University of Calgary

Harry Vandervlist

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of English

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Professional Description

Harry Vandervlist retired in 2018. His research focused on modernist literature, especially Samuel Beckett. In 2016 he spoke on "Mapping a Distinctive Literary Territory: Samuel Beckett’s Uses of the Pre-Socratic Writers" ("The Pre-Socratics in European Modernism and the Avant-Garde 1900-1950," Freie Universität Berlin.) He also published on Canadian literature, focusing on the Banff poet Jon Whyte (whose collected poems he edited in 2000) and literary representations of the Rocky Mountains. He has published numerous reviews and author profiles of Canadian poets in publications including Quill and Quire, AlbertaViews Magazine and FastForward Weekly, and has served on the editorial boards of the University of Calgary Press and NeWest Press. His writing on visual art includes exhibition catalogues for Alberta artists Richard Brown and Gord Ferguson, and an essay on the 2015 Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival in Dawson City in the 2018 volume Sculpting Cinema (Ed. Melanie Wilmink & Solomon Nagler). Other scholarly publications include the "The challenge of writing bioregionally: performing the Bow River in Jon Whyte’s ‘Minisniwapta: Voices of the River’” (The Bioregional Imagination, edited by Cheryll Glotfelty, Karla Armbruster and Thomas Lynch, U. of Georgia Press 2012); "Re-Envisioning Epic in Jon Whyte’s Rocky Mountain poem 'The Fells of brightness'" (Sustaining the West, ed. L. Piper and L. Szabo,Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2014); “Seeing seeing, and telling telling: Framing and Transparency in Robert Kroetsch’s The Hornbooks of Rita K. and James Turrell’s `Twilight Arch” (George Melnyk, editor, Wilder Words: Writing on Alberta Literature. University of Calgary Press, 2017).

Teaching Approach

Harry Vandervlist has retired and is not currently teaching courses.



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