GES Bio: Steve Asselin

Year in Program: PhD 5

Academic History: Steve Asselin is a native of Montreal, Québec. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, an Honours Bachelor's Degree in English Literature, and a Master's Degree in English Literature from McGill University.

Research Interests: 19th Century, Late Victorian/Fin de Siècle; Ecocriticism and the Literature of Catastrophism; Ant/Arctic Fiction; Fantastic Literature and Utopianism; Travel Literature

Teaching Fellowship: Instructor for ENGL 278: Literature and Place--Haunted Ground?: The Gothic Environment


"Voicing the Volcano: Echoes of Krakatau in Victorian Arts and Sciences" at the 45th annual North-eastern Modern Languages Association convention, Susquehenna University, Harrisburg, PA. (April 2014)

"Et Dieu Détruisa la Terre: The Victimization of Nature in Cousin de Grainville's Le Dernier Homme" at the 44th annual North-eastern Modern Languages Association convention, Tufts University, Boston, MA. (March 2013)

"(Sub)Alternate Histories: The Novels of Provincialized Europe" at "Cultural Historiographies: Emergeant Theories and Methods", TransCanada Institution (School of English and Theatre Studies), University of Guelph, Guelph, ON. (March 2012).

"The Root of All Evil: Dracula and Botany" at "Ghost Stories", the McGill Graduate Students' Association 2012 Conference, Montréal, QC. (January 2012).

"Let Them Eat Class: Inverting the Social Privilege of Cannibal Consumption in the Victorian Fantastic" delivered at "Luxuries of the Literary Mind: Readings of Commodity and Privilege" conference at McGill University, Montréal, QC, March 4-6, 2011.  

"Being White in Blank Spaces: Hyper-Whiteness ad the Fear of Becoming the Racial Other in Polar Narratives of the 19th Century" delivered at "A Measure of Place: Space in Text and Context" conference at McGill University, Montréal, QC, February 5-7, 2010. 

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