For 20 years I was the associate editor of The Collected Works of Northrop Frye
based at the Northrop Frye Centre at Victoria University, Toronto. The project
was launched in a small way in 1991.
The last of its 30 volumes, an index to the whole, was published in 2012 in time
for Frye’s centenary. Here is the text of a talk I gave introducing Frye’s ideas.
Before the Frye project began, I was for nine years the postdoctoral fellow at
The Collected Works of John Stuart Mill, where among other things I compiled
the master index to all 32 volumes.
My PhD was in Victorian literature and it is my first love. Here is a link to "A Pocket Guide
to the Peerage", an article I wrote on nineteenth-century aristocratic titles -- a
seemingly dry subject that continues to fascinate me.
I have also worked as an independent scholar researching and writing
about Canadian literary and historical figures.
I live in Toronto, where I strive to grow a garden, and also attend classical music concerts.
For five years I was on the Board of the Toronto Bicycling Network
and continue to ride with them.
I enjoy the company of my three daughters (one of whom actually lives in England)
and their partners, and four gorgeous grandchildren.
- "Margaret Addison and Women's Rights," illustrated talk to the VWA (formerly Victoria Women's Association), November 22, 2017.
- "The Hidden Frye," illustrated talk given to the VWA, November 28, 2012.
- "Northrop Frye," presentation to the University in the Community class, November 14, 2012.
- "A Remarkable Force: Margaret Addison," illustrated talk to the VWA, October 22, 2008.
- Paper on Frye and value at the conference on Frye at the University of Ottawa, May 2007.
- "Re-Valuing Value," talk on Frye for the Northrop Frye International Festival, Moncton, April 2007.
- "Northrop Frye," given to the Senior Alumni Assocciation of the University of Toronto (Monday group), April 25, 2005.
- “On Writing a Biography,” given to the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto, 6 February 2001.
- “An Expanding Freedom: Margaret Addison and Victoria's Early Women,” given to the Victoria University alumni, 2 June 2000.
- “Frye and the Church,” given at the conference on Frye and the Word, McMaster University, 18 May 2000.
- “Northrop Frye Signs the Educational Contract,” at the International Conference on Northrop Frye Studies, Inner Mongolia University, Hoh Hot, July 1999.
- “Poetic Frye,” at the Association for Canadian Studies' annual conference, Sherbrooke, June 1999.
- Talk on Margaret Addison, Northrop Frye, and Victoria College to the University Round Table, 12 November 1997.
- Talk on Northrop Frye to Senior Alumni Association of the University of Toronto, 23 October 1997.
- “The History of the Victoria Women's Association,” on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, 23 November 1996.
- “Margaret Addison and Annesley Hall,” in the College Lecture Series on Victoria's Methodist Heritage, 7 March 1995.