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Stephen Cain

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Department of English

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Program Director

Office: Atkinson College, 518
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 33705
Email: englud@yorku.ca

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Stephen Cain specializes in the field of cultural production including matters of book design distribution promotion and other paratextual issues as well as the culture of the small and micro presses in Canada.

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Other fields include Avant-garde Movements, Poetry and Poetics, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Canadian Literature in general. He is the editor of bp: beginnings (2014) a critical edition of the early long poems of bpNichol and, with Tim Conley, he has written The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (Greenwood, 2006). He was the editor of two special issues of Open Letter: "Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now" and "The Little Literary Serial in Canada (1980-2000)". Other academic articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, Canadian Literature, and as chapters in the books Sound As Sense (2003), The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa, 2005), The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto (2006) and Antiphonies: Essays on Women’s Experimental Poetries in Canada (2008).

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, York University
B.A. (Hon), Queen's University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

, Canadian Studies, Canadian literature, Canadian poetry, Small Press, Avant-garde Movements, Poetry, Poetics, Cultural Production, Little Magazines, Postmodernism, Modernism, Contemporary Literature
Books

Publication
Year

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

2006

Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2006: "Annexing a Space for Poetry in the New Toronto." The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2006: 90-99.

2006

Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.

2005

Cain, S. 2003: "The Poetics of R. Murray Schafer." Sound as Sense: Contemporary US Poetry &/in Music. Eds. Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2003: 155-173.

2003

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2006: Rev. of Nichol's Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer and Stuart Ross's Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. In Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 162-163.

2006

Cain, S. 2004: Rev. of Karen Mac Cormack's Implexures. In 1913: A Journal of Forms (U.S.) 1.1 (2004): 140-1.

2004

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

2002

Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

2000

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2007: "Kids of the Book Machinists: Innovative Small Press Books in the Wake of Nichol and McCaffery." Architecture of the Book Symposium. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL. (Refereed)

2007

Cain, S. 2006: "Order and Ethnicity in Andre Alexis's 'Michael' Trilogy." Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. York University. (Refereed)

2006

Cain, S. "Modes of the Micropress" Open Letter 12.8 (2006): 132-142.

2005

Cain, S. 2003: "Mapping Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. University of Ottawa. (Refereed)

2003

Cain, S. 2000: "Two in T.O.: The Canadian Publications of Allen Ginsberg and Charles Wright." The Opening of the Field: A Conference on North American Poetry in the 1960s. The National Poetry Foundation. University of Maine (Orono, ME). (Refereed)

2000

Creative Works

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2006: Double Helix (with Jay Millar). Toronto: Mercury Press.

2006

Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

2005

Cain, S. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

2001


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/EN2130 3.0 A The Short Story SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/EN3140 3.0 M Avant-garde Movements Since 1945 SEMR


Stephen Cain specializes in the field of cultural production including matters of book design distribution promotion and other paratextual issues as well as the culture of the small and micro presses in Canada.

Other fields include Avant-garde Movements, Poetry and Poetics, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Canadian Literature in general. He is the editor of bp: beginnings (2014) a critical edition of the early long poems of bpNichol and, with Tim Conley, he has written The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (Greenwood, 2006). He was the editor of two special issues of Open Letter: "Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now" and "The Little Literary Serial in Canada (1980-2000)". Other academic articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, Canadian Literature, and as chapters in the books Sound As Sense (2003), The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa, 2005), The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto (2006) and Antiphonies: Essays on Women’s Experimental Poetries in Canada (2008).

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, York University
B.A. (Hon), Queen's University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

, Canadian Studies, Canadian literature, Canadian poetry, Small Press, Avant-garde Movements, Poetry, Poetics, Cultural Production, Little Magazines, Postmodernism, Modernism, Contemporary Literature

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2006: "Annexing a Space for Poetry in the New Toronto." The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2006: 90-99.

2006

Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.

2005

Cain, S. 2003: "The Poetics of R. Murray Schafer." Sound as Sense: Contemporary US Poetry &/in Music. Eds. Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2003: 155-173.

2003

Book Reviews

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2006: Rev. of Nichol's Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer and Stuart Ross's Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. In Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 162-163.

2006

Cain, S. 2004: Rev. of Karen Mac Cormack's Implexures. In 1913: A Journal of Forms (U.S.) 1.1 (2004): 140-1.

2004

Books

Publication
Year

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

2006

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

2002

Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

2000

Conference Papers

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2007: "Kids of the Book Machinists: Innovative Small Press Books in the Wake of Nichol and McCaffery." Architecture of the Book Symposium. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL. (Refereed)

2007

Cain, S. 2006: "Order and Ethnicity in Andre Alexis's 'Michael' Trilogy." Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. York University. (Refereed)

2006

Cain, S. "Modes of the Micropress" Open Letter 12.8 (2006): 132-142.

2005

Cain, S. 2003: "Mapping Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. University of Ottawa. (Refereed)

2003

Cain, S. 2000: "Two in T.O.: The Canadian Publications of Allen Ginsberg and Charles Wright." The Opening of the Field: A Conference on North American Poetry in the 1960s. The National Poetry Foundation. University of Maine (Orono, ME). (Refereed)

2000

Creative Works

Publication
Year

Cain, S. 2006: Double Helix (with Jay Millar). Toronto: Mercury Press.

2006

Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

2005

Cain, S. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

2001


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall 2020 AP/EN2130 3.0 A The Short Story SEMR


Upcoming Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Winter 2021 AP/EN3140 3.0 M Avant-garde Movements Since 1945 SEMR