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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. His 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 University's 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 of Myth in the Modern Age (part of the six-book A Cultural History of Myth series to be published by Bloomsbury Press).
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.
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- 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
- Northrop Frye and the Phenomenology of Myth, by Glen Robert Gill
- Northrop Frye on Twentieth-Century Literature, Ed. Glen Robert Gill
- Frye and the Word: Religious Contexts in the Writings of Northrop Frye (contributor)
- Northrop Frye: Eastern and Western Perspectives (contributor)
- Light Beyond All Shadow: Religious Experience in Tolkien's Work (contributor)
- Northrop Frye 100: A Danubian Perspective (contributor)
- Divisions of the Heart: Elizabeth Bishop and the Art of Memory and Place (contributor)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- An Archetypal Review
- "Archetypal Criticism: Jung and Frye" in The Blackwell Companion to Literary Theory
- "One Ring to Rule Them All, Ten Years to Study Its Significance," The Montclarion Newspaper
- Visiting Middle Earth: Professor takes students and alumni on private tour of Tolkien Exhibit
- “One Last Look at My Friends”: An Archetypal Review of Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker