Stephen Tardif


Assistant Professor



Office Phone: 416.978.8614 ext. 88614


Stephen Tardif teaches in the Christianity & Culture Program where he is Professor of Christianity, Literature, and the Arts. His current research explores the connection between literary form and projects of self-formation in Victorian Britain. His publications include articles and essays on Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thomas Hardy, and James Joyce. At St. Mike’s, he teaches on a range of topics, including visual culture, book history, and contemporary literature.

Stephen earned his PhD in English from Harvard University in 2016. A six-time recipient of Harvard’s Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, he was also awarded the Bowdoin Prize for best graduate essay in the humanities, the Francis James Child Prize for excellence in teaching, and the Howard Mumford Jones prize for the best dissertation on 19th-century studies. He has been a fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center and a pre-doctoral visiting scholar at the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his research has been supported by the Andrew A. Mellon Foundation. At Harvard, he led graduate seminars on pedagogy and advanced undergraduate tutorials and, though the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, he frequently offered a seminar on “The Art of Discussion Leading.”

A native of Toronto, Stephen received his M.A. in English in 2007 from the University of Toronto and his B.A. Hons. in 2006 from St. Michael’s College where he majored in English and Christianity & Culture.

Areas of Interest

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19th-century British literature


Literary form




G.M. Hopkins


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“‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’ and the Birth of the Poet: Literary Form, Performative Utterance, and Hopkins’ ‘Gift of Tears’.” Victorian Poetry, vol. 54, no. 3, 2016, pp. 275-296.

“Joyce’s Dantean Piety, or The Survival of Acceptable Ideas.” Dante and The Christian Imagination, edited by Domenico Pietropaolo and Jenna Sunkenberg, Legas Publishing, 2015, pp. 227-242.

“Rhyming Events and the Pessimistic Muse: Repetition and Representation in ‘Under the Waterfall’.” Thomas Hardy, Poet: New Perspectives, edited by Adrian Grafe and Laurence Estanove, Macmillan, 2015, pp. 60-74.

“Getting Back to (Human) Nature: Personality as Sacrament in G.M. Hopkins’ Poetry.” Figures of the Sacred, edited by Jennifer Kilgore-Caradec, Ineke Bockting, and Cathy Parc, Peter Lang, 2013, pp. 127-143.