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Jeffery Donaldson, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Phone: 905-525-9140 x.24132
Office: Chester New Hall 308

Areas of Interest

English; Short Genres


Jeffery Donaldson is a professor of English at McMaster University. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. His most recent graduate courses are in metaphor theory and modern and contemporary American poetry. Author of articles on a variety of contemporary American and Canadian poets, including James Merrill, Richard Howard, Robert Lowell, Mark Strand, Elizabeth Bishop, and Anne Compton, he has also co-edited (with Alan Mendelson) a collection of essays entitled Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of
Northrop Frye. An advocate of inquiry and problem-based learning in the Humanities, his current research involves metaphor, evolution, and cognitive theory. He is also a well-respected poet with a number of published collections of poems.






Missing Link: the Evolution of Metaphor and the Metaphor of Evolution. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2015.







Echo Soundings




Echo Soundings: Essays on Poetry and Poetics. Windsor: Palimpsest Press, 2014.





Slack Action




Slack Action. Erin: Porcupine’s Quill, 2013.









Guesswork. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions. 2011.









Palilalia. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008.










Waterglass. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999.





once out of nature




Once Out of Nature. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1991.







Co-Edited Collections:

Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye. Eds. Jeffrey Donaldson and Alan Mendelson. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004.