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David Buchanan

Dr. David Buchanan

Sessional Instructor, Literature and Language

Email: david.buchanan@concordia.ab.ca


  • PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Athabasca University

My research on nineteenth-century transatlantic literature focuses on the intersection of book history, the historical novel, and modernity. I have also developed interests in proletarian and popular literatures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I teach introductory English as well as senior-level courses on nineteenth-century literature and literary theory.

Representative Papers and Publications:


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

Online Resources:

Buchanan, David, et al. Popular Print Edmonton, 2019. app.streetprint.org/edmonton.

Red Flags: The Early Labour Press in Canada, 2014. prolit.ca.

Buchanan, David, et al. Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature, 2011. inquire.streetmag.org

Buchanan, David, et al. Popular Romanticism, 2010. poprom.streetprint.org.

Peer-reviewed Articles:

“‘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.

—. “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.

Conference Papers:

“Pickets & Memes: Evolving Communic@tion Practices.” Congress, Canadian Association for Work and Labour Studies, online, 2022.

“Scottish Chapbooks and Popular Novels.” Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Reception Studies Conference, online, 2021.