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Athabasca University

Mark A. McCutcheon

Centre Chair & Professor, Literary Studies



  • B.A. English (University of Guelph)
  • M.A. English and McLuhan Program (University of Toronto)
  • Ph.D. Literary and Theatre Studies (University of Guelph)


Mark A. McCutcheon, Ph.D., is Professor of Literary Studies with Athabasca University's Centre for Humanities and the MA in Interdisciplinary Studies program. He teaches ENGL 303, ENGL 304, and ENGL 431, as well as MA-IS courses LTST 612, LTST 637, and MAIS 606; he also coordinates ENGL 373, ENGL 395, and MUSI 267. Mark also serves as chair of AU Press' editorial board and acting chair of AU's Writer in Residence program.

Mark's research interests encompass Canadian popular culture and literature, postcolonial studies, copyright, adaptation studies, popular music, and Romantic literature. He is the author of The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology (Athabasca UP, 2018). His literary criticism also appears in The Explicator, English Studies in Canada, and Extrapolation, among other scholarly journals and books. He is currently editing a collection of scholarly essays on Dionne Brand for Guernica Editions' Essential Writers series.

Mark also writes poems and short stories: his first poetry book, Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them, appeared in 2019, and his literary work has been published in magazines like Grain, On Spec, EVENT, and Carousel.

Recent Publications


McCutcheon, Mark A. Shape Your Eyes by Shutting Them: Poems. Athabasca UP, 2019.

McCutcheon, Mark A. The Medium Is the Monster: Canadian Adaptations of Frankenstein and the Discourse of Technology. Athabasca UP, 2018.

Articles and Chapters

McCutcheon, Mark A. "Frankenstein meets the FAANG five: Figures of monstrous technology in digital media discourse." Frankenstein and STEAM: Essays for Charles Robinson. U of Delaware P, in press.

McCutcheon, Mark A. "Monster Mines and Pipelines: Frankenstein figures of tar sands technology in Canadian popular culture." Popular Postcolonialisms: Discourses of Empire and Popular Culture, edited by Nadia Atia and Kate Houlden, Routledge, 2019, pp. 213-37. Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures.

Poetry and Short Fiction

McCutcheon, Mark A. "The Way the Bees Do" [poem]. Carousel, no. 43, Summer 2020, p. 41.

McCutcheon, Mark A. "Was I Asleep?"; "A Sound Outside the House"; "Enter and Break" [flash fiction stories]. Coffin Bell, vol. 2, no. 3, 2019.

Open Access Publications

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