Comparative Literature

Mike Perschon

Assistant Professor, English
Discipline Advisor

PhD (Alberta), MA (Alberta), BA (Taylor), BA (NABC)

6-262, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Mike Perschon teaches introductory English and world literature at MacEwan University. Perschon holds an MA and PhD in comparative literature from the University of Alberta. His MA thesis was on fairy tale films, focusing on Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, and his PhD dissertation identified and explored key features of the steampunk aesthetic. Perschon has written on speculative literature in general online at, his own blog, and for a number of fanzines; his scholarly publications have focused largely on steampunk, appearing in Verniana, the Journal of Neo Victorian Studies, Locus, and two anthologies. Perschon is a dynamic speaker and presents regularly on scholarly perspectives on speculative literature at fan conventions around North America.

World Literature, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Comic Books, Steampunk, Fairy Tales, Heroic Epic, Biblical Literature

Teaching and Research Interests

  • World Literature from 17th Century
  • World Literature to the 17th Century
  • Introduction to Science Fiction
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Analysis and Argument
  • Critical Reading & Writing
  • Current research includes Journey to the West in popular media, steampunk literature, giant monster media, and the relationship between Scooby Doo, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Cabin in the Woods.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Perschon, Mike. “Useful Troublemakers: Social Retrofuturism in the steampunk novels of Gail Carriger and Cherie Priest.” Steaming into a Victorian Future: A Steampunk Anthology. Ed. Julie Anne Taddeo, Cynthia Miller, and Ken Dvorak. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. 2012. 21-42. Print.
  • Perschon, Mike. “Steampunk: Technofantasies in a neo-Victorian Retrofuture.” Postmodern Reinterpretations of Fairy Tales: How Applying New Methods Generates New Meanings. Ed. Anna Kérchy. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2011. 83-106. Print.
  • Perschon, Mike. “Steam Wars.” Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies. 3:1 (2010) 127-166. Web.
  • Perschon, Mike. “Finding Nemo: Verne’s anti-hero as original Steampunk.” Verniana. North American Jules Verne Society. 2010. (16 pages) Web.
  • Perschon, Mike. “Juggle, Drop, Retrieve, Repeat.” Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature. 2.1 (2011): Web.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Science Fiction Research Association