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9781138827936Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction: Reflections on Fantastic Identities (Routledge, 2015)

Honourable Mention in the 2015 Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book, offered by the Canadian Association for American Studies
Read part of the introduction here (click on “preview pdf”)
Now available in paperback (2018)


Table of Contents

Introduction: “Kindred Mysteries”: The Fantastic Identities of SF

Part I: Race/Gender/Science/Fiction
  • Chapter One: “The races of mankind”: The Race of Gender in “The Birth-mark” and Mizora
  • Chapter Two: The Whiteness of Manly Pulp from Tarzan’s Jungle to Buck Rogers’ Phalectrocentrism

Part II: Virtual Whiteness

  • Chapter Three: The Möbius Strip of Identity and Privilege in Black No More
  • Chapter Four: Coded Discourse: Romancing the (Electronic) Shadow in The Matrix

Part III: Muting Utopia

  • Chapter Five: Bridging Divides in The Santaroga Barrier and All Tomorrow’s Parties
  • Chapter Six: Octavia Butler’s Exceptional Minds, Collective Identities, and the Moynihan Report

Afterword: The Robot’s Howl: SF as Death Drive


Fitting Sentences: Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Prison Narratives (UTP, 2005)
Table of Contents

Opening Statements
Part I: The Carceral Society

  • Chapter 1: “They locked the door on my meditations”: Thoreau, Society, and the Prison House of Identity
  • Chapter 2: “Cast of Characters”: Problems of Identity and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Part II: Writing Wrongs

  • Chapter 3: “To be entirely free, and at the same time entirely dominated by law”: The Paradox of the Individual in De Profundis
  • Chapter 4: Positioning Discourse: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”

Part III: Prisons, Privilege, and Complicity

  • Chapter 5: Being Jane Warton: Lady Constance Lytton and the Disruption of Privilege
  • Chapter 6: Frustrating Complicity in Breyten Breytenbach’s The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist

Closing Statements / Opening Arguments


Thinking Popular Culture. 1st ed.  (Textbook; Pearson 2015)
Brief Table of Contents
  • Preface for Students xii
  • Preface for Instructors xiv

Part I Reading Popular Culture

  • Chapter 1 Thinking Popular Culture?
  • Chapter 2 The Study of Culture

Part II Cultural Theories: Beginnings

  • Chapter 3 Marxism I: Ideology, Hegemony, and Class
  • Chapter 4 Psychoanalysis I: Freud and Jung
  • Chapter 5 Linguistics and Semiotics

Part III Cultural Theories: Developments

  • Chapter 6 Marxism and Psychoanalysis II: Forming Identity
  • Chapter 7 Disciplining Cultural Studies
  • Chapter 8 History, Power, Discourse
  • Chapter 9 Postmodernism and Poststructuralism

Part IV Cultural Theories: Identities

  • Chapter 10 Feminism and Gender Studies
  • Chapter 11 Sexuality and Queer Theory
  • Chapter 12 Race, “Race,” and Racism
  • Chapter 13 Nationalism, Imperialism, and (Post)Colonialism

Part V Writing About Popular Culture

  • Chapter 14 Writing about Popular Culture across the Disciplines
  • Chapter 15 Opinion, Analysis, Evidence, Theory
  • Chapter 16 Sample Assignments


American Gothic Culture: An Edinburgh Companion
edited by Joel Faflak & Jason Haslam (Edinburgh UP, 2016)
Now available in paperback (2017)
Table of Contents
  • Introduction (Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam)

Part I: Gothic Histories, Gothic Identities

  1. Gothic Monstrosity: Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly and the Trope of the Bestial Indian (Christine Yao)
  2. Slavery and American Gothic: The Ghost of the Future (Jason Haslam)
  3. Ethno-gothic: Repurposing Genre in Contemporary American Literature (Arthur Redding)

Part II: Gothic Genres, Gothic Sites

  1. Southern Gothic (Christopher Lloyd)
  2. The Devil in the Slum: American Urban Gothic (Andrew Loman)
  3. Joyce Carol Oates Revisits the Schoolhouse Gothic (Sherry R. Truffin)

Part III: Gothic Media

  1. American Gothic Television (Julia M. Wright)
  2. American Gothic Art (Christoph Grunenberg)
  3. Doppelgamers: Video Games and Gothic Choice (Michael Hancock)

Part IV: American Creatures

  1. Screening the American Gothic: Celluloid Serial Killers in American Popular Culture (Sorcha Ní­ Fhlainn)
  2. American Vampires (Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock)
  3. Consumed out of the Good Land: The American Zombie, Geopolitics and the Post-War World (Linnie Blake)

publicintellThe Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope edited by Joel Faflak & Jason Haslam (UTP, 2013)
Table of Contents
  • Foreword (John Polanyi; Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry)
  • Introduction: “Public Hopes” (Joel Faflak and Jason Haslam)

Part One: Public Readings

  1. “Maga-Scenes: Performing Periodical Literature in the 1820s” (Angela Esterhammer)
  2. “‘A Wicked Whisper’: Censorship and Affect in Coleridge’s “˜The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere’” (Julia M. Wright)
  3. “Sense and Sensibility: Anatomies of Hope in Romantic-Century Medical Pedagogy” (James Robert Allard)
  4. “‘I know the difference between what I see and what I only want to see’: Remembering India’s Partition through Children in Cracking India” (Nandi Bhatia)

Part Two: Public Performances

  1. “Margaret Cavendish’s Civilizing Songs” (Katherine R. Larson)
  2. “Get Happy! American Film Musicals and the Political Technology of Utopianism” (Joel Faflak)
  3. “To Be (Or Not To Be): Ernst Lubitsch’s Irrepressible Theatrical Liberalism” (Andrea Most)
  4. “Inglourious Criticism, Basterd Fantasies: Rancière, Tarantino and the Intellectual Spectacle of Hope” (Jason Haslam)

Part Three: Public Matters

  1. “Beyond the Book: Reading as Public Intellectual Activity” (Daniel Coleman)
  2. “The Political Nature of Things: David Suzuki and the Canadian Public” (Imre Szeman)
  3. “The Immaterial Matters” (R. Darren Gobert)
  4. “Higher Education and the End(s) of Time (Patrick Deane)


Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century
edited by Jason Haslam & Julia M. Wright (UTP, 2005)
Table of Contents
  • Introduction (Jason Haslam & Julia M. Wright)

The Subject of Captivity

  1. “Being Jane Warton: Lady Constance Lytton and the Disruption of Privilege” (Jason Haslam)
  2. “Form and Authority in Russian Serf Autobiography” (John MacKay)
  3. “I, hereby, vow to Read Equiano’s Interesting Narrative” (Tess Chakkalakal)

Captivating Discourses: Class and Nation

  1. “‘From the slums to the slums’: The Delimitation of Social Identity in Late Victorian Prison Narratives” (Frank Lauterbach)
  2. “‘Stone Walls Do (Not) a Prison Make’: Fact and Fiction in Nineteenth-Century Literary and Non-Literary Representations of Imprisonment” (Monika Fludernik)
  3. “‘National Feeling’ and the Colonial Prison: Teeling’s Personal Narrative” (Julia M. Wright)

Captivating Otherness

  1. “A Nation in Chains: Barbary Captives and American Identity” (Jennifer Costello Brezina)
  2. “A Prison Officer and a Gentleman: the Prison Inspector as Imperialist Hero in the Writings of Major Arthur Griffiths (1838-1908)” (Christine Marlin)

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Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming
edited (with an introduction, notes, and appendices) by Jason Haslam and Julia M. Wright (Broadview, 2020)
Table of Contents

The introduction to this edition of the original 1953 novel covers the following:

  • The Spy in Fiction before WWII
  • Bond in History: From WWII to the Cold War
  • The History of Bond: Popular Culture and the End of History
  • A Chronology of Ian Fleming: His Life and Times

Appendices include:

  • Other Works by Ian Fleming (incl. fiction and non-fiction)
  • Tales of International Intrigue before Bond
  • Secret Intelligence and Historical Documents


Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
edited (with an introduction, notes, and appendices) by Jason Haslam (Oxford World’s Classics, 2010)
Table of Contents

The introduction to this edition of the original 1914 novel covers the following:

  • Burroughs of (and beyond) the Apes
  • Tarzan of the Novel
  • Tarzan, Africa, and Race
  • Tarzan, Nature, and Civilization
  • Tarzan’s Literary and Cultural Relations
  • Tarzan’s Afterlife

Appendices include:

  • Readers’ Letters to the 1912 magazine publication
  • selections from Stanley’s In Darkest Africa
  • The story of the feral child, “Peter the Wild Boy”
  • selections from Emerson’s “Self-Reliance” 


Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences, the autobiography of British suffragette Constance Lytton edited (with an introduction, notes, and appendices) by Jason Haslam (Broadview, 2008)
Table of Contents

The introduction to this edition covers the following:

  • The Life of Constance Lytton
  • Women’s Suffrage, Militancy, and the WSPU
  • Suffrage and the Prison
  • Writing Prison(ers)
  • The Life of Jane Warton
  • The Literary Afterlife of Jane Warton

Appendices include:

  • Glossary of Names
  • Other Suffragette Writings by Constance Lytton
  • Suffrage Material Concerning Lytton
  • Reviews of Prisons and Prisoners
  • Material Concerning Suffragettes and Prison
  • Photographs and Suffragette Cartoons
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