B.A. York University, English and
University College 280
Associate Director for Graduate Studies, Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism
Christopher Keep teaches Nineteenth-century British literature, literary theory and cultural studies, and first-year courses in the art of story-telling. He has received the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010-11), the Bank of Nova Scotia, UWO Alumni Association, and University Students’ Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2002-03), and he has been named to the University Students’ Council Teaching Honor Roll in every year he has taught at the undergraduate level. His classes encourage the values of original research, intellectual risk taking, and collaborative group work.
Professor Keep’s research interests are principally in Victorian literature and culture, with a particular focus on new communication technologies (the typewriter, telegraph, and gramophone), and the relationship between technology and culture. He has published widely on apocalyptic literature and film, the imperial traffic in drugs, the figure of the typewriter girl, the pyschogeography of the city, electronic literature, and the gothic nature of information. His most recent work is concerned with the Society for Psychical Research, and the ways in which scientific inquiry into the paranormal and the occult contributed to the modern organization of knowledge.
Professor Keep has supervised graduate students in English, Theory and Criticism, and Comparative Literature. MA and PhD students working under his supervision have successfully completed projects on graphomania, biological inheritance, and the study of kinetics in Victorian literature; on the figure of Salome in French, German, and English literature; on the outlaw in contemporary theory; and on psychoanalytic theories of seduction in Early Cinema. He welcomes inquiries from graduate students with research interests in Victorian literature and culture, electronic texts and textuality, cultural studies, disability studies, gender theory, deconstruction, Marxism, and psychoanalysis.