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B. W. Powe fonds File
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Frye-McLuhan debate at York University

File consists of four video recordings, with a left camera view and right camera view, of a debate by Powe's students on the theories of Northrop Frye and Marshall McLuhan held at York University with commentary by Powe and Philip Marchand.

Essays (selection)

File consists of draft and published writing by Powe, including a tribute to Saul Bellow, a Noam Chomsky book review, a poem about 9-11, and an essay about the Rolling Stones.

McLuhan Centre

File pertains to Powe's involvement with an initiative to open the McLuhan Centre for the Study of Literacies at Stong College, York University. Records include a grant agreement, meeting notes, correspondence and e-mail, sample logos, a project summary, presentation slides and a budget proposal.

Photos, memorabilia

File consists of a Christmas card from Pierre Elliott Trudeau featuring a photo of his family, Powe's 1977 graduation portrait, a photograph of Powe and his mother, Alys, at his 1980 graduation ceremony, and two other photographs of Powe.

Mars Hills Audio Journal : volume 126 : interview with B.W. Powe

File includes an audio recording of an interview (22 min., 33 sec.) conducted by Ken Myers with Powe on the subject of Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye and his book "Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy". Included is a letter from Eve Ruotsinoja of Mars Hill Audio about the interview.


File consists of questions pertaining to interviews given by Powe about his work as a writer and professor.

Family photographs

File consists of childhood photographs of Powe with his sister, Kathleen, and mother Alys, as well as a photograph of Powe with Kathleen in 1980.

Convocation programs

File consists of convocation programs pertaining to conferring of Powe's Master of Arts (University of Toronto) and PhD (York University) degrees.

Class photos

File consists of two class photographs featuring Powe and his classmates from Armour Heights Public School and Ledbury Park Junior High School. Included is a booklet featuring images of staff and student council from Ledbury Park Junior High School.

Baby book

Item is a baby book for Powe maintained by his parents. It includes two photographs of Powe as a newborn and other ephemera relating to his birth.

Stuff about Mc-Frye

File pertains to Powe's book "Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye". Records include a blurb by Barry Callaghan, a draft promotional release, a copy of the book's cover art, and e-mail about the book's publication, promotion and launch.

Responses to my work/writings

File consists of e-mail from Steven Takatsu Lee and Terry Trowbridge and a copy of a paper by Trowbridge entitled "Divorce, Treaty, and Expulsion in B.W. Powe's 'The Unsaid Passing'".

Recent things

File consists of a copy of an interview with Powe for "Brainstorm" and an article by Powe entitled "The Charge in the Global Membrane: Notes on Paradigm Change",

Publishing info

File consists of e-mail exchanged between Powe and representatives of Exile Editions, University of Toronto Press editor Siobhan McMenemy, and Elana Wolff of Guernica Editions.

“Opening Time” project : slides

File consists of presentation slides pertaining to this project, prepared by Powe, M. Century, M. Ciastellardi, and C. Miranda de Almeida, a McLuhan Initiative/IN3 project.

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