Pound in Context. Current work includes a project on the construction of critical authority among women critics of the modernist period.

Smaro Kamboureli

Director | TransCanada Institute

Email smaro@uoguelph.ca


Smaro Kamboureli is Professor and Canada Research Chair, Tier 1, in Critical Studies in Canadian Literature at the School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph. As a member of the Editorial Board of the non-profit NeWest Press (Edmonton) for 26 years now, she founded and serves as General Editor of the acclaimed Writer as Critic series, which has already produced ten essay collections and has three more forthcoming. Professor Kamboureli has also edited two editions of an anthology on multicultural writings in Canada (1996, 2006), and has extensive experience with collaborative editorial projects. From the feminist landmark A Mazing Space: Writing Canadian Women Writing (1986), which she co-edited with Shirley Neuman, to the recent Trans.Can.Lit: Resituating the Study of Canadian Literature (2007), co-edited with Roy Miki, and the forthcoming volume, The Culture of Research: Retooling the Humanities, co-edited with Daniel Coleman, she is not only a scholar with ample editorial experience but also one who believes in collaboration. As the Director of TransCanada Institute, which she founded in 2006, with the support of a Canada Foundation for Innovation grant, as part of her Canada Research Chair program, she will also be able to contribute to this project by hosting and co-organizing a workshop, The Poetics and Practice of Editing: Literatures, Institutions, and Collaboration. Finally, Professor Kamboureli has signed an ongoing publishing contract with Wilfrid Laurier University Press for the TransCanada series of books that will be produced, in part, by the collaborative research she is overseeing at the Institute, a series that will publish a collection of essays by participants in the Poetics and Practice of Editing workshop.

John Lennox

Email jlennox@yorku.ca


John Lennox is Professor Emeritus of English, York University and a specialist in Canadian literature. He is co-author (with Clara Thomas) of William Arthur Deacon: A Canadian Literary Life (1982), co-editor (with Michele Lacombe) of Dear Bill: The Correspondence of William Arthur Deacon (1988), editor of Margaret Laurence/Al Purdy: A Friendship in Letters (1993), and co-editor (with Ruth Panofsky) of Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman (1997).

Sophie Marcotte

Directrice | Gabrielle Roy, HyperRoy

Directrice de collection | Collection de littérature canadienne

Email sophimar@alcor.concordia.ca


Sophie Marcotte est professeure agrégée de littérature au département d’Études françaises de l’Université Concordia (Montréal). Depuis 2001, elle dirige, avec François Ricard et Jane Everett de l’Université McGill, Le Groupe de recherche sur Gabrielle Roy, dont les travaux sont consacrés à l’édition et à l’analyse des manuscrits et des inédits de la romancière. Elle a notamment préparé l’édition critique des lettres de Gabrielle Roy à son mari (Mon cher grand fou… Lettres à Marcel Carbotte, 2001) et du Pays de Bonheur d’occasion et autres récits autobiographiques épars et inédits (2000; avec F. Ricard et J. Everett), ainsi qu’une édition électronique des manuscrits du Temps qui m’a manqué disponible en ligne depuis 2007. Elle est responsable d’un projet de recherche subventionné par le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada intitulé Gabrielle Roy : du manuscrit au virtuel (2009-12). Elle a par ailleurs fait publier une cinquantaine d’articles et de compte rendus dans des revues savantes et des collectifs canadiens, américains et européens, et elle a présenté une soixantaine de communications et de conférences au cours des huit dernières années sur Gabrielle Roy, mais aussi sur le roman québécois, sur l’édition critique et sur les phénomènes liés aux nouvelles technologies dans une perspective littéraire. Enfin, elle est la directrice de l’antenne Concordia du laboratoire NT2 (Nouvelles technologies, nouvelles textualités).

Patrick A. McCarthy

Editor | Malcolm Lowry, In Ballast to the White Sea

Email p.mccarthy@miami.edu


Patrick A. McCarthy is a professor of English at the University of Miami and editor of the James Joyce Literary Supplement. His publications on Malcolm Lowry include Forests of Symbols: World, Text, and Self in Malcolm Lowry’s Fiction (University of Georgia Press, 1994); Malcolm Lowry’s “La Mordida”: A Scholarly Edition, ed. (University of Georgia Press, 1996); Joyce/Lowry: Critical Perspectives, co-ed. with Paul Tiessen (University Press of Kentucky, 1997); “Totality and Fragmentation in Lowry and Joyce,” in A Darkness That Murmured: Essays on Malcolm Lowry and the Twentieth Century, ed. Frederick Asals and Paul Tiessen (University of Toronto Press, 2000); “Modernism’s Swansong: Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano,” in A Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000, ed. Brian Shaffer (Blackwell, 2005); and “Under the Volcano,” in The Literary Encyclopedia (online).

Email cverduyn@mta.ca 

Christl Verduyn is Professor in the Department of English and the Canadian Studies program at Mount Allison University. She publishes on Canadian and Québecois women’s writing and criticism, multiculturalism and minority writing, life writing and archival approaches to literature. She is editor or co-editor of Margaret Laurence: An Appreciation (1988); Dear Marian, Dear Hugh: The MacLennan-Engel Correspondence (1995); Literary Pluralities (1998); Marian Engel’s Notebooks (1999); Essays on Aritha van Herk (2001); (with D. Schaub) Identity, Community, and Nation: Essays on Canadian Literature (2002); (with K. Garay) Marian Engel: Life in Letters (2004); and Must Write: Edna Staebler’s Diaries (2005). Her co-edited collection of essays (with E. Ty), Asian Canadian Writing beyond Autoethnography, is currently under review, and an edition of Marian Engel’s final novel, Elizabeth and the Golden City, is in progress.

Tracy Ware

Email tw5@post.queensu.ca


Tracy Ware is a Professor in the Department of English at Queen’s University. He is the editor of Levi Adams’s Jean Baptiste (Canadian Poetry Press) and the anthology A Northern Romanticism: Poets of the Confederation (2000). Professor Ware is currently working on a Canadian Critical Edition of Susan Frances Harrison’s Crowded Out! and Other Sketches (Tecumseh Press).