Dr. Arlette Zinck

Professor, English

P: 825-901-0499
  • PhD. University of Alberta, 1993
  • MA, University of Alberta, 1989
  • B.P.R (With Distinction), Mount St. Vincent University, 1984


Arlette Zinck joined The King’s University community in 1998 and served as the first Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2008 to 2011. She resumed the post in 2015 and retired from the role in July 2019. She was promoted to Full Professor in 2018. Her research interests centre around the literature of dissent in England and, particularly, the writer John Bunyan whose major works were written while incarcerated.

Zinck is first and foremost a teacher. Her passion for the classroom carries over to her volunteer work where she and her colleagues developed a post-secondary teaching program called The Ephesus Project for a small group of Correctional Services of Canada incarcerated learners. Her work with prisoners was recognized in 2012 with a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2018, Zinck's excellence in teaching was recognized when she was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Research interests

  • Literature of Dissent in England

  • John Bunyan

  • Issues of carcerality

Selected Publications

Named Public Lectures

“Discerning Hope: A Liberal Arts University’s Journey with Omar Khadr.” The Nash Lecture 2017, Campion College, University of Regina. March 20, 2017.

“The Engaged University and the Responsibility of its Educators.” McMaster Seminar Series on Higher Education: Practice, Policy, and Public Life. McMaster University. March 31, 2016.

“Love Knows No Bounds: A Girardian Reading of the Omar Khadr Case.” Herr Lecture in the Humanities. Burman University, Lacomb Alberta. February 26, 2016

Books Edited

Awakening Words: John Bunyan and the Language of Community. Ed. David Gay, Greg Randall and Arlette Zinck. Newark: University of Delaware Press. 2000.

Pockets Full of Stars: The Writings of Alison White. Edmonton: Juvenilia Press, 1994. Pp. iv, 59.

Book Chapters and Articles

“Piety and Radicalism: Bunyan’s Writings of the 1680’s” Chapter 17 in The Oxford Handbook to John Bunyan. Ed. Michael Davies and Bob Owens. Oxford: University Press, 2018.

“Love Knows No Bounds: A Christian Reading of the Omar Khadr Case Chester Ronning Centre Current Briefings. October 2013.

“A Time of Promise and Responsibility: Teaching English Literature in the Christian Academy.” In Christian Thought in the Twenty-first Century. Ed. Douglas H. Shantz and Tinu Raparell. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2012.

Hancock, Maxine and Arlette Zinck. “Bunyan’s Heroic View of Aging: Recovering a Puritan Assessment of Elder Years.” Bunyan Studies. No. 14, 2010, 56-75.

"Dating The Spiritual Warfare Broadsheet." Texting Bunyan: Attribution, Appropriation, and Influence. Ed. Ken Simpson. Cuyahoga Falls, OH: Open Latch Publications. May, 2010. 1-7.

"Reverend James Evans & the HBC: How a Cree Translation of Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress May Shed New Light on an Old Scandal." Annual Papers 2008. Society of Church Historians. May 2008

Brown, Sylvia and Arlette Zinck. “Bunyan Among Aboriginal Canadians: The Pilgrim’s Progress as Missionary Text to the Cree and Inuit Nations. In 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era: Approaches to Bunyan. Ed. Ken Simpson. Vol. 13, 2006.

Sneep, John and Arlette Zinck. “Learning to Read Salvation: Psychological and Spiritual Change in Bunyan’s Grace Abounding and The Pilgrim’s Progress” in a special issue of Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Eds. Heather Looy, Kevin Seybold and Kevin Reimer, eds. 2006. Vol. 24. no2, pp. 156-164.