University of Calgary

Pamela Banting

  • Associate Professor

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Professional Description

Dr. Pamela Banting, B.A., Cert. Ed., M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Alberta).




My current research and teaching are centered in the following fields: 


Nature Writing, Environmental Literature, Eco-Theory and Ecocriticism

Anthropocene Studies

Energy Humanities, or Petrocultural Studies

Canadian Literature

Animal Studies; Animality

Literary Theory, Cultural Studies and Interdisciplinary Research

Western North American Literature

Creative Writing

Translation Poetics


I conduct research, teach courses and supervise graduate work in Canadian literature; climate change and living in the Anthropocene; the energy humanities or petrocultural studies; theories of 'the animal' and animality, particularly wild animals; the poetics of place and space; rethinking notions of land and landscape; geography and/in literature; local knowledge in a global world; wilderness and wilder places; the literature of walking and other forms of locomotion (also known as psychogeography); extinction narratives; and elemental ecocriticism.



Forthcoming and recent publications:


“Anim-Oils: Wild Animals in Petro-Cultural Landscapes.” On Active Grounds: Agency and Time in the Environmental Humanities. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono, eds. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, in press.


“Landscape as Alibi: Extracting Common Cause in the Energy Landscapes of Alberta.” Special issue on The Commons, The Goose 15.2 (2017): 4 – 6.


“Walking Through Lightning:  A Peripatetic Bioregional Reading of a Novel.” PAN: Philosophy, Activism, Nature 12 (2016): 179 -94. Special issue on place.


“Happy Camping:  Reading by Flashlight 2005 – 2015.”  Reflections on the first ten years of the Association for Literature, the Environment and Culture in Canada (ALECC) and the current state and the future of ecocriticism in Canada.  The Goose 14.2 (2016):  3 – 5.  Web.


"Ecocriticism in Canada." Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature. Ed. Cynthia Sugars.  London and Toronto: Oxford UP, 2015. 727 – 54.


"Humming Along with the Bees: A Few Words on Cross-Pollination." Sustaining the West: Cultural Responses to Canadian Environments. Eds. Liza Piper and Lisa Szabo-Jones. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier UP, April 2015. 325 – 30.


"Colony Collapse Disorder: Settler Dreams, the Climate Crisis, and Canadian Literary Ecologies." Studies in Canadian Literature 39.1 (2014): 5 – 20. 


"The Ontology and Epistemology of Walking: Animality in Karsten Heuer’s Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd."  Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context. Ed. Ella Soper-Jones and Nicholas Bradley.  Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2013.  407 - 435.


"Geography as Intertext:  Toward a Non-Representational Reading of Thomas Wharton’s Novel Icefields."  Process: Landscape and Text.  Eds. Catherine Brace and Adeline Johns-Putra.  Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010.  285 – 307.


"Magic is Afoot: Hoof Marks, Paw Prints and the Problem of Writing Wildly." Animal Encounters.  Eds. Tom Tyler and Manuela Rossini.  Leiden, Netherlands, and Boston, MA: Brill Publishers, 2009.  27 – 44.


"From Grizzly Country to Grizzly Heart: The Grammar of Bear-Human Interactions in the Work of Andy Russell and Charlie Russell." Wild Words: Essays on Alberta Literature.  Eds. George Melynk and Donna Coates.  Athabasca, AB: Athabasca UP 2009. 159 – 72.


"Abandoning the Fort: Cultural Difference and Biodiversity in Canadian Literature and Criticism." Teaching North American Environmental Literature. MLA Options for Teaching Series. Eds. Laird Christensen, Mark C. Long, Fred Waage. New York: Modern Language Association, 2008. 112 - 25.



Recent book reviews:


Rev. of Environmental Humanities: Voices from the Anthropocene, eds. Serpil Oppermann and Serenella Iovino. In process.


“Leave It in the Ground: Bitumen, Literature and Locative Thought.” Review of Unsustainable Oil: Facts, Counterfacts and Fictions, by Jon Gordon.  Submitted to The Goose, Canada’s ecocriticism journal, May 5. 2017. 7 pp. typsescript


Rev. of Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene, ed. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono. University of Toronto Quarterly 86.3 (2017): in press. Submitted Nov. 6, 2016.


“Whose Entanglements? The Problems of Transnational Wildlife Conservation Theory.” Rev. of Wildlife in the Anthropocene:  Conservation After Nature, by Jamie Lorimer. The Goose 15.1 (2016):


Rev. of The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous, by Paula Wild. Pacific Northwest Quarterly. 2015. 


Rev. of The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be, by J. B. MacKinnon.  The Goose 13.1 (2014):


Rev. of The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude, by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Goose (Fall 2013): n.p.



Recent and upcoming conference papers:


“H2Ocean: The Wet Ontology and Blue Ethics of Sue Goyette’s Ocean.” Paper for the H2O Life and Death Conference, J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia, September 15 – 16, 2017.


“Becoming Fish: Settler Deeds and Misdeeds, Salmon Rules and Resilience, Multispecies Justice and Resistance in Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s Novel The Spawning Grounds.  Proposal accepted for “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Environmental Justice 2017 Conference,” Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, Nov. 6 – 8, 2017. 


Plenary speaker.  “ ‘Backdrop Addresses Cowboy’: Aesthetic Backdrops, Energy Landscapes and Decolonizing the Underground.” Making Common Causes: Crises, Conflict, Creation, Conversation, Association for Literature, the Environment and Culture in Canada Conference, Queen’s University, June 15 – 18, 2016.


“Petro-Imaginary Animals: A Hinterland Who’s Who of the Animals of the Tar Sands.” Energy and Extraction Stream. Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice.  Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Biennial Conference. University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. June 23 – 27, 2015.


“Extracting the Animal: The Unnatural Habitats and Liminal Animals of the Alberta Tar Sands.”  Culture, Justice and Environment Conference, Association for the Study of Literature, the Environment and Culture in Canada (ALECC), Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, August 7 to 10, 2014.



Editorial work:

2013       Guest Editor, Canadian Literary Ecologies, special issue of Studies in Canadian Literature 39.1 (2014).

2011 -     Editorial Advisory Board, Canada and Beyond Journal (Spain)

2008-      Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Ecocriticism          

2007-      Editorial Advisory Board, The Brock Review

2007-      Editorial Advisory Board, Lake: A Journal of Arts and the Environment

                 House of Anansi Press

                 Contemporary Verse Two Magazine



Curriculum Vitae




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