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The English department's recent publishing juggernaut includes: front row, l to r: Roy Miki, Carole Gerson, Peter Dickinson. Back row, l to r: Colette Colligan,  Carolyn Lesjak, and Tom Grieve standing in for authors Steve Collis, Susan Brook, and Mary Ann Gillies.

The English department's recent publishing juggernaut includes: front row, l to r: Roy Miki, Carole Gerson, Peter Dickinson. Back row, l to r: Colette Colligan, Carolyn Lesjak, and Tom Grieve standing in for authors Steve Collis, Susan Brook, and Mary Ann Gillies.

Book boom

March 8, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

There must be something in the water cooler in SFU's English department, or perhaps it's just the publish-or-perish imperative gone wild. Whatever the cause, the department has undergone a creative explosion in the past six months, resulting in no less than eight books by faculty members - in addition to Carole Gerson's latest work.

Peter Dickinson has published two books. Screening Gender, Framing Genre: Canadian Literature into Film (U.of T. Press, 2006) examines the history and theory of films adapted from Canadian literature through the lens of gender studies. Sexing the Maple (Broadview Press, 2006 ), co-edited with UBC's Richard Cavell, is a sourcebook designed to raise issues of nationalism and sexuality in Canada through a selection of national fiction, poetry, criticism and history.

Steve Collis' Through Words of Others: Susan Howe and Anarcho-Scholasticism (ELS Editions, 2006) pursues Susan Howe's writing through the words of her literary predecessors, including Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau and William Shakespeare.

Carolyn Lesjak's Working Fictions: a Genealogy of the Victorian Novel (Duke University Press, 2006) is a re-conceptualization of Victorian literary history, examining the relationship between labor and pleasure, concepts that were central to the Victorian imagination and literature.

Roy Miki's There (New Star, 2006) is a follow-up to the 2002 Governor General's poetry award winner's Surrender, extending his poetic exploration of the margins joining social and individual language.

Mary Anne Gillies and Capilano College's Aurelea Mahood's Modernist Literature: An Introduction
(Edinburgh University Press, 2007) provides a critical assessment of British literature produced between 1900 and 1945.

Susan Brook's Literature and Cultural Criticism in the 1950s: The Feeling Male Body (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) examines the emergence of the "feeling male body," as a key figure in the era's literature and cultural criticism.

Colette Colligan's The Traffic in Obscenity from Byron to Beardsley (Palgrave MacMillan, 2007) examines obscenity in 19th century British print culture.

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