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Alexander Hollenberg

Dr. Alexander Hollenberg


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences


Alexander Hollenberg is a Professor of Storytelling and Narrativity in the School of Humanities and Creativity. He earned his PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto, where he held a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. His research has been published in numerous journals, such as English Studies in Canada, Narrative, Style, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. He has also recently collaborated on two SSHRC-funded research projects in the areas of Indigenous Storytelling and the Creative Humanities.

Teaching Interests

  • Narrative theory; Anglophone literature; Modernism; Narrative Ethics; Indigenous literatures; Literary censorship

Research Interests

  • Narrative theory; Narrative ethics; American literature; Modernism; Indigenous storytelling; Literary censorship; Critical-making theory; Narratology;

Book Chapters

  • Hollenberg, A. (2019). Indigenous Storytelling: Ethics and Resistance. . In Rethinking Who We Are: Critical Reflections of Human Diversity in Canada. Fernwood Publishing .

  • Hollenberg, A. (2017). But People are Strangers: Lyric Narratives and Ethics on Paul Simon’s Roads. In Music and the Road: Essays on the Interplay of Music and Popular Culture of the American Road(pp. 175-188). Bloomsbury.

  • Hollenberg, A. (2015). The Violence of Story: Teaching In Our Time and Narrative Rhetoric. In Teaching Hemingway and War. Kent State University Press.

Journal Articles

  • Hollenberg, A., Pulis, J., Wodabek, B. (2021). Sacred Healings through Telling Story: Lessons from the Sacred Grounds..Journal of Applied Social Science, 1-19.

  • Hollenberg, A. (2017). Challenging Creativity: A Critical Pedagogy of Narrative Interpretation .English Studies in Canada, 43(1), 45-66.

  • Hollenberg, A. (2013). Smooth Structures: Narrative Form as Ethical Contact in Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop.Style , 47(3), 364-379.

  • Hollenberg, A. (2012). Recalcitrant Simplicity: Thin Characters and Thick Narration in A Farewell to Arms .Narrative , 20(3), 301-321.

  • Hollenberg, A. (2012). The Spacious Foreground: Interpreting Simplicity and Ecocritical Ethics in The Old Man and The Sea..The Hemingway Review, 31(2), 27-45.

  • Hollenberg, A. (2009). Speaking With the Separatists: Craig Womack and the Relevance of Literary History.Studies in American Indian Literatures, 21(1), 1-17.


  • "Remaking Critical Theory". SSHRC. Explore Grant. $5,000.
    Alexander Hollenberg (Co-Principle Investigator).

  • "Sacred Healing through Telling Story". SSHRC. Explore Grant. $5,000.
    Alexander Hollenberg (Co-Principle Investigator).

  • "Remaking Critical Theory". Sheridan College. SRCA Growth Grant. $5,000.
    Alexander Hollenberg (Co-Principle Investigator).

  • "Sacred Healing through Telling Story". Sheridan College. SRCA Growth Grant. $5,000.
    Alexander Hollenberg (Co-Principle Investigator).

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