André Alexis, 2015 Giller Prize Award-Winner for Fifteen Dogs
January 26, 2017
What is the Munro Beattie Lecture?
This annual distinguished lecture was launched in 1985 to honour the department’s founding chair and his contributions to literary studies in Canada.
An important principle of the lecture series has been to invite writers and critics who can speak on issues of importance to the general public, as well as the academic world. The first lecture was given by Munro’s friend and colleague, Eli Mandel, and the second by Northrop Frye. Since then the series has been an important annual event at Carleton, sponsoring a challenging group of literary critics and creative writers, including Linda Hutcheon, Robert Kroetsch, Jeanette Armstrong, Roy Miki, Carol Sheilds, George Elliott Clarke, Mark Kingwell, Eleanor Wachtel and Alistair MacLoed.
Who is Munro Beattie?
A classmate and friend of Northrop Frye at Victoria College, University of Toronto, Munro Beattie was a founding member of Carleton’s English Department and its chair for over twenty years (1953-1969). He built a department known for its collegiality, commitment to teaching and public service. A Henry James scholar and admired teacher, Professor Beattie was known in the University for his wit, civility, and humanity, and as an engaging conversationalist. His broad understanding of all the arts, including theatre, music, and the cinema, animated his teaching, his scholarship, and his many friendships.