Research in the  
of English

Research in the English Department includes the tri-council funded 
Canterbury Tales Project, co-led by Bateman Chair Peter Robinson

The Department of English boasts a wide array of research interests. Our distinguished researchers include Dr. Len Findlay, who was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in 2007 on the strength of his distinguished research career. Also in 2007, Professor Don Kerr, teacher, poet, playwright, editor, and historian, was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. In 2005 Dr. Robert Calder was presented with the university's Distinguished Researcher Award on the strength of his work: most notably, his book Willie: The Life of W. Somerset Maugham (1989) has attracted enormous critical acclaim and garnered the Governor-General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction. Dr. Peter Robinson holds the Bateman Professorship and is a world authority on Chaucer and digital humanities.  Filmmaker and Indigenous scholar Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a Broadbent Fellow; her solo writing/directing project Two Worlds Colliding (2004) won a Canada Award at the Geminis and a Golden Sheaf Award. She wrote and directed the animated short film Buffalo Calling, 2013 and her most recent film is Birth of a Family, National Film Board, 2016.

Recent Books

Robert Calder, Professor Emeritus -- A Hero for the Americas: The Legend of Gonzalo Guerrero. University of Regina Press, 2017.

A group of shipwrecked Spaniards washed onto the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in 1512, leading to first contact between the Spanish and the Maya. Two men survived the ordeal: Jerónimo de Aguilar, who became a translator for Hernán Cortés in his conquest of the Aztecs, and Gonzalo Guerrero, who, as legend has it, embraced the Mayan way of life and skillfully led the opposition to the Spanish take-over of the Yucatán. University of Regina Press, 2017.

Reviled in 16th-century Spain as an apostate and a traitor, Guerrero is today remembered all over the Yucatán with statues and images, and as the symbolic father of millions of Mexican mestizos.But like Robin Hood and King Arthur, Guerrero's story has become embellished by legend and myth. The product of fifteen years of research by a Governor General's Award winner, A Hero for the Americas is the first comprehensive investigation of this controversial figure.

David Carpenter, Professor Emeritus, The Gold, Coteau Books, 2017

As Joseph Burbidge comes to discover, finding gold in Canada's North is less than half the battle. 

Joe is blessed with resolve and with good partners to share the load. Stinky Riley is a wrangler and bush pilot who is Joe's first mentor in prospecting. Isidore Chartrand is a hunter and trapper who accompanies Joe on his northernmost odyssey, and more than once, saves Joe's life. Joe has to fight to protect his claim, and this conflict sets in motion a moral dilemma that will dog him for the rest of his life.

On the long trail from high adventure and romance to atonement, readers will meet some delightful, complex, and sometimes malicious characters. Carpenter's latest novel is a quest for more than one kind of gold.

Jeanette Lynes, Bedlam Cowslip, Wolsak and Wynn, 2015.

Winner of the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award 

In this new collection, Jeanette Lynes turns her attention to the life and work of John Clare (1793–1864), the renowned poet of the countryside and one of England’s greatest working-class bards. In these poems, the Romantic world of Clare – strewn with wildflowers and dizzy with birdsong – is visited by a new, postmodern voice, and the conversation that ensues is both profound and dazzling. Painstakingly researched and deftly crafted, these poems share Clare’s loves, ambitions, rages and failures. 

Where the Nights Are Twice as Long: Love Letters of Canadian Poets

Jeanette Lynes and David Eso
Goose Lane, 2015

David Eso and Jeanette Lynes collect letters and epistolary poems from more than 120 Canadian poets, including Pauline Johnson, Malcolm Lowry, Louis Riel, Alden Nowlan, Anne Szumigalski , Leonard Cohen, John Barton, and Di Brandt, and many others, encompassing the breadth of this country's English literary history.

Presented in order not of the chronology of composition, but according to the poets' ages at the time of writing, the poems in the book comprise a single lifeline. The reader follows an amalgam of the Poet from the passionate intensity of youth, through the regrets and satisfactions of adulthood and middle age, and into the reflective wisdom of old age.

The Education of Augie Merasty.

Joseph Auguste Merasty with David Carpenter, Professor Emeritus
University of Regina Press, 2015

Named the fourth most important "Book of the Year" by the National Post in 2015 and voted "One Book/One Province" in Saskatchewan for 2017, The Education of Augie Merasty was featured on the front page of The Globe and Mail to become a national bestseller. 

A courageous and intimate memoir, The Education of Augie Merasty is the story of a child who faced the dark heart of humanity, let loose by the cruel policies of a bigoted nation. 

A retired fisherman and trapper who sometimes lived rough on the streets, Augie Merasty was one of an estimated 150,000 First Nations, Inuit, and Metis children who were taken from their families and sent to government-funded, church-run schools, where they were subjected to a policy of aggressive assimilation. 

As Augie recounts, these schools did more than attempt to mould children in the ways of white society. They were taught to be ashamed of their heritage and, as he experienced, often suffered physical and sexual abuse. 

But even as he looks back on this painful part of his childhood, Merasty's sense of humour and warm voice shine through.

The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Lindsey Michael Banco
U of Iowa Press, 2016

From U of Iowa Press: He called the first atomic bomb “technically sweet,” yet as he watched its brilliant light explode over the New Mexico desert in 1945 in advance of the black horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he also thought of the line from the Hindu epic The Bhagavad Gita: “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the single most recognizable face of the atomic bomb, and a man whose name has become almost synonymous with Cold War American nuclear science, was and still is a conflicted, controversial figure who has come to represent an equally ambivalent technology. In the decades since the successful detonation of the world’s first atomic bomb under his supervision, Oppenheimer has been portrayed as an emotionless and soulless man of science, an almost mystical Byronic visionary, a popular celebrity, an incarnation of the horrors of nuclear warfare, the embodiment of the American dream, and a Communist threat to the American way of life. In turn, he has been used to represent abstract ideas such as patriotism, ingenuity, intelligence, masculinity, and even science itself.
Following the seventieth anniversary of the Manhattan Project, The Meanings of J. Robert Oppenheimer examines how he has been represented over the past several decades in biographies, histories, fiction, comics, photographs, film, television, documentaries, theater, and museums. Lindsey Michael Banco gathers an unprecedented group of cultural texts and seeks to understand the multiple meanings Oppenheimer has held in American popular culture since 1945. He traces the ways these representations of Oppenheimer have influenced public understanding of the atomic bomb, technology, physics, the figure of the scientist, the role of science in war, and even what it means to pursue knowledge of the world around us. Questioning and unpacking both how and why Oppenheimer is depicted as he is across time and genre, this book is broad in scope, profound in detail, and offers unique insights into the rise of nuclear culture and how we think about the relationship between history, imagination, science, and nuclear weapons today.

Where I'm From: ITEP Creative Writing 2005-2013

Bill Robertson, editor
ITEP, University of Saskatchewan, 2014

From The Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan: Contained in the anthology is poetry of many forms, varieties, genres, themes, moods, and dictions, plus a little prose along the way. The content of this work ranges from the joy of new birth to the sadness of final farewells; from the injustice and heartbreak of the residential school system and its aftermath to the power and affirmation of new beginnings, the re-discovery of culture and its opportunities for growth; from life on the rez to the lights of the big city; from the trapline to the essay deadline; from bannock and bingo to a whole new lingo.

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