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Gabrielle McIntire

Gabrielle McIntire

Professor and Associate Head of English

PhD Cornell

  • American and British literary modernisms
  • theoretical work on history, memory, the sacred, ecology, psychology, and psychoanalysis

Gabrielle McIntire is Professor of English at Queen’s University. She received her PhD in English Language and Literature from Cornell University, and she holds two Master’s degrees in English Language and Literature from Cornell University and McGill University, respectively, and a BA from the University of Toronto, with a double major in English Literature and Religious Studies and a double minor in History and Italian.

A specialist in British and American literary modernisms of roughly 1890-1945, with focus on poetry, poetics, the novel, psychoanalytic criticism, literary theory, eco-criticism, history, memory, desire, the sacred, and the secular, McIntire is the author of Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf (Cambridge UP, 2008), and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land (Cambridge UP, 2015). She has also published essays on Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Nella Larsen, history, aesthetics, psychology, and sexuality in journals including Modernism/modernity, Modern Fiction Studies, Narrative, Callaloo: A Journal of African American and African Arts and Letters, and Virginia Woolf Miscellany. Other work has appeared in collections such as Futility and Anarchy: British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940 (Eds. Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill. Cambridge UP, 2018), Virginia Woolf (Ed. James Acheson. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), 1922: Literature, Culture, Politics (Ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. Cambridge UP, 2015), The Cambridge Companion to To the Lighthouse (Ed. Alison Pease. Cambridge UP, 2015), The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry (Ed. David Chinitz. Blackwell, 2014), and Modernist Nostalgia (Ed. Tammy Clewell. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).

McIntire has held several awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), including a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto and a Standard Research Grant at Queen’s University. She has been a Senior Resident at Massey College (Toronto); a Research Associate at Holywell Manor, Balliol College, Oxford; and she has taught at Cornell University and at the T.S. Eliot International Summer School in London, England. She has been the recipient of two teaching awards: the W.J. Barnes Award for Distinguished Teaching at Queen’s University, and the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell University.

Also a creative writer, McIntire’s poetry has appeared internationally in journals such as The Literary Review of Canada, The A-Line, Van Gogh’s Ear (Paris), The Cortland Review, Freefall, Audeamus, and in a number of book collections, and her book, Unbound, will be published with McGill-Queen's University Press in 2021:  Her poem, “Shadowland,” was put to music composed by Xiren Wang for Piano and High Voice (premiered at Queen’s University, 2011), and her poem, “Lone Hunter” was put to music composed by Rupert Lang for Equal Voices, Unaccompanied (Commissioned by The Surrey Children’s Choir; premiered in Vancouver and Edinburgh, 2006). She has been a resident at the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and she has written a novel.

McIntire sits on the Editorial Boards of the Woolf Studies Annual, The T.S. Eliot Studies Annual, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The A-Line, and she has been on the Editorial Board of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and on the Advisory Board of The International T.S. Eliot Society.


613-533-6000, ext. 74416
office: Watson Hall, Room 437
office hours: by email appointment

2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 486 002-7/3.0 Group III: Special Topics I – Modernisms c. 1880-1920
  • ENGL 487 001-8/3.0 Group III: Special Topics II – British and American Modernisms: c. 1914-1942
  • ENGL 817 Topics in Literary Study III: Publishing Practicum
  • ENGL 864 Topics in Modernism IV: Modernism, Mysticism, and the Divine

Recent Publications

"Woolf's Aetheistic Mysticism," The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion, ed. Suzanne Hobson and Andrew Radford (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

“Truth, Genre, Poetry, and the Soul: What Woolf was Seeking, 1924-27,” The Oxford Handbook to Virginia Woolf, ed. Anne Fernald (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“History in Transition,” Futility and Anarchy: British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940, eds. Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

“Modernism, Bloomsbury Aesthetics, Mrs. Dalloway, and To the Lighthouse,” in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse: Casebook Series, ed. James Acheson (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

Editor, The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

“Uncanny Semblables and Serendipitous Publications: T.S. Eliot’s the Criterion, The Waste Land, and James Joyce’s Ulysses,” in 1922: Literature, Culture, Politics, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

“Psychology and Sexuality,” in The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry, ed. David Chinitz and Gail McDonald (London: Wiley Blackwell, 2014).


  • W.J. Barnes Award for Distinguished Teaching, Queen’s University (2004)
  • Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cornell University (2002)

Current Supervisions

Kyle Joudry, Skylar Kovacs, Andrew Moffitt (about students)