Draft:Ian Balfour

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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: needs check for WP:PROF DGG ( talk ) 19:20, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: A writer is not presumed to pass WP:AUTHOR just because his books can technically be verified by their own promotional pages on the websites of their own publishers, or because he has a faculty profile on the website of his own employer. The notability test is not "can the books be verified as existing?", but "have the books been the subject of journalism or analysis by unaffiliated reliable sources, such as book reviews in newspapers or magazines or academic journals?" But none of the sources here are the correct type to establish notability at all -- they're all affiliated primary sources, not reliable or independent ones that establish him as the subject of other people's attention. Bearcat (talk) 21:10, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Ian Balfour is a professor of English at York University.[1]


Balfour's scholarship includes work on Romanticism and Idealism. He is a recognized expert in postmodern critical theories and deconstruction, having done his graduate training under Jacques Derrida and Paul de Man.

In his award winning book Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy[2], he examines prophecy in the Romantic era in England and Germany. Taking Walter Benjamin’s thinking about history as a point of departure, he shows how the model for Romantic prophecy emerges less as a prediction of the future than as a call to change in the present, even as it quotes, at key turns, texts from the past. After surveying developments in eighteenth-century biblical hermeneutics, as well as the numerous instances of prophetic eruption in Romantic poetry, the book culminates in close readings of works by Blake, Hölderlin, and Coleridge.

Balfour co-edited a book with Atom Egoyan[3] and two special issues of the journal SAQ, on Human Rights, and on Deconstruction.[4][5]

He is currently writing a volume on the Sublime.[6]


  • Ph.D. Yale University
  • M.A. University of Toronto
  • B.A. York University


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