Blank, G.

Professor

Contact

Phone number: (250) 721-7239
Email: gkblank@uvic.ca
Department: English

Research description:

-Popular culture
-Media
-News media
-English Romantic Poetry
-Critical Theory
-Writing and Composition
-Wordiness
-Close reading of poetry; explication
Expertise Profile
English literature professor Kim Blank says the Romantic poets--who wrote between 1790 and 1830--were very much modern thinkers.

"Romantic thinking and expression is still very much a part of how we 'see' and 'do' the world, even though we may not be aware of it."

The Romantics dealt with issues that feel contemporary, such as human rights, ecology, and politics, and their work remains central to our cultural history. Many of our beliefs and values originated in their writings, so when we read them, we often feel that we are reading works that have continuing relevance.

Dr. Blank studies and teaches the works of William Wordsworth, John Keats, Percy Shelley, and the major Romantic poets. During the aftermath of the French Revolution in the 1790s, they wrote poetry that, in its democratic impulse, became language for and about the people. "In different ways, all were reformers." Along with his interest in poetry, he has also co-authored a well-used resource on how to interpret poetry: http://web.uvic.ca/~englblog/closereading.

Dr. Blank has also published textbooks and guides on the topic of writing and composition, though his online compilation of over 500 wordy phrases might be the most popular writing resource he has produced. The list includes phrases such as "appears on the surface to be" or "as a matter of fact" and provides possible replacements such as "this appears to be" or "in fact." He has published the list at http://web.uvic.ca/~gkblank/wordiness.html.
"The world has only so much space," he says. "When you write, your job is to use that space carefully."

Related Links
Dr. Blank's Faces of UVic Research Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gpi0m8wMShg&feature=youtu.be

Countries lived or worked in:

The U.S.A, Wales, England, Namibia


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