Alexander Carpenter, PhD, MA, BMus

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


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

Professor, Augustana - Fine Arts & Humanities
(780) 679-1571
AG01 Founders Hall
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3


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 Augustana.

At present, I am 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


AUMUS 369 - Popular Music: Analysis, Interpretation, Meaning

Critical examination of popular music, with a focus on analytical paradigms and methodologies and interdisciplinary approaches to interpretation.

Winter Term 2022

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The Subject of Music as Subject of Excess and Emergence: Resonances and Divergences between Slavoj Žižek and Björk Guðmundsdóttir
Author(s): Jerome Melancon, Alexander Carpenter
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Zizek Studies
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 203-228
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“Give a man a mask and he’ll tell the truth”: Arnold Schoenberg, David Bowie, and the Mask of Pierrot
Author(s): Alexander Carpenter
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: Intersections: Canadian Journal of Music
Volume: 30
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 5-24
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Dead in Tune: Uncanny Muzak in Dawn of the Dead
Author(s): Alexander Carpenter
Publication: Journal of Popular Culture
Volume: 46
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 1231-1252
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“Die Young”: On Pop Music, Social Violence, Self-Censorship, and Apology Rituals
Author(s): Alexander Carpenter
Publication: Popular Music and Society
Volume: 40
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 261-273
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