Allan Pero


Associate Professor
Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism

BA Theatre, University of Ottawa, 1990 
BA Linguistics, University of Ottawa, 1994 
BA English, University of Ottawa, 1994 
MA English, University of Ottawa, 1995 
PhD English, University of Toronto, 2001 

Arts & Humanities Building 3G22
519 661-2111 ext. 85816

Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30, Thursdays 11:30-12:30, or by appointment.


My teaching and research is focused on Modern British, Irish and American Literature, Drama, Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory. Currently, I am working on a book-length project exploring the historical and philosophical underpinnings of Camp in modernism (Camp as in “How campy, dahling!”). A volume entitled Edith Sitwell: Contemporary Perspectives, for which I am co-editor (with Gyllian Phillips) and contributor, has been submitted to a press for consideration. I am also co-editing and contributor to a book entitled The Encyclopedia of Cultural Theory for University of Toronto Press (Completion date: Spring 2016). I have articles accepted or forthcoming on Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts, Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier, and a short manifesto on Camp and modernist aesthetics. I recently completed an article on Jacques Lacan, the Baroque, and the Posthuman, and am working on two more articles: the first is wrestling with aesthetic education in the work of Lynda Barry, and the second considers the notion of object-oriented ontology in the rococo modernism of Ronald Firbank. 

Selected Publications:

“A Voice in the Alethosphere: Analysis and the Discourse of Economics” in CNPC 1: The Freudian Legacy Today (2015) (online)

"Camp: Kant’s Unwritten Fourth Critique," The Word Hoard: Vol. 1: 3 (2015) (online) 

“A Box and Cox Melodrama”: Love, Politics, and Truth in The Revenge for Love, Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies 4 (2014)

Roy Kiyooka on the side of dirt and angels, Arc: Canada’s Poetry Magazine 71, (Summer 2013)

“Look for one thing and you find another”: The Voice and Deduction in Muriel Spark’s Memento Mori, in Muriel Spark: Twenty-First-Century Perspectives, Ed. David Herman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2010).

Introduction, Wyndham Lewis’ Self Condemned Toronto: Dundurn Press (2010)

“The Feast of Nemesis Media: Jean Cocteau’s The Eiffel Tower Wedding Party,” Modern Drama, 52.2 (2009)

The Chiasm of Revolution: Badiou, Lacan, Lefebvre, The Symptom 10, (2009) (online) 


Faculty of Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award, 2013


VAH 2558E: Italian Renaissance Art History
VAH 4456F: The Visual Arts in Sixteenth-Century Mexico: The Spanish and Aztec Encounter
VAH 9556G/9656G: The Palace in Latin America