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MemberMark G. Bilby

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MemberDavid G. D. Oswald

…BA, Hons. English & Philosophy (Univ…
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…s New Tricks: Reading for Idiocy, Canini…

David Oswald’s principal areas of research are twentieth-century U.S. fiction and critical theory, especially disability studies, animal studies, affect studies, and biopolitics. In 2018, he successfully defended his SSHRC-funded doctoral dissertation. This project elaborates how figures of dogs and figures of humans with mental disabilities are routinely conflated in American literary and cultural scripts of the twentieth century, and it connects this conflation to the overlapping, material histories of dog breeding and eugenics particular to the United States. With a focus on major novels by Faulkner, Steinbeck, and McCarthy, he seizes upon this common subtext and, in turn, develops his core concept of “tropological confusion”—an alternative approach to the meanings and life-and-death stakes of these canonical works. At UVic, Dr. Oswald currently teaches first-year courses on composition and rhetoric.