Michael A. Bucknor, PhD, MA, BA, DipTeaching

Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Pronouns: "he, him", "they, them"


Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept

Tuesdays 2:00-3:00PM or by appointment


Area of Study / Keywords

Caribbean/Canadian Literature African Diaspora Cultures Masculinities Popular Culture


Michael A. Bucknor is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Nominee in the Department of English and Film Studies. He comes from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus in Jamaica, where he was the Chair of the Department of Literatures in English and Public Orator for the Mona Campus, both for two terms. He completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario on a Commonwealth Scholarship, where he won the McIntosh Award for the Best Ph.D. Dissertation Lecture. He also won the 1999 USIS Fellowship (University of Louisville), the 2002 Du Bois-Mandela-Rodney Post-doctoral Fellowship (University of Michigan), the 2018 and 2020 UWI Principal’s Award for Best Research Article, and the 2019 Institute of Jamaica’s Gold Musgrave Medal for Eminence in the field of Literature. He was former Chair of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS), currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is Senior Editor of the Journal of West Indian Literature. He is co-editor with Alison Donnell of the 2011 Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, guest co-editor with Kezia Page of the 2018 Special Issue of the Journal of West Indian Literature on Marlon James, and guest co-editor with Conrad James of the 2016 Special Issue of Caribbean Quarterly on Caribbean Masculinities. His most recent publications are “Canadian Routes” Vol. 2: Caribbean Literature in Transition, 1920s-1970s, edited by Raphael Dalleo & Curdella Forbes, Cambridge University Press, 2020, 209-224 and “Austin Clarke’s ‘Saga Boys’: Black Aesthetics as Epistemology” for Special Issue on Austin Clarke, edited by Rinaldo Walcott, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Number 43, Winter 2021: 76-95.


He carries out research on the African Diaspora, Austin Clarke, Caribbean-Canadian writing, Black Canadian cultural production, postcolonial literatures and theory, masculinities, sexualities, and popular culture. Critical race theory, an intersectional approach and decolonial politics are central to his work.


ENGL 465 - Studies in Gender and Sexualities

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.

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