Stephen Cain

Department of English

Associate Professor

Office: Atkinson College, 728
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 44017
Emailsjcain@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.stephencain.com

Stephen Cain specializes in the field of cultural production including matters of book design distribution promotion and other paratextual issues as well as the culture of the small and micro presses in Canada.

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Other fields include Avant-garde Movements, Poetry and Poetics, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Canadian Literature in general. With Tim Conley, he has written The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (Greenwood, 2006). He was the editor of two special issues of Open Letter: "Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now" and "The Little Literary Serial in Canada (1980-2000)". Other academic articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, Canadian Literature, and as chapters in the books Sound As Sense (2003), The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa, 2005), The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto (2006) and Antiphonies: Essays on Women’s Experimental Poetries in Canada (2008). He also serves as the Canadian Book Review Editor of Topia.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, York University
B.A. English Literature, Queen's University


Research Interests

Canadian Studies, : Canadian literature, Canadian poetry, small press, avant-garde movements, poetry, poetics, cultural production, little magazines, postmodernism, modernism

Selected Publications

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.

Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

Selected Publications

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.

Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

All Publications

Books

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

Book Chapters

Cain, S. 2006: "Annexing a Space for Poetry in the New Toronto." The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2006: 90-99.

Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.

Cain, S. 2003: "The Poetics of R. Murray Schafer." Sound as Sense: Contemporary US Poetry &/in Music. Eds. Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2003: 155-173.

Journal Articles

Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

Conference Papers

Cain, S. 2007: "Kids of the Book Machinists: Innovative Small Press Books in the Wake of Nichol and McCaffery." Architecture of the Book Symposium. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL. (Refereed)

Cain, S. 2006: "Order and Ethnicity in Andre Alexis's 'Michael' Trilogy." Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. York University. (Refereed)

Cain, S. "Modes of the Micropress" Open Letter 12.8 (2006): 132-142.

Cain, S. 2003: "Mapping Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. University of Ottawa. (Refereed)

Cain, S. 2000: "Two in T.O.: The Canadian Publications of Allen Ginsberg and Charles Wright." The Opening of the Field: A Conference on North American Poetry in the 1960s. The National Poetry Foundation. University of Maine (Orono, ME). (Refereed)

Cain, S. 1997: "Beyond Labels: The Visual Poetry of Robert Zend from Dittos and Drops to Oab." EyeRhymes: A Multidisciplinary International Conference on Visual Poetry. University of Alberta. (Refereed)

Book Reviews

Cain, S. 2006: Rev. of Nichol's Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer and Stuart Ross's Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. In Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 162-163.

Cain, S. 2004: Rev. of Karen Mac Cormack's Implexures. In 1913: A Journal of Forms (U.S.) 1.1 (2004): 140-1.

Cain, S. 2003: Rev. of bill bissett's Peter Among th [sic] Towring [sic] Boxes/ text bites. In paperplates 5.3 (2003): 36-37.

Cain, S. 2001: Rev. of Stan Rogal's Geometry of the Odd; Stuart Ross' Farmer Gloomy's New Hybrid; and John Barlow's ASHINEo VSUN. In filling station 21 (2001): 67-71.

Cain, S. 2001: Rev. of Mary Cameron's Clouds Without Heaven. In Quarry 46.2 (2001): 47-48.

Cain, S. Rev. of R.M. Vaughan's Invisible to Predators. In Quarry 46.1 (2000): 61-62.

Cain, S. 2000: Rev. of Lisa Robertson's XEcologue. In paperplates 4.2 (2000): 33-34.

Cain, S. 1999: Rev. of James Wallen's Her Smoke Rose Up. In Paragraph 20.2/3 (1998/99): 57-8.

Cain, S. 1998: Rev. of Cliff Burns' The Reality Machine. In Paragraph 20.1 (1998): 30-31.

Creative Works

Cain, S. 2006: Double Helix (with Jay Millar). Toronto: Mercury Press.

Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

Cain, S. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/EN3132 3.0  Dada, Surrealism, and Early Avant-Garde Movements SEMR  
Fall 2017 AP/EN4254 3.0  Canadian Topics: Contemporary Writers SEMR  


Stephen Cain specializes in the field of cultural production including matters of book design distribution promotion and other paratextual issues as well as the culture of the small and micro presses in Canada.


Other fields include Avant-garde Movements, Poetry and Poetics, Modern and Contemporary Literature, and Canadian Literature in general. With Tim Conley, he has written The Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (Greenwood, 2006). He was the editor of two special issues of Open Letter: "Breakthrough Nostalgia: Reading Steve McCaffery Then and Now" and "The Little Literary Serial in Canada (1980-2000)". Other academic articles have appeared in Studies in Canadian Literature, Open Letter, Canadian Literature, and as chapters in the books Sound As Sense (2003), The Canadian Modernists Meet (U of Ottawa, 2005), The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto (2006) and Antiphonies: Essays on Women’s Experimental Poetries in Canada (2008). He also serves as the Canadian Book Review Editor of Topia.

Area of Specialization

English

Degrees

PhD, York University
MA, York University
B.A. English Literature, Queen's University

Research Interests:

Arts and Culture , Canadian Studies, : Canadian literature, Canadian poetry, small press, avant-garde movements, poetry, poetics, cultural production, little magazines, postmodernism, modernism

All Publications

Books

Cain, S. and T. Conley. Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages. New York: Greenwood, 2006. 238 pages.

Book Chapters

Cain, S. 2006: "Annexing a Space for Poetry in the New Toronto." The State of the Arts: Living With Culture in Toronto. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2006: 90-99.

Cain, S. 2005: "Mapping Raymond Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. Ed. Dean Irvine. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2005: 59-75.

Cain, S. 2003: "The Poetics of R. Murray Schafer." Sound as Sense: Contemporary US Poetry &/in Music. Eds. Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Brussels: P.I.E.-Peter Lang, 2003: 155-173.

Journal Articles

Cain, S. 2002: "The Literary Serial in Canada, 1980-2000" Open Letter (11.6, 2002). 140 pages.

Cain, S. 2000: "Tracing the Web: House of Anansi's Spiderline Editions." Studies in Canadian Literature 25.1 (2000): 111-130.

Conference Papers

Cain, S. 2007: "Kids of the Book Machinists: Innovative Small Press Books in the Wake of Nichol and McCaffery." Architecture of the Book Symposium. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Corner Brook, NL. (Refereed)

Cain, S. 2006: "Order and Ethnicity in Andre Alexis's 'Michael' Trilogy." Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. York University. (Refereed)

Cain, S. "Modes of the Micropress" Open Letter 12.8 (2006): 132-142.

Cain, S. 2003: "Mapping Souster's Toronto." The Canadian Modernists Meet. University of Ottawa. (Refereed)

Cain, S. 2000: "Two in T.O.: The Canadian Publications of Allen Ginsberg and Charles Wright." The Opening of the Field: A Conference on North American Poetry in the 1960s. The National Poetry Foundation. University of Maine (Orono, ME). (Refereed)

Cain, S. 1997: "Beyond Labels: The Visual Poetry of Robert Zend from Dittos and Drops to Oab." EyeRhymes: A Multidisciplinary International Conference on Visual Poetry. University of Alberta. (Refereed)

Book Reviews

Cain, S. 2006: Rev. of Nichol's Konfessions of an Elizabethan Fan Dancer and Stuart Ross's Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer. In Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 162-163.

Cain, S. 2004: Rev. of Karen Mac Cormack's Implexures. In 1913: A Journal of Forms (U.S.) 1.1 (2004): 140-1.

Cain, S. 2003: Rev. of bill bissett's Peter Among th [sic] Towring [sic] Boxes/ text bites. In paperplates 5.3 (2003): 36-37.

Cain, S. 2001: Rev. of Stan Rogal's Geometry of the Odd; Stuart Ross' Farmer Gloomy's New Hybrid; and John Barlow's ASHINEo VSUN. In filling station 21 (2001): 67-71.

Cain, S. 2001: Rev. of Mary Cameron's Clouds Without Heaven. In Quarry 46.2 (2001): 47-48.

Cain, S. Rev. of R.M. Vaughan's Invisible to Predators. In Quarry 46.1 (2000): 61-62.

Cain, S. 2000: Rev. of Lisa Robertson's XEcologue. In paperplates 4.2 (2000): 33-34.

Cain, S. 1999: Rev. of James Wallen's Her Smoke Rose Up. In Paragraph 20.2/3 (1998/99): 57-8.

Cain, S. 1998: Rev. of Cliff Burns' The Reality Machine. In Paragraph 20.1 (1998): 30-31.

Creative Works

Cain, S. 2006: Double Helix (with Jay Millar). Toronto: Mercury Press.

Cain, S. 2005: American Standard/ Canada Dry. Toronto: Coach House, 2005. Reprinted 2006. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.

Cain, S. 2001: Torontology. Toronto: ECW, 2001.


Teaching:

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall 2017 AP/EN3132 3.0  Dada, Surrealism, and Early Avant-Garde Movements SEMR  
Fall 2017 AP/EN4254 3.0  Canadian Topics: Contemporary Writers SEMR