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Chance Pahl, PhD

Assistant Professor of English
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  • Eighteenth-century British literature
  • Romantic literature
  • Book history
  • The Inklings and friends
  • Children's literature
  The study of English literature is, at its best, an enlightening experience. When we read great works of literature, we discover more about ourselves, our place in this world, and what it means to be human.  

Teaching Philosophy

My goal as a professor of English is to encourage students to experience great works of literature in new and rewarding ways, through close reading and interdisciplinary analysis. Student interaction is paramount in my classes.


I was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and spent most of my childhood on a cattle ranch on the outskirts of the city. As such, while my education has taken me on a journey across Canada, the Prairies have always been important to me. A love of literature and story—I am an avid reader of novels from a variety of periods—led me to pursue a career teaching English literature. My family and I now call Caronport home.


Ph.D. in English, University of Ottawa, 2018.
M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities (English Literature Stream), Trinity Western University, 2012.
B.A. in General Studies (Concentrations in English and Philosophy), Trinity Western University, 2009.


Book history
Periodical publication
Aesthetic theory (especially eighteenth-century aesthetic theory)
Early modern theories of the passions/emotions
The Age of Sensibility


Entries in Reference Works

“Illusions of Sentiment, a Descriptive and Historical Novel (Anon., 1788).” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, ed. April London, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2019.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

“Samuel Johnson, Periodical Publication, and the Sentimental Reader: Virtue in Distress in The Rambler and The Idler.” Lumen: Selected Proceedings from the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 36 (2017): 21-35.

“Teleology in Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 64.3 (2012): 221-32.

Through my education, I have had my eyes opened to the radical call of the Gospel. Through the community, I have been given the opportunity to live this call out.
Matthew Pauls