Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Patricia Rae


D.Phil. Oxford

613-533-6000, ext. 74436

Office: Watson Hall, Room 532
Sabbatical, Fall 2017


2017-18 Courses

  • ENGL 461-001/3.0 Topics in Modern/Contemporary British Literature I – War Literature Between the Wars: Elegies and Memoirs of the First World War and the Spanish Civil War
  • ENGL 862 Topics in Modernism: Modernist Elegy

Research Interests

  • Literary modernism in Britain and the United States, especially the genres of elegy and memoir
  • culture and politics in the 1930s
  • the Spanish Civil War
  • World War I
  • the theory and practice of mourning, elegy, commemoration
  • literature and the visual arts
  • Imagism and Vorticism
  • pragmatism

Recent Publications

“Surveillance and the Poetics of Silence: Late Modernist Imagism in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Political Fiction, ed. Mark Levene (forthcoming Salem Press, 2015).

“ ‘There’ll be no more fishing this side the grave’: George Orwell’s Radical Nostalgia,“ Modernism and Nostalgia I, ed. Tammy Clewell (Palgrave, 2013) 149–165.

“ ‘Grieving in a New Way for New Losses’: British Elegies on the Spanish Civil War,” The Spanish Civil War: History, Memory, Representation, ed. Anindya Raychaudhuri (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013) 124–41.

Current Supervisions

John Bany-Klupsas, Adam Cotton, Irene Mangoutas (about students)