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Last updated:  December 12, 2015

Eleanor Ty

University Address:

Department of English and Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
(519) 884-1970, ext. 3581

Personal Data: Citizenship: Canadian

Languages:Spoken: English, French, Chinese (Fukien and elementary Mandarin), basic Filipino (Tagalog)
Written: English, French, German, elementary Chinese and Filipino

Current Professional Appointment:

2000- Full Professor - Wilfrid Laurier University

Administrative Positions:

Academic Convenor of Congress 2012
President, Canadian Association of Chairs of English, 2008-09
Chair, Department of English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2004-09
Graduate Chair, Department of English, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2000-03
Coordinator, Women’s Studies Program, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2000-03
Coordinator, Women's Studies Program, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1996


2015-2016 University Research Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

2011 SSHRC Conference Grant
"Memory, Mediation, Remediation:  An International Conference on Memory in Literature and Film."  Co-organized with Russell Kilbourn.  Wilfrid Laurier University.  28-30 April 2011.

2010 SSHRC Standard Research Grant
"Between Foreign and Fashionable:  1.5 and Second-Generation Asian North Americans in the Age of Mobility"

2010 Honorable Mention.  The Association for Asian American Studies Literature Book Award for 2008.  Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography

2008 Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant

For Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography

2005 SSHRC Conference Grant for "Beyond Autoethnography: Writing Race and Ethnicity in Canada."  Co-Organized with Christl Verduyn.  Wilfrid Laurier University. 28-30 April 2005

2004 SSHRC Standard Research Grant
"Beyond Autoethnography: Asian North Voices from Transcultural Spaces"

2004 Aid To Scholarly Publications Grant
For The Politics of the Visible – University of Toronto Press

2000 SSHRC Research Grant & research time stipend
"Brown Cookies and White Bananas: Representations of Asian North American Subjectivity"

1998 Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant
For Empowering the Feminine – University of Toronto Press

1994 Unsex'd Revolutionaries Short-listed for the 1994 Raymond Klibansky Book Prize in English

1993 Aid to Scholarly Publications Grant
For Unsex’d Revolutionaries – University of Toronto Press

1994 SSHRC Research Grant
"Empowering the Feminine: Narratives of Jane West and Mary Robinson"


Books Authored:

Unfastened:  Globality and Asian North American Narratives.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2010.  xxxvii + 175 pp.

The Politics of the Visible in Asian North American Narratives. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004. xv + 227 pp.

Empowering the Feminine: The Narratives of Mary Robinson, Jane West, and Amelia Opie, 1796-1812. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. xi + 224 pp.

Unsex'd Revolutionaries: Five Women Novelists of the 1790s. Theory and Culture Series. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. xvii + 189 pp.

Books Edited:

Co-editor, Cynthia Sugars.  Canadian Literature and Cultural Memory.  Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014. xv + 493 pp.

Co-editor, Russell J.A. Kilbourn.  The Memory Effect: The Remediation of Memory in Literature and Film.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013. 355 pp.

Co-editor, Christl Verduyn. Asian Canadian Writing Beyond Autoethnography.  Waterloo, ON:  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008.  viii+ 330 pp.

Co-editor, Donald Goellnicht. Asian North American Identities Beyond the Hyphen. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004. 212 pp.

Editor, Memoirs of Emma Courtney by Mary Hays (1796). Oxford: Oxford World's Classics, 1996. xlv + 220 pp. 2nd ed., 2000. xlv +220 pp.

Editor, The Victim of Prejudice by Mary Hays (1799). Peterborough and Lewiston, N.Y.: Broadview Press, 1994. xxxviii + 198pp. 2nd ed., 1998. xliii +260 pp.

Chapters in Books (Refereed):

"(East and Southeast) Asian Canadian Literature: The Strange and the Familiar." The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Literature.  Ed. Cynthia Sugars. 564-582. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2016.

 "Contemporary Filipino American Writers and the Legacy of Imperialism." Chapter 21 of Cambridge History of Asian American Literature. Eds. Rajini Srikanth and Min Song.  371-386.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"Memory, Migration, and Transnational Encounters in Jane Urquhart's Sanctuary Line." Narrating Loss: Representations of Mourning, Nostalgia and Melancholia in Contemporary Anglophone Fictions. Ed. Brigitte Johanna Glaser and Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag, 2014. 7182.

“Filipino Canadians in the Twenty-First Century:  The Politics of Recognition in a Transnational Affect Economy.”  Filipinos in Canada:  Disturbing Invisibility.  Ed.  Roland Sintos Coloma, Bonnie McElhinny, Ethel Tungohan, John Paul Catungal, and Lisa M. Davidson.   Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, 2012.  46-67.

"Affect, Family and the Past in Two Plays by Catherine Hernandez."  Asian Canadian Theatre. Ed. Nina Lee Aquino and Ric Knowles.  Toronto:  Playwrights Canada Press, 2011. 212-222.

"Revising the Romance of the Land:  Place in Settler Narratives by Contemporary Asian Canadian Writers."  The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism.  Ed.  Brigitte Glaser and Jutta Ernst.  Heidelberg:  Universitatsverlag Winter Heidelberg, 2010.  163-178.

“’Little Daily Miracles’: Global Desires, Haunted Memories, and Modern Technologies in Madeleine Thien’s Certainty.” Moving Migration:  Narrative Transformations in Asian American Literature.  Ed.  Johanna C. Kardux and Doris Einsiedel.  Berlin:  LIT Verlag, 2010. 45-60.

“ Re-inscribing Difference:  Judy Fong Bates’s China Dogs and Other Tales.” Her Na-rra-tion:  Women’s Narratives from the Canadian Nation.  Ed.  Françoise Le Jeune and Charlotte Sturgess. Nantes:  Centre de Recherches sur les Identité Nationale et l’Interculturalité, 2009.  157-170.

“The Global in Recent Asian North American Narratives.” Global Perspectives on Asian American Literature.  Ed.  Guiyou Huang and Wu Bing.  Beijing:  Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2008.  149-163.

“Reconstructing the Woman Behind the Photograph: Denise Chong’s The Girl in the Picture.”  Ethnic Life Writing and Histories: Genres, Performances, and Culture.  Contributions to Asian American Literary Studies. Vol. 4  Ed.  Rocio G. Davis, Jaume Aurell, and Ana Beatriz Delgado.  Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2007.132-147.

“Beyond Autoethnography: Recent Developments in Chinese North American Narratives.”  Querying the Genealogy: Comparative and Transnational Studies in Chinese American Literature.  Ed.  Jennie Wang.  Shanghai: Shanghai Yiwen Press,  2006. 336-346.

“Complicating Racial Binaries: Asian Canadians and African Canadians as Visible Minorities.” AfroAsian Encounters: Culture, History, Politics.  Ed. Heike Raphael-Hernandez and Shannon Steen. New York: New York University Press, 2006. 50-67.

“Abjection, Masculinity, and Violence in Brian Roley's American Son and Hans Ong's Fixer Chao.”    Transnational Asian American Literature : Sites and Transits. Ed.  Shirley Geok-Lin Lim , John Blair Gamber, Stephen Hong Sohn, and Gina Valentino.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006.  142-158.

"‘The History of My Own Heart’: Inscribing Self, Inscribing Desire in Wollstonecraft’s Letters from Norway." Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley: Writing Lives. Eds. Helen M. Buss, D. L. MacDonald and Anne McWhir. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001. 69-84.

"The Imprisoned Female Body in Mary Hays’s The Victim of Prejudice." Women, Revolution, and the Novels of the 1790s. Ed. Linda Lang-Peralta. Michigan State University Press, 1999. 133-153.

"Freke in Men's Clothes: Transgression and the Carnivalesque in Edgeworth's Belinda." The Clothes that Wear Us: Essays in Dressing and Transgression in Eighteenth-Century Culture. Eds. Jessica Munns and Penny Richards. Associated University Presses, 1999. 157-173.

"Spectacular Pleasures: Labyrinthine Mirrors in Atom Egoyan's Exotica." Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada. Ed. Lynne Van Luven & Priscilla L. Walton. Toronto: Prentice Hall, 1999. 4-12.

"Exoticism Repositioned: Old and New World Pleasures in Wang's Joy Luck Club and Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman." Literary Studies East and West, Vol. 11: Changing Representations of Minorities East and West. Ed. Larry E. Smith & John Rieder. Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 1996. 59-74.

"Amour, Sexe et Carnaval: Le Plaisir du texte Harlequin." Armes, Larmes, Charmes...Sérialité et Paralittérature. Dir. Paul Bleton. Québec: Nuit Blanche Éditeur, 1995. 23-48.

"Desire and Temptation: Dialogism and the Carnivalesque in Category Romances." In A Dialogue of Voices: Approaches to Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin. Ed. Karen Hohne and Helen Wussow. University of Minnesota Press, 1994. 97-113.

"Writing as a Daughter: Autobiography in Wollstonecraft's Travelogue." Essays on Life Writing: From Genre to Critical Practice. Ed. Marlene Kadar. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992. 61-77.


Co-author, Don Goellnicht. "Asian Canadian." The Routledge Companion to Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature. Ed. Rachel C. Lee. London & New York: Routledge, 2014. 224-243.

"Mary Robinson." Dictionary of Literary Biography 158: British Reform Writers 1789-1832. Eds. Gary Kelly & Edd Applegate. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1996. 297-305.

"Mary Hays" [biographical essay]. Dictionary of Literary Biography 142: Eighteenth-Century British Literary Biographers. Ed. Steven Serafin. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark, Layman, 1994. 152-160.

"Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley" [biographical essay]. In Dictionary of Literary Biography 116: British Romantic Novelists, 1789-1832. Ed. Bradford Mudge. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1992. 311-325.

"Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley" [biographical essay]. In Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography 3: Writers of the Romantic Period 1789-1832. Detroit: Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1992. 338-352.

Articles in Refereed Journals:

"The Need for Worlds Beyond." Verge: Studies in Global Asias. Special Forum invited by editors.  Ed. Tina Chen and Eric Hayot. 1.1 (Spring 2015): 26-29.

“’A Universe of Many Worlds’: An Interview with Ruth Ozeki.” MELUS:Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 38.3 (Fall 2013). doi: 10.1093/melus/mlt028

"Representing 'Other' Diasporas in Recent Global Canadian Fiction." College Literature 38.4 (Fall 2011): 98-114.

"Abjection, Masculinity, and Violence in Brian Roley's American Son and Han Ong's Fixer Chao." MELUS:  The JOurnal of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.  Special Issue on Filipino American Literature 29.1 (Spring 2004): 119-136.

"Rethinking the Hyphen: Asian North American and European Ethnic Texts as Global Narratives." Canadian Review of American Studies 32.3 (2002): 239-252.

"Writing Historiographic Autoethnography: Denise Chong's The Concubine’s Children.@ English Studies in Canada 28 (2002): 269-292.

"A Filipino Prufrock in an Alien Land: Bienvenido Santos’ The Man Who (Thought He) Looked Like Robert Taylor." Lit: Literature, Interpretation, Theory. Special Issue on Asian American Literature and Culture. Ed. Karen Chow. 12.3 (Summer 2001): 267-283.

"The Other Questioned: Exoticism and Displacement in Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient." The International Fiction Review 27.1 & 2 (2000): 10-19.

"Engendering a Female Subject: Mary Robinson's (Re)Presentations of the Self." English Studies in Canada 21.4 (December 1995): 407-431.

"Welcome to Dreamland: Power, Gender, and Post-Colonial Politics in Miss Saigon." Essays in Theatre 13.1 (November 1994):15-27.

"Jane West's Feminine Ideals of the 1790s." 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era. 1 (1994): 137-155.

"Struggling with the Powerful (M)Other: Identity and Sexuality in Kogawa's Obasan and Kincaid's Lucy. The International Fiction Review 20.2 (1993): 120-126.

"Female Philosophy Refunctioned: Elizabeth Hamilton's Parodic Novel." Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. 22.4 (October 1991):111-129.

Other Essays:

“Performative Identities:  Asian North American Youths in Recent Films.”  Imagined Communities Revisited:  Critical Essays on Asia-Pacific Literatures and Cultures.  Ed.  Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf and Mohammad A. Quayum.  Foreword by Benedict Anderson.  Batu Caves, Malaysia:  International Islamic University Malaysia, 2012. 94-101.

"L’exotisme, le déplacement et la guerre: Le Patient anglais de Ondaatje et de Mignhella." De lécrit à l’écran. Dir. Jacques Migozzi. Limoges: Presses Universitaires de Limoges, 2000. 535-544.

"Fathers As Monsters of Deceit: Robinson's Domestic Criticism in The False Friend." Lumen: Selected Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Eighteeth-Century Studies. 14 (1995): 149-158.

Articles in Non-Refereed Journals:

"Representations of Asian Canadian Identities in the Twenty-First Century." Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art Fall (September 2004): 50-56.

"Catherine’s Real and Imagined Fears: What Happens to Female Bodies in Gothic Castles." Persuasions:The Jane Austen Journal 20 (1998): 248-260.

"Emerging from the Yellow Wallpaper: An Asian Feminist in the Classroom." Concerns: Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages 25.1 (Winter 1995): 22-30.