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Peter W Sinnema, PhD, MA, BA

Professor

Arts

English and Film Studies

About Me

I am a Victorianist by training and inclination, having taught numerous courses at various levels of the curriculum in nineteenth-century British literature both here at the University of Alberta and at York University. I joined what was then the Department of English at the U of A in 1999. I have served as EFS Chair (2014-19) and Associate Chair, Academic (2007-10). 


Research

Some recent/major publications include:

"'We have Adventured to Make the Earth Hollow': Edmond Halley's Extravagant Hypothesis." Perspectives on Science. 22.4 (2014): 423-448.

“10 April 1818: John Cleves Symmes’s ‘No. 1 Circular.’” BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History. Ed. Dino Franco Felluga. Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Web. http://www.branchcollective.org/ (13 June 2012). 

[As editor, with introduction, notes, chronology, and appendices]. The Coming Race [1871]. By Edward Bulwer Lytton. Peterborough: Broadview 2008. 

The Wake of Wellington: Englishness in 1852. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2006. 

[As editor, with introduction, notes, chronology, and indexed glossary]. Self-Help: With Illustrations of Conduct and Perseverance [1859]. By Samuel Smiles. Oxford: Oxford World's Classics, 2002. Korean edition by Oxford University Press/Eric Lang Agency, Seoul, 2003. 

Dynamics of the Pictured Page: Representing the Nation in the Illustrated London News. Aldershot: Ashgate, 1998.

“Victorian Interdisciplinarity and the Myth of Capaciousness.” Victorian Review (Special Forum on “Victorian Studies and Interdisciplinarity” 33.1 (2007): 59-61. 

“Wyatt’s Wellington and the Hyde Park Corner Controversy.” Oxford Art Journal. 27.2 (2004): 219-238. 

I am presently working on a monograph project with the tentative title of “Cosmic Egg: The Literary Afterlife of Hollow Earth Theory in England and America.” The project investigates the origins of hollow earth theory in 1690s London and its rich afterlife in speculative, utopian, and SF literature up to the early twentieth century.


Teaching

My graduate courses have focused on such topics as Victorian death and representation, class and the Victorians, Victorian conceptions of the self, ideological criticism and theories of literary production, and SF/fantasy literature. My undergraduate teaching has included courses across the English curriculum: introductory first-year literary surveys, early- and late-Victorian literature and culture, the nineteenth-century novel, Victorian poetry, class and ideology, pre-twentieth-century transnational literature, readings in prose, etc. I am happy to supervise graduate students interested in Victorian literature and culture, and welcome a broad range of critical approaches. I have supervised or am currently supervising doctoral theses on topics such as child abuse and child-protection advocacy, patriotic poetry and the politics of the laureateship, Egyptian antiquities in gothic fiction, mother-want and melancholy in the Victorian novel, and middlebrow culture and materialism in fin-de-siècle writing.