Fonds 1178 - Eleanor Cook fonds

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UTA 1178


Eleanor Cook fonds


  • 1947-2010 (Creation)

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0.78 m of textual records (6 boxes)

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Margaret Eleanor Glen Cook (1933-) is a literary critic and Professor Emerita of English at Victoria College. Her research focuses on poetry and poetics (especially twentieth-century), the Bible and English literature, criticism and critical theory, allusion/intertextuality, and enigma and riddle in literature. Prof. Cook studied at the University of Toronto, receiving her B.A. (Honours English) in 1954 and Ph.D. in 1967. Her Ph.D. thesis on Robert Browning won the A.S.P. Woodhouse prize in 1968.

The majority of Prof. Cook’s career was with the University of Toronto, where she worked as a lecturer (1967), Assistant Professor (1971-1973), Associate Professor (1974-1985), Professor (1985-1998) and Professor Emerita (1998-) in the Department of English. She was also appointed Professor in the Centre for the Study of Religion (1993-1998) and the Centre for Comparative Literature (1984-1998).

Prof. Cook also served as Lecturer at the University of British Columbia (1958-59), Visiting Fellow (1978-79) and Visiting Professor (Fall 1997) at Yale University, and Visiting Professor at Brandeis University (Spring 2000).

Prof. Cook served as Editorial Board member of The Wallace Stevens Journal, Connotations, Literary Imagination and The Collected Works of Northrop Frye. She also served as a member of the Massey College Nominations Committee (1996-2007) and became a Massey College Continuing Senior Fellow in 2009.

Prof. Cook is the author of 6 books and more than 40 articles. She also edited Northrop Frye’s festschrift, Centre and Labyrinth: Essays in Honour of Northrop Frye (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1983). In 1994, Prof. Cook received the Senior Killam Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, and Senior Connaught Fellowship. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1992.

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Fonds consists of the records of Prof. Eleanor Cook, including files relating to her early education, teaching, research and correspondence. Records include report cards, employment records, lecture notes, course syllabi and assignments, grants, addresses and talks, publication records, and personal and professional correspondence, including that with Northrop Frye and Alastair Fowler, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

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The two files in Series 3 (Peer review and evaluations) are restricted until 1 April 2023. All other files are open.

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For a box and file list (organized by series), see Appendix 1 in the finding aid linked below.

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Prof. Cook’s correspondence with key literary figures is held in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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