Craig Dobbin Chair in Canadian Studies
The Craig Dobbin Chair was established in the 1990s, a legacy of Dr. Craig Dobbin of St John's, Newfoundland, whose forebears came from Co. Waterford, Ireland. The Craig Dobbin Professorship of Canadian Studies was endowed and established at UCD in 1994, through Professor John Kelly, when he was Registrar of the College, in conjunction with the Ireland Canada University Foundation. Since then, the Professorship has been held by several Canadian scholars, as follows:
Craig Dobbin Professors
2018-19 Craig Dobben Professor Gregory Betts
Gregory is Professor of English at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He is a poet, scholar, and editor who has published fifteen books of experimental Canadian writing. Gregory has been a tireless advocate for literature in Canada, digging up lost gems from the past (such as Lawren Harris’ poetry, which he published in a best-selling collection called Contrasts In the Ward, a Book of Poetry and Paintings) and highlighting contemporary avant-garde work (such as his forthcoming collection, co-edited with Christian Bök, Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries, due out this Fall). As a poet, he has performed his poetry and music across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including performing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as part of the Cultural Olympiad. To promote literature and literacy in his hometown, Betts launched the Festival of Readers in 2016 and remains its Artistic Director.
Students can take two Modules Professor Betts, both in term two:
ENG10190 Introduction to Canadian Studies
ENG 31840 Conflict in Canadian Literature
2017-18 Craig Dobbin Professor Jane Urquhart
Jane Urquhart is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool (winner, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, France); Away (winner, Trillium Award, Canada); The Underpainter, (winner, Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, The Orange Prize, UK); and The Stone Carvers, (finalist, The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, Booker Prize, UK). She is the author of a collection of short fiction, and four books of poetry, and she has also written a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and was editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016 she published A Number of Things; Stories of Canada told through 50 Objects, which was commissioned by publisher HarperCollins to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.
English Students can take two Modules with this Booker-Prize Nominated author!
ENG10190: Introduction to Canadian Studies
ENG31740: Canadian Literature: Narratives of Migration