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University College of the North Professor Accepted for Book Publication

by ahnationtalk on September 23, 201960 Views

September 18, 2019

(Thompson, MB) – University College of the North (UCN) assistant professor, Dr. Gilbert McInnis, received notice from Peter Lang Publishing confirming that Dr. McInnis’s book Kurt Vonnegut: Myth and Science in a Modern World has been accepted for publication. This latest book is a continuation of his other work on the topic. “I enjoy reading and writing about Kurt Vonnegut because Kurt’s work is funny yet thought provoking. Kurt is our postmodern Mark Twain,” Assistant Professor, Dr. Gilbert McInnis said, “To not read Vonnegut today is like not reading Twain back then.”

Book Description:

Kurt Vonnegut: Myth and Science in the Modern World attempts to understand, in Vonnegut’s novels, how Darwin’s theory of evolution functions as a cosmogonic myth that is widely accepted in order to explain why the world is as it is and why things happen as they do, to provide a rationale for social customs and observances, and to establish the sanctions for the rules by which Vonnegut’s characters conduct their lives. Moreover, this study deals with how and why Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction represents the changing human image resulting from Darwinism. My theoretical approach will be based primarily on ideas from myth criticism and complemented by treatises on evolution.

Praise for the book from the Staff at Peter Lang:

This book is extremely significant beyond the field of Vonnegut studies. The author effectively plays the part of Toto, pulling back the curtain on a myth that has run rampant in the world and brought about great harm…Scholars and students of psychology, sociology, anthropology—and a host of other fields—would benefit from reading the work done by this author in drawing attention to the motivating myths they may be unconsciously living by.

Brief Bio:

Gilbert McInnis has contributed to Bloom’s Modern Critical Views: Kurt Vonnegut—New Edition

(2008) and contributed to Kurt Vonnegut: Critical Insights. Ed. Robert T. Tally Jr., 2013. He is currently serving on the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Manitoba, as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Writing Centre for the University College of the North.

Recent Scholarly Activity:

      1. Invited Lecture: “Mythical Character of Machine Language and Code.” at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Academic Disciplines held at Sokol Institute in Prague, Czech Republic, 23 to 26 April 2019.
      2. The Mythical Character of Machine Language and Code.” International Journal of Arts and Sciences, (June) 2019. 55 Farm Drive, Cumberland, Rhode Island, 02864-3565, USA.
      3. “The Posthuman Vision of Philip K. Dick in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Re-Imagining the Limits of the Human. Eds. Patrycja Austin and Elzbieta Rokosz-Piejko. New York: Peter Lang, June 2019.
      4. Invited Lecturer: “The Posthuman Vision of Philip K. Dick”

International Conference Post-Colonial Theory and Practice in the Twenty-First Century: Re-Imaging The Limits of the Human, April 12-13, 2018, in Rzeszów, Poland.


Gilbert McInnis, Ph.D.
Coordinator, UCN Writing Center
Faculty of Arts, Business, and Science
University College of the North
55 UCN Drive
Thompson, Manitoba
R8N 1L7
204-677-6405 (ex. 5049)

Author’s Page @ Amazon

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UCN Director of Communications


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