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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Ruth Panofsky

Media & Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000 ext. 6150
Office Location   JOR-1039
Office Hours   TBA


B.A. (Carleton); M.A. (York); Ph.D. Literature (York)


Dr. Ruth Panofsky is Professor of English at Ryerson University and she also teaches in the Joint Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. She previously taught at the University of Toronto and York University, and was a SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto. She has been a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany and a Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto. Ruth teaches courses on Canadian literature and culture, authorship and publishing, and women's writing, as well as a graduate seminar in Communication Research and Practice.

Ruth recently published a study of the writing and publishing career of Adele Wiseman, and she is currently preparing a publishing history of the Macmillan Company of Canada. She has published widely in the field of book history and print culture in Canada. In addition to scholarly works, she has published two books of poetry; her articles, book reviews, and poems have appeared in scholarly periodicals, literary journals, and major Canadian newspapers.

Ruth has received fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Bibliographical Society of Canada, and the Bibliographical Society of America. She won the 2008 Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Poetry. She is Book Review Editor of the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering and Poetry Editor of Parchment: Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing. Ruth is a member of Editing Modernism is Canada, a large, collaborative project housed in Dalhousie University's Department of English.

Research Interests

Canadian Literature and Culture; Authorship; Book History and Print Culture; Editorial and Textual Studies.

Selected Publications

At Odds in the World: Essays on Jewish Canadian Women Writers. Toronto: Inanna Publications, forthcoming 2008.

Laike and Nahum: A Poem in Two Voices. Toronto: Inanna Publications, 2007.
The Force of Vocation: The Literary Career of Adele Wiseman. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2006.
Adele Wiseman: Essays on Her Works. (Ed.) Writers Series 7. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2001.
Lifeline. Essential Poets Series 107. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2001.
Selected Letters of Margaret Laurence and Adele Wiseman. Ed. with John Lennox. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.
Adele Wiseman: An Annotated Bibliography. Toronto: ECW Press, 1992.

Guest ed. Canadian Jewish Studies 11 (2003). Jewish Canadian women writers issue.

Guest ed. Room of One's Own 16.3 (September 1993). Adele Wiseman issue.



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