Alexander Carpenter, PhD, MA, BMus

Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
Director, Faculty of Arts - Wirth Institute


Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
(780) 679-1571
Founders' Hall
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3

Director, Faculty of Arts - Wirth Institute
(780) 492-4326
300-B Arts Building (Main & Conv Hall)
113 St and 91 Ave
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E6


Area of Study / Keywords

Musicology film music aesthetics psychoanalysis zombies


I am a musicologist, music critic, and rock musician. I studied voice and music history at Brock University, music criticism at McMaster University, and historical musicology at the University of Toronto, where I earned a PhD. At Augustana, I have served as Director of Music and as Chair of Fine Arts and Humanities.

At present, I am also the Director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the Edmonton campus of the University of Alberta.


Research areas: Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, fin-de siecle-Vienna, popular music, music and psychoanalysis, zombies in popular culture, film music. 


Teaching areas: music history/musicology, cultural history, popular music, aesthetics, theory/harmony, interdisciplinary studies


AUIDS 286 - Selected Topics in Place-Based Studies

Selected topics in place-based learning in specific off-campus locations. The focus and content of each course are determined by student and faculty interests, and may vary from year to year. The course will take a specific place as the location and subject of study. The locations of study can be international or closer to home, but in all instances will encourage a significant engagement with the place. Note: AUIDS 286 is classified as an arts course.

AUMUS 225 - Music from the Classical Era to the Present Day

Study of western European art music from the mid-18th century to the 20th century, in the context of general cultural history.

AUMUS 226 - Music and the Moving Image

An examination of the use of music in film, television, and video games, with an emphasis on semiotic analysis and the historical development of the aesthetics and technologies of linking music to moving images.

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Featured Publications

Jerome Melancon, Alexander Carpenter

Journal of Zizek Studies. 2017 January; 11 (3):203-228

Alexander Carpenter

Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music. 2010 January; 30 (2):5-24

Alexander Carpenter

Journal of Popular Culture. 46 (6):1231-1252

Alexander Carpenter

Popular Music and Society. 40 (3):261-273