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Scott McLaren

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Department of Humanities

Graduate Faculty
Associate Librarian

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A cultural historian by training, Dr. McLaren is a faculty member in the graduate programs in Humanities and History at York University and an associate librarian in the Scott Library. He is also lead editor of the Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History.

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Dr. McLaren's current research interests lie mostly at the intersections of religion and print culture. He is also interested in the expression of religious values and themes in literature. Although these two agendas are distinct in focus and method, most of his published work is marked by a common preoccupation with religion and the nature of things: the human soul as a thing; literary representations of being and goodness; and, more recently, the relationship between religion and material culture. Dr. McLaren is currently editing a collection of essays for a book titled A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire. This book will appear as the fifth volume in the forthcoming Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Bible.

Degrees

PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Toronto
MLS in Library Science, University of Toronto
BA in English and Classical Studies, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Lead Editor, Historical Papers, Canadian Society of Church History, 2019 - present
Editorial Advisory Board, Mèmoires de livre / Studies in Book Culture, 2015 - present
President, Canadian Society of Church History, 2015-2016
Editorial Advisory Board, Bibliographical Society of Canada, 2013-2015
Chair, Publications Committee, Conference on Christianity and Literature, 2008-2009

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Religion, History of the Book, Canadian History
Books

Publication
Year

A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire, 1820-1920. Ed. Scott McLaren. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Forthcoming.

2021

Pulpit, Press, and Politics: Methodists and the Market for Books in Upper Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

2019

Religion and the Book. Special Issue of Mèmoires du livre/Studies in Book Culture. 6.2 (2015). Includes introduction "The End of Religion and the Death of the Book."

2015

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"The Bible in Popular Culture and Daily Life." A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire, 1820-1920. Ed. Scott McLaren. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Forthcoming.

2021

Scott McLaren and Leslie Howsam. "Producing the Text: Production and distribution of popular editions of the Bible." New Cambridge History of the Bible. Volume IV: Modernity, Colonialism, and Their Successors. Edited by John Riches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 49-82.

2015

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Brandishing their Grey Goose Quills: The struggle to published an official life of John Wesley, 1791-1805." Book History 17 (2014): 191-220.

2014

"Before the Christian Guardian: American Methodist periodicals in the Upper Canada backwoods, 1818-1829." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. 49.2 (2011): 143-165.

2011

"Hermeticism and the Metaphysics of Goodness in the Novels of Charles Williams." Mythlore 24.3/4 (2006): 5-29.

2006

"Saving the Monsters: Images of redemption in the Gothic tales of George MacDonald." Christianity and Literature 55.2 (2006): 245-269. Winner of the Lionel Basney Award.

2006

"The Evolution of Joss Whedon's Vampire Mythology and the Ontology of the Soul." Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies 18 5.2 (2005): 29 pars.

2005

"A Problem of Morality: Sacramentalism in the early novels of Charles Williams." Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 65.2 (2004): 109-127.

2004

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

"Aiming the Most Deadly Blows at Our Book Concern: Piracy and the Methodist Hymnbook, 1824-1836." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2019): 129-138.

2019

"A Canadian, then an English subject. American impressions of Egerton Ryerson." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2017): 113-121.

2017

"May I Print any of your Books? John Wesley and the rise of Methodist publishing in America." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2016): 127-144.

2016

"Anti-British in Every Sense of the Word? Methodist preachers, school libraries, and the problem of American books in Upper Canada, 1820-1860." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2013): 55-76.

2013


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/CCY3998 6.0 A Research Methods with Children's Lit. SEMR



A cultural historian by training, Dr. McLaren is a faculty member in the graduate programs in Humanities and History at York University and an associate librarian in the Scott Library. He is also lead editor of the Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History.

Dr. McLaren's current research interests lie mostly at the intersections of religion and print culture. He is also interested in the expression of religious values and themes in literature. Although these two agendas are distinct in focus and method, most of his published work is marked by a common preoccupation with religion and the nature of things: the human soul as a thing; literary representations of being and goodness; and, more recently, the relationship between religion and material culture. Dr. McLaren is currently editing a collection of essays for a book titled A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire. This book will appear as the fifth volume in the forthcoming Bloomsbury Cultural History of the Bible.

Degrees

PhD in Cultural Studies, University of Toronto
MLS in Library Science, University of Toronto
BA in English and Classical Studies, University of Toronto

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Professional Leadership

Lead Editor, Historical Papers, Canadian Society of Church History, 2019 - present
Editorial Advisory Board, Mèmoires de livre / Studies in Book Culture, 2015 - present
President, Canadian Society of Church History, 2015-2016
Editorial Advisory Board, Bibliographical Society of Canada, 2013-2015
Chair, Publications Committee, Conference on Christianity and Literature, 2008-2009

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Religion, History of the Book, Canadian History

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"The Bible in Popular Culture and Daily Life." A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire, 1820-1920. Ed. Scott McLaren. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Forthcoming.

2021

Scott McLaren and Leslie Howsam. "Producing the Text: Production and distribution of popular editions of the Bible." New Cambridge History of the Bible. Volume IV: Modernity, Colonialism, and Their Successors. Edited by John Riches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 49-82.

2015

Books

Publication
Year

A Cultural History of the Bible in the Age of Empire, 1820-1920. Ed. Scott McLaren. London: Bloomsbury Academic. Forthcoming.

2021

Pulpit, Press, and Politics: Methodists and the Market for Books in Upper Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2019.

2019

Religion and the Book. Special Issue of Mèmoires du livre/Studies in Book Culture. 6.2 (2015). Includes introduction "The End of Religion and the Death of the Book."

2015

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

"Brandishing their Grey Goose Quills: The struggle to published an official life of John Wesley, 1791-1805." Book History 17 (2014): 191-220.

2014

"Before the Christian Guardian: American Methodist periodicals in the Upper Canada backwoods, 1818-1829." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada. 49.2 (2011): 143-165.

2011

"Hermeticism and the Metaphysics of Goodness in the Novels of Charles Williams." Mythlore 24.3/4 (2006): 5-29.

2006

"Saving the Monsters: Images of redemption in the Gothic tales of George MacDonald." Christianity and Literature 55.2 (2006): 245-269. Winner of the Lionel Basney Award.

2006

"The Evolution of Joss Whedon's Vampire Mythology and the Ontology of the Soul." Slayage: The Journal of Whedon Studies 18 5.2 (2005): 29 pars.

2005

"A Problem of Morality: Sacramentalism in the early novels of Charles Williams." Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 65.2 (2004): 109-127.

2004

Conference Proceedings

Publication
Year

"Aiming the Most Deadly Blows at Our Book Concern: Piracy and the Methodist Hymnbook, 1824-1836." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2019): 129-138.

2019

"A Canadian, then an English subject. American impressions of Egerton Ryerson." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2017): 113-121.

2017

"May I Print any of your Books? John Wesley and the rise of Methodist publishing in America." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2016): 127-144.

2016

"Anti-British in Every Sense of the Word? Methodist preachers, school libraries, and the problem of American books in Upper Canada, 1820-1860." Historical Papers of the Canadian Society of Church History (2013): 55-76.

2013


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/CCY3998 6.0 A Research Methods with Children's Lit. SEMR