Alexander Dick

Associate Professor | Associate Head, Undergraduate
phone 604 822 4225
location_on BuTo 424

Thematic Research Area

Education

PhD, University of Western Ontario | MA, McMaster University

Research

I work and teach in the fields of Eighteenth-Century and Romantic British Literatures, Scottish Literature, and the environmental humanities. My first book Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830 was published by Palgrave in 2013. I also co-edited two collections of essays, Theory and Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature (with Christina Lupton, Pickering, 2008) and Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture (with Angela Esterhammer, Toronto, 2009). In 2018, with Selena Couture (University of Alberta), I published an edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s last play, Pizarro for Broadview Press.

My current research is in Scottish Literature with a focus on ecology, colonialism, and the intersections between Anglo-Scottish and Gaelic cultures. I am working on a SSHRCC-funded monograph entitled “Imagining the Hebrides: Coastal Poetics in Eighteenth-Century Scotland” which examines the archive of poetry, tourism, science, and politics surrounding attempts to establish a fishing industry in Na h-Eilean an-Staigh and Na-h Innse Gall (the Inner and Outer Hebrides) between 1650 and 1815. I am also currently editing two special issues on “Eighteenth-Century Coasts” (with Eric Gidal, U of Iowa) for Eighteenth-Century Studies and on the Highland Clearances for Studies in Scottish Literature and thinking about the ways that these subjects might also inform historical and literary studies in British Columbia. I occasionally find time to tinker with a (very different!) project on mathematics, space, and eighteenth-century women writers (Cavendish, Lennox, Radcliffe, Austen) tentatively titled “Narrative Speculations.”


Publications

Recent Publications:

Books

  • Pizarro by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Broadview Press, 2017. Edited with Selena Couture (University of Alberta).
  • Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830. Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2013.
  • Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. 353 pages. Co-edited with Angela Esterhammer.
  • Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008.  313 pages. Co-edited with Christina Lupton.

Selected Recent Articles and Chapters

  • “Highland Emigration and the Poetics of Whiteness” forthcoming in Questione Romantica (2022)
  • Bliadhna nan Caorach/The Year of the Sheep: Reading Highland Protest in the 1790s” Studies in Scottish Literature 46 (2020): 25-33.
  • “Blackwood’s Pastoralism and the Highland Clearances” in Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Ed. Tom Mole and Nicholas Mason, Edinburgh University Press, 2020. 137-158.
  • “Objects Taken for Wonders in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative” in Romanticism and Speculative Realism. Ed. Anne McCarthy and Chris Washington, Bloosmbury Academic, 2019. 237-256.
  • “‘A good deal of Trash’: Reading Societies, Religious Controversy, and Networks of Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38 (2015): 585-598.
  • “Frye, Derrida, and the University (to come)” in Educating the Imagination: A Centenary Edition in Honour of Northrop Frye Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
  • “On Lecturing and Being Beautiful: Zadie Smith, Elaine Scarry, and the Liberal Aesthetic” (co-authored with Christina Lupton) English Studies in Canada 39 (2013): 115-137.

Alexander Dick

Associate Professor | Associate Head, Undergraduate
phone 604 822 4225
location_on BuTo 424

PhD, University of Western Ontario | MA, McMaster University

I work and teach in the fields of Eighteenth-Century and Romantic British Literatures, Scottish Literature, and the environmental humanities. My first book Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830 was published by Palgrave in 2013. I also co-edited two collections of essays, Theory and Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature (with Christina Lupton, Pickering, 2008) and Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture (with Angela Esterhammer, Toronto, 2009). In 2018, with Selena Couture (University of Alberta), I published an edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s last play, Pizarro for Broadview Press.

My current research is in Scottish Literature with a focus on ecology, colonialism, and the intersections between Anglo-Scottish and Gaelic cultures. I am working on a SSHRCC-funded monograph entitled “Imagining the Hebrides: Coastal Poetics in Eighteenth-Century Scotland” which examines the archive of poetry, tourism, science, and politics surrounding attempts to establish a fishing industry in Na h-Eilean an-Staigh and Na-h Innse Gall (the Inner and Outer Hebrides) between 1650 and 1815. I am also currently editing two special issues on “Eighteenth-Century Coasts” (with Eric Gidal, U of Iowa) for Eighteenth-Century Studies and on the Highland Clearances for Studies in Scottish Literature and thinking about the ways that these subjects might also inform historical and literary studies in British Columbia. I occasionally find time to tinker with a (very different!) project on mathematics, space, and eighteenth-century women writers (Cavendish, Lennox, Radcliffe, Austen) tentatively titled “Narrative Speculations.”

Recent Publications:

Books

  • Pizarro by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Broadview Press, 2017. Edited with Selena Couture (University of Alberta).
  • Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830. Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2013.
  • Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. 353 pages. Co-edited with Angela Esterhammer.
  • Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008.  313 pages. Co-edited with Christina Lupton.

Selected Recent Articles and Chapters

  • “Highland Emigration and the Poetics of Whiteness” forthcoming in Questione Romantica (2022)
  • Bliadhna nan Caorach/The Year of the Sheep: Reading Highland Protest in the 1790s” Studies in Scottish Literature 46 (2020): 25-33.
  • “Blackwood’s Pastoralism and the Highland Clearances” in Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Ed. Tom Mole and Nicholas Mason, Edinburgh University Press, 2020. 137-158.
  • “Objects Taken for Wonders in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative” in Romanticism and Speculative Realism. Ed. Anne McCarthy and Chris Washington, Bloosmbury Academic, 2019. 237-256.
  • “‘A good deal of Trash’: Reading Societies, Religious Controversy, and Networks of Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38 (2015): 585-598.
  • “Frye, Derrida, and the University (to come)” in Educating the Imagination: A Centenary Edition in Honour of Northrop Frye Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
  • “On Lecturing and Being Beautiful: Zadie Smith, Elaine Scarry, and the Liberal Aesthetic” (co-authored with Christina Lupton) English Studies in Canada 39 (2013): 115-137.

Alexander Dick

Associate Professor | Associate Head, Undergraduate
phone 604 822 4225
location_on BuTo 424

PhD, University of Western Ontario | MA, McMaster University

I work and teach in the fields of Eighteenth-Century and Romantic British Literatures, Scottish Literature, and the environmental humanities. My first book Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830 was published by Palgrave in 2013. I also co-edited two collections of essays, Theory and Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature (with Christina Lupton, Pickering, 2008) and Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture (with Angela Esterhammer, Toronto, 2009). In 2018, with Selena Couture (University of Alberta), I published an edition of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s last play, Pizarro for Broadview Press.

My current research is in Scottish Literature with a focus on ecology, colonialism, and the intersections between Anglo-Scottish and Gaelic cultures. I am working on a SSHRCC-funded monograph entitled “Imagining the Hebrides: Coastal Poetics in Eighteenth-Century Scotland” which examines the archive of poetry, tourism, science, and politics surrounding attempts to establish a fishing industry in Na h-Eilean an-Staigh and Na-h Innse Gall (the Inner and Outer Hebrides) between 1650 and 1815. I am also currently editing two special issues on “Eighteenth-Century Coasts” (with Eric Gidal, U of Iowa) for Eighteenth-Century Studies and on the Highland Clearances for Studies in Scottish Literature and thinking about the ways that these subjects might also inform historical and literary studies in British Columbia. I occasionally find time to tinker with a (very different!) project on mathematics, space, and eighteenth-century women writers (Cavendish, Lennox, Radcliffe, Austen) tentatively titled “Narrative Speculations.”

Recent Publications:

Books

  • Pizarro by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Broadview Press, 2017. Edited with Selena Couture (University of Alberta).
  • Romanticism and the Gold Standard: Money, Literature, and Economic Debate in Britain 1790-1830. Houndsmills: Palgrave, 2013.
  • Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. 353 pages. Co-edited with Angela Esterhammer.
  • Practice in the Eighteenth Century: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2008.  313 pages. Co-edited with Christina Lupton.

Selected Recent Articles and Chapters

  • “Highland Emigration and the Poetics of Whiteness” forthcoming in Questione Romantica (2022)
  • Bliadhna nan Caorach/The Year of the Sheep: Reading Highland Protest in the 1790s” Studies in Scottish Literature 46 (2020): 25-33.
  • “Blackwood’s Pastoralism and the Highland Clearances” in Romantic Periodicals in the Twenty-First Century: Eleven Case Studies from Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Ed. Tom Mole and Nicholas Mason, Edinburgh University Press, 2020. 137-158.
  • “Objects Taken for Wonders in Equiano’s Interesting Narrative” in Romanticism and Speculative Realism. Ed. Anne McCarthy and Chris Washington, Bloosmbury Academic, 2019. 237-256.
  • “‘A good deal of Trash’: Reading Societies, Religious Controversy, and Networks of Improvement in Eighteenth-Century Scotland.” Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 38 (2015): 585-598.
  • “Frye, Derrida, and the University (to come)” in Educating the Imagination: A Centenary Edition in Honour of Northrop Frye Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
  • “On Lecturing and Being Beautiful: Zadie Smith, Elaine Scarry, and the Liberal Aesthetic” (co-authored with Christina Lupton) English Studies in Canada 39 (2013): 115-137.