Department of English

University of Toronto

Brown, Russell

brownRussell Brown
Professor Emeritus; Undergraduate Instructor


Teaching and Research Interests

Canadian literature; American fiction; the Bible and Literature.


B.A. (University St. Thomas), M.A., Ph.D. (SUNY, Binghamton)


Borderlines and Borderlands in English Canada: The Written Line (Orono, Maine: University of Maine/The Borderlands Project, 1981).

Co-ed., The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane. Madeira Park, BC: Harbour, 2011.

Co-ed., The Penguin Book of English-Canadian Short Fiction (Toronto: Pearson / Penguin: 2005).

Co-ed., An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English (Toronto: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010).

Ed., The Collected Poems of Al Purdy (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985).

“The Northrop Frye Effect.” In Northrop Frye’s Canadian Literary Criticism and Its Influence. University of Toronto Press, 2009: 279-302.

“Open Secrets? Alice Munro and the Mystery Story.” Open Letter 11.9/12.1 (Fall/Winter 2003-04): 185-209.

"‘The Seriousness of Things beyond Your Understanding’" [on the visionary tradition in English-Canadian writing], University of Toronto Quarterly 70.4 (Fall 2001).

"The Practice and Theory of Canadian Thematic Criticism: A Reconsideration," University of Toronto Quarterly (Spring 2001).

Current Research

Canadian postmodernism, with special attention to the place of Marshall McLuhan and Robert Kroetsch; more generally: prairie fiction.

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