Fonds MS-2-737 - Terrence Gordon fonds

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Terrence Gordon fonds

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  • 1997-2005 (Creation)
    Gordon, Terrence W.

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1.5 m of textual records

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Author and educator W. Terrence Gordon was born in Montreal, Quebec, 14 October 1942. He attended the University of Toronto and received a B.A. Honours in French and Italian (1966), a M.A. in French (1967), and a PhD in French and Linguistics (1972). Gordon began his teaching career at the University of Alberta as an assistant professor of French and romance linguistics (1970-1972). He came to Dalhousie as an assistant professor of French in 1972 and is currently a professor emeritus in the department. While at Dalhousie, Gordon held the Alexander McLeod Chair in Modern Languages, helped found the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association in 1977, helped launch Italian studies at Dalhousie in 1998, and has authored or edited numerous books, articles, reviews, and papers. Gordon is married to Therese-Celeste Smith-Gordon and has two sons, Perry and Paul-Michael.

Custodial history

Fonds was donated by Terrence Gordon in two accessions. The first accession containing materials related to his biography of Marshall McLuhan was donated in 2000. The remainder of the materials were donated in 2005.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of materials related to a biography of Marshall McLuhan which Gordon published in 1997 and was titled Marshall McLuhan: Escape into Understanding. The fonds includes correspondence with publishers, reviewers, and others; Gordon’s curriculum vitae; a draft of the biography; newspaper clippings and copies of reviews; and research materials. The fonds also includes working papers from three books which Gordon edited: McLuhan Unbound, Understanding Media (Critical Edition), and The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of his Time.

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  • English

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All records are open.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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Detailed inventory available onsite.

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For related materials, see Terrance Gordon’s reference file MS-1-Ref, Box 71, Folder 18.

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