Neil Besner

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Neil Besner


  • Canada
  • Education
  • Literature / Creative Writing
Areas of Expertise:
  • Canadian literature
  • Postsecondary education
Languages Spoken:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
Available To:
  • Appear on radio or TV
  • Appear as a public speaker
  • Provide comment to media
  • Discuss research with industry, government, and others

Neil Besner has taught Canadian literature at the University of Winnipeg since 1987, and is currently Provost and Vice-President, Academic. He writes mainly on Canadian literature, with books on Mavis Gallant and Alice Munro; among other books are an edited collection of essays on Carol Shields (2003), a co-edited collection of essays on Canadian and Brazilian postcolonial theory (2003), and three co-edited books of essays on Brazil and Canada (2007, 2010, 2013). His award-winning translation from Portuguese into English of the Brazilian biography of poet Elizabeth Bishop (2002) formed the basis for the 2013 feature film, Reaching for the Moon.

Neil has taught Canadian literature in Brazil, the Czech Republic, and China. Since 2004 he has been general editor of a contemporary Canadian poetry series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press (LPS), with volumes published on twenty-two poets to date. In July of 2015 he gave a keynote address on Alice Munro’s stories at a Munro symposium in Harbin, China, and in March 2015 he taught a short graduate course on Munro’s stories in Portuguese in the state of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Dr. Besner reappointed as Provost and Vice-President, Academic

Dr. Annette Trimbee is pleased to announce that Dr. Neil Besner will serve an additional five-year term as The University of Winnipeg’s Provost and...

Campus campaign raises more than $730,000

UWinnipeg’s faculty, staff, retirees, and other members of the campus community are once again among the most committed and generous supporters of...

CMCC and UWinnipeg sign articulation agreement

WINNIPEG, MB  — An articulation agreement between the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) and The University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg) was...

Dr. Besner among Canadian university leaders visiting Ukraine

Dr. Neil Besner, UWinnipeg’s  Vice-President (Research, Recruitment and International) and Acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic ), is...