Dr. Jessica Hemming

Jessica Hemming teaches Medieval & Renaissance History, English Literature, and occasionally Celtic Mythology, at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges. Her principal specialist area is medieval Welsh literature, with sidelines in folktale, mythology, and the cultural history of the early Celts. She is the Editor of the London-based international journal “Folklore,” with which she has worked in one capacity or another since 2000.

Her research interests include the semantics of colour terms in Middle Welsh and more generally the cultural significance of colour perception and naming; sensory aspects of medieval lyric poetry; landscape in Medieval Welsh literature; the “female gaze” in early Celtic texts; ancient Celtic mythology.


History and English


  • PhD Medieval Celtic Studies (Cambridge)
  • MA Folklore (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • BA Anthropology (Reed College)

Allen Haaheim

Allen Haaheim teaches ENGL 150 (Academic Research and Writing), and has taught ENGL 110 (Academic Reading, Writing, and Thinking) and ENGL 120 (Introduction to Literary Genres) at Corpus Christi College. He specializes in comparative literature and early medieval Chinese literature, and he is competent in mid-Victorian poetics and as a generalist in the literary traditions of China and the West.

His research agenda aims to mine the good in world traditions through comparative studies. The transcultural potential of the radically innovative prosodic theories of Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889) and Shen Yue (441–513), as rooted in their particular traditional religious worldviews and ontologies of perception, is the subject of his (undefended) doctoral dissertation at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Related interests include intercultural and intercivilizational theory, philological exegesis and translation, continental thought and criticism, folklore and folk music, and relations between aesthetics and ethics.

He holds an MA in Classical Chinese Poetry and a BA in English, both from the University of Victoria. In addition to Corpus Christi College, he has taught courses at Simon Fraser University (World Literature), Quest University Canada (Mandarin Chinese), and the University of Victoria (Comparative Literary Theory). He also taught for many years as a TA at the University of Toronto, UBC, and the University of Victoria; several years of ESL in Japan, Taiwan, China, and Canada; and four years of high school.

His most recent publication is “The Poetry of Zuo Binglong (1850–1924)” (with Lap Lam), in Xinzhou yayuan (Singapore Elegantiae Florilegium) 11 (April 2021) 167–180.



Vic Cavalli

Vic Cavalli brings expertise in both early-modern religious literature and in creative writing. His research on St. Robert Southwell, S.J., has been published in Recusant History, Faith & Reason, and Ushaw Magazine. His fiction, poetry, photography, and visual art have been published in various literary journals in North America, England, and Australia. His research areas include youth culture, anthropology of identity, Tribalism, Hip hop culture, emerging Canadian authors, and Literature and the Visual Arts.




  • M.A. (University of British Columbia)
  • B.A. (St. Thomas University)

Current Project

His novel entitled The Road to Vermilion Lake is published by Harvard Square Editions, 2017.

Richard Bergen

Richard Angelo Bergen comes from a family of five kids in which all of them studied very different subjects, but nevertheless remain the closest of friends. Richard became interested in literature in large part because he was trying to write songs for a hard rock band, for which he sang and played drums: thus, he became fascinated with the question of what makes poetry deep, eloquent, and electrifying. Richard teaches introduction to literature courses and has research and teaching interests in fantasy literature (especially C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien), concept albums, journey and voyage narratives, metaphorical stories, and the raptures of Renaissance poetry. When anyone, himself included, studies a piece of art, there is always the possible tragedy of never noticing: never connecting to the focused or meaningful potentiality of experience that the writer allows. Richard aims in every one of his classes at Corpus Christi to enable moments when literature translates into wakefulness and enrichment.



Current Research Projects

Richard is currently working on finishing his dissertation and a book form of it, which is about the connection between allegorical stories and setting (A Theory of Allegorical Spatiality).

Numerous other works are in progress that relate to this connection (between allegory and place), including conference papers, and essays consigned for submissions to journals like Chaucer Review, Speculum, and Bunyan Studies.

He also has an essay on C. S. Lewis and historical philosophy, which is being published with Cambridge Scholars Press in 2020.


The University of British Columbia (2014-present) – PhD Candidate in English

Trinity Western University, Langley, BC (2007-2014) – Degrees Conferred:

  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts, Honours Major in English, Minor in History, 2012


“‘A Warp of Horror’: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Subcreations of Evil.” Mythlore: 30 (Fall 2017): 103-121.

“C. S. Lewis: Interpreting History as Interpreter.” The Inklings and Culture: A Harvest of Scholarship from the Inklings Institute of Canada. Cambridge Scholars Press, Forthcoming 2020.

“Hawes, Stephen.” The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain. Eds. Robert Rouse and Siân Echard. Wiley-Blackwell, 2017.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Mere Allegory or More Allegory?” The Journal of Inklings Studies: 9.1 (Spring 2019): 43-62.

Paradise Lost and the Descent of Urania: From Astrology to Allegory.” Culture and Cosmos: 18.2 (Fall 2014): 105-124.

“Praying Hard: Milton, Metal Music, and Religious Representation.” Cutting Edge ISGP Journal: 5.1. (Winter 2018): 8-18.

“Reforming Allegory in The Pilgrim’s Progress.” Love, Knowledge and the University: Christianity and Literature Study Group Conference Papers (2013). Ed. John North. Waterloo: North Waterloo Academic Press, 2015. 107-23.

“Topic and Topography: Mind and World.” INK: Ideas Numbers and Knowledge: 4.1 (Fall 2017): 8-9.

Published Book Reviews

Review of Paradise Lost and the Cosmological Revolution by Dennis Danielson. Culture and Cosmos 18.2 (Autumn 2014).

Review of Spenser in the Moment, eds. Paul Hecht and J. B. Lethbridge. Sixteenth Century Journal. XLVII/2 (Summer 2017): 559-61.

Review of With Wandering Steps: Generative Ambiguity in John Milton’s Poetics, eds. Louis Schwartz and Mary C. Fenton. Sixteenth Century Journal. XLIX/3 (Fall 2018): 845-47.

Digital Humanities Project

“Into the Cloud of Unknowing.” Short Educational film. Scripted, produced, and edited by Richard Bergen and Naomi Hogg. Uploaded to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov7XY_d-sIk&t=123s (2011). With over 20,000 views.

Previous Appointments

Teaching assistantships at TWU and UBC: 2011-2013, 2016-2020

Professional Societies

  • Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
  • Canadian Society of Renaissance Studies (CSRS)
  • Inklings Institute of Canada (IIC)
  • International John Bunyan Society (IJBS)
  • Medieval Association of Place and Space (MAPS)
  • Mythopoeic Society
  • Renaissance Society of America (RSA)

Dr. Joseph Alvaro

Dr. Joe Alvaro holds a Ph.D. in critical discourse studies from the City University of Hong Kong, an MSc. in Teaching English (TESOL) from Aston University in the UK, and an Advanced TESOL Honours Diploma. Joe is interested in the role of critical literacy in English for Academic Purposes, rhetoric and composition, cross-cultural communications, and the development of World Englishes (a branch of socio-linguistics). As a Catholic, he is thrilled to be teaching English 110 to undergrads at Corpus Christi College and is looking forward to working with his new students.

Joe’s academic research focuses on the critical analysis of mediatized discourse at the intersection of language, ideology, and power. His articles have been published in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Discourse & Society and World Englishes, as well as in the Encyclopaedia of Applied Linguistics. His guest editorials on human rights have appeared in the widely read Hong Kong Free Press. Originally from Vancouver, Joe has recently moved back and now lives with his family in the mid-town district of Kitsilano.




  • PhD in English at City University of Hong Kong, HK
  • MSc in TESOL at Aston University, Birmingham, UK
  • Advanced TESOL Diploma, Sprott-Shaw College, Vancouver, BC
  • TESL Certificate, ESL Teacher Training Centre, Vancouver, BC

Previous Appointments

University Canada West, Vancouver (2018—2020). Courses taught: English for academic purposes; Business Communications

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar (2016—2018). Courses taught: English for academic purposes

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong | Department of English (2009—2016). Courses taught: Freshman Composition; World Englishes

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, at S. China Normal University, Guangzhou | English Department (2006—2007). Courses taught: Academic English for Writing and Reading; Listening in Academic Lectures.


Journal articles

Alvaro, Joseph James (2015) Analyzing China’s English-language media. World Englishes 34(2): 260–277. DOI: 10.1111/weng.12137.

Alvaro, Joseph James (2013a) Discursive representations of a dissident: the case of Liu Xiaobo. Discourse & Society 24(3): 289–314. DOI:10.1177/0957926512471760.

Alvaro, Joseph James (2013b) Political discourse in China’s English-language press. World Englishes 32(2): 147–168. DOI: 10.1111/weng.12006.

Alvaro, J. (2004) Face-negotiation and politeness systems in an intercultural workplace. Chinese English Language Education Journal (CELEA) 27(5).


Alvaro, Joseph James and Bolton, Kingsley (2016) Political Discourse and World Englishes. In Carol A. Chapelle and Lia Plakans (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. John Wiley & Sons. DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1462.

Media articles

Alvaro, J. (2018) As soft power fails, China turns to sharper measures. Hong Kong Free Press (3 March 2018). Available at: https://hongkongfp.com/2018/03/03/better-loved-feared-soft-power-fails-china-turns-sharper-measures/.

Alvaro, J. (2017) Death of Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo is a reminder that the road to democracy is a long one. Hong Kong Free Press (14 July 2017). Available at: https://hongkongfp.com/2017/07/14/death-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-reminder-road-democracy-long-one/.

Alvaro, J. (2017) Human rights and Chinese culture. Hong Kong Free Press (10 September 2017). Available at: https://hongkongfp.com/2017/09/10/human-rights-chinese-culture-nation-stood-individual-far-not/.

Conference and seminar papers

Alvaro, Joseph James (2013) Mob Organizer: How China’s state-media portrays dissent. Research Seminar, City University of Hong Kong.

Alvaro, Joseph James (2013) Re-imagining the Chinese Hero. Imagining Globality Conference (2013), China Institute, University of Alberta at Edmonton, Canada.

Alvaro, Joseph James (2012) Harmonious Society? Political Terms in China’s English Press. World Englishes Conference (2012), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Alvaro, Joseph James (2011) The Discourse of Legitimization in China’s English Press: Notes on Theory and Practice. Research Seminar, City University of Hong Kong.

PhD Thesis available at: http://www.isfla.org/Systemics/Print/Theses/ALVARO-2014-phd.pdf. Alvaro, Joseph James (2014) The Language of Ideology in China’s English Press: Representations of Dissent. Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong.

Professional Societies

  • AILA (Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée)
  • SLS (Second Languages Studies)
  • Languages Canada
  • International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association

Dr. Judith Scholes

Judith Scholes comes to St. Mark’s and Corpus Christi Colleges from the University of British Columbia, where she taught as a sessional lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literatures, as well as in Arts Studies in Research and Writing. She holds a PhD in English from UBC, and specializes in nineteenth-century American print culture, women’s poetry and editing, and Emily Dickinson.

As anyone who has taken a course with her can attest, Dr. Scholes loves thinking about context, bringing into her classroom the eclectic historical, cultural, and rhetorical worlds in which literature was produced and read. She is currently teaching academic writing, introduction to literary genres, and American literature at Corpus Christi College, where she helps students identify and develop their creative and critical inquiries.



Current Research Projects

Dr. Scholes is currently completing a book that examines the rhetoric of women’s poetry as it emerged in mid nineteenth century American periodicals, and shaped Emily Dickinson’s understanding and representation of herself as a poet.

She is also pursuing a new book-length project that investigates the existence and rhetoric of women’s editorial work at U.S. daily newspapers during the first 70 years (~1830-1900) of women’s presence in newsrooms.


Ph.D. in English, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver BC | September 2015
M.A. in English, McMaster University, Hamilton ON | 2007
B.A. (Hons.) in English, summa cum laude, McMaster University, Hamilton ON | 2005
B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology, McMaster University, Hamilton ON | 2003

Selected Publications

“‘My business is to love’: Address and Affect in Emily Dickinson’s Circulated Poems.” The Handbook of Emily Dickinson, edited by Cristanne Miller and Karen Sánchez-Eppler, Oxford UP, forthcoming Fall 2020.

“Emily Dickinson and Fidelia Hayward Cooke’s Springfield Republican.” Emily Dickinson Journal, vol. 23, no. 1, 2014, pp. 1-31.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Receiving Emily: Dickinson’s Epistolary Poetics,” Canadian Comparative Literature Association: Poetics, Ideas, Structures: Situating the Poetic Object, Joint-Sponsored Panel, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE) Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC. June 2019.

“Recovering the Unarchived: Newspaper Women in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century U.S.” Gender and the Archives Roundtable, Special Session, MLA Annual Convention, Vancouver BC. Jan. 2015.

“Emily Dickinson, Nineteenth-Century Women’s Poetry and Mrs. Cooke’s Springfield Republican.” Emily Dickinson International Society Conference, College Park MD. Aug. 2013.

“Discovering Fidelia Hayward Cooke.” What’s New in the Old: Archives Roundtable, The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Denver CO. Oct. 2012.

“American Women’s Poetry and Civil War Relief in The Drum Beat.” Northern Women and the Civil War Panel, The Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference, Denver CO. Oct. 2012.

“Ethos and the Victorian Poetess in Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry.” ACCUTE Conference, Fredericton NB. May 2011.

Previous Appointments

Sessional Lecturer, Dept. of English Language and Literatures, UBC, Vancouver BC
Sessional Lecturer, Arts Studies in Research and Writing, UBC, Vancouver BC

Dr. Amin Shahini

Dr. Amin Shahini completed his Ph.D. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in Iran and has spent the past 15 years working as a faculty member at different universities. During this time, Dr. Shahini has logged thousands of hours planning lessons, designing course syllabi, mentoring in-service and training pre-service teachers, assessing learners’ progress, and evaluating course success. In addition to this work, Dr. Shahini has also supervised teams of over 20 teachers in different institutions across the country.

ENGL 150: Academic Research and Writing

This is a first-year course that introduces students to academic research and writing. Each section focuses on a specific topic and explores how knowledge on that topic is produced and communicated in different disciplines. Designed to familiarize students with the methods, motives, and discursive moves of scholarly inquiry and conversation, this course will involve students in reading and critically evaluating peer-reviewed sources, writing in a variety of academic genres, communicating their own research, and reviewing the work of peers. As apprentice scholars, students will be expected to have reading and writing skills appropriate to university-level discourse, and to uphold the standards of academic honesty, including responsible citation practice.

ENGL 216: Contemporary Children's and Young Adult Literature


ENGL 228: Literature and Visual Arts

ENGL 228 (3) Literature and Visual Arts In this course students will study the historically complex relationship between literature and the visual arts as it manifests itself in the works of literary and visual artists in Britain, North America and beyond. Students will study autonomous visual works inspired by texts, visual works intended to remain within a written text as visual companions to it, writers influenced by visual art traditions and theoretical positions, and authors who are both visual and literary artists and thus practitioners of both “languages.”

ENGL 230: Classical and Biblical Texts and Literature

English literature has been profoundly influenced by the language, genres, narrative patterns and imagery of Biblical and classical writing. This course surveys a number of the most important works of these two traditions, including The Odyssey (Homer), The Aeneid (Virgil), and various readings from the Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament. It also explores how themes and forms from these works have been taken up in literature in other time periods. This course is loosely structured around the human concerns of home, belonging, and exile that emerge across time, from the ancients to the twentieth-century.

ENGL 231: English Literature to 1750

Students in this second-year course study works by a number of major British authors before 1750. The course forms a foundation for the further study of English literature, and is required for an English Major at many universities, including the University of British Columbia. Historical and literary backgrounds are discussed for all of the texts. Of particular interest is the interrelationships between different modes of performance both at the time of the works’ composition and currently.

ENGL 232: English Literature 1750-1900

An exploration of English literature by studying and writing upon selected works from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. The major focus of this course is the continued evolution of the various literary genres as they reflect and record the development of ideologies and ideas.

ENGL 233: Canadian Literature

The study of selected works of Canadian writers, including fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose, from the colonial period until the present. Ethnic, immigrant, and First Nations literature may all be included.

ENGL 234: American Literature

The study of selected works of American writers, including fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose, from the colonial period until the present. Ethnic, immigrant, and Native American literature may all be included.