Clint Burnham



  • BA, MA (Victoria)
  • PhD (York)


Clint Burnham’s research interests include cultural studies (especially film and popular culture), contemporary poetry, and theory (especially psychoanalysis and Marxism). He is the author of book-length studies of Steve McCaffery and Fredric Jameson. He is also the author of numerous books of poetry and fiction; his novel Smoke Show was published by Arsenal Pulp in 2005 and his latest book of poetry, Pound at Guantánamo, was published in 2016 by Talonbooks. Clint has written on art in ESPACE art actuel, fillipFlash ArtCamera AustriaThe Vancouver SunCanadian Art, Artforum, and The Globe and Mail. He co-edited Digital Natives (Other Sights) with Lorna Brown, From Text to Txting (Indiana) with Paul Budra, and an issue of Canadian Literature on 21st century poetics with Christine Stewart; he is the author of The Only Poetry that Matters: Reading the Kootenay School of Writing (Arsenal Pulp). New and recent art writing includes a review essay on Walker Evans for Scan (U of Winnipeg), an essay on Vancouver artist Rodney Graham for the Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver), and a catalogue essay on Canadian photographer Kelly Wood. An essay on Edward Burtynsky appeared in the recent Petrocultures collection from McGill-Queen’s, an essay on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is in the forthcoming Un-Archiving the Literary Event: CanLit Across Media volume, also from McGill-Queen’s, and an essay on Lacan and new media is in the forthcoming After Lacan collection from Cambridge. Prof. Burnham’s newest scholarly book, Fredric Jameson and The Wolf of Wall Street, appeared in 2016 from Bloomsbury, which is also publishing Does the Internet have an Unconscious? Slavoj Žižek and Digital Culture in spring 2018. He has been a member of the SFU English department since 2007; before that he taught at UBC, Capilano College, and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In the 2017-18 academic year he will be teaching a creative writing workshop in poetry, courses on Canadian Literature after 1920, and a first year course on “literature and culture”; he recently created a CanLit Guide to teaching the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a literature classroom. Clint is an associate member of the SFU Department of Geography and a member of SFU’s Centre for Global Political Economy, and he is a founding member of the Vancouver Lacan Salon. This year he is on the organizing committees for the Canadian Association of Cultural Studies/Association Canadienne des Études Culturelles “Carceral Cultures” Conference 2018, and for Lacan Salon’s LaConference 2018.


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