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Lindsey Banco

Lindsey Banco

B.A., Hons. (Alberta), M.A. & Ph.D. (Queen's)

Assistant Professor

Office: Arts 415
Phone: 966-8438

Teaching & Supervision

I have taught undergraduate courses on American literature, Gothic literature, short fiction, and cultural studies, as well as graduate seminars on American literature and culture.

I have supervised an eclectic range of graduate projects, including ones on Philip K. Dick, Battlestar Galactica, Washington Irving, vampires, animals, Don DeLillo, and Robocop. I welcome projects that explore canonical American literature and, equally, that intersect a variety of representational modes and disciplines. I am willing to work on an array of modern, postmodern, and contemporary literatures, forms, and issues, and I encourage the use of multiple theoretical and methodological approaches.


I am the author of Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature (2009), a book that examines depictions of mobility and intoxication in the work of writers such as William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, and Alex Garland.

I am currently at work on a research project studying junctures between literature, film, photography, and atomic bombs in mid-twentieth-century American literature and culture.



Travel and Drugs in Twentieth-Century Literature.  New York: Routledge, 2009.


Journal Articles:

"'Hiroshima is Peanuts': The Strange Landscape of The Day After." Arizona Quarterly. forthcoming.

"The Biographies of J. Robert Oppenheimer: Desert Saint or Destroyer of Worlds."  Biography 35.3 (2012): 492-515.

"La drogue et le journal de voyage contemporain." ["Drugs and the Contemporary Travelogue."]  Drogues, santé et société 11.1 (2012): 1-18.

“Contractions in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” The Explicator 68.4 (2010): 276-279.

"Mapping Authorship: Overhead Cartography in Paul Auster's City of Glass."  Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 36.4 (2009): 381-398.

"The 'Peculiar Glare of Recognition': Drunkenness and the Southern Gothic in Flannery O'Connor's The Violent Bear It Away."  Gothic Studies 11.2 (2009): 63-73.

"Trafficking Trips: Drugs and the Anti-Tourist Novels of Hunter S. Thompson and Alex Garland."  Studies in Travel Writing 11.2 (2007): 127-53.


Other Publications:

"Cormac McCarthy: The Road."  The Literary Encyclopedia.  First published 23 August 2011.