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About the Provost

Douglas Kneale was appointed Provost and Vice-President, Academic at the University of Windsor for a five-year term beginning 1 March 2015.

After completing his BA and MA at Western University and his PhD at the University of Toronto, Douglas Kneale held a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University and a Folger Shakespeare Library fellowship in Washington, DC before joining Western, where he taught for twenty-five years, including a term as Chair of the Department of English. He has held SSHRC Standard Research and Occasional Scholarly Conference grants, and has served widely as an external appraiser for departmental review, promotion and tenure, and manuscript assessments. He is a recipient of the Edward G. Pleva Award, Western’s highest recognition for excellence in teaching, and has served as national president of the Canadian Association of Chairs of English.

From 2010 to 2015 he was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Brock University, where he oversaw the building of a 95,000 square-foot downtown facility in collaboration with the City of St Catharines to support Brock’s programs in the fine and performing arts. He was on the Board of Directors for nGen (the Niagara
Interactive Media Generator), and for the 1812 Legacy Council, a cross-border body commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and celebrating the subsequent two centuries of peace among three nations. He was a member of the Rodman Hall Art Centre Advisory Board and the St Catharines Downtown Development and Revitalization Committee, and served on back-to-back negotiations for the University on collective agreements with the Faculty Association. He also oversaw the implementation of Brock’s first binational MA, in Canadian-American Studies with the University at Buffalo. Douglas Kneale’s research interests include English Romanticism, literary history, critical theory, and language and rhetoric.

His books include Monumental Writing: Aspects of Rhetoric in Wordsworth’s Poetry (1988); Romantic Aversions: Aftermaths of Classicism in Wordsworth and Coleridge (1999); and (ed.) The Mind in Creation: Essays on English Romantic Literature in Honour of Ross G. Woodman (1992). Essays and reviews have appeared in Modern Philology, Studies in Romanticism, PMLA, Psychoanalytic Books, ELH, Ariel, English Studies in Canada, ELN, The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, University of Toronto Quarterly, European Romantic Review, Criticism, Journal of Contemporary Thought, Review of English Studies, and elsewhere.

Recent publications include essays on “Wordsworth, Milton, and a Question of Genre”; genre and catachresis in Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road; ekphrasis in the work of W.G. Sebald; and a CBC online vignette of Alice Munro on the occasion of her winning the Nobel Prize in Literature. He is also in the process of collecting his thoughts for a book, tentatively entitled Common Humanities, that draws on his administrative experiences in relation to culture and the university today. 

His CV is available for viewing here