J. Edward Chamberlin

1984 - US & Canada Competition
Humanities - English Literature


J. Edward Chamberlin was born in Vancouver and studied at the universities of British Columbia, Oxford, and Toronto.  Since 1970, he has served on the faculty of the University of Toronto, where he is currently Professor of English and Comparative Literature.  His interest in stories and songs has taken him around the world, from the aboriginal peoples of North America to the hunters of the Kalahari and the herders of Mongolia.   He worked on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry and the Alaska Native Claims Commission, was Senior Research Associate with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and has worked extensively on native land claims in Canada, the United States, Africa, and Australia.  He served as poetry editor of Saturday Night magazine, and has lectured widely on literary, historical, and cultural issues.  His books include The Harrowing of Eden: White Attitudes Towards Native Americans (1975), Oscar Wilde’s London (1987), Come Back To Me My Language: Poetry and the West Indies (1993), If This Is Your Land, Where Are Your Stories? Finding Common Ground (2003), and Horse: How the Horse Has Shaped Civilizations (2006).

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