Michael O'Driscoll, Phd (Western, 1996), MA (Waterloo, 1991), BAHonours (Waterloo, 1989)
Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Dept
I am a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies in the Faculty of Arts, and a Governing Board Member of the SSHRC-funded SpokenWeb Project.
I cherish time with family, friends, food, and fine whiskey, and I'm a big fan of 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, Soul, Blues, Rock, Alt Country, and Americana.
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 and I'm interested in material culture studies with a focus on poetry and poetics, archive theory, book history, petrocultures, and most recently the study of sound, listening, and literary audiotexts. My edition of Jackson Mac Low’s The Complete Light Poems was published in 2015. I served for ten years as Editor of ESC: English Studies in Canada and I'm currently a Governing Board Member of the SpokenWeb Project.
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 569: Ethical Listening
English 206: How Poems Work
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 units of junior English, or 3 units of junior English plus WRS 101 or 102.
ENGL 426 - Studies in Literary and Cultural Histories
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.
ENGL 800 - PhD Colloquium
ENGL 801 - PhD Colloquium
Michael O'Driscoll and Mark Simpson
ESC: English Studies in Canada. 2017 June; 43 (2-3):245pp
Brent Bellamy, Michael O'Driscoll, and Mark Simpson
Postmodern Culture. 2016 June; 26 (2)
Petrocultures Research Group
West Virginia UP. 2016 April;
Edited by Anne Tardos and Michael O'Driscoll
Michael O'Driscoll, Edward Bishop
ESC: English Studies in Canada. 2014 January; 30 (1)
Michael O'Driscoll, et al.
Michael O'Driscoll, Tilottama Rajan