Author Tags: Literary Criticism

Of Dutch ancestry, Peter Buitenhuis was born in London on December 8, 1925 and he died in November of 2004 [see below]. He emigrated from the United Kingdom to Toronto in 1959, and he moved to Vancouver in 1975. A former head of SFU's English department, he wrote numerous scholarly works and The Great War of Words, which examines how British and American authors served the Allied war effort by supplying propaganda between 1914 and 1933. Among his books are studies of Henry James, E.J. Pratt and Hugh MacLennan. He has also contributed reviews and essays to numerous publications in Canada and abroad.


Selected Poems of E.J. Pratt , ed. with an introduction (Toronto: Macmillan, 1968).
Hugh MacLennan (Toronto: Forum Press. 1969, rev. and reprinted, 1983).
The Grasping Imagination: the American Writings of Henry James (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1970, paperback edition, 1971).
E.J. Pratt and his works (ECW Press, 1987).
The Great War of Words: British, American and Canadian Fiction and Propaganda, 1914-1933 (UBC Press, 1987, paperback edition, 1988). Published as The Great War of Words: Literature as Propaganda 1914 and After (London: Batsford, 1989).
George Orwell: A Reassessment, (MacMillan, 1988) co-editor with Ira Nadel.
The House of the Seven Gables: Severing Family and Colonial Ties (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1991).
The House of the Seven Gables: Severing Family and Colonial Ties (Twayne Publisher, 1991).


B.A. M.A. English Language and Literature, Oxford University, Ph.D. American Studies, Yale University


Professor of English, Simon Fraser UniversityAssociate Director, Centre for Canadian Studies, Simon Fraser University, 1987 - 88
Chairman, Department of English, Simon Fraser University, 1975-1981
Professor of English, McGill University, Montreal, 1967-1974
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1966-67
Associate Professor, Victoria College, Toronto, 1959-6
Instructor, Yale University, 1955-1959

ALSO: "Canada's America, or Lost in the Funhouse," in Southern Exposure: Canadian Perspectives on the United States, ed. David Flaherty and W.R. McKercher (Toronto and New York: McGraw Hill Ryerson, 1986), pp. 134-51

"The First World War and the Language of Fiction," in Social Change and New Modes of Expression, The United States 1910-1930, ed. Rob Kroes (Amsterdam, Free University Press, 1986), pp. 99-111.

"After the Slam of A Doll's House Door: Reverberations in the Work of James, Hardy, Wells and Ford, in For Better or Worse: Attitudes Towards Marriage in Literature, ed. Evelyn Hinz (Manitoba: University of Manitoba, 1985), pp. 83-96

"Robert Kroetsch and the De-Mythologizing of the Canadian West," in Canadiana: Studies in Canadian Literature ed. Jorn Carlsen and Knud Larsen (Aarhus, Denmark: Department of English, University of Aarhus, 1984, pp. 43-50.

Related Activities:

Governor General's Literary Awards Committee Non-Fiction Jury, 1978-81, Chairman, Grand Jury, 1981
Lectured for Department of External Affairs on Canadian Studies in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Erlangen,Wurzburg, Kiel and Cologne, 1978
President, Canadian Association of American Studies, 1968-70
British Columbia representative on Association for Canadian Studies executive, 1983-87
Chairman, Canadian Association of Chairmen of English 1978-7
Participant in the Writing Seminar for judges organized by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice in Toronto, 1982-1988
Papers given at international conferennces in Venice, Grainau, Graz, Lund, and Aarhus

Honours, Fellowships, and Grants:

Canada Council Fellow, 1962-3
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowships 1972-3, 1982-3, 1992-95
Dictionary of American Scholars; Who's Who in America; Who's Who in Canada; The Canadian Debrett's.

[BCBW 2005] "Literary Criticism"

Peter Buitenhuis

This obituary appeared in the _Vancouver Sun_, Dec. 11, 2004, p. D20

BUITENHUIS - Professor Peter Martinus, December 8, 1925 - November 28,
2004. Peter died quietly at home in the loving presence of his family who
read to him and quietly supported his last days through their love for him
and each other. He is deeply mourned by his wife Ann, and his children Paul
(Nancy Harrison), Penelope, Pym (James Lahey), Beatrix (Ben Chappell),
Hugo, their brother Henry Lovejoy; Juliana, Adrian; and his grandchildren
Kate, Jason, Malcolm, Noah and Tara. Also his sister-in-law Carol
Stephenson and her mother Marguerite, and many dear friends, especially
Lloyd Baron. He is survived by his siblings in England: Jack (Sheila),
Derek (Eivor), Brian (Frances), and Mary (Michael) and many nieces and
nephews. Peter was a Professor of English at Simon Fraser University when
he retired and continued to teach there. He remained an active scholar and
participated in his community, church, Scottish country dancing club, and
his favourite pursuits of sailing and skiing until very recently when his
health failed. The funeral was held on December 1 at St. Monica's Anglican
Church in Horseshoe Bay. A Memorial celebration will be planned at Simon
Fraser University in January. Donations in Peter's memory can be made to
The Peter Buitenhuis Scholarship Fund (awarded at SFU) c/o Minerva
Foundation, 1730, 700 West Georgia St. PO Box 10036, Vancouver, BC, V7Y1A1,
tel 604-683-7635 or to the Palliative Care Program, Lion's Gate Hospital
Foundation, 231 East 15th Street, North Vancouver B.C. V7L 217.