English and Film Studies

David Buchanan
Email: djbuchan@ualberta.ca

David Buchanan is a teacher and scholar of literary history and print culture from the eighteenth century to the present. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a PhD in Comparative Literature in 2012 and has since held postdoctoral fellowships at both Simon Fraser University (SSHRC, 2012-14) and the University of Alberta (2014-present). Over the past five years, he has taught courses on literature and composition, literary theory and criticism, world literature, nineteenth-century literature, American literature, science fiction, reading popular texts, and English as an additional language. He is the author of Acts of Modernity: The Historical Novel and Effective Communication, 1814-1901 (Routledge, 2017). He has written articles on a variety of subjects, including reading in the Romantic period, popular adaptation of the novels of Sir Walter Scott, and proletarian literature in Canada. His work is published in journals such as Studies in the Humanities, European Romantic Review, English Studies in Canada, and Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society. He has collaborated on the development of online platforms and scholarly websites to facilitate book history research and open access publication: he was the founding editor of the online graduate student journal Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature from 2010-12 and is the creator or coordinator of electronic resources Streetprint Bratislava, Popular Romanticism, and Red Flags: The Early Labour Press in Canada. He is also the author of study guides for online courses on world literature and advanced literary theory at Athabasca University. His current projects include Popular Print Edmonton, a website investigating popular print and reading in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and a volume of the Oxford History of Popular Print Culture on Victorian Britain (OUP, under contract).

Jeffrey Diamanti
Email:  diamanti@ualberta.ca

Jeff Diamanti’s work tracks the relationship between fossil fuels and media and has appeared in the journals Postmodern Culture, Mediations, Western American Literature, and Reviews in Cultural Theory, as well as the books Fueling Culture (Fordham UP) and A Companion to Critical and Cultural Studies (Wiley-Blackwell). Diamanti has edited a number of book and journal collections including Contemporary Marxist Theory (Bloomsbury 2014), Materialism and the Critique of Energy (MCM’ Press 2017), and the forthcoming Energy Cultures (West Virginia University Press 2018) and Bloomsbury Companion to Marx (2018), as well as a special issue of Reviews in Cultural Theory on “Energy Humanities” and a double issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities on “Climate Realism.” He is working on a book called Terminal Landscapes: Media Ecologies of Postindustrial Energy Cultures.

Erina Harris
Email: eh@ualberta.ca

Erina Harris is a SSHRC Post Doctoral Fellow working alongside poet and Professor Christine Stewart. Erina completed a PhD in Poetics and Creative Writing at the University of Calgary where she was also a Graduate Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. She is a graduate and Fellow of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA Program. Erina’s writing has been published across North America and in Europe and Great Britain and has been short-listed for the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award, the Air Canada Award, and the Ralph Gustavson Award. Her poetry book The Stag Head Spoke (2014, Wolsak & Wynn) was short-listed for the Canadian Authors’ Poetry Award. Her Doctoral Thesis Persephone’s Debt: An Alphabet Play engages experimental poetics, feminist theory, and questions of ecological and literary adaptation (and will be published in 2019 or 2020). At the University of Alberta, she will be developing essays on the Persephone myth as an ecological/eco-poetic parable, The Poetics of Childhood, and a Provisional Metaphysics of Rhyme. She will continue exploring innovative pedagogy and ecopoetics and is at work on a third volume of poetry, so far investigating themes of women’s cultural silences, the complex phenomenon of entitlement, and the life of Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven.


Kirsten Inglis
Email: kinglis@ualberta.ca

Kirsten Inglis Ph.D.is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the University of Alberta’s Department of English and Film Studies and McCready Fellow at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities (2016-7). Her research areas are Jacobean drama and early modern women’s writing, specifically literary translation and familiar epistles. Her work has appeared in the journals EarlyTheatre and ROMARD and in edited collections on early modern drama. Her postdoctoral research focuses on seventeenth century women’s coterie writing and epistolary networks.


Simon Orpana
Email: saorpana@gmail.com

Simon Orpana is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Mark Simpson (English and Film Studies) on a project with Energy Future Systems that uses graphic narrative and other mediums to foster new kinds of knowledge and literacy concerning cultural, political and economic structures that condition our ability to reimagine our relationships to energy, the planet and each other. This work developed out of research into the apocalyptic narratives surrounding zombies and the biopolitical logics reinforced, and sometimes challenged, by popular culture. Dr. Orpana’s critical writing about film, television and popular culture has appeared in such journals such Topia, English Studies in Canada, and The Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, and book collections such as Time, Globalization and Human Experience (Routledge 2016) and Zombie Theory, a Reader (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). He is coauthor (with Rob Kristofferson) and illustrator of Showdown! Making Modern Unions, a graphic history of the 1946 Stelco Strike in Hamilton, Ontario (Between the Lines, 2016).