Joel Hawkes teaches in the Department of English at the University of Victoria. He is primarily a modernist, his work concerned with the practice and performance of the spaces we create and inhabit—including the archive. Mary Butts has been a focus of his research since he stumbled upon her novel Armed with Madness as a confused undergraduate. His edited collection of Butts’s essays will be published by McPherson & Co later this year.
Located in Special Collections at the University of Victoria is a little studied folder that contains fifty-one letters written by the British modernist author Mary Butts (1890-1937) to friend and fellow British modernist Douglas Goldring (1887-1960), with some few to Goldring’s second wife, Malin.