DM Simpson, PhD (Duke), MA (Alberta), BA (Hons) (Alberta)

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Contact

Associate Chair (Graduate), Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Email
efsgrad@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-4639
Address
3-21 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
Email
mark.simpson@ualberta.ca
Address
4-23 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About

I have a number of research projects ongoing, including a co-authored book on the political philosophy of energy impasse and a book on the postcard craze in the US circa 1900. I am a principal investigator on the Energy Humanities theme in the Future Energy Systems research network at the U of A, and also one of three founding collaborators in EFS on the international research collective After Oil: Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture, and Society. In my spare time, I love to ride my road bike and to make music with my band.


Research

My ongoing research concerns mobility, material culture, and energy. An Americanist by training, I am happy to work with graduate students on a range of topics in literary and cultural studies, particularly ones focused on aspects of the long American nineteenth century; on popular forms; on labor and class; on the politics of mobility; on petrocultures.


Teaching

My undergraduate teaching regularly includes courses on American literature from first contact to 1865, American ideologies and technologies, print culture studies and the history of the book, and theories of class and ideology. I have taught graduate seminars on naturalism, new historicism, and new materialism; work and play in postbellum culture; embodiment in revolutionary America; American empire; crises in the US public sphere; culture war and class struggle in America; mobility regimes; maritime modernities; resource aesthetics.

Courses

ENGL 407 - Studies in Texts and Cultures

Prerequisites: *6 of junior English or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101; and *12 of senior-level English, *6 of which must be at the 300 level. Note: variable content course which may be repeated.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Resource Aesthetics
Author(s): Brent Ryan Bellamy, Michael O'Driscoll, and Mark Simpson
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Postmodern Culture
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
External Link: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/35277
Obama's Playlist: Materializing Transnational Desire at the CBC
Author(s): Mark Simpson
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Material Cultures in Canada (Wilfred UP 2015)

Postcard Culture in America: The Traffic in Traffic
Author(s): Mark Simpson
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: US Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920 (Oxford UP)
Page Numbers: 169-89

Trafficking Subjects: The Politics of Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America
Author(s): Mark Simpson
Publication Date: 2004
Publication: University of Minnesota Press

Five Theses on Sabotage in the Shadow of Fossil Capital
Author(s): Mark Simpson, Jeff Diamanti
Publication: Radical Philosophy
Volume: 2 (Series 2)
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 10

Literary/Liberal Entanglements
Author(s): Corrinne Harol and Mark Simpson, editors
Publication: University of Toronto Press