Demetres Tryphonopoulos   2008 University Research Scholar Recipient

Dr. Demetres Tryphonopoulos is an internationally respected authority on Ezra Pound, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), and other American modernist poets in their milieu, having published eight books and numerous articles in this area.

His first book, The Celestial Tradition (a study of Pound’s Cantos, published in 1992), is well known in Pound circles and has been recently translated into Italian.  Subsequently, he co-edited two collections of scholarly articles on modernist poets: Literary Modernism and the Occult Tradition (with Leon Surette,1996) and William Carlos Williams and Language (with Burton Hatlen, 2002).

The Pound community is grateful to him for his critical edition of Ezra Pound’s letters to Olivia Rossetti Agresti (co-edited with Leon Surette,1998) and for his internationally acclaimed Pound Encyclopedia (with Stephen J. Adams, 2005), which is currently being translated into Japanese.  They are also anticipating his critical edition of Ezra Pound’s Letters to H.L. Mencken, which is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

In addition, Dr. Tryphonopoulos has also recently completed an annotated edition of H.D.’s unpublished novel The Majic Ring, and has written a teaching text on Pound, Teaching Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose, scheduled for publication in 2009.  At present he is working on a modern-Greek edition and translation of the Cantos, writing a book on Pound’s prosody, and editing a second collection of essays on occult modernism.

Demetres’ research is also disseminated in other forms as well.  He has published more than twenty refereed papers in scholarly journals and in edited book collections, and he has given over fifty conference papers and invited lectures.

While carrying on his own research, he also serves as associate editor and as book review editor of the two leading scholarly journals devoted to the works of Pound and other modernist poets.  Earlier he served as poetry editor for The Fiddlehead, UNB’s own literary magazine, and he was one of the co-editors of Fiddlehead Gold, the fiftieth-anniversary volume of our major Canadian journal.

Dr. Tryphonopoulos’ publishing projects have been supported by grants from national funding agencies, including two large SSHRC Standard Research Grants, and his opinion is sought by other universities with regard to promotion and tenure decisions.  In short, Demetres has established an enviable record of research excellence, and UNB has recognized his achievements by awarding him not one but two University Merit Awards (in 1993 and 2005).

In addition to being an exceptionally well published scholar recognized internationally by his peers, Demetres is also deeply committed to teaching here at UNB, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  He has supervised some twenty graduate theses in the English Department, and his courses on American literature are regularly full to capacity.  He is one of the most popular teachers in the English Department, again and again successfully introducing his students to one of English literatures’ most intellectually challenging bodies of poetry.

While not researching or teaching, He also undertakes numerous administrative responsibilities.  He has served as departmental Director of Graduate Studies and, since 1999, has been Associate/Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies.  Despite his extensive duties in this position, he is unstinting in his service on departmental committees and various university bodies (including Senate and the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors).

In sum, while mentoring emerging scholars among the English department’s graduate students and being generous with his time as a very capable administrator, Dr. Demetres Tryphonopoulos has distinguished himself as a prolific researcher and scholar of international stature, richly deserving of this recognition as a University Research Scholar.

James Murray

Dean of the Faculty of Arts