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Christopher Armitage

Christopher Armitage (1951) has written on a range of topics from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

He is a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in 2009 received the UNC Board Of Governors' Award for sustained excellence in teaching undergraduates.

His publications include bibliographies of Louis MacNeice (1972) and Sir Walter Ralegh 1576-1986 (1987), a monograph on the Canadian poet Anne Wilkinson, and The Poetry of Piety with the Revd. Ben Witherington, one of his former students.

After leaving Oxford in 1954 he emigrated to Canada and married Pauline Brooks, the Canadian cousin of Michael Baldwin, his contemporary in the Hall.

He then spent several years rewriting RCAF service manuals in plain English and instructing former bomber pilots in clear writing. He earned an MA in English and Canadian Literature, with a thesis on Donne's Poems in Huntington MS 196 at the University of Western Ontario in 1964, and a PhD with a dissertation on Louis MacNeice, at Duke University in 1967.

Of all the articles he wrote for academic journals, he is proudest of Smartened Up by C.S.Lewis because it says in two pages all he wanted to say on the subject, "whereas many academic articles go on too long and nowadays are often obfuscated by jargon."