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Hilary Clark

Hilary Clark

B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (British Columbia)


Office: Arts 416
Phone: 966-5515


Hilary Clark teaches in the areas of critical theory, women's writing, life writing, literary modernism and creative writing (poetry). She has published on the subjects of encyclopedic discourse, contemporary poetics, life writing, memory, melancholy, shame and reparation, and specifically on the following authors: modernists James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, contemporary poets Anne Sexton, Basil Bunting, Lyn Hejinian, Daphne Marlatt, and Robin Blaser; and psychoanalyst Melanie Klein. With Joseph Adamson she co-edited Scenes of Shame: Psychoanalysis, Shame, and Writing (SUNY Press, 1999). She has published three books of poetry: More Light (Brick Books, 1998), Two Heavens (Hagios Press, 1998), and The Dwelling of Weather (Brick Books, 2003). Her latest book is the edited collection Depression and Narrative: Telling the Dark (SUNY Press, 2008). The Fictional Encyclopedia: Joyce, Pound, Sollers (Routledge Revivals, 2011) is a republication of a book (Garland, 1990) based on her PhD dissertation (1985).


“Feral Muse, Angelic Muse: The Poetry of Anne Szumigalski.” The Literary History of Saskatchewan. Ed. David Carpenter. Coteau Books, 2013.

“Complicating Disorder: The Play of Interpretation and Resistance in Melanie Klein’s Narrative of a Child Analysis.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice 35.2 (2011): 30-39.

The Fictional Encyclopaedia: Joyce, Pound, Sollers. Garland Press, 1990. Republ. Routledge (Routledge Revivals), 2011.

“On Depression Narratives: ‘Hence, into the dark, we write . . . ‘” On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs: A Critical Anthology.  Ed. Merri Lisa Johnson and Susannah Mintz.  Palgrave Macmillan (Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality Series), 2011.  63-78.

"Mask of Shame, Mask of Death." Shame and Death. Ed. Jeffrey Kauffman. New York: Routledge, 2010.

"Once" (poem sequence). Contemporary Verse 2  33.1 (35th anniversary ed., Summer 2010): 80-83.

"Invocation" (poem). anything anymore anywhere 3 (Edinburgh, Scotland) (Summer 2010): 27-31.

"Teaching Women's Depression Memoirs: Healing, Testimony, and Critique." Teaching Life Writing Texts. Ed. Craig Howes and Miriam Fuchs. MLA Publications, 2008.
Depression and Narrative: Telling the Dark. Ed. Hilary Clark. SUNY Press, 2008.
"Confessions of a Celebrity Mom: Brooke Shields' Down Came the Rain: My Journey through Postpartum Depression." Canadian Review of American Studies 38.3 (2008): 449-461.
"Telling Trauma: Two Narratives of Psychiatric Hospitalization." Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma. Ed. Connie Canam and Valerie Raoul. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2007.
"Invisible Disorder: Passing as an Academic." Illness in the Academy. Ed. Kimberly R. Myers. Purdue UP, 2007.
With Steven Ross Smith. Pliny's Knickers (Poetry chapbook, 33 pp.). Saskatoon: JackPine Press, 2005.
Interview and poems. Contemporary Verse 2. 27.4 (2005): 41-60.
"The Travelling Self in Virginia Woolf's 'Evening Over Sussex: Reflections in a Motor Car." Virginia Woolf Miscellany 66 (2004): 6-8.
The Dwelling of Weather (poems). London, Ont.: Brick Books, 2003.
"Weather Notes." Prairie Fire (2002): 53-5.
"Summer Doors." Grain 29.2 (2001): 6-9.
"December"; "January." Descant 112 (2001): 115-22.
"Autobiography, Mourning, and Reparation: The Case of Melanie Klein." a/b: Auto/Biographical Studies 15.2 (2000): 277-97.
"Depression, Shame and Reparation: The Case of Anne Sexton." Scenes of Shame: Psychoanalysis, Shame, and Writing. Ed. Joseph Adamson and Hilary Clark. New York: SUNY Press, 1998. 189-206.
Two Heavens (poems). Saskatoon: Hagios Press, 1998.
More Light (poems). London, Ont: Brick Books, 1998.
Scenes of Shame: Psychoanalysis, Shame, and Writing. Ed. Joseph Adamson and Hilary Clark. New York: SUNY Press, 1998.