Stanwood has been a Professor of English at UBC since 1975, and Professor Emeritus since 1998. He was director of the Fourth International Milton Symposium, held at UBC in 1991, and was chair of the English graduate program. He has also taught at Tufts University (Boston), and the universities of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Cambridge, York (UK), and Wuerzburg (Germany).
A specialist in the Renaissance and in 17th century English literature, Stanwood has edited nine books, including John Cosin, A Collection of Private Devotions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1967; Henry More, Democritus Platonissans. The Augustan Reprint Society, 130. Los Angeles: University of California, 1968. Reprinted, New York: AMS, 1995; Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (Books VI, VII, VIII). The Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker, vol. 3. Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981; William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life and The Spirit of Love (an edition, with Austin Warren). New York: Paulist Press, 1978, 1998; and Jeremy Taylor's Holy Living and Holy Dying (2 vols. 1989), for Oxford English Texts (Clarendon Press). He has also edited Of Poetry and Politics: New Essays on Milton and His World. Binghamton, NY: Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies, 1995 (xxi + 333pp. + 5 illus.). Twenty-one original essays from the Fourth International Milton Symposium, with an introduction.
He is the author of over eighty articles and reviews, including "Milton's Lycidas and Earlier Seventeenth-Century Opera," in Milton in Italy (1991); "Of Prelacy and Polity in Milton and Hooker," in Heirs of Fame: Milton and Writers of the English Renaissance (1995); and "Critical Directions in the Study of Early Modern Sermons," in Fault Lines and Controversies in the Study of Seventeenth-Century English Literature (2002). He is currently president of the International Association of University Professors of English, and a 2003 recipient of the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters from the University of Trinity College, Toronto.
CITY/TOWN: Vancouver, BC
DATE OF BIRTH: 25 April 1933
PLACE OF BIRTH: Des Moines, Iowa, USA
ARRIVAL IN CANADA: August 1965
EMPLOYMENT OTHER THAN WRITING: Professor Emeritus of English, UBC
John Donne and the Line of Wit: From Metaphysical to Modernist (Ronsdale, 2009)
The New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature 600–1660, vol. 1: "Fisher to Donne"; "Richard Hooker"; "Martin Marprelate"; "The Caroline Divines." Cambridge, 1974. Cols. 1915–2006 (46pp.).
CBEL 3. Vol. 1: "Sermons and Devotional Writings"; "Richard Hooker"; "The Marprelate Controversy." Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Wrestling with God: literature and theology in the English renaissance: essays to honour Paul Grant Stanwood, ed. by Mary E. Henley. Vancouver, Henley, 2001.
John Donne and the Theology of Language (with Heather Ross Asals). Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1986 (384pp.).
Milton, Guided Independent Study (English 375). UBC Access, 1989, rev. 1997.
The Sempiternal Season: Studies in Seventeenth-Century Devotional Writing. Seventeenth-Century Texts and Studies, 3. New York: Peter Lang, 1992 (xiii + 185pp. + 2 illus.).
Izaak Walton: 1593–1683. Twayne English Authors Series , 548. New York: Twayne, 1998 (xviii + 126pp.).
Selected Prose of Christina Rossetti (with David A. Kent). New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998 (xii + 404pp. + 10 illus.).