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University of Toronto Quarterly

Volume 86, Issue 4, Fall 2017

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Beyond the Temple and the Cave: William James, E.J. Pratt, and
Christian-Spiritualist Syncretisms

Graham Jensen


Although the Canadian poet E.J. Pratt had lifelong attachments to the
Methodist and then United Church, critics have struggled to reconcile the
various aspects of Pratt's religious vision as they materialize in his
writing. Focusing on one largely ignored aspect of that vision, this article
examines Pratt's mystical and spiritualist poetry of the 1920s and 1930s.
More precisely, it considers Pratt's blending of spiritualist and Christian
thought in relation to the syncretistic, non-dogmatic, anti-institutional
notion of "personal religion" advanced in William James's The Varieties of
Religious Experience, thus illuminating at once both Pratt's religious
commitments and a seldom-discussed point of contact between James's
philosophy and modernist literature. Ultimately, this article argues that,
as a result of his exposure to James and to spiritualism in the crucible of
Toronto's liberal Protestant milieu, Pratt - like many other writers of his
time - began to move beyond the polarities of personal and institutional

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Jerry and Jewry: Ethnicity and Humanity in G.A. Cohen

Mark Glouberman


If You're an Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? presents Gerald A.
("Jerry") Cohen's musings on his ethnic identity. The interplay between the
personal reflections, central to which is Cohen's "communist Jewish"
upbringing in Montreal, and the philosophical position that Cohen holds,
sheds Canadian light on the foundations of Western culture. Although he
identified as Jewish throughout his life, Judaism Cohen rejected. Too, as a
Marxist early, a luck egalitarian later, he was critical of the liberalism
that Jewish people (certainly those of his native Montreal) embrace. Most
Jewish Canadians self-classify as secular Jews. Cohen is right to waver, but
not because, as he incorrectly avers, being a Jew is in tension with
irreligiosity. Cohen does not qualify as a secular Jew because he does not
qualify as a Jew at all. His philosophy disqualifies him. What is it to be a
Jew? The Hebrew Bible contains the answer. Against the then-regnant, pagan,
belief system, the Bible advances a conception of a person as an effective
locus of action within the system that is nature. This conception is the
essence of humanism. In effect, being a Jew is an ethnically inflected form
of being, in the dominant Western sense, a person. As distinct from adhering
to Judaism, or being Jewish, being a Jew associates more than just
voluntarily with liberalism. The religion-friendly irreligiosity of the
secular Jews of Montreal turns out, then, to link with a value embedded deep
in Canadian political life. Cohen's philosophical anthropology, enmeshing
men and women in a wider whole, socio-economic (Marxism) or natural (luck
egalitarianism), marks him as a neo-pagan. As to Cohen's Jewishness, even a
pagan can eat bagels and speak Yiddish.

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Daphne du Maurier's Mary Anne: Rewriting the Regency Romance as Feminist

Katherine Turner

This article rereads Daphne du Maurier's Regency novel Mary Anne (1954) as
feminist history, using recent theoretical work on women's historical
fiction as well as archival research into the du Maurier papers at Exeter
University. The novel is based on the life and writings of du Maurier's own
great-great-grandmother, a courtesan whose affair with the Duke of York in
the early 1800s had seriously destabilized the British government. Mary Anne
reworks the popular genre of Regency romance into an ironic and often witty
critique of royalist and patriarchal assumptions - a bold manoeuvre in 1950s
Britain. Simultaneously, it rewrites its author's family history as a
matrilineal literary romance, enabling du Maurier to reposition herself in
relation to her formidably creative father and grandfather. Generally
overshadowed by du Maurier's Gothic thrillers, Mary Anne (over fifty years
after its initial publication) deserves recognition as one of her most
adventurous and feminist works.

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Time Wasting and the Contemporary Television-Viewing Experience

Michael Samuel


This article explores contemporary changes in television-viewing habits and
experiences brought about by the advent of online streaming television
services. It identifies Raymond Williams's concept of "flow" as essential to
the traditional viewing experience and posits that the boundless choice of
on-demand viewing services superficially disrupts the desirable experience
of "flow" for contemporary viewers. Excessive choice and unfettered access
to content has ironically left viewers nostalgic for traditional forms of
television viewing. This nostalgia is apparent in the viewing habits of
users of streaming television services and in the methods these services
themselves employ to deliver programing to their users. 

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