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David Buchanan

Dr. David Buchanan
Sessional Instructor, Literature and Language

Office: HA316
Email: david.buchanan@concordia.ab.ca

Education and Interests:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, English and Film Studies, 2014-18, University of Alberta
  • SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellow, English, 2012-14, Simon Fraser University
  • PhD, Comparative Literature, 2012, University of Alberta
  • MA, Cultural Studies/Global Change, 2007, Athabasca University
  • BA, Human Kinetics, 1998, University of British Columbia

I am a teacher and scholar of literary history and print culture from the eighteenth century to the present. My area of research expertise is transatlantic literature of the long nineteenth century, with particular interest in the intersection of book history, popular literature, and modernity.

For example, in Acts of Modernity: The Historical Novel and Effective Communication, 1814-1901, I investigate how the historical novel was repeatedly reinvented to effectively communicate the consequences of modernity as problem-solutions of relevance to people on both sides of the Atlantic. I have also published related articles on reading in the Romantic period and adaptation of the novels of Walter Scott, as well as the website Popular Romanticism.

Over the past few years, I have collaborated with students and colleagues to develop online platforms and scholarly websites that facilitate book history research and open access publication. Most recently, I was the coordinator of the SSHRC-funded digital resource Popular Print Edmonton, which describes contemporary print culture and reading practices in Edmonton.

I have taught courses at several universities and on a variety of subjects, including English as an additional language, literature and composition, case studies in research, reading popular texts, British Romanticism, the nineteenth-century English novel, American literature to 1900, science fiction, cultural studies and everyday life, literary theory and criticism, and world literature.

Select Publications:

Buchanan, David. Acts of Modernity: The Historical Novel and Effective Communication, 1814-1901. Routledge, 2017.

—. “Popular Romanticism: A Report on an Online Resource.” Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840, vol. 22, 2016, [15pp].

—. “‘Yours for the Revolution’: Communication and Identity in The Western Clarion.” English Studies in Canada, vol. 41, no. 2-3, 2015, pp. 133-64.

—. “Waverley Novels, New Chapbooks, and Histories of Reading.” Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, vol. 10, 2015, pp. 139-57.

—. Red Flags: The Early Labour Press in Canada, Department of English, Simon Fraser University, 2014. http://prolit.ca/.

—. “Reading the Other. Bakhtin and the Topography of Arrival in Literature.” Topodynamics of Arrival. Essays on Self and Pilgrimage, edited by Gert Hofmann and Snjezana Zoric, Rodopi, 2012, pp. 151-67.

—. “Popular Reception by Dramatic Adaptation: The Case of Walter Scott’s The Heart of Mid-Lothian.” European Romantic Review, vol. 22, no. 6, 2011, pp. 745-63.

—. “The Man Who Wasn’t There: An Intertextual Investigation of Modern Identity.” Studies in the Humanities, vol. 38, no. 1-2, 2011, pp. 138-53.

—. “Romantic Revolutions and Transnational Assemblages: The Waverley Novel in the Age of Modernity.” New Word Order: Transnational Themes in Book History, edited by Swapan Chakravorty and Abhijit Gupta, Worldview Press, 2011, pp. 94-117.

—. “Scott Squashed: Chapbook Versions of The Heart of Mid-Lothian.” Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, vol. 56, 2009, [25pp].

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