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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
December 4, 2016
Canadian Excellence
Ty 2011

Dr. Eleanor Ty


Contact Information
Email: | @EleanorTy
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3581
Fax: 519-884-8307
Office Location: 3-154 Woods Bldg.
Office Hours: Winter 2016 On Research leave. Please email.
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Academic Background

PhD McMaster University 
MA McMaster University
BA Hons University of Toronto 

Research Interests:   Asian American and Asian Canadian literature and film; feminist theory; 18th century fiction; postcolonial and diasporic studies; 20th century novel; minority literature; memory; gender, life writing.


Eleanor Ty is a Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies. She works on Asian North American Literature and Film and on Eighteenth Century British Literature.

She has published ten books:  two recent volumes on memory studies, four books in Asian American and Asian Canadian Studies, and four in Eighteenth-Century British literature:

  • Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory. Co-edited with Cynthia Sugars.  Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film. Co-edited with Russell J.A. Kilbourn. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.
  • Unfastened:  Globality and Asian North American Narratives.  University of Minnesota Press, 2010. 
  • The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives. University of Toronto Press, 2004.

  • Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography. Co-edited with Christl Verduyn. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008.  (Awarded Honorable Mention, The Association for Asian American Studies Literature Book Award for 2008)
  • Asian North American Identities Beyond the Hyphen. Co-edited with Donald Goellnicht.  Indiana University Press, 2004.

 Her earlier work was on 18th Century British Women Writers:

  • Empowering the Feminine: The Narratives of Mary Robinson, Jane West, and Amelia Opie, 1796-1812. University of Toronto Press, 1998.
  • Unsex'd Revolutionaries: Five Women Novelists of the 1790s. University of Toronto Press, 1993.

  • Editor, Memoirs of Emma Courtney by Mary Hays (1796).  Oxford World's Classics, 1996.  2nd ed, 2000.  Reissued 2009.
  • Editor, The Victim of Prejudice by Mary Hays (1799).  Broadview Press, 1994.  2nd ed 1998. 

She has published essays on visible minorities, Michael Ondaatje, on Joy Kogawa, Atom Egoyan, Jamaica Kincaid, on reading romances,on life writing, on Exotica, and on Miss Saigon.

Full CV

In the News
An Enriching Education by Lena Yang. 18 November 2015.  The Cord.
Additional Information

Mary Hays Website

This website provides a critical biography and bibliography of Mary Hays (1760-1843), essay writer, novelist, biographer.  Hays was an outspoken intellectual, champion of women's rights, and a contemporary and friend of Mary Wollstonecraft.

Outlander Blog

This blog offers critical reflections on Diana Gabaldon's Outlander book series and Ron D. Moore's TV adaptations.