Joseph Adamson, PhD

Joe Professor of English
Location: Chester New Hall, Room 313
Phone: 905 525 9140 ext. 23733


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Affect theory and literature, psychoanalysis and literature, Northrop Frye, 19th century American literature, comparative literature (English, French, Latin American)

Joseph Adamson is Professor of English and Comparative Literature. His research and teaching interests are wide-ranging. He is the author of Modern Poetry and Deconstruction (1988), Northrop Frye: A Visionary Life (1993), Melville, Shame and the Evil Eye (1997), and (with Hilary Clark) co-editor of Scenes of Shame (1999), a collection of essays on the intersection of literature, shame, and the emotions. He has published numerous articles and essays on literary theory and on nineteenth and twentieth-century fiction and poetry. Dr. Adamson is also co-editor (with Jean Wilson) of "The Secular Scripture" and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1976-1991, vol. 18 of the Collected Works of Northrop Frye. He is currently working on a book-length study of emotion and literature.