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Irving Wolfe

Théâtre anglophone du Moyen Âge à aujourd'hui

Professeur agrégé

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Département de littératures et langues du monde

Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, local C8126

514 343-7399

irving.wolfe@umontreal.ca

Autre numéro : 514 343-7399 (Travail 1)

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Irving Wolfe is interested in the archetypal, mythological and religious substructures of literature; he believes they underlie the recurrent structures, themes, events and patterns in fiction and drama.

Wolfe is also interested in the tactic of irony as a guiding authorial device between writer and audience. He has written several articles and presented papers on this subject. He spent a sabbatical leave researching the topic, and has partly completed a book entitled ''Shakespeare's Irony''.  

Wolfe, in addition, has been engaged in developing a comprehensive theory to explain all the disparate facts of the Nazi phenomenon: he sees it not so much as a political event but as a partially hysterically created drama using language, symbol, spectacle, violence and myth in its pursuit of world power as a hedge against the terror of an apparent slide into formlessness and chaos. He spent a sabbatical at the Wiene Institute in London and has written several hundred pages of a book on the topic, parts of which have been published on the Internet by the Center for Millenial Studies in Boston. He has also completed a screenplay on a one-day mass shooting of Jews in Poland, which has been sent to the director of the Shoah Foundation in Los Angeles.

Wolfe is also interested in the weaknesses and vagaries of fashionable critical theory in the last quarter of the 20th century. 

Lastly, Wolfe sees literature as united by a common origin in ancient geophysical trauma to the Earth, inducedby cosmic pressures, the memories of which have been repressed into the collective unconscious but which threaten, under conditions of stress and fear, to rise to and overwhelm consciousness. Literature is the re-visiting of the trauma but in safe form, so it functions as a transaction with our buried past. To illustrate this, he has published articles revealing the hidden presence of catastrophic retelling in Shakespeare, modern drama, soap operas, Mesoamerican religion, ancient sport, nazi ritual, etc.

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Disciplines

  • Études des langues
  • Études littéraires
  • Littérature

Champ d’expertise

  • Shakespeare
  • Drame britannique moderne
  • Drame américain moderne
  • Drame canadien moderne
  • Drame en anglais
  • Littérature et études interdisciplinaires
  • Littérature et science
  • Critique littéraire