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Faculty of Humanities
English Language & Literature
Assistant Professor of Theory and Rhetoric
ENGL 2P70: Introduction to Literary Theory (D2)
ENGL 3Q91: Structuralist and Post-Structuralist Theory (D2)
WRIT 4P10: Language and Discourse: Theory and Practice (D3)
B.A. English, McMaster University
M.A. Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario
Ph.D English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
Post-Doctoral Degree in English and Film Studies, University of Alberta
Most of my work takes place at the crossroads between critical theory, discourse studies, political philosophy and economics. The main focus of my research is contemporary political culture (expressed in novels, journalism, philosophy, or film), with a specific interest in the cultural construction of the middle or centre as a political rhetoric and ideal. I'm in the process of putting together a monograph on The Economist magazine, one which attempts to write a cultural history of the text since 1945, and will move on from there to a long-planned book dealing with a much broader genealogy of the political centre in Western cultural and philosophical discourse. I love film -- particularly those of Alfred Hitchcock--as well as good Korean and Sichuanese food. I spent two years teaching at the University of Bonn in Germany and a half year at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics where I continue collaboration as a Research Fellow. I'm interestested in working with graduate students located anywhere in the domain of contemporary theory, but will also very happily work alongside students with sets of interest not explicitly or only partially linked into this tradition.
Selected Recent Publications
Co-editor (with Martin Kreiswirth and Imre Szeman), The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism, electronic edition, updated 2013. Forthcoming. Web.
Co-editor, Contemporary Marxist Theory: An Anthology New York: Continuum Press, 2014. Under contract. Print.
Co-editor, "The Politics of Alain Badiou." Special issue of Politics and Culture (2013). Forthcoming. Web.
Co-editor (with Sheena Wilson), "Sighting Oil." Special issue of Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies 3.2 (2012). Web and Print.
"Corporation." Fueling Culture: Politics, History, Energy. Ed. Imre Szeman, Jennifer Wenzel and Patricia Yaeger. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014. Forthcoming. Print.
"Entrepreneurial Deviance." South Atlantic Quarterly (2014). Forthcoming. Web and Print.
"Alain Badiou and the Problem of Truth." Chinese Social Sciences Today.(2014). Forthcoming. Web and Print. (Translated into Mandarin by the publisher)
"Canadian Cultural Studies" (with Imre Szeman). Oxford Handbook to Canadian Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Forthcoming. Print.
"Jean-Paul Sartre." Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Post-Colonialism. Eds. Sangeeta Ray adn Henry Schwarz. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Forthcoming. Print.
"Heidegger, Mondernity, and the Problem of Oil." Petrocultures: Oil, Energy and Culture. Ed. Imre Szeman and Sheena Wilson. Montreal-Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. Forthcoming. Print.
"Franco Berardi and the Future of Capitalism: "We Must Run Along the Line of the Catastrophe" The Economy as Cultural System: Theory, Capitalism, Crisis. Ed. Todd Dufresne. New York: Continuum Press, 2012. Print.
"Alain Badiou." The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Eds. Michael Groden, Martin Krieswirth and Imre Szeman. 3rd Edition. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2012. Print.
"The Ghosts of Form: Echoes from the Garden of Sovereignty." Public. Issue 47. (2013). Forthcoming. Web and Print.
"Visions of Eternity: Plastic and the Ontology of Oil" (with Amanda Boetzkes). E-Flux. 2013. Forthcoming. Web.
"Politics in the Wake of Actually Existing Zeal: Badiou and the Question of Political Affect" Politics and Culture. Issue 2 (2013). Forthcoming. Web.
"The Modernist State: 'Of Japanese Descent' and the Documentary Modernism" (with Sheena Wilson). Essays on Canadian Writing. 2014. Forthcoming. Print.
"Poor Plenum: Veblen and the Economics of Philosophy." Politics and Culture Issue 1. 2012. Web.
"Joking Seriously: The Artful Political Science of Besti Flokkurnis." Meditations 26.1 2012. Forthcoming. Web.
"This is Not a Pipeline: Thoughts on the Politico-Aesthetics of Oil" (with Ursula Biemann) Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies 3.2 (2012). Web.