Mason Harris received his BA from Harvard University in 1961 and his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY-B) in 1971. His dissertation was on the fiction of George Eliot.
He started teaching in SFU's Department of English in 1966, the second year of the university's existence. He taught in the department until his retirement. His main subject has been Victorian fiction, and he has been interested in two genres that started in the 19th century and became very popular in the 20th: science fiction and the detective novel.
He has published on George Eliot, Charles Dickens, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Ursula K. Le Guin, and has written a book on the fiction of Joy Kogawa. He has also co-edited a collection of essays from a conference on racism and published a scholarly edition of H. G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (Broadview Press, 2009), setting this macabre tale in the Darwinian ideas of its time.
- Charles Dickens (55+) SCFC659
- Charles Dickens's Bleak House (55+) SCFC733
- Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South: Owners and Workers in Victorian England (55+) PLUS147
- George Orwell: Revolution Betrayed and the History of Fake News (55+) PLUS221
- Happy 200th, Pride and Prejudice! (55+) SCFC773
- Identity and Revolt in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (55+) SCFC879
- Love, Death, and the Tragically Divided Self in Wuthering Heights (55+) SCFC935
- Tess of the D'Urbervilles: Love, Abandonment and Murder in Hardy's Wessex (55+) PLUS307
- The Rise of the Detective Novel (55+) SCFC396
- The Science Fiction of H.G. Wells: Darwinism, Decadence, and the Macabre in the Late 19th Century (55+) SCFC579
- Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone: Brilliant Launch of the Detective Novel (55+) PLUS396
- Who Done It? The Detective Novella in the Victorian Era (55+) SCFC460