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- Name: Dr. Jason Haslam
- Citizenship: Canadian
- 2017-present: Professor, Department of English, Dalhousie University (cross appointed to Gender and Women’s Studies Program
- 2019-present: Past President, International Gothic Association
Selected Past Positions
- 2018-21: Chair, Department of English, Dalhousie University
- 2017-2019: co-president, with Justin D. Edwards (Stirling), International Gothic Association
- 2014-16: President, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE)
- 2013-14: Second Vice-President, Dalhousie Faculty Association
- 2010-12: President, Canadian Association for American Studies (CAAS)
- 2008-10: Vice-President, CAAS
- 2005-06: Visiting Scholar, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario
- 2003-05: SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
- 2001-05: Instructor, Wilfrid Laurier University (English, Communication Studies, Cultural Studies).
- Ph.D.: University of Waterloo, October 2001
- M.A.: McGill University, 1996
- B.A. honours: McGill University, 1993
External Awards and Grants
- September, 2021: Redekop Prize, Honourable Mention for “Chain Gang Gothic: The Colonel’s Dream and the Spectacular Terrors of State Punishment.”
- October, 2016: Robert K. Martin Book Prize, Honorable Mention for Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction: Reflections on Fantastic Identities (2015).
- April 2015 – March 2021: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.
- May 2012: Awards to Scholarly Publishing Programme (ASPP), Award for The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope (U of Toronto P, 2013).
- April 2006 – March 2010: SSHRC Standard Research Grant.
- September 2005: John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature (held at Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, University of Western Ontario).
- October 2004: ASPP Grant for Fitting Sentences: Identity in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century Prison Narratives (U of Toronto P, 2005).
- March 2004: ASPP Grant for Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century (U of Toronto P, 2005).
- May 2003 – April 2005: SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (held at the Department of English, University of Notre Dame).
- March 2003, Northeast Modern Language Association Summer Fellowship.
- September 1998 – August 2000: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.
Internal Awards and Grants
- June 2014 – May 2016: Research Development Fund Research Grant, Dalhousie University
- October 2011 – September 2013: Research Development Fund Research Grant, Dalhousie University
- March 2009 – February 2011: Research Development Fund Research Grant, Dalhousie University
- March 2002: 2001 Award for Outstanding Performance in the Doctor of Philosophy Program, Department of English, University of Waterloo.
- July 2001: Top Honours on Dissertation and Dissertation Defence.
- November 1999: Pass with distinction, Dissertation Area Oral Examination.
- September 1996 – July 2001: Various Internal Scholarships, U of Waterloo.
- May 1996: Graduated M.A. on Dean’s Honour List, McGill U.
- June 1993: Graduated B.A. with First Class Honours, McGill U.
- June 1992: Dean’s Honour List, McGill U.
- Gender, Race, and American Science Fiction: Reflections on Fantastic Identities. New York: Routledge, 2015. Received an honorable mention in the 2015 Robert K. Martin Book Prize competition.
- Fitting Sentences: Identity in 19th- and 20th-Century Prison Narratives. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2005.
- Thinking Popular Culture. Toronto: Pearson, 2015.
- Faflak, Joel, and Jason Haslam, eds. and intro. American Gothic Culture: An Edinburgh Companion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016.
- Faflak, Joel, and Jason Haslam, eds. and intro. The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013.
- Haslam, Jason, and Julia M. Wright, eds. and intro. Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2005.
- Haslam, Jason, and Julia M. Wright, eds. and intro. Casino Royale. By Ian Fleming. 1953. Peterborough, Broadview P, 2020.
- Haslam, Jason, ed. and intro. Tarzan of the Apes. By Edgar Rice Burroughs. 1914. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010.
- Haslam, Jason, ed. and intro. Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences. By Constance Lytton. 1914. Peterborough: Broadview P, 2008.
Refereed Articles in Volumes and Journals
- “The Call of Cthoilu: The Weird Subject of Offshore Oil.” Cold Water Oil: Offshore Petroleum Cultures. Ed. Fiona Polack and Danine Farquharson. Routledge, 2022. 97-115.
- “Chain Gang Gothic: The Colonel’s Dream and the Spectacular Terrors of State Punishment.” Canadian Review of American Studies. Canadian Review of American Studies 50.2 (2020): 220-40.
- Honourable Mention in the 2020 Ernest Redekop Award.
- “Samuel R. Delany, Lou Reed, and Utopia’s Queer End.” Utopian Studies 28.2 (2017): 247-67.
- “Punishing Utopia: Whitman, Hawthorne, and the Terrible Prison.” Arizona Quarterly 73.3 (2017): 1-22.
- “Slavery and American Gothic: The Ghost of the Future.” American Gothic Culture: An Edinburgh Companion. Ed. Jason Haslam and Joel Faflak. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016.
- “Inglourious Criticism, Basterd Fantasies: Rancière, Tarantino and the Intellectual Spectacle of Hope.” The Public Intellectual and the Culture of Hope. Ed. Jason Haslam and Joel Faflak. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2013. 178-201.
- “The Sensational Prison and the (Un)Hidden Hand of Punishment.” Stones of Law — Bricks of Shame: Narrating Imprisonment in the Victorian Age. Ed. Jan Alber and Frank Lauterbach. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2009. 213-32.
- “‘It was my dream that screwed up’: The Relativity of Transcendence in On the Road.” Canadian Review of American Studies 39.4 (2009): 443-64.
- “Pits, Pendulums, and Penitentiaries: Reframing the Detained Subject.” Detention. Ed. Phillip Barrish. Spec. Issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language 50.3 (2008): 268-84.
- “‘Morality is a social fund’: Jack London’s Strait-Jacket Ethics.” Bausteine zu einer Ethik des Strafens: Philosophische, juristische und literaturwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Ed. Hans‑Helmut Gander, Monika Fludernik, and Hans‑Jörg Albrecht. Studien zur Phänomenologie und praktischen Philosophie 5. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag, 2008. 233-50.
- “Memory’s Guilted Cage: Delany’s Dhalgren and Gibson’s Pattern Recognition.” Guilt. Ed. Joel Faflak. Spec. Issue of ESC: English Studies in Canada 32.1 (2006): 77-104.
- “‘A Secret Proclamation’: Queering the Gothic Parody of Frank Capra’s Arsenic and Old Lace.” Queering Gothic Film. Ed. Michael Eberle-Sinatra. Spec. Issue of Gothic Studies 7.2 (2005): 127-42.
- “Coded Discourse: Romancing the (Electronic) Shadow in The Matrix.” College Literature 32.3 (2005): 92-115.
- “‘The strange ideas of right and justice’: Prison, Slavery, and Other Horrors in The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” Gothic Studies 7.1 (2005): 29-40.
- “Being Jane Warton: Lady Constance Lytton and the Disruption of Privilege.” Captivating Subjects: Writing Confinement, Citizenship, and Nationhood in the Nineteenth Century. Ed. Jason Haslam and Julia M. Wright. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2005. 25-56.
- “‘They locked the door on my meditations’: Thoreau and the Prison House of Identity.” Prisoners Writing. Ed. Megan Sweeney. Spec. Issue of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 35.3/4 (2002): 449-78. Rpt. in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism vol. 207, edited Kathy Darrow. Detroit: Gale, 2009.
- “‘The open sesame of a pork-colored skin’: Whiteness and Privilege in Black No More.” The “White Problem”: The Critical Study of Whiteness in American Literature. Ed. Patricia Keefe Durso. Spec. Issue of Modern Language Studies 32.1 (2002): 15-31.
- “Discovering Identity in James Tyman’s Inside Out: An Autobiography of a Native Canadian.” ESC: English Studies in Canada 26.4 (2000): 473-92.
- “The State of Prison.” American Quarterly 60.2 (2008): 467-79.
Other Editorial Work
- Dobson, Kit, and Jason Haslam, ed. and intro. Pro/Con/fessionals: (Re)defining Ourselves and the Profession. Readers Forum. ESC: English Studies in Canada 35.4 (2009): 7-36.
- Haslam, Jason. ed. and intro. Collaborating with History: Nineteenth‑Century African American (Auto)biography. Collaborations. Spec. Issue of Modern Language Studies 38.2 (2009): 8‑75. (This issue celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the Northeast Modern Language Association. I edited the critical essay portion of the issue, consisting of four essays plus my introduction.)
Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries, and Newsletter Articles
- Rev. of My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves, by Julie Wosk. ALH Online Review, 12 (2017): n.p.
- “Mobilizing Culture, Cultural Mobility.” Rev. of Never One Nation: Freaks, Savages, and Whiteness in U.S. Popular Culture, 1850-1877, by Linda Frost, and Trafficking Subjects: The Politics of Mobility in Nineteenth-Century America, by Mark Simpson. Canadian Review of American Studies 39.1 (2009): 105‑11.
- “Firefly/Serenity.” Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2009. 125-26.
- Rev. of The Fiction of Toni Morrison: Reading and Writing on Race, Culture, and Identity, edited by Jami L. Carlacio. Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 39.3 (2008): 132-35.
- Rev. of The Galtee Boy: A Fenian Prison Narrative, by John Sarsfield Casey, ed. Mairead Maume, Patrick Maume, and Mary Casey. Canadian Journal of Irish Studies 31.1 (2005): 139-40.
- “The More Things Change.” Rev. of “Terror to Evil-Doers”: Prisons and Punishments in Nineteenth-Century Ontario, by Peter Oliver, and The Convict Lover, by Merilyn Simonds. Canadian Literature 170/171 (2001): 230-31.
- “Autobiography Types: Criminal.” Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Ed. Margaretta Jolly. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. 237-38.
- “Professionals but not Professors? Some Thoughts.” Northeast Modern Language Association Newsletter 30.2 (November 1999): 11, 14.
- “Adventures in the House of Mirrors.” Rev. of Napoleon’s Retreat, by Robert Allen. Essays on Canadian Writing 65 (1998): 82-87.
Invited Shorter Pieces
- “Whales, Workers, and the Uncanny Love of Oil Extraction.” SSHORE: Social Sciences and Humanities Oceans Research and Education. Blog entry. 3 January 2019.
- “Why the #humanitiesmatter to Jason Haslam.” Video Blog. DHMakerBus. Youtube.com. 25 May 2014.
- “Why Hope Matters.” whydoesitmatter.ca. 29 January 2014.
- “Tarzan of the Planet Earth.” OUPblog. Oxford UP. 15 November 2012. Web.
- “He Had Become My Tarzan.” Open Letters Monthly March 2011. Web.
- “I am Tarzan, King of the Apes, mighty hunter, mighty fighter.” OUPblog. Oxford UP. 15 April 2010. Web.
- “Whales, Workers, and the Uncanny Love of Oil Extraction.” Invited presentation. St. John’s, NL: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Oct. 2019.
- “Melville, Miéville, and the Gothic Subject of Offshore Oil.” Invited presentation. London, ON: Western University, January 2018.
- “New York, Utopia, and Other Queer Fantasies.” Invited presentation. Montreal: Université de Montréal, February 2016.
- “This Desire Called Dystopia: Lou Reed, Samuel R. Delany, and Utopia’s Queer End.” Plenary lecture. Halifax: Desire Conference, August 2015.
- “America, Prison, Utopia.” Faith and the Future. Presidential Inauguration Event. Edmonton: University of Alberta, American Studies Institute, January 2013.
- “Prison Writing and the Ethics of Resistance.” Freiburg (Germany): Punishment and Ethics Conference, June 2005. (The conference was part of a project, funded by the German Research Foundation, titled “Law–Norm and Criminalization,” and run through the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law.)
Selected Recent Conference Papers
- “Spilling Over: The Gothic Excess of the End of Oil.” Edge Hill University (online): Recovering the Vampire Conference, November 2022 (earlier version presented at Montreal: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2022).
- “Frustrating Utilities: Samuel R. Delany’s Epic Energy Transformations.” Stavanger, Norway: Petrocultures 2022, August 2022.
- “Plant Woman vs. the Floating Bear: Gothic Interruptions of Green Utopias.” Dublin: Gothic Interruptions, International Gothic Association conference, July 2022.
- “‘That electric feeling in the air’: Stoker’s Gothic Energies.” Romeoville, Il: Gothic Terror, Gothic Horror, International Gothic Association conference, August 2019 (earlier versions presented at Cork: American Conference on Irish Studies, June 2018; and Regina: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2018).
- “Punishment and Samuel R. Delany’s Gothic Utopias.” Manchester: Gothic Hybridities, International Gothic Association conference, July-August 2018.
- “‘Public Intellectuals’ avant (et sans) la lettre: SF, Social Media, and the Ends of Engagement.” Regina: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2017.
- “Ellison, Delany, and the Forgetting of Things Future.” Toronto: Canadian Association for American Studies, October 2017 (also presented at Toronto: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2017).
- “Moby-Dick and Energy Gothic.” Cholula, Mexico: International Gothic Association, 18-21 July 2017 (revised version of “Oily Dick.” Halifax: Canada’s Responsibility to Our Shining Seas: Ethics, Community, Culture, 1867-2067 (Social Sciences and Humanities Oceans Research and Education [SSHORE] Workshop), 10-12 May 2017.
- “The Call of Cthoilu: The Weird Subject of Offshore Oil.” Auckland: Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia, 23-24 January 2017 (also presented at St. John’s: Petrocultures 2016, 31 August – 3 September, 2016).
- “Rereading Gaol: The Terrible Prison.” Cork, Ireland: International Association for the Study of Irish Literature Conference, July 2016.
- “‘The newly launched monster’: The Titanic Horror of the Modern.” Vancouver: International Gothic Association Conference, July 2015.
- “Cruising Nevèrÿon: Delany, Muñoz, and the Play of Negative Space.” Montreal: Global Work and Play (Society for Utopian Studies), October 2014. (Also presented at Banff: American Circuits and Secrets [Canadian Association for American Studies], September 2014.)
- “‘There is no God, but there is a Santa Claus’: American Horror Story and Gothic Joy.” St. Catharines: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, May 2014 (Rev. version of “‘People want to hear about it’: American Horror Story’s Twice-told Tales.” Kitchener: Canadian Association for American Studies, October 2013).
- “Robogod and Seaweed Salvation: Divine Spaceships, Sentient Kelp, and the Terror of the Transcendent.” Victoria, BC: Association of Canadian and College University Teachers of English, June 2013.
- “The Terrible Prison.” Boston: Modern Language Association Convention, January 2013.
Recent University and Public Presentations
- “Energy Gothic and the Electric Vampire.” Hal-Con. Halifax, October 2022.
- “Melville, Miéville, and the Queer Subject of Offshore Oil.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, January 2018.
- Invited presentation on “So You Want to Write Science Fiction” workshop event for the Nova Scotia Federation of Writers, February 2017.
- Panel discussion regarding Gattaca, genetic testing, and bioethics, with Françoise Baylis and Paola Marignani. NTE: Impact Ethics research team. 28 November 2016.
- “Let’s All Do Heroin: Lou Reed, Samuel Delany, and Utopia’s Queer End.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, January 2015.
- “Zombies and Language.” Public Presentation. Hal-Con. Halifax, November 2013.
- “‘People want to hear about it’: American Horror Story’s Twice-told Tales.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, November 2013.
- “Queer Robot Love, or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Kill All Humans.” Dalhousie Department of English Speakers Series, March 2013.
Selected Media Interviews
- Interview about petroculture, the environment, and Moby Dick. On the Go with Ted Blades. CBC Radio. 25 October 2019.
- Interview, with Julia M. Wright, regarding Dalhousie’s MIT REAP expenditure. Information Morning. CBC Radio One. 26 August 2016. Radio. (Also discussed in follow-up article, “Dalhousie to recoup costs for sending Nova Scotia execs to MIT, spokesman says.” CBC News. cbc.ca. 29 August 2016. Web.)
- Interview about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Jason Haslam. CTV News at Six CTV Atlantic. 27 December 2015. Television
- Discussion of Presidential Salaries and University Governance. Information Morning. CBC Radio One. 7 August 2015.
- Panel discussion on popular culture, with Jason Haslam, Carsten Knox, and Jacqueline Warwick. CBC Mainstreet Nova Scotia. CBC Radio One. 04 May 2015.
- Harris, Jennifer. “Alumni News.” Interview. Words in Place: English@Waterloo. U of Waterloo. 8 July 2013. Web.
- Legge, Lois. “Tarzan’s [a] bit tarnished.” Interview. Chronicle Herald 17 July 2010: G1-2. Print.
- Interview, Tarzan of the Apes. CBC Mainstreet Nova Scotia. CBC Radio One. 30 June 2010. Radio.
- Murdoch, Andy. “Tarzan’s Dark Heart.” Interview. Dalhousie Magazine 27.1 (2010): 18-19. Print.
- Background interview for an installment of CBC Radio One arts and culture program, Q, on prison writing. Installment aired 30 May 2008. Radio.
- “Prof Talk.” Interview for the Dalhousie Gazette 140.4 (27 September 2007). Print.
- “The Dark Half.” Dalhousie News. Interviewed on Gothic literature and culture. Print.
Graduate Supervision Areas
- Nineteenth-century American literature and culture
- Prison studies
- Science Fiction literature and film
- American Gothic literature and film
- Theory (esp. gender, race, and queer theory)
Graduate Supervision (Dalhousie)
PhD Committees (as supervisor; completed)
- Dr. Gregory Canning, “‘A Good Show, in a Good House, to a Good Audience’: Early Film Exhibition in the Maritime Provinces, 1896-1919.” Successfully defended 2015. (co-supervisor; Interdisciplinary PhD Program)
- Dr. Brad Congdon, “How to Be a Man: American Masculinities 1960-1989.” Successfully defended 2015. (English)
- Dr. Lynne Evans, “Flannery O’Connor, Tennessee Williams, and Shirley Jackson: Crafting Postwar Maternity as Cultural Nightmare.” Successfully defended 2015. (English)
- Dr. Geordie Miller, “An Allegory of Value: American Literature Within Neoliberalism.” Successfully defended 2015. (English)
MA Thesis Committees (as supervisor; completed)
- Kimberly Gilson, “Sowing Utopia: Feminist Community in Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed.” (Passed, Summer 2021.)
- Noelle Segato, “The Way Forward: Ecofeminism and the Creation of Society in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction.” (Passed, Summer 2020.)
- Justin Moir, “‘In the midst of black seas of infinity’: The Undoing of the American Dream of H. P. Lovecraft.” (Passed, Summer 2019.)
- Michael Cameron, “Morlocks and Mudfish: Anthropocentrism and Evolution in the Early H.G. Wells.” (Passed, Summer 2018.)
- Helen Pinsent, “Keeping the Piece: Policing by Principle in Terry Pratchett’s Night Watch.” (Passed, Summer 2018.)
- Lisa Baker, “‘Droogs’ and ‘Linguists’: Resistance, Control, and Institutionalism in Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and Suzette Haden Elgin’s Native Tongue.” (Passed, Summer 2016.)
- Liam Monaghan, “Aestheticizing the Boy Toy: Queer Childishness in Oscar Wilde and Andy Warhol.” (Passed, Summer 2015.)
- Catherine Hynes, “‘Does Not Fempute’: A Critique Of Liberal and Radical Feminism in Three Novels by Ursula K. Le Guin.” (Passed, Summer 2013.)
- Emily Andersen, “‘A Piece of the Endless Body of the World’: Gender, Identity, and the Coexistence of Binary Forces in Louise Erdrich’s The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Tracks, and Love Medicine.” (Passed, Fall 2011.)
- Craig Stensrud, “The Dirty Work of a Telltale: Narrative Ethics in Melville’s The Confidence‑Man and Billy Budd.” (Passed, Summer 2011.)
- Christine Handley, “‘Playthings in the Margins of Literature’: Cultural Critique and Rewriting Ideologies in Supernatural and Star Wars Fanfiction.” (Passed, Summer 2010.)
- Casey Stepaniuk, “Revisioning Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: Androgyny, Queerness, and Feminism in Samuel R. Delany’s Trouble on Triton and Yann Martel’s Self.” (Passed, Summer 2009.)
- Johanne Jell, “Lilith’s Brood: The Dissolution of the Human Subject and a Movement Towards Post Humantiy.” (Passed, Summer 2009.)
- Christine Yao, “Genre‑Splicing: Epic and Novel Hybrids in Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman and American Gods.” (Passed, Summer 2008.)
- Bronwyn Rodd, “Watched and Watcher: Alice James’ Performative Body Tactics.” (Passed Summer 2007.) Winner of University Gold Medal.
- Jennifer Plens, “‘and the years grown into ponderous volumes’: Community and the Self through the Narrative Voices of Olaudah Equiano, Harriet A. Jacobs, and Elizabeth Keckley.” (Passed Fall 2006.)
Fall 2005 – present: Dalhousie
Department of English: Graduate
- ENGL 5999, “EcoGothic”
- ENGL 5973, “Climate Fiction: Apocalypse and Utopia”
- ENGL 5813, “Literature of the American Prison”
- ENGL 5821, “American Utopias”
- ENGL 5944 “Afrofuturism”
- ENGL 5956, “Sexuality and the Literature of the Fantastic”
- Directed Studies Course: “American Gothic: Theory and Practice”
Interdisciplinary PhD Programme
- INTE 7000 (Reading Course), “Cultural Theory”
Department of English: Undergraduate
- ENGL 4885, “Afrofuturism”
- ENGL 4880, “Prison Literature”
- ENGL 4881, “Climate Fiction”
- ENGL 4405, “American Gothic”
- ENGL 4803, “Race and Gender in American Speculative Fiction”
- ENGL 3245, “The Beat Generation”
- ENGL 3061, “American Literature to 1865”
- ENGL 3062, “American Literature 1865-1914”
- ENGL 2233, “Science Fiction” (full year)
- ENGL 2232, “Contemporary Science Fiction”
- ENGL 1040/41, “Reading Popular Culture”
- ENGL 1000, “Introduction to Literature” (full year)
Contemporary Studies Program (University of King’s College)
- CTMP 3411, “Contemporary Science and Technology: Cyborgs”
- CTMP 3415, “Contemporary Aesthetic and Critical Theory: Utopias and other Contemporary (non)Places”