Kamal comes to Ryerson University from the Globe and Mail, where he has distinguished himself most recently as its national theatre critic. He’s written extensively on film, TV and theatre for the Globe and covered American responses to the 2003 war in Iraq through assignments in Chicago and Detroit. Kamal worked as Production Editor of Report on Business magazine, was a theatre critic for Eye Weekly and freelanced as a feature writer for the National Post. He’s written for The Globe and Mail’s Travel and Focus sections as well as its Television magazine.
Kamal brings not only a solid record of newspaper reporting, editing and critical writing, but also a background in the study of literature. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham, where he specialized in the narratives of psychiatry and madness in Victorian England. He was an instructor at the master’s program in Victorian Literature at the University of Nottingham, co-teaching a course on Sensation Fiction of the 1860s. He was co-editor (with Norman Page) of the Everyman edition of Mrs. Henry Wood’s classic novel East Lynne and assistant editor and researcher on the Oxford University Press’s edition of Wilkie Collins’s Mad Monkton and Other Stories. He has recently taught Dramatic Literature in the Twentieth Century (1945-1999) and Theatre Criticism at the University of Waterloo as well as Criticism and Aesthetics at York University.
His research interests include the role of the critic in contemporary journalism and the history (and proliferation) of English-language dailies in the Middle East.
PhD in Victorian Literature, Nottingham University