Gary Kelly

Gary Kelly

Distinguished University Professor

Office: 4-45 Humanities Centre
Office Hours: By appointment

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BA (History) Toronto; BA, DPhil (English) Oxford

Supervisory and Research Interests

Recent and current doctoral supervision topics include: transatlantic historical novel; women’s political tourism; 20th-century feminist historical novel; Canadian proletarian literature; global proletarian novel; comparative Gothic fictions Research ongoing: Romantic Chronotopes (representations of time-space); Voodoo Semiotics (Franco-American neo-hegelianism); Women, Learning, and Lore 1760s-1830s; long 18th-century popular print; Romantic Apocalypse Projects ongoing: series editor, Oxford History of Popular Print Culture, 11 vols (Oxford UP), 2 published; city-based popular print culture website-databases.

Courses Taught 

English: popular print culture; book history; women’s writing; 18th century; Romanticism; theatre and drama 1660-1840; proletarian literature and arts; social history of Englishes; social history of criticism and theory Comparative Literature Program: melodrama, romance, proletarian literature and arts, popular literature.

Representative Publications

Currently writing or just finished: book: History of Romanticism (print culture in the Romantic onset of modernity, for Blackwell); essays: Bluestocking work (class, gender, and intellectual and domestic work); popular novel 1780-1820; spectrum of Romantic fiction (genre); Austen and modernity; Austen and home; Romantic counterfactuals (readers’ uses of history); women’s long poem in pre-Civil War US; the gendered Atlantic (women poets in Romantic Britain, republican US).


Professional hilites: thanks to mum, teachers, and student loans escaped poverty to get through U Toronto and U Oxford; devised program for improving teaching and learning now in place at U of A; four years of CBC radio language columns; since 1990 secured over $1 million in research funding mainly for students; organized three international conferences; many published essays and conference presentations from Restoration erotic fiction to modern erotic Belgian comics; over 20 volumes of monographs and editions in literature 1760s to 1840s; pioneering digital humanities applications; awards (Kaplan Research Prize, Fellow of Royal Society of Canada, SSHRC research grants, Canada Research Chair, Distinguished University Professor).