Department of English


English Language and Literature

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Glenn Willmott


PhD Duke

  • modernisms
  • comics and other mass culture genres
  • ecocriticism and human-animal representation
  • left cultural studies and economic approaches to literature
  • empathy and wonder in literature: see my
  • primitivism
  • CV (PDF 129 KB)

"I began my university career as an engineering student and loved it—I once designed a lifelike artificial ear to test hearing protectors.  When I heard the siren call of literature, no ear plugs could save me; so here I am.  My teaching and research likes to wander among all the many forms of creative experimentation—in popular arts as well as in the avant-garde—from the 1890s forward.  I am motivated by questions about the nature and consequences of aesthetic power and am drawn to radically alternative visions of the good life and the forces arrayed against it."


2020-21 Courses

  • ENGL 487 002-2/3.0 Group III: Special Topics II – Science Fictional Worlds
  • ENGL 290 002/3.0 Seminar in Literary Interpretation – Reading the Novel: Dune
  • ENGL 290 003/3.0 Seminar in Literary Interpretation – Reading the Novel: Moby-Dick
  • ENGL 813 Literary Theory III: Creative Research Workshop

Recent Publications

Reading for Wonder: Ecology, Ethics, Enchantment (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

“The Animalized Character and Style” in Animal Comics: Multispecies Storyworlds in Graphic Narratives, ed. David Herman (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“Cat People,” Modernism/Modernity (2010).

“Modernism, Economics, Anthropology,” Disciplining Modernism, ed. P. Caughie (2009).

Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market and the Gift (University of Toronto Press, 2008).

Current Supervisions

Panayiota (Patty) Argyrides, Kelly McDevitt, Nicole Pacas, Katie Turcotte (about students)