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Michael Tavel Clarke


Associate Professor

Faculty of Arts, Department of English

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Office: +1 (403) 220-4677


Educational Background

Ph.D. English, University of Iowa, 2001

M.A. English, University of Iowa, 1996

B.A. English, Biology, Wesleyan University, Connecticut, 1990


Course number Course title Semester
ENGL 465 American Literature since the Mid-1900s 2024
ENGL 253 Poetry 2024
ENGL 685 Literature and Democracy 2023
ENGL 251 Love and Romance in Literature 2023
ENGL 463 American Literature from the Late 1800s to the Mid-1900s 2022


  • Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) . 2020
  • Nomination for Teaching Excellence Award, 2007
  • Nomination for Teaching Excellence Award, 2005


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Dr. Michael Tavel Clarke studies and teaches U.S. literature and culture since the Civil War, with special interests in cultural studies, theories of size and scale, theories of the body, gender studies, democracy theory, post-Marxist theory, and postcolonial theory. He has written a book on the American obsession with bigness and its implications for ideas about the body, co-edited a collection with David Wittenberg on scale in literature and culture, and published articles on a range of topics, including naturalism, modernism, postmodernism, U.S. film, U.S. imperialism, Indigenous literature, Jewish-American literature, African-American literature, and other topics. He offers graduate courses in U.S. literature, modernism, democracy theory, and post-Marxist theory. He is happy to supervise doctoral and master’s students in any of the areas listed above. He won a teaching award at the University of Iowa and was nominated for awards at the University of Calgary. He co-edits the journal ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature with Faye Halpern.