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William Bartley

William Bartley

B.A. (Alberta), M.A. (San Francisco State), Ph.D. (Alberta)

Associate Professor

Office: Arts 411B
Phone: 306-966-5512


William Bartley teaches American literature and film. Currently, he’s been thinking about the nature of cultural change. To that end, he’s working on a study of American historical fiction—including film—as a mode of ethical and political inquiry.


"Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights and 'Historical Emergence': Or, How Change Happens." Literature/Film Quarterly 35.4 (2007): 248-264.

"Mookie as 'Wavering Hero': Do the Right Thing and the American Historical Romance." Literature/Film Quarterly 34.1 (2006): 9-18.
"'The creature of his own tasteful hands." Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. Vol. 93. Ed. Juliet Byington. Detroit: Gale Group, 2001. 229-239.
"Imagining the Future in Kate Chopin's The Awakening." College English 62 (2000): 719-746.
"Morton Ross as an Education." An American Critic in Canada: The Literary Memoirs of Morton L. Ross. Ed. C.Q. Drummond and Diane Bessai. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1999. 1-6.
"'The creature of his own tasteful hands': Herman Melville's Benito Cereno and the 'Empire of Might'." Modern Philology 93 (1996): 445-468.
"'The Synthesis of Love and Fear': Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Virtue of Reverence." Modern Philology 88 (1991): 382-397.
"'Measured Forms' and Orphic Eloquence: The Style of Herman Melville's Billy Budd, Sailor." University of Toronto Quarterly 59 (1990): 516-534. 

Publications (Most Recent)

  • Bartley, W. "Faith, Doubt, and Chiasmus in Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Decalogue I'." Journal of Religion and Film 18.2, [ ] (2014).
  • Bartley, W. "'Mad Men,' The Historical Novel, and Social Change." CineAction 94, [] (2014): 12-21.