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Dr. Paul Huebener

Dr. Paul Huebener

Professor of English

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Paul Huebener (he/him) is a professor of English. His research focuses on critical sleep studies, critical time studies, and the environmental humanities, particularly in the context of literatures in Canada.

Paul’s newest book, Restless in Sleep Country: Imagination and the Cultural Politics of Sleep, examines cultural representations of sleep in Canada, from mattress commercials and comic books to bedtime story phone apps. By guiding the reader through this imaginative landscape, the book shows how to develop a critical literacy of sleep. For a brief introduction to Paul’s work on slumber, see his article “How Art and Literature Can Help Us Rethink Our Problems with Sleep.

Paul’s other books consider how literature and other imaginative works can help us develop a critical literacy of time. Nature’s Broken Clocks: Reimagining Time in the Face of the Environmental Crisis was a finalist for the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize for the Environmental Humanities and other awards. Timing Canada: The Shifting Politics of Time in Canadian Literary Culture was a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize.

Paul teaches the courses listed on this page and is always happy to hear from students. Please feel free to contact him with any questions.

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Research interests

  • Literatures in Canada
  • Critical sleep studies
  • Critical time studies
  • Environmental humanities
  • Literature and cultural politics

Educational credentials

  • Ph.D., English, McMaster University (2012)
  • M.A., English, McMaster University (2005)
  • B.A. (Honours), English, UBC (2004)