David Staines


David Staines

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David Staines


Faculty of Arts
Department of English

David Staines, Department of English, University of Ottawa, has contributed vigorously and creatively in three fields of English Studies, and in all three has emphasized the relation between literature and its social context. In Medieval Studies he has traced the evolution of romance traditions, and against this background has produced a major retranslation of the classic tales of Chrétien de Troyes which constitutes the new standard in the field. His analysis of Victorian writers' indebtedness to medieval sources extends critical understanding of the function of literary form. In Canadian Studies, he has convincingly demonstrated how the complex relations between shared cultural sensibilities and literary expression help shape the course of literary history and help mediate the divide between absolutes of judgement and determinations of value.

Featured Awards and Recognition

  • Order of Canada - Member (C.M.) (2011)
  • Order of Ontario (2010)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2005)
  • Royal Society of Canada - Lorne Pierce Medal (1998)
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