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Currently my research focuses on how political beliefs inform the conceptual preoccupations of science fiction. Having spent the past few years examining the extent to which political ideologies such as liberalism and libertarianism structure the representation of masculinity in 1960s and 1970s American science fiction, I have now shifted my attention to mapping the historical connections between the Disney company and a number of different science fiction authors. Of particular interest to me are the ideological grounds upon which writers such as Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Cory Doctorow embrace the various conceptions of the future promoted by Disney’s theme parks, and how these authors’ often ambiguous endorsement of Disney’s particular brand of speculation influences their own science fiction.
Besides science fiction, which I routinely teach in all my literature courses, I am also interested in weird fiction, horror, and the history of fandom.
In Summer 2020 I'll be taking students to London and Edinburgh as part of the 2020 Scotland Field School. In Winter 2020, I will be teaching both ENGL 1102 (Reading Literature and Culture) and ENGL 1130 (Academic Writing) at the Coquitlam campus.
David N. WrightBA (hons), MA (Concordia), PhD (McGill)
I usually teach English 1130 (Academic Writing), 1102 (Reading Literature and Culture), 1106 (Reading Fiction), and sometimes 2313 (Studies in Major Writers), 3190 (Topics in Literary Modernism).
My current research focuses on three main areas:
An examination of burlesque performance and its relationship to the aesthetic practices of modernist writers. The study focuses on a diverse range of early Twentieth Century practitioners in a variety of media, but spends the most time on E. E. Cummings, Hart Crane, George Herriman, Gilbert Seldes, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and Djuna Barnes.
I am engaged with several discussions already underway in establishing methodologies for emerging trends in the digital humanities. I am particularly interested in pedagogical applications of digital technologies, the intersection of coding and writing, digital literature and the implications of "open source," and facilitating spaces for the digital dissemination of academic work.
Comic books. I am interested in the superhero, its role in shaping cultural narratives (particularly those around masculinity), and how comic books offer a way of understanding narrative as it responds to external political and social pressures. I write a monthly post at Graphixia.
BA, MA (British Columbia)
Biblical and Classical Literature, Urban Studies
BA (Carleton), MA, PhD (Alberta)
19th-Century Literature, Poetry, Composition Studies.
BA (hons) (Washington), MA (Simon Fraser), PhD (British Columbia)
Romanticism, 20th-Century Poetry and Poetics, Religious Studies.
BA, MA (British Columbia)
Canadian Literature, Comedy in Literature, Theories of Comedy.