Alex MacDonald

Associate Professor (Campion College)
PhD (University of London); MA (University of Saskatchewan); BA (University of Saskatchewan)

Office: CM 410
Phone: 306-359-1223

Research interests

  • Utopian Literature
  • Thought and Experiment
  • 19th Century Literature
  • Saskatchewan History
  • Ideas of the University

Publications have included scholarly articles on Aldous Huxley’s Island (Utopian Studies) and a history of Saskatchewan’s Throne Speeches from 1877 -2007 (Saskatchewan History); interest in utopianism and intentional community in Saskatchewan resulted in Practical Utopians, about early co-operative pioneers Ed and Will Paynter, and in Cloud-Capped Towers, a broader survey of the utopian theme in Saskatchewan history and culture (both books published by the Canadian Plains Research Centre); interest in utopianism also led to publication of a scholarly edition of Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward (Broadview Press); a continuing interest in the scholarship of teaching led to a note about a “guest scholars” project (The Teaching Professor); other publications include two self-published books of poetry, Hatman: Poems de Terre, and Squibs.

Recent interests have included play-writing and performance–Chuck was performed at the Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2015, and La Soirée in 2017; recent talks have included “W.C. Handy’s ‘Beale Street Blues’ and the Utopian Imagination” (Society for Utopian Studies, Memphis, 2017); Thomas Mawson and Unbuilt Regina (Archives Week, Regina, 2018); and “Popular Music and the Modernist Dystopia: Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four” (University of Saskatchewan English Department, March 2018).