English Research


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Tristanne Connolly
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English Research

The English department at St. Jerome's University has made a reputation for prolific, internationally recognized research that both enriches our teaching and contributes substantially to our academic fields.


Our expertise, in terms of periods, includes a strong commitment to the tradition of British literature and various forms of contemporary literature: Chaucer; Shakespeare; British Romanticism; early twentieth-century British literature; contemporary poetry of the United Kingdom and Ireland; contemporary American literature; contemporary Canadian and postcolonial literatures.


Within the Department of English, some of the research areas include:


  • The life-writings of medical personnel in war zones from the First World War onwards to better understand the psychological stress involved in such work (Carol Acton)
  • The representation of the body, sexuality and reproduction in British Romantic writing and illustration, especially William Blake’s illuminated books (Tristanne Connolly)
  • The theology of Rowan Williams as a resource for understanding the making of the Christian imagination (Norm Klassen)
  • Small words of volition in Shakespeare (Alysia Kolentsis)
  • The implications of a preponderance of citations from poetry in the Oxford English Dictionary for a conception of the denotative definition of words (David Williams)
  • The relationship between salmon, sacrament, and water reclamation in the Pacific northwest (Chad Wriglesworth)
  • The intersection between the visual arts and contemporary Canadian and Caribbean literatures. (Veronica Austen)




Norm Klassen’s book, The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves (2017) received third place in the Theology category of the Association of Catholic Publishers’ Excellence in Publishing Awards. Read SJU’s announcement of the award.


Just out, Canadian Music and American Culture: Get Away From Me, co-edited by Tristanne Connolly and Tomoyuki Iino (Sophia University, Tokyo), features essays by three SJU faculty members: in addition to Connolly on Rush, there’s Veronica Austen on Jann Arden and Mark Spielmacher on Max Webster (Kim Mitchell’s band). Read the UW English blog’s post about the book.