Michael O'Driscoll, Phd (Western, 1996), MA (Waterloo, 1991), BAHonours (Waterloo, 1989)

Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
4-110 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



I am a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies in the Faculty of Arts, and Special Advisor to the Provost as Convenor for Congress 2021.

When I'm not working, which seems like a rare thing these days, I'm all about my children, grandchildren, partner, parents and everyone else in my complicatedly extended family. I love time with friends, food, and fine whisky, literature, film, music, and the visual arts of any kind at any time. I think 1970's Hollywood is the gritty, golden-age of film. My music tastes go to R&B, Funk, Blues, Rock, Alt Country, Folk. 

My favourite quote: “The closer you get to Canada, the more things'll eat your horse.” (The Missouri Breaks 1976)


I teach and publish in the fields of critical and cultural theories with a particular emphasis on deconstruction and psychoanalysis, and my expertise in Twentieth-Century American Literature focuses on poetry and poetics as a form of material culture studies. My interests in material culture range from sound studies, archive theory, radical poetics, and technologies of writing to the energy humanities and intermedia studies. 

I am a Governing Board Member and a member of the UAlberta research team for the SpokenWeb SSHRC Partnership Grant.

I'm very pleased to conduct graduate supervision in any areas related to the above interests. I consider graduate supervision a great privilege and one of the most rewarding aspects of my professional life.


A sample of some recently taught courses:

English 430: The Literary Freud

English 586: In the American Archive

English 694: Archive Pedagogy

English 356: American Technologies

English 208: Reading Histories: Making Books

English 357: Reading American Ideologies

English 679: Derrida Engaged


ENGL 206 - How Poems Work: Introduction to Poetry

An introduction to a range of poetic forms, techniques and theories. Prerequisite: *6 of junior English, or *3 of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.

ENGL 801 - PhD Colloquium

Browse more courses taught by Michael O'Driscoll


Transition: A Special Issue of ESC: English Studies in Canada

Author(s): Michael O'Driscoll and Mark Simpson
Publication Date: 6/1/2017
Publication: ESC: English Studies in Canada
Volume: 43
Issue: 2-3
Page Numbers: 245pp
External Link: https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/esc/issue/view/1057

Resource Aesthetics: A Special Issue of Postmodern Culture

Author(s): Brent Bellamy, Michael O'Driscoll, and Mark Simpson
Publication Date: 6/1/2016
Publication: Postmodern Culture
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
External Link: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/35277/print

After Oil

Author(s): Petrocultures Research Group
Publication Date: 4/1/2016
Publication: West Virginia UP
External Link: http://wvupressonline.com/node/645

Jackson Mac Low's The Complete Light Poems

Author(s): Edited by Anne Tardos and Michael O'Driscoll
Publication Date: 2015
External Link: https://chax.org/mac-low-the-light-poems/

The Event of the Archive

Author(s): Michael O'Driscoll, Edward Bishop
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: ESC: English Studies in Canada
Volume: 30
Issue: 1
External Link: https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/ESC/issue/view/22

First Impressions: The Fledgling Years of the Black Sparrow Press, 1966-1970

Author(s): Michael O'Driscoll, et al.
Publication Date: 2003
External Link: http://www.uap.ualberta.ca/titles/97-9781551951720-first-impressions

After Poststructuralism: Writing the Intellectual History of Theory

Author(s): Michael O'Driscoll, Tilottama Rajan
Publication Date: 2002
External Link: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3138/9781442670686