Medrie Purdham

Associate Professor
PhD (McGill University); MA (University of Toronto); BA

Office: AH 315
Phone: 306-585-4307

Research interests

  • Prosody
  • Creative Writing
  • Modern to Postmodern Canadian Poetry and Fiction
  • 20th-century Drama

Medrie Purdham's doctoral dissertation, "The Encyclopedic Imagination in the Canadian Artist Figure" explored the ethical, aesthetic and subjective implications of the artistic impulse to encapsulate all the particulars of experience in a single work of art. She is currently undertaking new research on the Canadian charismatic, and authoring poems towards a collection entitled Miniatures.

Her poetry has been published in Matrix, The Fiddlehead, The Antigonish Review, and The Malahat Review, and in an issue of The New Quarterly featuring Montreal's new poets. She has contributed a chapter to a volume entitled The Canadian Modernists Meet, and has written articles and reviews for The Literary Encyclopedia, The University of Toronto Quarterly and Books in Canada.

Scholarly interests include prosody, creative writing, modern to postmodern Canadian poetry and fiction, and twentieth-century drama.