Faculty Publications

St. Jerome's University faculty members participate in a broad range of research projects in a variety of disciplines.  The following list represents the books that have been authored or edited by our faculty. These books are available in the St. Jerome’s University Library.  For a full list of publications produced by individual faculty members, please refer to the web directory and search by individual names:  https://www.sju.ca/directory

book cover Link to Catalogue Tataryn, Anastasia. Law, Migration and Precarious Labour: Ecotechnics of the Social. London, UK: Routledge, 2021.

Providing a radical new approach to labour migration, this book challenges the prevailing legal and political construction of the figure of the irregular migrant labourer, whilst at the same time reimagining this irregularity as the basis of an alternative, post-capitalist, sociality. The text draws on the work of contemporary philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, and more specifically his term ‘ecotechnics’, in order to examine how economic, political, and juridical norms deny the full legal status of certain people who are deemed to be irregular. This ostensible irregularity is revealed as a regular feature of labour market practice, and a necessary support for the conceptual foundations of capitalist legality. As this book shows, however, this legality – and with it, the technological subordination of life to the circulation of capital as if this were the only possibility for our being in the world – is not insurmountable. The book’s consideration of the figure of the irregular migrant labourer comes to provide an alternative basis for reimagining our relationship not only with migration and with labour itself, but ultimately with each other. This powerful analysis of contemporary labour migration is of considerable interest to legal and political theorists, philosophers, labour lawyers, migration experts, and others with theoretical, political, or policy interests in this area. [Source: publisher's website]

book cover Link to Catalogue McLaughlin, Kenneth, and Murray G. Brooksbank. Preserving Our Past: The Ormston Heritage House: a Window into Waterloo Township's History. Waterloo, ON: Dr. Kenneth McLaughlin, 2020.

This historical legacy and the path leading to heritage designation is a fascinating story. From Joseph Brant's (Thayendanegea) concern about the future of his people and Sir Frederick Haldimand's proclamation of the land grant along the Grand Rive, to John Graves Simcoe's worries and Peter Russell's frustrations, we learn about life in another era. The beginning of land sales and the creation of a unique community along the Grand River continues with the arrival of Scottish and English settlers, clearing the land and the challenge of building homes and new lives. The Ormston family's decision to preserve their remarkable heritage home and allow it to tell its own stories is at the heart of this book. [Source: Book cover]

book cover Link to Catalogue Graham, Kenneth, and Alysia Kolentsis, eds. Shakespeare On Stage and Off. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020.

Today, debates about the cultural role of the humanities and the arts are roiling. Responding to renewed calls to reassess the prominence of canonical writers, Shakespeare On Stage and Off introduces new perspectives on why and how William Shakespeare still matters. Lively and accessible, the book considers what it means to play, work, and live with Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. Contributors - including Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival - engage with contemporary stagings of the plays, from a Trump-like Julius Caesar in New York City to a black Iago in Stratford-upon-Avon and a female Hamlet on the Toronto stage, and explore the effect of performance practices on understandings of identity, death, love, race, gender, class, and culture. Providing an original approach to thinking about Shakespeare, some essays ask how the knowledge and skills associated with working lives can illuminate the playwright's works. Other essays look at ways of interacting with Shakespeare in the digital age, from Shakespearean resonances in Star Trek and Indian films to live broadcasts of theatre performances, social media, and online instructional tools. Together, the essays in this volume speak to how Shakespeare continues to enrich contemporary culture. A timely guide to the ongoing importance of Shakespearean drama, Shakespeare On Stage and Off surveys recent developments in performance, adaptation, popular culture, and education. [Source: publisher's website]

book cover Link to Catalogue Kolentsis, Alysia. Shakespeare's Common Language. London, UK: Bloomsbury, 2020.

What can developments in contemporary linguistics and language theory reveal about Shakespeare's language in the plays? Shakespeare's Common Language demonstrates how methods borrowed from language criticism can illuminate the surprising expressive force of Shakespeare's common words. With chapters focused on different approaches based in language theory, the book analyses language change in Coriolanus; discourse analysis in Troilus and Cressida; pragmatics in Richard II; and various aspects of grammar in As You Like It. In mapping the tools of linguistics and language theory onto the study of literature, and employing finely-grained close readings of dialogue, Shakespeare's Common Language frames a methodology that offers a fresh approach to reading dramatic language.[Source: publisher's website]

book cover Link to Catalogue Jonson, Ben. The Alchemist. Edited by John Greenwood. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2020.

The Alchemist has long been admired as one of Ben Jonson’s best dramas; its satiric cleverness and metatheatricality have delighted audiences from its first performance to the present day. Audiences are swept up in the schemes of a fake alchemist and other determined fraudsters whose scams appear to offer easy wealth and immortality. While no characters emerge unscathed by Jonson’s satire, and while alchemy itself is revealed as most likely a sham, the play is nonetheless a tribute to the transformative—indeed, the alchemical—powers of the theater. This edition features a helpful introduction to the play, thorough annotations, and contextual materials including a selection of Jonson’s sources, further materials on alchemy, and an example of “rogue” or “coney-catching” literature. [Source: publisher's website]

book cover Link to Catalogue Williams, David-Antoine. The Life of Words: Etymology and Modern Poetry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2020.

For centuries, investigations into the origins of words were entwined with investigations into the origins of humanity and the cosmos. With the development of modern etymological practice in the nineteenth century, however, many cherished etymologies were shown to be impossible, and the very idea of original "true meaning" asserted in the etymology of "etymology" declared a fallacy. Structural linguistics later held that the relationship between sound and meaning in language was "arbitrary", or "unmotivated", a truth that has survived with small modification until today. On the other hand, the relationship between sound and meaning has been a prime motivator of poems, at all times throughout history. The Life of Words studies a selection of poets inhabiting our "Age of the Arbitrary", whose auditory-semantic sensibilities have additionally been motivated by a historical sense of the language, troubled as it may be by claims and counterclaims of "fallacy" or "true meaning". Arguing that etymology activates peculiar kinds of epistemology in the modern poem, the book pays extended attention to poems by G. M. Hopkins, Anne Waldman, Ciaran Carson, and Anne Carson, and to the collected works of Geoffrey Hill, Paul Muldoon, Seamus Heaney, R. F. Langley, and J. H. Prynne. [Source: publisher's website]

book cover Link to Catalogue With a Clear Conscience: Business Ethics, Decision-Making, and Strategic Thinking. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2020.

Your current and practical guide to the ethical reasoning process in business. This innovative and engaging new text explores the question: Is it possible to be successful in business while maintaining personal and corporate integrity? With a Clear Conscience prepares students to make ethically informed decisions in the workplace through a balance of theory, contemporary examples, and Canadian and international case studies. [Source: publisher's website]

book cover Link to Catalogue McLaughlin, Kenneth. Race, Religion and Politics: The Election of 1896 in Canada. Waterloo, ON: Centre on Foreign Policy and Federalism, 2019.

In the quarter century after Confederation, discussions in parliament, in the party press, and in private correspondence tackled difficult questions of race and religion in Canada. In this important study, historian Kenneth McLaughlin challenges the idea that ultra-Protestant sentiment plagued the Conservative Party after the death of John A. Macdonald in 1891 and led to their defeat in 1896. His systematic analysis demonstrates that the Protestant spirit of the age was found in both the Liberal and Conservative parties. Rather than a simple reaction to school crises in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, it represented a response to social turmoil brought about by major changes to the Canadian economy. [Source: book cover]

book cover Link to Catalogue Bonner, Kieran, and Stanley Raffel, eds. Redefining the Situation: The Writings of Peter McHugh. Montreal, QC: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.

Peter McHugh (1929–2010) was an internationally known sociologist within the field of anti-positivist social theory. As the only collection of McHugh's sole-authored writings, Redefining the Situation presents a comprehensive yet surprising view of this key theorist's influence in his field. Redefining the Situation is a compendium of McHugh's published and unpublished short-form writings, along with three new essays on McHugh's work, one by his long-time collaborator and friend Alan Blum. The collection contributes to the project of reinventing social theory by providing a new perspective from which to imaginatively rethink the development of sociology over the last fifty years. It locates McHugh's work not only within the modern and postmodern sociological tradition but also within contemporary social theory broadly, including hermeneutics, critical theory, deconstruction, and Hannah Arendt's political theory. The essays in this volume show the development of a method to analyze everyday behaviour in light of fundamental questions, exploring conflicts and connections between socialization and recidivism, fragmentation and ethnic cleansing, justice and affirmative action, teaching and university politics, and intimacy and aesthetics. This book moves beyond contemporary debates about big data/postmodernism, and along the way it identifies convergences in Anglo-American and Continental thought. By tracing the development of Analysis, the tradition of social inquiry, from its beginnings until today, Redefining the Situation re-establishes a prominent sociologist as one of the leading intellectuals in the field of interpretive social theory. [Source: Amazon.ca]

book cover Link to Catalogue Whitney-Brown, Carolyn. Sharing Life: Stories of L'Arche Founders. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 2019.

What does it take to begin a spiritual community? Jean Vanier and other founders of early L’Arche communities tell stories of risk, joy, pain, and growth from life shared with people with intellectual disabilities in France, Canada, India, USA, UK, Ivory Coast, Haiti, and Honduras. Follow the adventures of nine remarkable people inspired by Jean Vanier to begin L’Arche communities in the 1960s and 70s: an entrepreneurial couple with backgrounds in business, theology, farming, and flying; a German woman who left after WWII and began an international student house in Montreal; a pioneer in the British palliative care movement at the peak of her medical career; an American Benedictine nun and a diocesan priest responding to Vatican II and the Vietnam War; a poetry-loving philosophy professor from Quebec; a French Jewish woman seeking a new vision for society after the 1968 student uprisings; a young Canadian who grew up in liberal Protestant and Evangelical traditions seeking to follow the teachings of Jesus wholeheartedly. In this twenty-first century, as we move beyond myths of individual achievement to become more aware of interconnections and social ecosystems, these stories reveal how each founder boldly sought out people of very different cultures and abilities. Through sharing life they became friends, built community, struggled, and grew in faith together. Includes a study guide with questions for individual reflection or group discussion. [Source: publisher's website]