David Bentley – 2015 Killam Prize


Western University

David Bentley has greatly broadened and enriched understanding and awareness of Canadian literature and culture across Canada and around the world.  A nationally acclaimed teacher and leading scholar of Canadian literature and culture, he founded and is continuing editor of Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews, the Canadian Poetry Press, and Canadian Poetry: An Electronic Resource (

In addition to his many publications and presentations on Canadian subjects, he has made significant contributions to scholarship on nineteenth-century English literature and art, and to discussions of the importance and value of the arts and humanities.   David Bentley is a Distinguished University Professor and the Carl F. Klinck Professor in Canadian Literature at Western University.

The Killam Prizes
Every year the Killam Program offers five awards of $100,000 each to outstanding Canadian scholars working in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering in recognition of outstanding career achievements. These awards are among Canada’s most distinguished research awards. They are made possible through the Killam Trusts by a bequest of Mrs. Dorothy J. Killam, and a gift she made before her death in 1965. Recipients are chosen by a committee of 15 eminent Canadian scholars appointed by the Canada Council.

To learn more about Dr. Bentley’s research, watch the video below.


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