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Prof. Michael Peterman to teach Canadian literature in the U.S.

Michael PetermanTrent University's Dr. Michael Peterman is heading back to Princeton University, where he completed his undergraduate degree in 1966. This time, Prof. Peterman will be teaching, rather than taking, a course in the English Department as the recipient of the Pathy Visiting Professorship in Canadian Studies.

Prof. Peterman, who is the fifth Canadian academic to hold the position that is awarded as part of an annual competition conducted by the Canadian Studies Program, will spend the second term of 2004/05 at Princeton while on sabbatical from Trent.

The Pathy Visiting Professorship was given to Princeton by Ladi Pathy of Montreal as part of an attempt, spear-headed by Eric Molson, also of Montreal, to raise funds to support the study of Canada at the University.

Starting in February, Prof. Peterman will teach a course on major authors that will introduce students to the novels of Robertson Davies and Margaret Atwood, among others. As part of the terms of the Pathy Professorship, he will also help to bring Canadian visitors to the campus, take part in various Canadian Studies committees, and participate in related activities at the University.

Prof. Peterman says he is delighted to be back at Princeton, where he will continue his own research at Princeton's Firestone Library and have ready access to the libraries of New York City and the Library of Congress. Over the years, Prof. Peterman's work has focused on 19th and 20th century Canadian and American literature; regionalism; popular culture; biography and autobiography; Susanna Moodie; Catharine Parr Traill; Irish-Canadian writing; Ontario writing; Jane Urquhart, Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, Margaret Atwood and Scott Young.

Posted December 8, 2004

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