Dr. Arlette Zinck

Associate Professor, English P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8078 F: 780-465-3534
Education
  • PhD. University of Alberta, 1993
  • MA, University of Alberta, 1989
  • B.P.R (With Distinction), Mount St. Vincent University, 1984

Biography
Arlette Zinck is an Associate Professor of English and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts.  She 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. She is a Seventeenth-Century scholar, specializing in the work of English Puritan writer John Bunyan. 

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 support program for a small group of Correctional Services of Canada inmates. 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 selected to receive a 3M National Teaching Fellowship.

Research interests

  • John Bunyan
  • 17th century spiritual autobiographies

Publications

“Bunyan’s Heroic View of Aging: Recovering a Puritan Assessment of Elder Years.” Bunyan Studies.  Forthcoming.

Trauma and Transformation: The Political Progress of John Bunyan.  Vera Camden, Ed.  Stanford: Stanford UP 2008.  185 pp.  Reviewed for English Studies in Canada.  Forthcoming.

"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.  2006.  Vol. 24. no2, pp. 156-164.

Conference papers and public lectures

“Discerning Light in the House of Abraham: Omar Khadr and a Christian Community’s Struggle for Justice.”The Ronning Centre For Religion and Public Life.  Religious Perspectives on the Civil Life:  A Symposium.  The King's University College.  March 2011.

“The Story that Love Tells: A Christian University’s Reading of the Omar Khadr Case.”  Ronning Centre for Religion and Public Life.  University of Alberta, Augustana Campus. 28 February 2011.

 “Bunyan’s Heroic View of Aging: Recovering a Puritan Assessment of Elder Years.”  The International John Bunyan Conference.  Keele University, Stoke-on-Trent, England.  July 2010.

 “Framed? Reverend James Evans & the HBC: How a Cree Translation of Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress may Shed New Light on an Old Scandal.”  The Canadian Society of Church History, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.  University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.  May 27-29, 2007

 “Sex Scandal, the HBC and a Cree Translation of Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress: Rewriting the History of a Methodist Pioneer, the Reverend James Evans.” Public Lecture.  Calgary First CRC.  February 2007.

 “Of Holy Men & Holy Wars: John Bunyan Reads Bush and Bin Laden.”  Main Public Address: The Swanson Lectures on Christian Spirituality.  Hope Lutheran Church, Monday January 31, 2005.  This endowed lecture series is organized by Doug Shantz, Chair of Christian Thought, University of Calgary.

 “Learning to Read Salvation: Psychological & Spiritual Change in Bunyan’s Grace Abounding and The Pilgrim’s Progress.”  With John Sneep.  Ancillary address to The Swanson Lectures on Christian Spirituality.  CIBC Hub Room, Rozsa Centre, University of Calgary, Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Courses

  • ENGL 204/205 Introduction to Literature
  • ENGL 320 Shakespeare
  • ENGL 387 The History and Practice of Allegory
  • ENGL 404 Literary Theory from Plato to Pater
  • ENGL 430 Milton and the 17th Cent.