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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Karen Mulhallen

Media and Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   kmulhall@ryerson.ca
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Education

B.A.( Waterloo); M.A.( Toronto); PhD ( Toronto)

Biography

Professor Mulhallen teaches courses in Modernism, myth and archetype in literature, creative writing, eighteenth century literature and society, and tragic and comic modes, in the English department at Ryerson University.She is an internationally acclaimed editor, and has published widely essays on the arts both in Canada and in the UK. For more than three decades she has edited the award-winning literary magazine Descant, and through the magazine and other anthologies has promoted the work of Canadian writers nationally and internationally. She has published eight books of poetry, as well as edited more than one hundred issues of Descant.At Ryerson, she has established and hosts a poetry reading series, Live Poets Society, at Oakham House on Tuesday evenings. (See the Ryerson home page for current listings under <livepoet>. For a full listing of her awards and publications see her web-site at <www.karenmulhallen.com>.

Research Interests

The Culture of the Book; Political iconography and literature, 18th century Europe; Modernism; Contemporary Canadian Literature.

Selected Publications

" Night Thoughts; Blake's Iconographic Ruminations ( and Iconological Revelations)", pp.1-18, The AnaChronist( 2001) [Budapest]

¡¤ "Schaferscapes ( an excerpt)", pp.140-151, in Intersections; Fiction and Poetry from The Banff Centre for The Arts, ( Banff Alberta: Banff Centre Press, 2000)

¡¤ "Of Wardrobe and Mask: Seven Takes on Stitching a Prime Minister", pp.93-106 in Trudeau's Shadow; The Life and Legacy of Pierre Trudeau, eds. Andrew Cohen and J.L. Granatstein ( Toronto: Random House, 1998).

¡¤ "Writing With Pictures: W.F. Garrett-Petts and Donald Lawrence, Photographic Encounters, The Edges and Edginess of Reading Prose Pictures and Visual Fictions" Canadian Literature 174 ( Autumn 2002), pp.139-121.

¡¤ "A Tale of Two Cities", Wascana Review, 30, number 1, Spring 1995, pp.16-29.

¡¤ "Introduction", Paper Guitar, Twenty-Seven Writers Celebrate 25 years of Descant magazine, ed. Karen Mulhallen ( Toronto: Harper Collins, 1995), pp.1-12.

 

 

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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