Stewart Donovan

Stewart Donovan

Department of English Language and Literature and Irish Studies

BA (St. F.X.), MA (Ottawa), PhD (National University of Ireland) (UCD)



Selected Published works

Maritime Union: A Political Tale, (novel) Non-Entity Press, 1992

Cape Breton Quarry, (collection of poems) Breton Books, 1994

The Molly Poems and Highland Elegies (2005) Breton Books

The Forgotten World: a life of R.J. MacSween Cape Breton University Press, 2007

The Men's Breakfast (short story anthology), Breton Books, 2011

From Ingonish Out: New and Selected Poems, Breton Books, 2012

Down Home With Louis Dudek" Eternal Conversations: Remembering Louis Dudek edited by Aileen Collins, Sonja Skarstedt and Michael Gnarowski, DC Books, Montreal (2003)

“Learning Out Loud: movies, art and the politics of culture”. A review essay of David Thomson’s Biographical Dicitonary of Film and Terry Eagleton’s After Theory.TNR Vol 14/15 Fall 2004 Winter 2005.

“We are All Historians Now”. A review essay of Edmund Wilson: A life in Literature and Cultural Amnesia by Clive James. TNR Volume 18/19 (Spring Summer 2007).

"From the Parish to the Province: the poetry of Alden Nowlan and Patrick Kavanagh" inDown East: essays on Atlantic Canadian Writing, edited by James Taylor and WolfgangHochbruck, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Frankfurt (1996).

"The Lessons of the Master” Louis Dudek Essays on his Work, edited by George Hildebrand, Guernica Editions, Toronto, London and New York (2001)

“Under English Eyes: a review of Heathcliff and the Great Hunger by Terry Eagleton “The Nashwaak Review Vol 3 (Winter 1996)

"The Critic as Artist: Re:Reading Hugh Kenner" The Antigonish Review Vol 100 (Winter 1995) pp. 39-55.

"Famous American Whines" a review article of Fame in the Twentieth Century by Clive James and The Culture of Complaint: the Fraying of America by Robert Hughes.TAR Vol. 97(Spring 1994) pp. 115-127.

Frankfurt to Dubrovnik: an interview with Rudolph Siebert, The Nashwaak Review Vol. 1 (Fall 1994) pp. 69-90.

“Writers and Politics: Ezra Pound back in the dock" TAR , Vol. 93-94, (Spring-Summer, 1993) pp. 47-55

A Walking Tour of Southern France: Ezra Pound among the troubadours edited by Richard Sieburth CHOICE (1993)

"Mr Wu and Mrs Stitch " a review of The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper edited by Artemis Cooper TAR Vol. 90 (Summer 1992)

"Finn in Shabby Diggs: Myth and the Reductionist Process in At Swim Two Birds", The Antigonish Review Vol. 89 (Spring 1992) pp. 147-153.

"Pax Americana" a review of Blood Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies,by Christopher Hitchens. TAR Vol. 86 (Summer 1991)

Everlasting Voices: aspects of the Modern Irish Short Story by Richard J. Thompson CHOICE American Library Association (1990)

“McLuhan Revival” review-article of Marshall McLuhan: the Medium and the Messenger by Philip Marchand and Marshall McLuhan:the Man and His Messages edited by George Sanderson and Frank MacDonald APBR Vol. 16, No. 3 (Sept. Oct. 1989)“South by South West” a review of In the Spirit of the Times and Islands by Ken Norris; Islands Lovelier Than a Vision by Cyril Dabydeen Journal of Canadian Poetry Vol. 3, 1988

“Remembering Yeats” an interview with Irish novelist Francis Stuart TAR 71-72(Autumn 1987 Winter 1988) pp. 57-64.

“Atlantic Stories,” a review of Atlantic Anthology Vol. 1 ed. by Fred Cogswell. The Cormorant Vol. 4, No. 1 (Spring 1986)

“Alden Nowlan’s Poetry,” a review of An Exchange of Gifts: Poems New and Selected by Alden Nowlan APBR Vol. 12 No. 4 (Nov-Dec 1985)

“Brian Moore's latest Novel," a review of Black Robe by Brian Moore. The Atlantic Provinces Book Review Vol. 12, No. 2 (May-June1985)

“Breakfast with Borges,” (an interview with Jorge Luis Borges) The Antigonish Review 52 (Winter 1983) pp. 67-71.

Selected Talks and Conference papers

“Pound, John McRae and the triumph of the cenotaphs; or, Amnesia and Empire: re-writing the battered books for nationhood,” a paper delivered at the 24th International Ezra Pound Conference at the University of London,

London, England, July 5-9, 2011.

“Revisiting New Ireland” a talk given at the International Famine Commemoration Exhibit in Cork, Ireland, May 12, 2011

“Hypertexting Irish High Modernism” a joint paper delivered with Trevor Sawler at the Canadian Association for Irish Studies Conference in Halifax May 19th to 22nd 2010.

‘“What Thous Lovest Well Remains” R. J. MacSween poet and Poundian’, a paper delivered at the 23rd International Conference on Ezra Pound in RomeCentro Studi Americani Palazzo Antici Mattei, Rome,Italy 30 June-4 July 2009

“Was this your father’s land? Progress and the price of staying home." Stanley Thompson Symposium, Keltic Lodge, Ingonish, Septmeber 10, 2008.

“Stanley Thompson and Cape Breton Highlands Links” a talk delivered at the Royal Canadian Golf Association Hall of Fame and St. George's Golf and Country Club, Toronto, 16-17 April 2009.

“Canada’s Great Unknown Poet,” Calgary March, 2008.

“Celluloid Irish: the portrayal of the Irish in Feature Films,” Calgary, March 2008.

“Five Poets Read at Main a Dieu”, Main a Dieu, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, August, 2007.

Poetry Reading, Northrup Frye Literary Festival, Moncton, N.B.April, 2001

“Quiet American’s and French Colonials” Joint paper delivered with professor Piet Defraeye for the French Colonial Historical Association in Toulouse, France , May 2002.

“Celluloid Irish: the portrayal of the Irish in Feature Films,University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas. 1998.

"From the Parish to the Province: the poetry of Alden Nowlan and Patrick Kavanagh" C.A.I.S. UPEI, Charlottetown, PEI, May 20th, 1995.

Poetry Reading and book launch Ingonish Cultural Symposium in Ingonish, Cape Breton, October 1994.

“Song and Suffering: the Northern Irish Conflict 1969-89.”a paper delivered at the Conflict Studies Center conference on Northern Ireland, University of New Brunswick, May 1989.

"Finn in Shabby Diggs: Myth and the Reductionist Process inAt Swim Two Birds", a paper delivered at the Northeastern Modern Languages Association (NEMLA) in Boston, Mass. October 1988.

“The Irish Comic Tradition,” Miramichi Irish Festival, Chatham, New Brunswick, July 13, 1986.