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The Alexander Lectureship was founded in honour of Professor W.J. Alexander, who held the Chair of English at University College, University of Toronto from 1889 to 1926. The Lectureship brings to the university a distinguished scholar or critic to give a course of lectures on a subject related to English literature.
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Unexpected Affinities: Reading Across Cultures
Unexpected Affinities: Reading Across Cultures
By Zhang Longxi

East-West comparative literature is a field of study that has seen tremendous growth in recent years. In this pioneering study, renowned scholar Zhang Longxi offers a much-needed reappraisal of the thematic and conceptual similarities that unite literary and cultural traditions in the East and West.

Published Feb 2007
Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative
Hannah Arendt: Life is a Narrative
By Julia Kristeva

Kristeva explores the philosophical aspects of Hannah Arendt’s work: her understanding of such concepts as language, self, body, political space, and life.

Published Jan 2001
Women's Lives: The View from the Threshold
Women's Lives: The View from the Threshold
By Carolyn G. Helibrun

Heilbrun looks at the biographies and memoirs of women who have altered the face of literature and the world, and reveals the ways in which feminism has changed our perceptions of their lives.

Published Dec 1999
Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy
Fools of Time: Studies in Shakespearean Tragedy
By Northrop Frye

Fools of Time will be welcomed not only by many scholars who are familiar with Dr. Frye's keen critical insight but also by undergraduates, graduates, high-school and university teachers who have long valued his work as a means toward a firmer grasp and deeper understanding of English literature.

Published Feb 1996
Experience into Thought: Perspectives in the Coleridge Notebooks
Experience into Thought: Perspectives in the Coleridge Notebooks
By Kathleen Coburn

This book examines Coleridge's experiences, moods, thoughts, and reactions as a whole and their relation to his poems and to his prose works, and also to look at many of his own statements made mainly in the privacy of his notebooks about his aims and purposes.

Published Dec 1979
The Race of Time: Three Lectures on Renaissance Historiography
The Race of Time: Three Lectures on Renaissance Historiography
By Hershel Baker

Professor Baker recounts and analyses the relations of the English Renaissance historians to other writers of their time and to the historians of later ages.

Published Sep 2017
Mirror of Minds: Psychological Beliefs in English Poetry
Mirror of Minds: Psychological Beliefs in English Poetry
By Geoffrey Bullough

The aim of this book is to illustrate the ways in which at various periods English poetry has reflected current views of the human mind, with special reference to such topics as its place in the cosmos, its relations with the body, the connections between sense, passions, and reason, the problem of soul and its possible survival after death.

Published Sep 2017
The Renaissance and English Humanism
The Renaissance and English Humanism
By Douglas Bush

The appearance of a fourth printing of The Renaissance and English Humanism indicated the scholarly success this book has enjoyed for more than a decade. As a brief yet thoughtful and eloquent evaluation of the influence of the Christian humanistic tradition upon our culture it has not been surpassed.

Published Sep 2017
In Search of Chaucer
In Search of Chaucer
By Betrand H. Bronson

This book is a study of the three worlds in Chaucer's poetry, raising questions about the kind of truth which resides in each, the literary values which can be extracted from them, their essentail relation to one another, and the perennial problem of appearance and reality.

Published Sep 2017
The Languages of Criticism and the Structure of Poetry
The Languages of Criticism and the Structure of Poetry
By R.S. Crane

These vigorous lectures deal with some of the many ways in which the question of structure in poetry (here synonymous with the whole range of artistic creation in words) can be discussed.

Published Sep 2017