Roger Hyman, Pd.D.
Associate Professor of English
Phone: 905-525-9140 x.23732
Office: Chester New Hall 302
Areas of Interest
English-Canadian fiction; genres; the novel
Roger Hyman teaches Canadian literature. His special interests are in Holocaust fiction and the analysis of various forms of power relationships in fiction and journals. He has written on the radical politics and their social implications in Irene Baird’s Waste Heritage, several articles on the critical response to, and the social assumptions in, the work of Hugh MacLennan, and on representations of gender and the Eurocentric-Aboriginal dialectic in Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues. He has lectured extensively on Canadian Holocaust fiction, and on the constructions of power and powerlessness in the Canadian novel. His book on A.M. Klein, Aught from Naught: A.M. Klein’s “The Second Scroll” was published in 1999. In 2018, he published an article on the misdirected critical response to Ethel Wilson’s Hetty Dorval, an article which dealt also with the novel’s concern with Indigeneity and its rebuttal of accepted attitudes to women and the family. In the same year he published an analysis of Charles Yale Harrison’s Generals Die in Bed. His fourth year seminars deal with the Canadian Holocaust novel, aspects of Canadian documentary art and the Canadian short story. His graduate seminars have discussed issues of power and marginalization generally, the absolutes of those polarities as constructed in Holocaust fiction, and the aesthetic issues in the writing and reading of such fiction.
Aught from Naught: A. M. Klein’s The Second Scroll. Victoria: English Literary Studies (University of Victoria Press), 1999.
Refereed Journal Articles:
“No Prose After Auschwitz Fugitives of the Forest.” Catholic New Times. Mar 17 2002: 13. Co-author Levine, Allan, and Roger Hyman.
“Writing Against Knowing, Writing Against Certainty; Or what’s really Under the Veranda in Jacques Poulin’s Volkswagen Blues.” Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’Etudes Canadiennes. 34.3 (1999): 106-33.
“Too Many Voices, Too Many Times: Hugh MacLennan’s Unfulfilled Ambitions.” Queen’s Quarterly. 89.2 (1982): 313-24.
“Hugh MacLennan: His Art, His Society, and His Critics.” Queen’s Quarterly. 82.4 (1975): 515-27.
“Wasted Heritage and Waste Heritage: The Critical Disregard of an Important Canadian Novel.” Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 17: Issue 4, January 1983.
“What Makes Generals Die in Bed Special.” Hamilton Arts and Letters, 11:1 (2018).
“The Rewriting of a Masterpiece: Hetty Dorval and the Silencing of Good Reading.” Studies in Canadian Literature, Vol 43, No. I (2018).