Mark Simpson, PhD (Duke), MA (Alberta), BA (Hons) (Alberta)
Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
4-23 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NWEdmonton ABT6G 2H5
Area of Study / Keywords
Energy Humanities Cultural Studies Mobility Theory US Literature + Culture
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.
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.
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.
An introduction to dynamics of class and ideology in literary and other cultural texts, and to the critical concepts and methods key to their study. Prerequisite: 6 units of junior English, or 3 units of junior English plus WRS 101.
Studies in selected American literary and cultural texts (film, media, material objects) to 1900. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.
After Oil Collective
Minneapolis. 2022 April;
Mark Simpson and Imre Szeman
South Atlantic Quarterly. 2021 January; 120 (1):77-89
Mark Simpson and Jeff Diamanti
Radical Philosophy. 2018 June; 2 (Series 2) (2):10
Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture (McGill-Queen's University Press). 2017 June;
Literary/Liberal Entanglements: Toward a Literary History for the Twenty-First Century
Corrinne Harol and Mark Simpson, editors
University of Toronto Press. 2017 January;
Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (Fordham UP). 2017 January;
Petrocultures Research Group
University of Alberta. 2016 October;
Brent Ryan Bellamy, Michael O'Driscoll, and Mark Simpson
Postmodern Culture. 2016 January; 26 (2)
"Obama's Playlist: Materializing Transnational Desire at the CBC"
Material Cultures in Canada (Wilfred UP 2015). 2015 January;
"Postcard Culture in America: The Traffic in Traffic"
US Popular Print Culture, 1860-1920 (Oxford UP). 2012 January;
University of Minnesota Press. 2004 January;