David Darby

darbyAssociate Professor
Director, Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program

Ph.D. Queen's
Office: UC 3310
Extension: 85857
Email: ddarby@uwo.ca

Areas of Interest

  • Nineteenth-Century and Twentieth-Century Fiction
  • Narrative Theory
  • The City in Literature and Visual Culture
  • Elias Canetti
  • W.G.Sebald 



Darby, David, ed. Critical Essays on Elias Canetti. Critical Essays on World Literature. New York: G.K. Hall, 2000. xii + 299pp.

———. Arachne: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language and Literature 1 (1994). 284pp.

Darby, David, Structures of Disintegration: Narrative Strategies in Elias Canetti's Die Blendung. Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought. Riverside, CA: Ariadne, 1992. x + 223pp.


Darby, David. “‘nicht zu nah und nicht zu weit’: Windows and the Domestication of Modernity in Fontane’s Berlin.” Windows: Containment, Continuity and Rupture in Austrian and German Art and Literature. Ed. Heide Kunzelmann and Anne Simon. Munich: Iudicium, in press.

Darby, David. “Stations, Dark Rooms, and False Worlds in W.G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.” A Literature of Restitution: Critical Essays on W.G. Sebald. Ed. Jeannette Baxter, Valerie Henitiuk, and Ben Hutchinson. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2013. 166-84.

Darby, David, and Jan Horner. “Archive und Bibliotheken: Beispiele aus dem englischsprachigen Raum.” Handbuch Kanon und Wertung: Theorien, Instanzen, Geschichte. Ed. Gabriele Rippl and Simone Winko. Stuttgart: Metzler, 2013. 232-39.

Darby, David. “Theodor Fontane und die Vernetzung der Welt: Die Mark Brandenburg zwischen Vormoderne und Moderne.”Metropole, Provinz und Welt: Raum und Mobilität in der Literatur des Realismus. Ed. Roland Berbig and Dirk Göttsche. Schriften der Theodor Fontane Gesellschaft. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013. 147–64. 

———. “Elias Canetti’s Cities.” Oxford German Studies 39 (2010): 80-93. 

———. "Landscape and Memory: Sebald's Redemption of History." W.G. Sebald: History Memory Trauma. Ed. Scott Denham and Mark McCulloh. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2006. 263-75.

———."The Emotions in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin, Memory, and Modernity," Emotions and Cultural Change/Gefühle und kulturelle Wandel. Ed. Burkhardt Krause and Ulrich Scheck. Stauffenburg Colloquium 56. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2006. 171-180.

Darby, David, John M. Ellis, and Evelyn W. Asher. “German Theory and Criticism 4: Twentieth Century to 1968. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. 2nd ed. Ed. Michael Groden, Martin Kreisworth, and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005. 449-54.

———. “German Theory and Criticism 5: 1968 and After. The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. 2nd ed. Ed. Michael Groden, Martin Kreisworth, and Imre Szeman. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2005. 454-58.

Darby, David. "Form and Context Revisited." Poetics Today 24 (2003): 423- 37.

———."The Unfettered Eye: Glimpsing Modernity from E.T.A. Hoffmann's Corner Window." Deutsche Vierteljahrsschrift fur Geistesgeschichte und Literaturwissenschaft. 77 (2003): 274-94.

———."Form and Context: An Essay in the History of Narratology." Poetics Today 22 (2001): 829-52. on-line version. 

———.“Photography, Narrative, and the Landscape of Memory in Walter Benjamin’s Berlin.” Germanic Review 75 (2000): 210-25.

———.“Introduction.” Critical Essays on Elias Canetti. Ed. David Darby. Critical Essays on World Literature. New York: G.K. Hall, 2000. 1-12.

———.“Elias Canetti.” Encyclopedia of the Essay. Ed. Tracy Chevalier. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997. 151-53. 

———."A Literary Life: The Textuality of Elias Canetti's Autobiography." Modern Austrian Literature 25.2 (1992): 37-49. 

———."Esse percipi, Sein ist Wahrgenommenwerden': Perception and Perspective in Berkeley and Canetti." Neophilologus 75 (1991): 425-32. 

———. "A Fiction of Detection: The Police Enquiry in Elias Canetti's Auto-da-Fé." Semiotics 1988. Ed. Terry Prewitt, et al.Lanham, MD: UP of America, 1989. 343-49.

———. "The Narrative Text as Palimpsest: Levels of discourse in Peter Handke's Die Hornissen." Seminar 23 (1987): 251-64.


The following appear in Critical Essays on Elias Canetti, ed. David Darby (New York: G.K. Hall, 2000): 

Darby, David, trans. “The Acoustic Mask: Toward a Theory of Drama,” Elias Canetti, in conversation with Manfred Durzak. 93-108. 

———. “Auto-da-Fé,” by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. 38-40. 

———.“Auto-da-Fé,” by Hermann Hesse. 37. 

———. “The World Can No Longer Be Depicted as in Earlier Novels,” Elias Canetti, in conversation with Manfred Durzak. 41-54. 

Darby, David, and Nancy Bray, trans. “The Individual and his Literature: On Elias Canetti’s Conception of the Writer," by Bernd Witte. 227-38. 

———. “The Writer in Hiding,” by Claudio Magris. 279-91.

Darby, David, and Bruce Krajewski, trans. “Crowds and Power,” Elias Canetti and Theodor W. Adorno, in conversation. 137-53.

Theses Supervised

Maria Mayr, "Reconstructing Identities in the New Berlin Republic: Migrationsliteratur and Post-Wall Berlin." PhD, Comparative Literature, 2010.

Christine Hill, "The Genesis of Silence: Ingeborg Bachmann and Yves Bonnefoy at the Limits of Language," M.A., Comparative Literature, 2002.

Ellen Painter-Zykmund, “Nation, Nationalism, and National Identity in E.M. Forster and Thomas Mann,” M.A., Comparative Literature, 1999.

Nancy A. Bray, “Incorporating the Sublime, or Translating the Body in Christa Wolf’s Kassandra and Nicole Brossard’s Le Désert mauve,” M.A., Comparative Literature, 1997. 

Recent and Current Courses

Graduate (Comparative Literature)

Narratives of Modernism
W.G. Sebald
Thesis Project and Professional Writing

Undergraduate (Comparative Literature and Culture)

Documents of German Intellectual History
Introduction to Literary Theory
The Modern Short Story
Twentieth-Century German Literature and Culture

Undergraduate (German)

Intermediate German (with A. Borchert)
Introduction to German Literature (with A. Borchert)
Twentieth-Century German Literature and Culture
Nineteenth Century Short Fiction