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David Buchanan

Dr. David Buchanan
Sessional Instructor, Literature and Language

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

My published research primarily concerns transatlantic literature of the long nineteenth century with a focus 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 as well as the integrational study of language and communication.

Following earlier articles on popular reading and downmarket adaptation in nineteenth century Britain, in Acts of Modernity: The Historical Novel and Effective Communication, 1814-1901 I investigated how the historical novel was reinvented to communicate the consequences of modernity as problem-solutions of relevance to people on both sides of the Atlantic.

With the support of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, I then investigated the history of proletarian literature in Canada from the middle of the nineteenth century to the 1930s. This resulted in an online resource called Red Flags and peer-reviewed research on labour periodicals of the early twentieth century.

Over the past few years, I have also collaborated with students and colleagues to develop online platforms and scholarly websites that facilitate material 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.

Much of my energy, however, is directed towards the teaching of literary history, research methodologies, reading practices, and effective communication. I have taught several courses at CUE, including Literature and Composition (I/II), British Romanticism, The Nineteenth-Century English Novel, American Literature to 1900, and Theory and Criticism (I/II).

Select Publications:

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

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

—. “‘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, 2014. http://prolit.ca/.

—. “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.

—. “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.

—. “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.

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

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

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