Germaine Warkentin - Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

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Professor Emeritus of English in the University of Toronto. Warkentin writes and edits in several fields – Renaissance studies, early Canadian exploration texts, modern Canadian poetry and criticism, and book history – all unified by her interest in manuscripts and books as material objects

Honours and Selected Recent Publications:

Named to the Order of Canada, July 2022.

"Galen's De Indolentia and The Fire of 182 CE: Through the Eyes of Book History." Book History 25.1 (2022),1-30.

“Reading the ‘Cheyenne Letter’: Towards a Typology of Inscription Beyond the Alphabet,” in  Approaches to the History of Written Culture: A World Inscribed. Edited by Martyn Lyons and Rita Marquilhas (Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017), 139-161.

“From Archive to Author: Exploring the Codex Canadensis,” in Unlocking the History of the Americas (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Helmerich Centre for American Research at the Gilcrease Museum, 2016), 100-19.

Co-editor, with Alan Bewell and Neil ten Kortenaar, Educating the Imagination: Northrop Frye Past, Present and Future. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.

“Robert Sidney, Second Earl of Leicester (1595–1677)” in Ashgate Research Companion to the Sidneys, 1500-1700, Volume 1: Lives, edited by Michael Brennan, Margaret Hannay, and Mary Ellen Lamb. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015, 123-132.

[Review] Writing as Material Practice: Substance, Surface and Medium. Ed. by Kathryn E.Piquette and Ruth D. Woodhouse. London: Ubiquity Press. 2013. 342 pp. And, A Lakota War Book from the Little Big Horn: The Pictographic Autobiography of Half Moon. Ed. by Castle McLaughlin. Cambridge, Mass.: Houghton Library and Peabody Museum Press. 2013. The Library, 7.16.2, June 2015, 195-200

“Approaches to the Design of Petrarch’s Canzoniere” in Approaches to Teaching Petrarch’s Canzoniere, ed. Christopher Kleinhenz and Andrea Dini. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2014.

“The Roof-Climber: W.W. Greg in His Time and Ours,” The Book Collector 63.2 (Summer, 2014), 227-41.

“The History of Mr. Radison’s Transactions: William Yonge’s Letter, 1692.” The Champlain Society: Findings / Trouvailles, January 2014.

“Dead Metaphor or Working Model? ‘The Book’ in Native America,” in Colonial Mediascapes: Sensory Worlds of the Early Americas, ed. Matt Cohen and Jeffrey Glover. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.

[with Natalie Zemon Davis and James K. McConica] “Calling the World to Come and Share Our Finds”: Three Memoirs and Some Highlights from the Founding of Renaissance and Reformation, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 37:3 (Summer 2014), 53-67.

The Collected Writings of Pierre-Esprit Radisson.  Volume 1, The Voyages (2012). Volume 2, The Port Nelson Relations, Miscellaneous Writings, and Related Documents (2014). Toronto and Montreal: The Champlain Society and McGill-Queen’s University Press.

[With Joseph L. Black and William R. Bowen]. The Library of the Sidneys of Penshurst Place, ca. 1665. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

“‘The Age of Frye’: Dissecting the Anatomy of Criticism, 1957-1966.” Canadian Literature no. 214, Autumn, 2012. 15-29. Honourable mention, Canadian Literature “Best Essay” prize. 2013.

The Future of Northrop Frye: Centennial Perspectives, guest editors Germaine Warkentin and Linda Hutcheon. Special issue, University of Toronto Quarterly, 81.1, Spring 2012.

“The Descent of the Book”: Keynote speech, conference of SHARP, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publication. Dublin, Ireland, June 29, 2012

Things Not Easily Believed: Introducing the Early Modern Relation. Guest editors, Thomas V. Cohen and Germaine Warkentin.  Special issue, Renaissance and Reformation. 34.1–2, Winter-Spring/hiver-printemps 2011.

"Radisson Edité par l'Abbé Bernou: Les Prétendues «Pétitions» de 1677 et 1681." In Éditer la nouvelle france, ed. Grégoire Holtz and Andreas Motsch. (Québec, Les Presses de l'Université Laval, 2011), 151-175.