Professor Glenn Willmott

PhD Duke

Contact Information

Office: Watson 422
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Extension: 74645

Research Interests

International modernisms, comics and other mass culture genres, human-animal representation, early Canadian literatures, left cultural studies, anthropological and economic approaches to literature.

Recent Publications

  • Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
  • “Cat People,” Modernism/Modernity (forthcoming in 2010).
  • “Modernism, Economics, Anthropology,” Disciplining Modernism, ed. P. Caughie (2009).
  • Modernist Goods: Primitivism, the Market, and the Gift (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).
  • “The Birth of Tragedy in Digital Aesthetics,” Fluid Screens: Digital Time and Cinema, ed. S. Lord and J. Marchessault (2005).
  • “Sheila Watson, Aboriginal Discourse, and Cosmopolitan Modernism,” The Canadian Modernists Meet: Essays in Modernism, Antimodernism, and Modernity, ed. D. Irvine (2005).
  • “Modernism and Aboriginal Modernity: The Appropriation of Products of West Coast Native Heritage as National Goods,” Essays on Canadian Writing (2004).
  • Unreal Country: Modernity in the Canadian Novel in English (2002; winner of the Gabrielle Roy Prize 2002).


My just completed book, Modern Animalism, studies the flourishing hybrid human-animal figures of literature, comics, and other media in the context of ideologies of environmental scarcity and wealth from the modernist to contemporary times. In its dialectical critique of and complement to Marxist commodity-centred approaches to literature and culture, this book is a sequel to Modernist Goods, which explores modern writers’ parodies and appropriations of aboriginal heritage in the contexts of post-Maussian theories of gift economies, Marxist narratives of modernity as a historical period, and modern memory. I am open to mentoring doctoral projects in any of the methodologies and areas described under Research Interests above.