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David Staines


Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

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University degrees

PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University 
BA, University of Toronto

Fields of interest

  • Canadian literature
  • Medieval literature
  • Victorian poetry

Previous teaching

Harvard, University of P.E.I., Smith, Mount Holyoke, University of Massachusetts (Amherst).

Ongoing research

Essays on Canadian literature, cyclic forms in medieval art and literature.


Awarded the Order of Ontario (January 2011)

Awarded the Order of Canada (July 2011)

Selected publications

Editor, The Letters of Stephen Leacock (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Co-editor, Northrop Frye on Canada (Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2001); co-editor, Marshall McLuhan: Understanding Me (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2003).

Editor, Margaret Laurence: Critical Reflections (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2001).

Author, Beyond the Provinces: Literary Canada at Century's End (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995).

Editor, My Financial Career and Other Follies, by Stephen Leacock (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1993).

Co-editor, The Short Story in English (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1991).

Translator, The Complete Romances of Chrétien de Troyes (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990).

Co-editor, Elements of Literature (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1987).

Editor, Stephen Leacock: A Reappraisal (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1986).

Editor, The Fortyninth and Other Parallels: Contemporary Canadian Perspectives (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1986).

Co-editor, Illuminations: The Days of Our Youth (Toronto: Gage, 1984).

Author, Tennyson's Camelot: The Idylls of the King and Its Medieval Sources (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1983).

Editor, The Callaghan Symposium (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1981).

Editor, The Canadian Imagination: Dimen­sions of a Literary Culture(Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 1977).

Editor, Responses and Evaluations: Essays on Canada, by E.K. Brown (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977).

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