Queen's University

Dr. Daniel Chamberlain

Professor, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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I am a Professor of Spanish, teaching courses on 20th- century Spanish American narrative, oral narrative tradition and Literary History, contemporary literary theory and narrative perspective, as well as advanced Spanish language courses. I published Narrative Perspective in Fiction: A Phenomenological Mediation of Reader, Text, and World with the University of Toronto Press as well as an edition focusing on literature and the development of cultural identity. I also have numerous articles and chapters in Canadian, Mexican and European journals and editions that focus on Spanish American and European narrative and oral storytelling. Currently I am engaged in research on how to best accommodate oral literary traditions in works of literary history.

In 2009 – 2010, I lectured at the Universities of Saint Andrews, Santiago de Compostela, and Perpignan as an Erasmus, Mundus Masters Visiting Scholar to the European Union. From January 2011 until January 2014, I acted as a regional delegate for New England and Eastern Canada to the Modern Language Association of America’s Delegate Assembly.

I acted as President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association, as Secretary, Treasurer, and as Vice President of the Coordinating Committee for Comparative Histories of Literatures in European Languages of the International Comparative Literature Association. I has also acted as a member of editorial boards of Canadian and Mexican journals dedicated to the fields of Hispanic and Comparative Literature.

Most Recent Project

Or Words to That Effect: Orality and the writing of literary history

This project aims to prompt debate regarding the transformations needed for literary historians to provide a more balanced and fuller appreciation of what we call literature, one that acknowledges the interdependence of oral storytelling and written expression, whether in print, pictorial, or digital form. Rather than offering a summary of current theories or prescribing solutions, this volume brings together distinguished scholars, conventional literary historians, and oral performer-practitioners from regions as diverse as South Africa, the Canadian Arctic, the Roma communities of Eastern Europe and the music industry of the American West in a conversation that engages the reader directly with the problems that they have encountered and the questions that they have explored in their work with orality and with literary history.

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Other Projects

  • Poetry in Public Spaces

    The Spring of 2013 saw the contributors to this special issue on “Poetry in Public Spaces” turn a seminar room at Lancaster University in a fairly remote part of Northern England into a meeting place. It was a special meeting place because the face-to-face encounter of participants, the interflow of different concepts, the elaboration of new ideas, and the careful construction of viewpoints were, in a way, self-reflective. It was a meeting place to discuss meeting places and the creative verbal constructs we call “poetry.” It was in some ways a messy affair, because we each brought into play the inspirations and baggage acquired at previous meetings elsewhere: a commitment to anti-neoliberal resistance through the “Poetics of Resistance” network that had previously connected Ben Bollig, Constanza Ceresa, and Cornelia Gräbner; an enquiry into possibilities of connectivity through poetry that underpins the project “Non-Lyric Discourse in Contemporary Poetry,” in which Daniel Chamberlain, Cornelia Gräbner, and Ben Bollig have played a role; the dedication to a crossover between creative writing and critical thought reflected in transcultural connections that linked Graham Mort, Robert Crawshaw, and Delphine Grass to Lancaster University’s Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research; and finally, the commitment to radical, decolonial, and often excluded or autonomous projects that had brought Joanna Crow and Cornelia Gräbner together in a project organized by Chris Harris and Amit Thakkar entitled “Masculinities and Violence in Latin America.”

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  • Narrative Perspective in Fiction: A Phenomenological Meditation of Reader, Text, and World

    This book examines the nature of narrative perspective in a manner that does not presuppose a passive definition of perception. ather, I consider perspective as a medium through which the potential meanings of texts are disclosed and through which to share the vital experience of narrative from today's familiar and culturally distant worlds.

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