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Dr. David Buchanan




  • Ph.D. (Alberta, 2012)
  • M.A. (Athabasca, 2007)
  • B.A. (British Columbia, 1998)


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 (2014-18). He has taught courses on literature and composition, case studies in research, literary theory and criticism, world literature, reading popular texts, nineteenth-century literature, American literature, science fiction, and English as an additional language. He is the author of a scholarly monograph, Acts of Modernity: The Historical Novel and Effective Communication, 1814-1901 (Routledge, 2017). He has also written peer-reviewed articles on reading in the Romantic period, adaptation of the novels of Sir Walter Scott, proletarian literature in Canada, and the representation of modernity in popular media. His work is published in journals such as Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, European Romantic Review, English Studies in Canada, and Studies in the Humanities. 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 (2009), Popular Romanticism (2010), Red Flags: The Early Labour Press in Canada (2014), and Popular Print Edmonton (2018). He is also the author of study guides for online courses on world literature and advanced literary theory at Athabasca University. For more information, click here.

Updated October 08 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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