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Paul Grant

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Dr. Paul Grant, MA (Hons.), A.C. Bradley Medal (Glasgow) , M.Phil., Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Associate Professor - English

​Email: pgrant@grenfell.mun.ca

Phone: (709) 637-2176

Research interests/expertise

Humour Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies; pedagogy; Weird fiction; Vladimir Nabokov; Raymond Carver.


Humour Studies; supernatural fiction; 19th-21st-century American, English, Scottish, Irish, Russian Literature.

Representative scholarly contributions

  • Mind and Matter: The Humour of Vladimir Nabokov [forthcoming].
  • Carver Across the Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011. [co-editor]. 
  • Essays, articles, and book chapters on humour, pedagogy, sexuality, and supernatural fiction in the work of writers such as Nabokov, Carver, H.D. Thoreau, Robert Louis Stevenson, John Buchan, Flannery O’Connor, and Edward Albee.
  • Poetry: Frogpond, bottle rockets, Akitsu Quarterly, Haiku Canada, Presence, Blithe Spirit, Hedgerow, Kingfisher.

Recent and forthcoming academic publications:

  • “From Plato to Python: Designing an ‘Introduction to Humour’ Course”. Teaching Comic Texts [Options for Teaching series], edited by Bev Hogue, MLA, 2021. [forthcoming]
  • “Howlers, Humour, Hubris: Translation and Truth in Nabokov’s Onegin”. Nabokov and Translation, edited by Stanislav Shvabrin and Julie Loison-Charles, Artois Presses Université, 2021, pp. 58-69. [forthcoming]
  • “ ‘Most Hideous of Gaolers’: The Spider in Ernest G. Henham’s Tenebrae”. Gothic Animals: Uncanny Otherness and the Animal Without, edited by Ruth Heholt and Melissa Edmundson, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020, pp. 41-55. 
  • “ ‘A wet run, so to speak’: Sex and Sexuality in Edward Albee’s Lolita.” New Perspectives in Edward Albee Studies Vol. 2: Sex, Gender, and Sexualities in Edward Albee’s Plays, edited by John Clum and Cormac O’Brien, Brill, 2018, pp. 165-182.
  • “Blessing the Freak: Nabokov Contra Bergson”. Vladimir Nabokov et la France, edited by Yannicke Chupin, Agnes Edel-Roy, Monica Manolescu and Lara Delage-Toriel, University of Strasbourg Press, 2017, pp. 159-169. 
  • “Belly and Brain, Mind and Matter: An Upside Down Look at Nabokov’s Humor.” Nabokov Upside Down, edited by Brian Boyd and Marijeta Bozovich, Northwestern University Press, 2017, pp. 57-68.

Chair, English

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