Originally from beautiful Vancouver B.C., I have an Honours B.A. in English and History from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Since 1995, I have been a member of the English Department at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (click here to visit my academic website). After all these years ‘out east,’ I am still adjusting to snow, ice, and spring that doesn’t arrive until June. I am married to a philosopher specializing in analytic epistemology and philosophy of religion. We have two wonderful children: a son who’s a computer whiz as well as a very talented musician and composer (now a Dalhousie student himself ) and a daughter with a great singing voice who will still sometimes sit down and watch a movie with her mom. If you’re in the Halifax area, you can catch them busking together sometimes at the Seaport Market: it’s a treat!
At Dalhousie, my main teaching area is the Victorian novel; I have a particular admiration for George Eliot and assign her greatest novel, Middlemarch, whenever possible. I regularly offer courses in detective fiction as well; my other teaching and research interests include ethical criticism, intersections between literature and moral philosophy, historical fiction and historiography, and the role of literature and criticism in contemporary life. One of my recent academic projects is an anthology of Victorian critical writing on the novel for Broadview Press. Click here for my full academic curriculum vitae.
I am an editor at the online literary journal Open Letters Monthly and have published reviews and essays there and in other venues including the Times Literary Supplement, Quill & Quire, Canadian Notes and Queries, and The Quarterly Conversation. They are listed here.
You can follow me on Twitter at @RohanMaitzen.
There’s really only one, but it’s persistent, so I’ll answer it right away: people always wonder about the origins of my name. Briefly, no, it was not chosen from Tolkein: it’s French (though I’ve learned, over the years, that it’s also Gaelic and Sanskrit), and it’s pronounced “Rowan.” It came to me by way of a good family friend who was distantly related to the Cardinal de Rohan. I’m not related to him myself, though. However, according to a letter my great-aunt sent me years ago, I am related to Elizabeth Barrett Browning–so if things had gone a little differently I might have been ‘Aurora‘ instead.