Paul G. Socken

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Paul G. Socken

Paul G. Socken (born 1945) is a professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and a leading scholar on the work of French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy. He is also the founder of the department of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo.

Socken holds a B.A. and a Ph.d. (1974) from the University of Toronto. He is a specialist in French-Canadian literature, particularly in the novel. He has done research on the thematic and stylistic aspects of Gabrielle Roy's writing and currently publishes in the area of mythology and French-Canadian literature.

Currently, Socken is an occasional columnist for the Canadian Jewish News.



  • The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age? (2013)
  • Why Study Talmud in the Twenty-First Century?: The Relevance of the Ancient Jewish Text to Our World (2009)
  • Intimate Strangers (2004)
  • Gabrielle Roy Today / Gabrielle Roy aujourd'hui (2003)
  • The French They Never Taught You (with José Binamé) (2002, ISBN 1-55130-214-4)
  • Patrimoines: La Francophonie en Amérique du nord (with P.H. Dubé and Ann Dubé) (1992)
  • The Myth of the Lost Paradise in the Novels of Jacques Poulin (1993)
  • Concordance de Bonheur d'occasion de Gabrielle Roy (1982)
  • Myth and Morality in Alexandre Chenevert by G. Roy (1987)

Chapters/Articles in Books[edit]

  • "Gabrielle Roy: An Annotated Bibliography" The Annotated Bibliography of Canada's Major Authors (1979)

Selected Professional and Community Affiliations[edit]

  • Association of Quebec and Canadian Studies
  • Association of Canadian Studies in the United States
  • Association française d'études canadiennes