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Professional information about 
Bruce F. MacDonald, PhD



Professional information about 
Bruce F. MacDonald, PhD,

Professor of English (retired 2010)
Luther CollegeUniversity of ReginaSaskatchewanCanada

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Universities and Degrees:

            PhD     The University of Leeds, England 1972-75
Thesis: The Colonial Experience in the Nigerian and Trinidadian Novel.

            MA      The University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B., Canada 1968-70
Thesis: Dickens’ Dombey & Son: A Critical and Contextual Study.

            BA       Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., Canada  1968
Double major in English and philosophy.  Honours thesis on “The Platonic
Influence in Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound.”

Schools attended:

            New Germany Rural High School, New Germany, N.S., Canada, 1959-63
Completed Grade Twelve.  (Valedictorian: Master of Ceremonies at the Grad Dance: Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Student Union: First Prize in Regional Public Speaking competition: local radio award for public speaking: choir, acting, youth group president and other activities.)
School of the Ratlam Railway Community, Ratlam, MP. India, 1958-59
Noah Webster School, Hartford, Conn., USA, 1953-54
Woodstock School, Mussoorie, UP, India, 1949-58

Scholarships, Fellowships, Research Grants and Awards

            Grants from: Department of Science and Technology (Government of Saskatchewan) and the International Development and Research Centre (Government of Canada) totalling $58,000, as “Principal Researcher” with a team of four researchers to develop a project to study the “Use and Impact of Computer and Communications Technologies in Indian and Canadian Universities”.  (See below under “Research Positions.”)

SSHRCC research grant to aid in research on 19th Century Canadian novelist, James De Mille: 1990.

SSHRCC grant to present a paper on Robertson Davies at a Canadian Literature and Film Conference, Los Angeles, 1986.

SSHRCC Grant to attend a conference on “New Directions in African Writing,” Commonwealth Institute, London, England, Nov. 1984.

Saskatchewan Arts Board Individual Assistance Program Grant for sculpture, 1981.

University of Regina President’s Fund grant to present a paper on V. S. Naipaul at the European meeting of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, Malta, 1978.

Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship held at the University of Leeds, England, 1974-75.

Held the position of “Teaching Fellow” in the School of English, University of Leeds, from 1972-73.  It was a full-time Faculty appointment at Lecturer level, with graduate and undergraduate teaching and supervision but with a reduced teaching load to allow for additional research.

Graduate Research Fellowship from the University of New Brunswick to do research on Trinidadian fiction in Trinidad, Summer, 1970.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of New Brunswick, 1969-70. (Duties - to teach an introductory English class and continue graduate studies.)

Graduate Research Fellowship from U.N.B. to do research on Charles Dickens, Summer, 1969.

University Scholarship (1964-65) and Academic Entrance Scholarship (1963-64) Mount Allison University.

Research Positions

“Principal Researcher” for the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Project on “The Use and Impact of Computer and Communications Technologies in Indian and Canadian Universities.”
[Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Saskatchewan (start up grant of $8,000) and by the International Development and Research Centre, Government of Canada ($50,000) as well as grants from the Indian government.]

Duties included:

  • doing extensive research in the use of computers in universities:
  • consulting with and coordinating the efforts of the members of the research team and administrative group (a sociologist, the Head of the Computer Science Department, the Dean of Science for the University of Regina, and a representative from the Government of Saskatchewan.  Later included the President of the U of R, the Dean of Luther College, U of R, and researchers from the University of Toronto and McGill University.)
  • writing the research proposals
  • consulting with Government and Educational bodies and attending conferences for this purpose in:
  • Regina: (Summer 1985) consultations with Saskatchewan Department of Science and Technology and with research team.
  • Montreal: (June, 1985) Conference on “New Developments in Education in India,” McGill University, as well as discussions with members of the Shastri Institute Board.
  • Ottawa: (October 1985) Presentation of project and discussions with International Development and Research Centre.
  • India (January, 1986) Discussions with various government bodies in India and information gathering meetings in universities in New Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Surat, Mumbai, Goa, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Puna.
  • Vancouver (May 1986) Meeting of the First World Congress on Technology in Education
  • University of South Gujarat, Surat, India (February 1987) Major planning workshop with representative scholars from Indian and Canadian Universities, government bodies and computer industries.  I was centrally involved in planning and carrying out this workshop and in the follow up to the workshop. Presented a paper on “The Use of Computers in the Humanities,” helped with the organization of and chairing sessions at the workshop, wrote reports and recommendations from both the 1986 and 1987 visits of the research team to India.
  • This project became a training program for scholars from India at the University of Regina, jointly funded by Canadian International Development Agency and the Government of India as a major international cooperative endeavour.  I resigned from the project after the two years I had committed to it, in order to pursue my research in Canadian Literature.
  • 1973-74
  • Teaching Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds, England (full time teaching and research post with half-time teaching duties.)  This was a new position for a scholar from the Commonwealth to do research in Commonwealth Literature at the University of Leeds.  It was created while I was at the University and I was the first holder of the award.  I did research on African and West Indian Literature and lectured on Commonwealth Literature at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels and tutored in Renaissance English Literature.
  • Current Research:
  • 2003:
  • In the summer of 1991 I had a severe case of encephalitis but also a “Kundalini awakening.”  As has been observed by a number of researchers in the area of spiritual transformation, Kundalini awakenings and illness, childbirth, meditation and other stressors to the system often go together.  I suffered severe memory loss and disintegration of personality as well as many of the symptoms of Kundalini which Gopi Krishna outlines in his books on the subject. 
  • Fortunately, I had been meditating for many years before the encephalitis/Kundalini episode and was able to use what I had learned of the inner working of consciousness to recover from the effects of the illness/spiritual change.  In the process I have discovered many things through personal experience and through my reading in the subject which will be of great value to those going through similar experiences – an increasing number of people at the present time.
  • I have completed a book on meditation incorporating the lessons from this experience, and others, called The Prayer of Silence.  I am currently working on a sequel to that book which I have tentatively called Advanced Silence.
  •             I am also projecting an autobiography which will explore a number of aspects of the spiritual path, exploring in depth many of the experiences I have had along the way, including a Near Death Experience in 1966 after a 37 foot fall and a broken back, the writing of a channelled Gospel in the early 1980's and the Kundalini awakening in 1991 (among many other experiences).  I have spoken on these topics to a number of groups in the last couple of years and the response has been very positive.
  •             I am also planning to write a book about the many lives I have remembered and the implications of reincarnation for our collective human evolution.
  • Publications
  • Books:
  •             The Thomas Book:  Near Death, a Quest and a New Gospel by Twin Brother of Jesus, Eloquent Books, 2010.
  •             The Prayer of Silence:  A Complete Course in Spiritual Transformation.  Strategic Book Group, 2010.
  •             According to Thomas.  Regina: Milkweed Press, 1986. (Privately published copy of The Thomas Book without the current four chapters of Part One of The Thomas Book which explore many aspects of the writing and implications of the Gospel.  Very limited edition.)
  •             [Representative comment about the book by Nova Scotia sculptor, Alison McNeil: ““...here words fail me, or sound inadequate.  I cannot 'put your book down' and no doubt, will read it over and over many times -- It is incredible and wonderful, and ... you feel you want to burst with joy and excitement -- though I'm fully aware that reading it is only a first step.  Thank you, thank you for sharing that huge step of understanding."]
  • Articles published or reprinted in collections of criticism:
  • Helena’s Household: James De Mille’s Heretical Text,” in Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism, Vol., 123, Gale Group, May 2003.
  • “Use of Computers in the Humanities: Potential and Problems,” in Future of Computerization in Institutions of Higher Learning, eds. B.C. Agrawal and L.R. Symes, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, 1994, 155-64.
  • “Life and the Way Out in Thomas H. Raddall’s Novels,” in Thomas Raddall: Life and Works.  Ed. Allan Young, Acadiensis Press: Fredericton, N.B., 1991.
  • “Naming the Underworld in Fifth Business,” In Ambivalence: Studies in Canadian Literature, ed. O.P. Juneja and C. Mohan, forward by Margaret Atwood.  New Delhi: Allied, 1990,  241-58.
  • “Language and Consciousness in Samuel Selvon’s A Brighter Sun,” in Critical Perspectives on Sam Selvon, ed. S. Nasta, Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1988, 173-86.
  • “Humanity and Aesthetic Order in The Vendor of Sweets,” in Perspectives on R.K. Narayan, ed. Atma Ram, Ghaziabad, India: Vimal Prakashan, 1981, 151-59.  Reprinted again in R.K. Narayan: A Critical Spectrum, Meerut, India: Shalab Book House, 1983, 107-112.
  • As For Me and My House and the Aesthetics of Illegitimacy in the Canadian Novel,” in Modern Canadian Fiction: Readings, ed. Carole Gerson, Richmond, B.C.: Open Learning Institute, 1980, 51-58.
  • “Symbolic Action in Three of V.S. Naipaul’s Novels,” in Critical Perspectives on V. S. Naipaul, ed. R.D. Hamner, Washington, D.C.: Three Continents, 1976, 242-54. 
  • Articles in Refereed Journals:
  • Helena’s Household: James De Mille’s Heretical Text,” Canadian Literature128 (Spring 1991), 120-40.
  • “The Artist in Colonial Society: The Mimic Men and The Interpreters,” in a special “Critical Approaches to West Indian Literature” number of The Caribbean Quarterly, 28.1 & 2 (March-June, 1982 [published 1985]), 20-31.
  • “Chinua Achebe and the Structure of Colonial Tragedy,” in a special Achebe number of The Literary Half-Yearly, 21.1 (January 1980), 50-63: guest editor Bruce King.
  • “Language and Consciousness in Samuel Selvon’s A Brighter Sun,” English Studies in Canada, 5.2 (Summer 1979), 202-15.
  • As For Me and My House and the Aesthetics of Illegitimacy in the Canadian Novel,” The Literary Criterion, 12 (1978), 34-52.
  • “The Birth of Mr. Biswas,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 11 (April 1977), 50-54.
  • “Word-shapes, Time, and the theme of Isolation in The Mountain and the Valley,” Studies in Canadian Literature, 1.2 (Summer 1976), 194-209.
  • “Symbolic Action in Three of V. S. Naipaul’s Novels,” The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 9.3 (April, 1975) 41-52.
  • Book Reviews:
  • “Vicereines,” a review of Marian Fowler’s Below the Peacock FanCanadian Literature, 120 (1989), 185-7.
  • “Quiet Manifesto: Carol Shields’ Small Ceremonies,” International Fiction Review, (Summer 1976), 147-50.
  • Papers presented:
  • “Life and the Way Out in Thomas H. Raddall’s Novels,” Thomas H. Raddall Symposium, Acadia University, Wolfville, N.S., 21-23 Sept., 1990.
  • “Ideas of God in New Age Religion,” public lecture in the University of Regina Religious Studies Students’ Association lecture series, February, 1991.
  • “Sociological Considerations in New Age Religion,” as guest lecturer in a Sociology of Religion Class, Luther College, University of Regina, January, 1991.
  • “Observations on Deconstructionists and the Indian Experience: a consideration of dualist and non-dualist archetypes,” public lecture for “Focus on India Month,” sponsored by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, University of Regina, March 1990.
  • “Challenges for the Church in New Age Religion,” a public lecture at Grace Lutheran Church, Regina, Fall, 1990.
  • “Uses of Computers in the Humanities: Potential and Problems,” at a workshop on “The Social Impact of Computers in Universities in Canada and India,” University of South Gujarat, Surat, India, Feb. 11-14, 1987. 
  • “Identity and the Native Tradition in English Canadian Writing,” at Delhi University, India as part of the Canada Week Celebrations, Feb. 10, 1987.  Lectures were sponsored by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Canadian Department of External Affairs.
  • “Naming the Underworld in Robertson Davies’ Fifth Business,” at a Canadian Literature and Film Conference at the State University of California, Los Angeles, Nov. 1986.
  • “The Artist in Colonial Society: The Mimic Men and The Interpreters,” at the European Conference of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, March 28-31, 1978, Malta.
  • “Language and Consciousness in Samuel Selvon’s A Brighter Son,” at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies, May 1977, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • Teaching Positions
  • 1990-2010       Professor of English, Luther College, University of Regina (2010 retired)
  • 1981-90           Associate Professor of English, Luther College
  • 1981-82           Leave of absence to sculpt full-time
  • 1978-81           Assistant Professor of English, Luther College
  • 1976-78           Visiting Assistant Professor of English, University of Regina
  • 1975-76           Lecturer, Department of English, University of New Brunswick
  • 1973-74           Teaching Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds, England
  • 1970-72           Lecturer, Department of English, Acadia University, Nova Scotia
  • 1969-70           Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of New Brunswick
  • Classes taught:
  •             Many introductory English Literature classes.
  •             Advanced classes in:
  •                         Practical Criticism
  •                         Advanced Composition
  •                         Nineteenth Century British Literature
  •                         William Blake
  •                         Survey of Canadian Literature
  •                         Canadian Novel
  •                         Commonwealth Novel
  •                         Survey of the English Novel
  •                         Renaissance English Poetry and Drama
  •                         Nineteenth Century Canadian Literature
  •             Honours/Graduate Classes:
  •                         The Novels of F. P. Grove in their historic context.
  •                         The works of Wole Soyinka
  •                         Politics in the Novels of Allan Paton and Nadine Gordimer
  •                         The Novels of Chinua Achebe, V. S. Naipaul and Ngugi Wa                             Thiong’o
  •             MA Supervision:
  •                         Supervisor of MA theses on the works of:
  •                                     Margaret Laurence (2)
  •                                     F. P. Grove
  •                                     Jean Rhys
  •                                     Thomas Merton
  •                                     Chinua Achebe
  •                         Member of thesis committees on:
  •                                     D. H. Lawrence
  •                                     F. P. Grove
  •                                     Religion in Science Fiction
  • Exhibitions of Sculptures:
  • One Person Shows:
  •             -- Touch of Craft Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan, 24 Feb. - 8 Mar., 1983
  •             -- Luther College, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Nov. 1978
  •             -- Acadia University Student Union Gallery, Nova Scotia, Jul. - Aug., 1972
  • Two person shows:
  •             -- Joe Moran Gallery, Wascana Centre, Regina, Sask. Sept. 9 - Oct. 25, 1984.
  •             -- Assiniboia Gallery Ltd., Regina, Sask.  Feb. 6 - 20, 1982.
  •             -- Rosemont Gallery, Regina, Sask.  Sept. 5 - 29, 1979.
  • Group Shows:
  •             -- One of 90 artists with works in “Treasured Moments,” a group showing at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, in memory of James Kurtz of the Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, October 19 - 25, 1997. [Brief biography and picture of “Lovers III”, a sculpture in Bermuda cedar, included in a book,Treasured Moments, ed. John Kurtz, Centax Books, Regina, Sask. 1997, pp. 38-39, 128.]
  • -- Tenth Anniversary show of gallery artists, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Sask., June, 1987.
  •             -- Tenth Anniversary Show, Rosemont Gallery, Regina, Sask. Sept. 1984.
  • -- “Emerging Saskatchewan Artists,” Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Sask., March 5 - 19, 1983.
  •             -- Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Sask.  Jan. 3 - Feb 10, 1983.
  •             -- Gallery One, Saskatoon, Sask., Summer 1982.
  • -- Fifth Anniversary Show of Gallery Artists,  Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Sask., May 29 - June 10, 1982. 
  • -- Saskatchewan Government Insurance 3rd Annual Juried Show, Centennial Auditorium, Saskatoon, Sask., May 25 - 29, 1980.
  • -- Annual CKCK Radio Juried Show at the Norman MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, Sask., Nov. 10 - 18, 1979.
  • Awards and grants:
  •             1981, Saskatchewan Arts Board Individual Assistance Program Grant.
  • Sculptures in Corporate Collections:
  •             -- John Kurtz, Assiniboia Gallery, Regina, Sask.  “Lovers I,” sculpture in maple,            24" x 18" x 18"
  •             -- Luther College, University of Regina, Sask.
  • – “Burning Bush: Fire of the Spirit,” steel, zinc and copper, about 40" high.      Commissioned for the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther
  •                         – “Spring,” bas relief, walnut, 10' x 4'
  • – “Silent Music,” steel and brass, 40" high.  Commissioned for the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • -- Sask Tel, Saskatoon, Sask.  “Wind and Fire in a Landscape,” bas relief, maple, 36" x 28".
  • -- Saskatchewan Workers” Compensation Board, Regina, Sask.  “Prairie Gold,” hanging sculpture in plexiglass and wood, about 20' x 15'.
  • Other Commissioned Works:
  • -- Saskatchewan Provincial Library, Regina, Sask.  “Beginnings,” sculpture in Bermuda Cedar, 12" tall, 1986.
  • -- Commission on Health and Healing, Missourie Synod, Lutheran Church of America, U.S.A.  “Toward Wholeness,” sculpture in Bermuda Cedar, 30" high, 1983.
  • Interviews about sculpting:
  •             Feb. 1982,  CKCK TV Johnnie Sandison Show, Regina, Sask.
  •             Jan. 1982,   CBC TV “It’s All Here,” Regina, Sask.
  •             Nov.  1979, CBC TV, “24 Hours,” Regina, Sask.
  • Teaching Sculpting:

Beginning Wood Sculpting, for the City of Regina Parks and Recreation Dept., February and March, 1980.

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