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BA (Hons.) University of Calgary
MA, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Dr. Scraba works on the intersections among historical narratives, literary texts,
and cultural geography in nineteenth-century Britain and America. He is particularly
interested in questions of genre, cultural memory, literary personae, tourism and
travel, and community belonging through place. Dr. Scraba teaches undergraduate courses
in American antebellum literature and British Romantic literature, and he has taught
graduate courses on the topics of Memory; Quixotes and Quixotism; Travel Narratives;
the Gothic; and the Idea of the Frontier in US Culture. Dr. Scraba’s current work
explores how the spaces of the West in the 19th and early 20th centuries functioned as a sort of “proving ground” for new ethnic and racial self-identifications.
- “Mapping Time in Irving’s The Alhambra.” Forthcoming in Washington Irving en la Alhambra. Granada, Spain: University of Granada, 2013.
- “‘It’s all f***ing amalgamation and capital, ain’t it?’: Deadwood, the Pinkertons, and the Closing of the Frontier.” Co-authored with John D. Miles.
The Last Western: Deadwood and the End of American Empire. New York: Continuum, 2012.
- “Repetition and Remembrance in Poe's Poetry.” The Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Critical Insights. Ed. Steven Frye. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2010.
- “‘Dear Old Romantic Spain’: Washington Irving Imagines Andalucia.” Romanticism and the Anglo-Hispanic Imaginary. Ed. Joselyn Almeida. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010.
- “Quixotic History and Cultural Memory: Knickerbocker’s History of New York.” Early American Studies 7.2 (Fall 2009).
- “How to Do Things with Worlds: Walter Scott’s Experiments in Historiographic Theory.”
Working Papers on the Web 9 (Dec. 2006).