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

Vice-Dean & Professor, Faculty of Arts - Deans Office


Vice-Dean & Professor, Faculty of Arts - Deans Office
(780) 248-1115
6-5 Humanities Centre
11121 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



I am a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and Vice-Dean in the Faculty of Arts. 

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 lead UAlberta Researcher 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


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
After Oil
Author(s): Petrocultures Research Group
External Link: http://wvupressonline.com/node/645