Canadian literature, South Asian literature, comparative literature
Before becoming a professor, I worked for several years as an editor and broadcaster. My work included literary interviews and documentaries for CBC Radio, scripts for documentary films, magazine articles, and educational materials. I also worked as a course designer for BC’s Open Learning Agency. I earned an MA (1994) and a Phd (1997) in Comparative Literature from the University of British Columbia, specializing in Japanese, French, and Canadian literature. I was awarded a Killam fellowship and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council fellowship for my doctoral studies.
During the 1990s, I taught in the English department of the University of British Columbia and for the UBC Writing Centre and the Open Learning Agency. In 1998 I received a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and in 1999 I was a visiting research fellow at the Kokusai Nihon Bunka Kenkyu Centre in Kyoto. Since 2000, I have been teaching at UFV.
Publications and research activities
Boys and Girls in No Man’s Land: English-Canadian Children and the First World War. Forthcoming from University of Toronto Press, Fall 2010.
From A Speaking Place: Writings from the First Fifty Years of Canadian Literature. Member of editorial team led by W.H. New. Ronsdale Press, 2009.
Nostalgic Journeys: Literary Pilgrimages to Japan and the West. Ed. and introd. Susan Fisher. Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, 2001.
In the Western Mountains: Early Mountaineering in British Columbia. Comp. and ed. Susan Fisher. Sound Heritage 8.4. Victoria: Provincial Archives of British Columbia, 1980.
“Canada and the Great War.” Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. Eva-Marie Kroller and Coral Ann Howells. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 224-253.
“’Ontological Applause’: Metaphor and Homology in the Poetry of Don McKay.” Other Selves: Animals in the Canadian Literary Imagination. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2007. 50-66.
“‘Weird Beauty’: Lafcadio Hearn and Angela Carter on Japan.” Lafcadio Hearn in International Perspectives. Ed. Sukehiro Hirakawa. London: Global Oriental, 2007, 169-177.
179 (Winter 2003). Special issue on Literature and war.
Selected articles, interviews, and reviews:
“Teaching Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance: Two Cheers for Universalism?” Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 180-187.
“History, Memory, Home: An Exchange with M.G. Vassanji.” Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 49-61.
“To the Headwaters.” Review of Short Journey Upriver to Oishida by Roo Borson. Canadian Literature 188 (2006): 191-92.
“Hear, Overhear, Observe, Remember: A Dialogue with Frances Itani.” Canadian Literature 183 (2004). 40-56.
“War of Words.” Review article on books about war. Canadian Literature 173 (2002): 198-204.
“Animalia.” Review article on The Postmodern Animal by Steve Baker. Canadian Literature 170/171 (2001): 256-60.
“It’s not just a carpool, it’s a sisterhood.” Globe and Mail 14 May, 2007: L6.
I am developing a directed reading course on the historical novel in Canada. I am also beginning a project on what Canadian children were reading from 1920 to 1950.Books:
Resources for composition
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