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Paul Ohler BA (Calgary), MA (UBC), PhD (UBC)

Surrey Campus: 
Surrey Office: 
Fir Building, 315

I teach first-year writing courses and upper-year courses on American literature and culture, literary theory and criticism, and British Fiction since 1945. My book Edith Wharton’s Evolutionary Conception: Darwinian Allegory in Her Major Novels (Routledge) concentrates on her use of ideas she encountered in works by Charles Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and T.H. Huxley, and I have published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Wharton's fiction and non-fiction. My current scholarly projects include editing Volume 2, Short Stories I: 1891-1903 of the Complete Works of Edith Wharton (Oxford UP), which is supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Grant. My essay “Creative Process and Literary Form in Edith Wharton’s Archive” appears in The New Edith Wharton Studies (Cambridge UP, 2019). I have recently completed a chapter on Wharton's early short stories for The Bloomsbury Handbook to Edith Wharton (2022) and an article which will appear in "Intimate Knowledge" a special issue of Studies in American Naturalism. I am editor of the Edith Wharton Review (MLA and Project Muse indexed) and a past president of the Edith Wharton Society. I have presented papers at the ACCUTE conference, the American Literature Association conference, the Modern Language Association convention, PAMLA, the Society for the Study of American Women Writers conference, and the Edith Wharton Society international conference.

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