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Adam Barrows

Degrees:B.S. (University of Wisconsin-Madison), M.A. (Northern Arizona University), Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4093
Office:1901 Dunton Tower

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-Century Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Time and Temporality
  • Globalization and Postcolonial Studies

Current Research

I am a scholar of twentieth-century fiction and a creative writer. My fiction/creative nonfiction has been published in the Santa Monica Review and in the New York Times. My scholarship focuses on time and temporality in literature. I have published two academic monographs on the subject (The Cosmic Time of Empire (California 2011) and Time, Literature, and Cartography After the Spatial Turn (Palgrave 2016)) as well as numerous book chapters and articles in such journals as James Joyce Quarterly, Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies of Disability, Modern Fiction Studies, and Modern Language Quarterly, among others.

I teach courses at all levels of the English program at Carleton as well as courses in the Childhood and Youth Studies program and in the Human Rights and Social Justice program. I have also taught the Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop.


2018: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Excellence Award, Carleton University

2015: Canadian Association of University Teachers Dedicated Service Award

2012: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Award, Carleton University

2012: New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Carleton University

2011: Margaret Church Memorial Prize for best essay of the year, Purdue University, for “‘The Shortcomings of Timetables’: Greenwich, Modernism, and the Limits of Modernity” in Modern Fiction Studies (Summer 2010).


“Temporal Otherness and the ‘Gifted Child’ in Fiction.” The Study of Time XVII. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill (in press).

“I Wanted to Love Her, Not Save Her.” Modern Love. The New York Times, 21 Feb. 2021, p. ST6 (creative nonfiction).

“Marrow.” Santa Monica Review 32.2 (Fall 2020): 88-100 (fiction).

“Spastic in Time: Time and Disability in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies of Disability 12.4 (2018): 391-405.

“Time and the Literature of Globalization” in Time and Literature. Ed. Thomas Allen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. 242-256.

“Living the rhythms of the global: Time, globalization discourse, and rhythm-analysis” in Time, Globalization and Human Experience. Ed. Paul Huebener, Susie O’Brien, Tony Porter London: Rutgers, 2017. 174-190.

Time, Literature, and Cartography after the Spatial Turn: The Chronometric Imaginary. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

“Joyce’s Panarchy: Time, Ecological Resilience, and Finnegans Wake.” James Joyce Quarterly 51.2-3 (Winter-Spring 2014): 333-352.

“Chinese Eyes and Muddled Armenians: The Hogarth Press and British Racial Discourse” in Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf: Selected Papers from the 22nd Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland. Clemson, S.C.: Clemson University Digital Press, 2013. 237-242.

“Eastward Journeys: Literary Crossings of the International Date Line.” Modern Language Quarterly 73.2 (June 2012): 157-174.

“Time Without Partitions: Midnight’s Children and Temporal Orientalism.” ARIEL: a review of international English literature 42.3-4 (July-October 2011): 89-101.

The Cosmic Time of Empire: Modern Britain and World Literature. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.

“‘The Shortcomings of Timetables’: Greenwich, Modernism, and the Limits of Modernity.” Modern Fiction Studies 56.2 (Summer 2010): 262-289 (winner of the Margaret Church Memorial Prize for best essay of 2010).

“Heidegger the Vampire Slayer: The Undead and Fundamental Ontology” in Zombies, Vampires, and Philosophy: New Life for the Undead. Ed. Richard Greene and K.Silem Mohammad. Chicago: Open Court, 2010. 69-80.

“Teaching the Literature of Revolution.” Radical Teacher 85 (August 2009): 29-38.

“The Static Clock and the Old Manchild: Temporality in Twentieth-Century African Literature.” Literature Compass 5.3 (2008): 633-644.

Graduate Supervisions

Olivier Jacques, “Bolshevizing Britian in the Interwar Imagination” (PhD, ongoing)

Kim Sigouin, “Re-writing ‘the little coloured ball of earth entirely’: Embodied Language and Ecology in Gertrude Stein, H.D., and Virginia Woolf” (PhD, 2018)

Marika Brown, “Everything speaks in its own way”: Exploring Nonhuman Ontology in James Joyce’s Ulysses (MRP, 2017)

Kyle Murdock, “Shell Shock Induced Amnesia and Modernist Literature” (MRP, 2013)

Jesse Butler, “Gerard Manley Hopkins and Tragedy” (MRP, 2010)