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Sue Sorensen

Associate Professor of English

Sue Sorensen





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Born in Saskatchewan, Sue Sorensen was educated at the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia. Her doctoral dissertation was on British novelist A.S. Byatt. She is the author of The Collar: Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film (2014) and the editor of West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature (2008). In addition, she was written essays on authors such as Henry James, Ian McEwan, Guy Vanderhaeghe, and Winnipeg rocker John K. Samson. Her interests extend from nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature—her core area of specialization—to detective fiction and film adaptations of literature. She has taught at CMU since 2005.

Her poems have been published in various journals and her first novel, A Large Harmonium, was published in 2011. It won Best First Book at the Manitoba Book Awards in 2012 and was a contender for Winnipeg Public Library's On the Same Page program.

For some recent writing, check out Sue's pieces at:  The Puritan and The League of Canadian Poets

Sue has two sons and is a member of Home Street Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. Much of Sue's academic writing can be found at Her personal website is

How To Read a Cleric
Click to view Sue's contribution to Church Times (the UK's largest Anglican newspaper), based on research for her latest book, The Collar. 
- published January 16, 2015

Areas of Teaching

19th and 20th Century British Literature; Detective Fiction; Canadian Literature; Visual Art, Film, Music, Religion and their Relation to Literature


Ph.D, University of British Columbia, 1999; M.A., University of British Columbia, 1993; B.A. Hons., University of Regina, 1985

Work in Detail


Nineteenth-Century Novel
The Novel Since 1900
Canadian Literature
Literary Non-Fiction
Major Authors: Charles Dickens
Literary Genres: Twentieth-Century Drama
Special Topics in English: The Detective in Fiction and Film
Advanced Topics in English: Impossible Books



The Collar: Reading Christian Ministry in Fiction, Television, and Film. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014.


West of Eden: Essays on Canadian Prairie Literature. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2008.


 "Locked Room Mysteries from The Book of Daniel to Laurie R. King." Christianity and the Detective Story: Essays. Ed. Anya Morlan and Walter Raubicheck. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013. 47-57.

"John K. Samson, Poet Laureate of Winnipeg Rock." States of the Art: Considering Poetry Today. Ed. Klaus Martens. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2010. 123-134.

"A Visual Approach to The Turn of the Screw."  Approaches to Teaching Henry James's The Turn of the Screw and Daisy Miller. Ed. Kimberly C. Reed and Peter G. Beidler. New York: Modern Language Association, 2005. 195-201.


"Battle or Gratitude? Attitudes Conveyed to Children by Pokémon, Bakugan, and Magic Tree House Books." Peace Research 41.2 (2009): 5-29.

"Ian McEwan's Saturday: The Pre/Post-Modern Novel." Academic Exchange Quarterly 12.1 (Spring 2008): 51-55.

"Rocker Auteurs: David Byrne and Neil Young as Film Directors." Studies in Popular Culture 30.1 (Fall 2007): 105-123.

"Don't Hanker to Be No Prophet: Guy Vanderhaeghe and the Bible." Canadian Literature 191 (Winter 2006): 32-46.

 "Something of the Eternal: A. S. Byatt and Vincent Van Gogh." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 37.1 (March 2004): 63-81.



A Large Harmonium. Novel. Regina: Coteau Books, 2011.


"Freud and Jung in America, 1909: Coney Island." Desperately Seeking Susans. Ed. Sarah yi-Mei Tsang. Fernie: Oolichan Books, 2012.

 "On the Road to Golders Green." Prairie Fire 33.2 (Summer 2012).  

"Treading Water." Room 34.1 (Fall 2010): 86.

 "Vox" and "[a three-sided square]." CV2 32.3 (Winter 2010): 64-65.

"Eaton's Building" and "Boy." Prairie Fire 30.1 (Spring 2009): 77-79.




Modern Language Association (MLA), Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Christianity and Literature Study Group, Manitoba Writers Guild, Henry James Society, George Eliot Fellowship, Amnesty International, Conference on Christianity and Literature, The Writers' Union of Canada, Project Peacemakers, Associate Member of the Iona Community.

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