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Alex Wetmore

Alex Wetmore, PhD

Assistant Professor


Abbotsford campus, B378

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4253

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SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, University of Toronto, Ontario, 2010-2012.

Doctor of Philosophy, Cultural Mediations (Literary Studies stream), at Carleton University, Ontario, 2004-2009. Dissertation nominated for a University Senate Medal.

Master of Arts, English, Queen’s University, Ontario, 2002-2003.

Bachelor of Arts, English Literature (Honours), Minor in Philosophy, Concordia University, Quebec, 1998-2001.



Teaching Interests

Eighteenth-Century Literature; Rhetoric; History of the Novel; Popular Fiction; Print Culture; Literary and Cultural Theory

Research Interests

Eighteenth-Century Literature; Rhetoric; History of the Novel; Print Culture; Science, Technology and Literature; Gender and Affect; Animal Studies; Embodiment; Cognitive Studies; Literary and Cultural Theory; Digital Humanities; Medicine and Literature; Interdisciplinary studies; Sentimental writing


 “On Parrots, Plagiary, Pathos and Pastiche: Or, Do Printed Birds Dream of Electric Sheep?” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS), Vancouver, BC. 18 Oct 2015.

“Two Women Walk into a Masquerade…: Sentimental Self-Reflexivity in Henry Brooke’s The Fool of Quality.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Williamsburg, Virginia. 20 Mar 2014.

“Lost Legs and other ‘Ridiculous’ Tragedies: Body Parts and Sympathy in Sentimental Writing.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Vancouver, British Columbia. 17 March 2011.

“Public Bathing, Private Feeling: Health, Tourism, and the Literature of Sensibility” Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS), St. John’s, Newfoundland. 14 October 2010.



Men of Feeling in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Touching Fiction. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Essays, Articles, and Reviews

(Forthcoming Essay) ‘“No Parrot Either in Morality or Sentiment’: Talking Birds, Mechanical Copying, and the Culture of Sensibility” in The Bird in Eighteenth-Century Literature. Essay collection edited by Anne Milne, Brycchan Carey, and Sayre Greenfield.

“Sympathy Machines: Men of Feeling and the Automaton.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 43.1 (Fall 2009): 37-54.

“The Poetics of Pattern Recognition: William Gibson’s Shifting Technological Subject.” Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society 27.1 (February 2007): 71-80.

(Review) “Minsoo Kang, Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 25.3 (2013): 626-629.

(Review) “Rachel Carnell, Partisan Politics, Narrative Realism, and the Rise of the British Novel.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 24.1 (2011): 131-134.

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