UVic
Regular Faculty Member

Dr. G. Kim Blank

Dr. G. Kim Blank

I teach English Romanticism (English 382/383) as well as Literary Traditions and Transformations (English 147). At the moment my larger research interest is Keats's poetic development, though I also write about various topics; see, for example, "Let Us Kill the Term Paper", "In Praise of an Older Word, Alas," "Reviewage: The Culture of Online Opinions," and "The Importance of Being Google." I have also recently editorialized on how universities may be "Dumbing Down for Dollars."

See my "Faces of UVic Reasearch" video.

To link to my "Wordiness, Wordiness, Wordiness" site, click here. To link to The Close Reading of Poetry: A Practical Introduction and Guide to Explication, click here.

Selected Faculty Publications

What You See is What You Write

Toronto: Nelson Education, 2013

What You See Is What You Write: How Media, Movies, and Music Can Inspire Your Words

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ARTICLES, ESSAYS, & CHAPTERS: The Wordsworth Circle, Philological Quarterly, Logos, English Studies in Africa, American Notes and Queries, Neotestamentica, The Coleridge Bulletin, Dictionary of Literary Biography: Modern British Essayists, Approaches to Teaching Byron's Poetry, Antigonish Review, Journal of Popular Culture, ARC Poetry Review, Family Court Review, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, The New English Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education REVIEWS: The Wordsworth Circle, Comparative Literature Studies, University of Toronto Quarterly, Times Higher Educational Supplement, English Studies, Times Literary Supplement, English Studies in Canada, European Romantic Review, Rocky Mountain Review, Modern Language Review, Keats-Shelley Journal, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, American Notes and Queries, Romantic Circles Reviews. ENCYCLOPEDIAS: Encyclopedia of American Counter Culture; Encyclopedia of Romanticism: Culture in Britain, 1780-1830; Britain in the Hanoverian Age, 1714-1837. PROFESSIONAL & CREATIVE PIECES: Times Higher Educational Supplement, Victoria Times-Colonist, Victoria Regional News, Vancouver Sun, Cut-To Magazine, Dental Assistants Bulletin, Monday Magazine, Torch, Portal, The Ring, Cat World Magazine, Globe and Mail, The Susquehanna Review, PopPolitics, Dissident Voice, Edmonton Journal, Canadian Association of University Teachers Bulletin. BOOKS: see below.

 

Perspectives on Contemporary Issues

Thomson/Nelson, 2007

"A writing-across-the-curriculum reader for composition courses that combines instruction in critical reading/writing and research-based writing with high-interest, high-impact essays. This text is designed to encourage critical thinking and academic writing by presenting a variety of perspectives on current issues."

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The New Shelley: Later Twentieth-Century Views

Macmillan (London) & St. Martin's (New York), 1991

"A collection of original essays by leading international scholars of Romantic literature which aims to situate Shelley for our own age, not only by contextualizing him within the scene of contemporary critical practice, but also by within his own scene of poetic production."

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Wordsworth and Feeling: The Poetry of an Adult Child

Associated University Presses & Fairleigh University Press, 1995

Fear, anxiety, loss, endurance, sorrow, grief, and guilt: these are what you often find in Wordsworth's most engaging poetry. Sometimes these subjects are poetically managed in stark and enigmatic ways; less often, and especially in his early poetry, they are transformed into restorative thought. So what's up with our beloved "Poet of Nature"? Bottom line: Wordsworth was, at least until his early thirties, pretty messed up, and his poetry reflects his various attempts to work it all out.

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Influence and Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Poetry

Macmillan (London) & St. Martins (New York), 1993

With Margot K. Louis. A collection of original essays by leading international scholars that circles around the historical and literary continuities and discontinuities in British poetry of the nineteenth century. How strong or clear is the Romantic/Victorian demarcation?

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Wordsworth's Influence on Shelley: A Study of Poetry Authority

Macmillan (London) & St. Martin's (New York), 1988.

William Wordsworth is viewed as the single most important and problematical influence on the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley almost always wrote with one eye on Wordsworth's accomplishment. To simplify things (and hell, why not?), Shelley had a love/hate relationship with what Wordsworth represented. Just read Shelley's sonnet "To Wordsworth" and you'll get the idea.

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Being Frank

TheatreOne & Trafford, 2007

From the publisher. "This remarkable play captures the charisma and complexity of one of Canada's most famous and controversial community figures: Frank Ney, better known as 'Black Frank' for his pirate and bathtub-racing persona. While celebrating his remarkable outward character and his irresistibly unique public persona, the play also explores an inward Frank. His creative energies momentarily sink as he wakes up to the possibility of change and loss in his business fortunes, political future, and private life." From a reviewer: ". . . Many of the scenes are brilliantly conceived and presented." [The book is based on the play produced at the Port Theatre, April 2007.]

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Rant

Umberto Press, 2002

Doug Beardsley on Rant: "Who else could transform a 21st century 'rant' into a rapper hymn? Everybody knocked off by September 11th is here . . . The geeks may giggle, but Blank's book of Revelation documents our 'eclipse of the soul.' Yeats's beast trembles in his den. Even he could never have imagined such a 'rant'." Emerging as cult favorite. Reader discretion advised.

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The University of Victoria Writer's Guide

Pearson Publishing, 2006

"The University of Victoria Writer's Guide packs a writer's survival kit fit for college students or workplace professionals into 137 spiral-bound pages. It presents an enormous amount of material in concise form, from grammar, punctuation, and usage to organizing paragraphs and essays and developing an argument. The last quarter of the book distills the basic elements of documentation found in the major style guides. Full of useful tips, interesting facts, and inspiring or amusing quotations from sources ranging from The Simpsons to Thoreau."

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