Dr. Deborah C. Bowen
Professor Emerita of English
Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4296
Ph.D. (1990), English, University of Ottawa
Dissertation: Mimesis, Magic, Manipulation: A Study of the Photograph in Contemporary British and Canadian Novels.
Cert. Ed. (1971), English, Cambridge University, UK
B.A. Hons (1970) & M.A. (1974), English Language and Literature, Oxford University, UK
- Western Culture & Tradition II (HUM-120)
- Ways of Reading: Fiction (ENG-103)
- Environmental Literature (ENG-241)
- The British Novel (ENG-257)
- Nineteenth-Century English Literature II: Victorian (ENG-346)
- Twentieth-Century British Literature: 1900-1950 (ENG-347)
- Contemporary Fiction (ENG-357)
- Postcolonial Literature (ENG-376)
- Contemporary Critical Theory (ENG-416)
- Modern Canadian Poetry (ENG-427)
- Studies in Postcolonial Literature (ENG-476)
Bowen’s monograph Stories of the Middle Space: Reading the Ethics of Postmodern Realisms (McGill-Queen’s U P, 2010) and her edited collection of essays The Strategic Smorgasbord of Postmodernity: Literature and the Christian Critic (Cambridge Scholars P, 2007) demonstrate her concern with reading contemporary literature from a Christian perspective and her belief that God is at work in literature even where the divine is not named. She regularly publishes articles on contemporary British and Canadian fiction and poetry in books and scholarly journals, and has also contributed a number of papers on pedagogy and on the importance of the humanities. She has presented over seventy papers at Christian/confessional academic conferences and public academic conferences in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and elsewhere. In the winter semester of 2013, she was the ARCU (Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities) lecturer for the year, and gave lectures at Tyndale U.C., Trinity Christian College in Chicago, Geneva College in Pennsylvania, The King’s University in Edmonton, and the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto. Most recently her work has engaged with the use of metaphor in literature about the environment; she presently has a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to work on a project entitled “The Voice of Environmental Hope in Contemporary Ontarian Poetry.”
- Canadian poetry and environmental concern
- The spiritual and the mythical in contemporary English fiction and poetry
- British modernism
- Ecological endings in faith and fiction
- Mimesis and narrative epistemology (Paul Ricoeur, Richard Kearney)
Awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to work on “The Voice of Environmental Hope in Contemporary Ontarian Poetry,” June 2016-May 2018.
Awarded a Zylstra grant to work on “EcoAtwood meets EcoChristianity,” April 2015
Stories of the Middle Space: Reading the Ethics of Postmodern Realisms (McGill-Queen’s UP) was awarded an Aid to Scholarly Publications grant by SSHRC.
of the Middle Space: Reading the Ethics of Postmodern Realisms. ed. Deborah C. Bowen. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.
The Strategic Smorgasbord of Postmodernity: Literature and the Christian Critic, ed. Deborah C. Bowen. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
“Reading the Devil in the Landscape.” The Hermeneutics of Hell: Devilish Visions and Visions of the Devil in World Literature. Dan Russ and Gregor Thuswaldner, eds. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, July 2017.
“‘What’s the Use of Stories That Aren’t Even True?’ Salman Rushdie, Religion, and the Magic Real.” Visions and Revisions: The Word and the Text. Ed. Roger Kojecký and Andrew Tate. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 51-65.
“Ecological Endings and Eschatology: Margaret Atwood’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction.” Christianity and Literature, Sept. 2017.
“‘Do you understand what you are reading?’–rhetoric, ethics and aesthetics in the undergraduate classroom.” International Journal of Christianity & Education 20.1 (Winter 2016): 7-19.
“‘Seeing Beyond the Scenery’: Exploring the World Through Metaphor.” Canadian Theological Review2.1 (2013): 59-78.
Selected Book Reviews
“Spatial Engagement with Poetry by Heather H. Yeung.” The Goose 14.2 (2016), Article 14.
The poetry of Daphne Marlatt, by Daphne Marlatt (S. Knutson, Ed); North of California Street: Selected poems, by George Stanley (S. Thesen, Ed); The order in which we do things: The poetry of Tom Wayman, by T. Wayman (O. Percy, Ed)]. Journal of Canadian Poetry 31 (2016): 74-83.
Red Doc >, by Anne Carson. Journal of Canadian Poetry 30 (2013).
Stories of the Middle Space – Learn more
The Strategic Smorgasbord of Postmodernity – Learn more
For the Christianity and Literature Study Group (a national organization allied with ACCUTE), find more information HERE.