Dr. Butler earned a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Toronto in 2001. His area of specialization is the intersection of history and fiction, and he has also published a novel on this subject,Return of the Native (Breakwater Books, 2007). He has taught American Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Toronto (2001-2004) and for the past six years at private universities in the Republic of China. He is a veteran of teaching freshman composition courses as well as more advanced, highly professionalized courses in legal writing, business writing and technical writing. Dr. Butler recently has become an active eco-critic as well; much of his research in the past two years explores the relationship between literature and the environment.
Recent publications include "Eco-spirituality in the Age of Technological Overkill: Body-Time Reclamation in the Fiction of Alan Lightman and Don DeLillo," Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment; “The Silence Beyond Names: Towards a Green Poetics/Politics,” Studies in Language and Literature; and “Poetry of the Planet, by the Planet, and for the Planet: a Global Manifesto for Being Here,” Tamkang Review. An article on Kenneth Burke’s Towards a Better Life is forthcoming in 2012 inUniversity of Toronto Quarterly.