Billingham, Susan

About the author: Susan Billingham is the Lecturer in Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Recent articles consider work by Carol Shields, Timothy Findley, Daphne Marlatt and Betsy Warland. Her next project will examine lesbian and gay subjects.

Language and the Sacred in Canadian Poet Bp Nichol’s the Martyrology
2000 0-7734-7591-5
This book explores the circular relationship between notation and faith in bp Nichol’s life-long poem, The Martyrology. Pun and paradox, the ability to believe simultaneously in apparently contradictory things, lie at the heart of Nichol’s writing. This study proposes ‘pataphysics’, the science of the supplementary realm beyond metaphysics, as a useful category for understanding Nichol’s poetics.