Andrea Hasenbank

 Research and Writing


Proletarian Publics:
Leftist and Labour Print in Canada, 1930-1939

Through a connected body of archival and critical research, publications, editorial work, public presentations, and teaching, I am deeply invested in analyzing how a language of disenfranchisement was made intelligible to Canadians during the turbulent decade of the 1930s.

In my doctoral dissertation, “Proletarian Publics,” I have chosen to examine ephemeral print—such as political pamphlets—alongside conventionally literary works in order to achieve a clearer, more grounded understanding of the role of print in developing and mobilizing political action in western Canada.

Significantly, I argue that this body of print constitutes a specifically proletarian public, at times contiguous with and distinct from the larger Canadian public in this period.



Recent Publications

Book chapters, journal articles, conference papers.

Hasenbank, Andrea. “The Proletarian Thirties and Canadian Literary History.” In Literary/Liberal Entanglements: Toward a Literary History for the Twenty-First Century, edited by Corrinne Harol and Mark Simpson, 215-237. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. Book chapter.

Hasenbank, Andrea. "CanCon for Crooks: Reading the Law in the Pulps." ALCQ-ACQL Conference, Ryerson University, 27-29 May 2017. Conference paper.

Hasenbank, Andrea. "The Collected Poems of Miriam Waddington, edited by Ruth Panofsky." The Bull Calf Review 6.1 (January 2016). Review.

Hasenbank, Andrea. “Formal Protest: Reconsidering the Poetics of Canadian Pamphleteering.” In Public Poetics: Critical Issues in Canadian Poetry and Poetics, edited by Bart Vautour, Erin Wunker, Travis V.Mason, and Christl Verduyn, 231-252. Waterloo, ON: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2015. Book chapter.

Hasenbank, Andrea. “Assembly Lines: Researching Radical Print Networks.” English Studies in Canada 41.1 (Spring 2015): 129-153. Journal article.

Hasenbank, Andrea. " 'A Welter of Blood' : Clashes and Alliances in Canadian Manifestos of the 1930s." Alberta Labour History Institute Conference, Edmonton, 18-21 June 2014. Conference paper.

Hasenbank, Andrea. "Bulletins in Market Square: Uncovering the Textual History of the Edmonton Hunger March." Canadian Historical Association Conference, Brock University, 26-28 May 2014. Conference paper.

Hasenbank, Andrea. "Boilerplate Bolsheviks: Looking at the Canadian Workers' Pamphlet Series." Bibliographic Society of Canada Conference, Brock University, 26-27 May 2014. Conference paper.

Hasenbank, Andrea. Giving Account: Robert Blincoe and the Consequences of Modernity.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts. 34.3 (2012). 201-215. Journal article.




Guest lectures, invited talks, public engagement.

“Print, Readers, and Social Change.” Guest Lecture, PUB 480: Special Topics in Publishing, Simon Fraser University, 22 January 2019.

“Manifestos: Culture and Circulation.” Guest Lecture, PUB 480: Special Topics in Publishing, Simon Fraser University, 20 February 2018.

“Election Campaigns.” Guest Lecture, Civics 101. Abbottsfield Learning Centre, Edmonton, AB, 2 October 2017.

“Coal-Black Heart of the North Side: A Local History of Abbottsfield.” Guest Lecture, Civics 101: Oil, Abbottsfield Learning Centre, Edmonton, AB, 16 May 2015.

“Linking Classroom, Research, and the Community.” Proletarian Literature and Arts Summer Workshop, University of Alberta. 29 August 2013.

Eight Men Speak and the Theatre of Protest.” Guest Lecture, ENGL 466: Studies in Class and Ideology, University of Alberta, 15 March 2013.

“Re(a)d Canada: Magazines, Poetics, and the Mobilization of Cultural Protest.” Guest Lecture, C LIT 464/585: Proletarian Literature, University of Alberta, 14 March 2013.

“Manifestos, Social Justice, and the Working Class.” Guest Lecture, CANA 3991: The Art of Social Justice, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB. 20 September 2012.

“Learning, Teaching, and Creating at the University and in the Community” (with David Buchanan). Proletarian Literature and Arts Summer Workshop, University of Alberta. 31 August 2012.

“Re-Marking the On-to-Ottawa Trek.” Make Arts Research Go Public, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta. 2 February 2011.

 “Digitizing the Wilfred Watson Papers” (with Paul Hjartarson and Harvey Quamen). Digitization Day, University of Alberta. 16 December 2010.