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“Betts has created not only an invaluable archive of what it means to be ‘modern’ in Canada – the writings read like a cross-section of compacted layers social, material, and spiritual crisis in urban and rural Canada, but … he offers a unique, avant-garde key to understanding modernism itself as an expression of cosmopolitan and global, permeated and transformed by national and local, anxieties and wishes for what constitutes human identity and society.”

-Dr. Glenn Willmott, University of Toronto Quarterly



Associate Professor, Department of English Language & Literature

Graduate Program Director, Canadian and American Studies

Director, The Centre for Canadian Studies

Brock University


Avant-Garde Canadian Literature: The Early Manifestations. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. In Press.

Books Edited


The Wrong World: Selected Stories and Essays of Bertram Brooker. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 2009.

Lawren Harris: In the Ward: His Urban Poetry and Paintings. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2007.

After Exile: A Raymond Knister Poetry Reader. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2004.

W.W.E. Ross. Irrealities, Sonnets & Laconics. (First Edition Assistant Editor, Second Edition Co-edited with Barry Callaghan). Toronto: Exile Editions, 2003. Second Edition: 2011.


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