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Gabrielle McIntire


A specialist in British and American literary modernisms of roughly 1890-1945, with focus on poetry, poetics, psychoanalytic criticism, eco-criticism, and theories of history, memory, desire, and the sacred, 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). Also a creative writer, McIntire’s poetry has appeared internationally in journals and book collections including The Literary Review of Canada, The A-Line, Van Gogh’s Ear (Paris), The Cortland Review, Freefall, and Audeamus. Her book, Unbound, was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2021.

McIntire has held several awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), including a Standard Research Grant at Queen’s University and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto. She has been a Senior Resident at Massey College at the University of Toronto; a Research Associate at Holywell Manor, Balliol College, Oxford; and a resident at the Writing Studio at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has also taught at Cornell University and at the T.S. Eliot International Summer School in London, England. She is 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.

McIntire sits on the Editorial Boards of the Woolf Studies Annual, The T.S. Eliot Studies Annual, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The A-Line.

Research Interests
  • American and British literary modernisms
  • eco-criticism; theories of memory; theories of the sacred; poetry and poetics
Selected Publications


McGill-Queen's University Press

Inspired by mystical traditions, birdwatching, tree planting, ethics, neuropsychology, and quantum physics, Gabrielle McIntire's poems draw us in with their passionate attention to what it means to be human in a still-wondrous natural environment. Touching on human frailty, the eternal, and the ecological with a delicate and evocative brush, Unbound enacts an almost prayerful attentiveness to the earth's creatures and landscapes while it offers both mournful and humorous treatments of love and loss. McIntire's finely tuned musical voice - with its incantatory rhythms, rhymes, sound play, and entrancing double meanings - invites us to be courageously open to the unexpected.

The Cambridge Companion to the Wasteland

Cambridge University Press

T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" is often considered to be the most important poem written in English in the twentieth century. The poem dramatically shattered old patterns of form and style, proposed a new paradigm for poetry and poetic thought, demanded recognition from all literary quarters, and changed the ways in which it was possible to approach, read, or write poetry. "The Waste Land" helped to define the literary and artistic period known as modernism. This Companion is the first to be dedicated to the work as a whole, offering fifteen new essays by international scholars and covering an extensive range of topics. Written in a style that is at once sophisticated and accessible, these fresh critical perspectives will serve as an invaluable guide for scholars, students, and general readers alike.

Edited by Gabrielle Mclntire 

Modernism, Memory, and Desire: T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf

Cambridge University Press

T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf were almost exact contemporaries, readers and critics of each others' work, and friends for over twenty years. Their writings, though, are rarely paired. Modernism, Memory, and Desire proposes that some striking correspondences exist in Eliot and Woolf's poetic, fictional, critical, and autobiographical texts, particularly in their recurring turn to the language of desire, sensuality, and the body to render memory's processes. The book includes extensive archival research on some mostly unknown bawdy poetry by T. S. Eliot while offering readings of major work by both writers, including "The Waste Land," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Orlando and To the Lighthouse. McIntire juxtaposes Eliot and Woolf with several major modernist thinkers of memory, including Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson and Walter Benjamin, to offer compelling reconsiderations of the relation between textuality, remembrance and the body in modernist literature.

Additional Academic Publications 

  • Forthcoming. The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf, Modernism and Religion. Co-edited with Jane de Gay. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Forthcoming. "Bloomsbury and Psychoanalysis." History of the Bloomsbury Group. Ed. Derek Ryan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2022. “Virginia Woolf’s Agnostic, Visionary Mysticism.” The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism, Myth and Religion, eds. Suzanne Hobson and Andrew Radford. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2021. “Love’s Errors and Effacements: T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale.” T.S. Eliot Studies Annual. Ed. John D. Morgenstern. Liverpool and Clemson, SC: Liverpool University Press and Clemson University Press.
  • 2021. “Virginia Woolf: Mature Works I, 1924-1927.” The Oxford Handbook of Virginia Woolf  ed. Anne Fernald. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2020. “Love’s Errors and Effacements: T. S. Eliot and Emily Hale.” Time Present: The Newsletter of the International T.S. Eliot Society. Summer, Vol. 101: 6-13.
  • 2018. "History in Transition," Futility and Anarchy: British Literature in Transition, 1920-1940 eds. Charles Ferrall and Dougal McNeill. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2016. “Modernism and Bloomsbury Aesthetics,” Virginia Woolf, ed. James Acheson (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan).
  • 2015. “Introduction,” The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land. Cambridge University Press.
  • 2015. “The Waste Land as Ecocritique,” The Cambridge Companion to The Waste Land. Cambridge University Press.
  • 2015. “Uncanny Semblables and Serendipitous Publications: T.S. Eliot’s the Criterion, The Waste Land, and James Joyce’s Ulysses," 1922: Literature, Culture, Politics, ed. Jean Michel Rabaté. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2015. “Feminism and Gender in To the Lighthouse.” The Cambridge Companion to To the Lighthouse, ed. Allison Pease. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2014. “Psychology and Sexuality,” The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Poetry, eds. David Chinitz and Gail McDonald. London: Wiley Blackwell.
  • 2013. “You Can’t Go Home Again: Ambivalent Nostalgia in T.S. Eliot’s Poetry,” Modernist Nostalgia, ed. Tammy Clewell. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • 2013. “Notes Toward Thinking the Sacred in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse.” Modern Horizons, Special Issue on “Modernity, Ideology, and the Novel.” 4.1: 1-11.
  • 2012. “Toward a Narratology of Passing: Epistemology, Race, and Misrecognition in Nella Larsen’s Passing.” Callaloo: A Journal of African American and African Arts and Letters 35.3: 778-94. 2010.
  • (Reprint) “The Women Do Not Travel: Gender, Difference, and Incommensurability in Heart of Darkness.” Heart of Darkness: Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism. 3rd Ed, ed. Ross Murfin. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s.
  • 2010. “‘Doing up Freud’: Virginia Woolf, The Hogarth Press, and Getting Dirty: A Response to Elisa Kay Sparks’ Review in Virginia Woolf Miscellany 76,” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 77: 16-17.
  • 2005. Heteroglossia, Monologism, and Fascism: Bernard Reads The Waves.” Narrative. 13: 29- 45.
  • 2002. “The Women Do Not Travel: Gender, Difference, and Incommensurability in Heart of Darkness.” Modern Fiction Studies. 48: 257-84.
  • 2002. “An Unexpected Beginning: Sex, Race, and History in T.S. Eliot’s Columbo and Bolo Poems.” Modernism/Modernity. 9: 283-301.

Creative Publications 

  • 2019. “Cringe.” The A-Line: A Journal of Progressive Thought. 2: 1-2. (Nashville, USA).
  • 2019. “Cascade.” The A-Line: A Journal of Progressive Thought. 2: 1-2. (Nashville, USA).
  • 2016. “Upstairs.” Freefall, XXVI Number 3 (Calgary, Alberta).
  • 2014. “On the Rose Garden at UBC.” Audeamus (Toronto, Massey College Press).
  • 2013. “Bloom.” Remembering Colin: A Gathering of Poems for Colin Bernhardt (Wolfville, Nova Scotia).
  • 2012. “Fall.” The Original Van Gogh’s Ear Anthology (Paris: French Connection Press).
  • 2012. “Give.” Literary Review of Canada Vol. 20. No. 5 (Toronto).
  • 2007. “Speed.” Literary Review of Canada. Vol. 15. No. 5 (Toronto).
  • 2007. “A Description of an Approaching Hurricane in Canada.” Scapes (Kingston: Hidden Book Press).
  • 2006. “On Being Close to Dying at Age 87.” Van Gogh’s Ear (Paris: French Connection Press).
  • 2006. “The Black-Capped Chickadee.” The Salmon River Watershed: Jewel of Eastern Ontario (Kingston: Friends of the Salmon River Press).
  • 2006. “Summer Surprised Us.” Kingston Poets’ Gallery. Ed. Elizabeth Greene (Kingston, Artful Codger Press).
  • 2006. “Shivering Ash on the Edge of Ramsden Park.” Kingston Poets’ Gallery. Ed. Elizabeth Greene (Kingston, Artful Codger Press).
  • 2006. “Break Through.” Kingston Poets’ Gallery. Ed. Elizabeth Greene (Kingston: Artful Codger Press).
  • 2006. “Psalm for Winter.” Small Brushes (Allamuchy, NJ: Adept Press).
  • 2006. “At Sea.” The Cortland Review (Online journal, Seattle).
  • 2005. “The Task of the Rose Hip.” The Queen’s Feminist Review (Kingston).
Awards and Recognition
2023-2028: SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Insight Grant
2019: Nominated for W.J. Barnes Award for Distinguished Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University
2010: Banff Centre for the Arts, Writing Studio Fellowship
2008-2012: SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Standard Research Grant
2004: W.J. Barnes Award for Distinguished Teaching, Queen's University
2002-3: SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Post-Doctoral Award, University of Toronto, Supervised by Linda Hutcheon
2002: Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching, Cornell University
Graduate Supervision

“Ideology, Production, and Reproduction: Virginia Woolf, Marie Stopes, and H.D.”

“Madness, Mental Health, and the Aesthetics of Resilience in Modernist Women’s Literature”

“Balancing Modernism: Eliot, Joyce, and Empathy”

Additional Information

An interview/podcast about T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Waste Land

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