Sean Kane took his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, which led to a tenure-track position in the Department of English there. He left to become the founding chair of Cultural Studies at Trent University. Kane still teaches and writes at Trent, where he is emeritus professor of English and Cultural Studies. He is the author of Spenser's Moral Allegory(1989), Wisdom of the Mythtellers(1998), and Virtual Freedom, a comic novel that was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal (1998). He is editor of The Dreamer Awakes(1995), a collection of wondertales told by Alice Kane. Kane is currently nearing completion of a manuscript that sets out the main principles of the thinking of oral, artisan societies, particularly the Haida world of the mythteller Skaay of Qquuna (?1827-1905), whom Kane has studied in association with the poet and cultural historian Robert Bringhurst.