An Introduction

“when I reach the age wherein

words and books are upside-

down     down as up is a more engaging

proposition than to say they are

one–C-sharp minor whistling at every crossing”

–Robin Blaser, “nomad”

 

I’ve been a passionate reader since early childhood. I identify with Mor in Jo Walton’s Among Others because I spent my adolescence reading science fiction and fantasy–only I didn’t know any faeries outside of the books I was reading, and I lived in New Westminster, BC. Later, at SFU, I discovered a world of readers, and I was introduced to William Blake and the Romantics, which I pursued in graduate studies at the University of Washington. Edgar Allan Poe is the keystone of my research. Theory is empowering because it offers rigorous models for thinking about experience, but it shouldn’t get in the way of particulars. I believe English departments cultivate complex literacies and the practice of writing.  My current research focuses on speculative literature—especially the emergence of science fiction and fantasy from the Romantic revival of medieval romance. Whirling away at the centre of this preoccupation is the imagination, hoax theory, the Gothic, and a fascination with popular culture.

–Daniel