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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Ian Balfour

Media & Culture

University   York University
E-Mail Address   ibalfour@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416) 736-2100, ext. 77463
Office Location   104 Winters College
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. (York); M.A. (Toronto); Ph.D. (Yale)

Biography

Ian Balfour's teaching and research interests include Romantic poetry and prose, contemporary theory and criticism, and 18th-century literature and philosophy (especially aesthetic theory and philosophy of language).

He is the author of Northrop Frye (1988), The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy (2002) and of essays on the Romantics (Wordsworth, Blake, Godwin, Inchbald), Walter Benjamin, Paul de Man, and on topics in popular culture (music, TV, film). He recently co-edited with Atom Egoyan, Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film, and with Eduardo Cadava, And Justice For All?: The Claims of Human Rights, and edited a volume of South Atlantic Quarterly on 'Late Derrida'. He is currently completing a book on the sublime and starting one on adaptation (literature to film).

Link to Personal website: http://www.arts.yorku.ca/english/people/faculty/balfour.html

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan