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Glen Robert Gill

Associate Professor, Classics and General Humanities

Office:
Dickson Hall 109
Email:
gillg@mail.montclair.edu
Phone:
973-655-7952
Degrees:
BA, The University of Western Ontario
MA, The University of Western Ontario
PhD, McMaster University
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Dr. Gill is a comparative mythologist whose work examines the cross-cultural and interdisciplinary nature of myth, particularly its literary, philosophical, psychological, and religious significance. His research focuses on theories of myth in relation to areas of culture that have produced and been influenced by the most significant mythological traditions. He has published two books on the Canadian literary theorist and mythologist Northrop Frye (Northrop Frye and the Phenomenology of Myth, 2007; and Northrop Frye’s Writings on Twentieth-Century Literature, an edited collection that is vol. 29 of The Collected Works of Northrop Frye, 2010), as well as essays on Frye, C.G. Jung, J.R.R. Tolkien, T.S. Eliot, Robert Lowell, and Elizabeth Bishop. He latest publication is the chapter on Jung, Frye, and Archetypal Criticism in The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Literary Theory.

In the Humanities program, he teaches courses on Theories of Myth and Symbolism, Classical Mythology, Celtic Mythology, the Bible as Myth, Myth and Popular Culture, and the mythology of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is the coordinator of the Mythology program, the Interdisciplinary Minor in Myth Studies, and the Humanities major Concentration in Comparative Mythology and Literature. He also teaches regularly in the Honors Program. In 2015, he was given the Dean’s Recognition Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State.

In addition to a book on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth mythology, Dr. Gill is currently working on article on the mythic aspects of the film Mad Max: Fury Road, and will be shortly be editing A Cultural History in the Modern Age (part of the six-book A Cultural History of Myth series to be published by Bloomsbury Press).

Specialization

Theories of Myth (esp. Northrop Frye, C.G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, and Joseph Campbell), Literary Theory and Criticism, Depth Psychology, Phenomenology, Biblical Studies, Classical Mythology, Celtic Mythology, Twentieth-Century Literature (esp. J.R.R. Tolkien), and Popular Culture.