Paul Robichaud, Ph.D.
|Title||Chair, Department of English |
Professor of English
|Background||Ph.D., University of Toronto|
M.A., University of Western Ontario
B.A., University of Western Ontario
|Office||Weldon Hall, Room 104|
Teaching English at a liberal arts college means inviting students to engage closely with texts and helping them both to deepen their cultural understanding and to ask important questions about how language shapes our worldview. Students in my classes sharpen their reading and critical thinking skills, gain cultural insight, and improve their writing.
My latest book is Pan: the Great God's Modern Return (London: Reaktion Books, 2021). In it, I explore how Pan has been imagined in mythology, art, literature, music, spirituality and popular culture through the centuries. Praise for the book:
"...a tour de force that makes us rethink our relationship to the natural world – and to the supernatural." – Pericles Lewis, Professor of Comparative Literature, Yale University, author of Religious Experience and the Modernist Novel.
"This is simply the most wide-ranging and up-to-date exploration of the impact of Pan on the Western imagination yet written." — Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon.
"Robichaud’s skill is in weaving a coherent path through all this, setting out his material with scholarly specificity. It is a fascinating account of a strange god with meme-like reach across the ages, and a study in the temporal shape-shifting of mythology itself." -- Nina Lyon, The Spectator (UK)
Pan: the Great God’s Modern Return. London: Reaktion Books, 2021.
Making the Past Present: David Jones, the Middle Ages, and Modernism. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007.
Articles, Essays, and Book Chapters
“Scottish Texts and Contexts in Karen Solie’s The Caiplie Caves.” The Bottle Imp, Supplement
No. 7, ‘The Persistence of Scottish-Canadian Relations,’ ed. John Corbett, April, 2021. Online.
“Pastoral Revisions in Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Espalier.” The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society. vol. 18, no. 2, 2018, pp. 40-7.
“Forgiveness and Form in Geoffrey Hill’s The Triumph of Love.” Literary Imagination, vol. 20, no. 2, 2018, pp. 128–139.
“David Jones and the Archipelagic Past.” Religion and Literature, vol, 8., no. 1, 2018, pp. 129-31.
“Edward Thomas and David Jones.” Agenda. 1918 Issue, vol.52, no. 2. pp. 44-51.
“‘Some Wayward Art:’ David Jones and the Later Work of Geoffrey Hill.” David Jones: Christian Modernist? Ed. Jamie Callison, Anna Johnson, and Erik Tonning. Leiden. 153-66.
“Avant-Garde and Orthodoxy at Ditchling.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, vol. 69, no. 3, pp. 186-97.
“T.S. Eliot’s Christian Sociology and the Problem of Nationalism.” T. S. Eliot and Christian Tradition, edited by Benjamin Lockerd, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014, pp. 207-15.
“Louis MacNeice’s Irish and Scottish Pasts, 1935-9.” Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies, 6.1. 51-72.
“MacDiarmid and Muir: Scottish Modernism and the Nation as Anthropological Site.” The Journal of Modern Literature, 28.4. 135-51.
“Joyce, Vico, and National Narrative.” The James Joyce Quarterly, 41.2. 85-96.
“David Jones, Christopher Dawson, and the Meaning of History.” Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture, 6.3. 68-85.
“Gothic Architecture in the Poetry of David Jones and Geoffrey Hill.” Mosaic: a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, 35.5. 181-197.
“Pierre Reverdy.” Modern French Poets: Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 258. Ed. Jean-François Leroux. Farmington Hills: Gale. 366-73.
“‘It is our duty to sing’: Y Gododdin and David Jones’s In Parenthesis.” Welsh Writing in English: A Yearbook of Critical Essays, 7. 1-15.
“The Undoing of All Things: Malorian Language and Allusion in David Jones’s In Parenthesis.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, 53.2. 149-165.
“‘To Heir Quhat I Sould Wryte’: The Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy and Scots Oral Culture.” Scottish Literary Journal, 25.2. 9-16.
“At the Museum of America and the Sea”; “On Turner’s ‘Hurrah! for the Whaler Erebus! Another Fish!’”; “Connecticut” The Agonist, Fall, 2019. Online.
“Domestic” Brittle Star. No. 25. Spring, 2010. 30.
“The Spear” (translation of Dafydd ap Gwilym). Agenda. Welsh Issue. Vol. 44. Nos. 2-3. 2009. 47-8.
“Fence Painting” Breakwater. 2007. 63.
“At Pentagoët” The Hudson Review. New Writers Issue. Vol. 58, No. 1. Spring, 2005. 65-67.
“Reunion.”; “Drumossie Moor.”; “Titus Andronicus.” Breakwater. 2004. 79-80.
“Wine Land.” Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine. Vol. 1, No. 1. 2003. 38-40.