Susan Fisher


Professional designation/degrees: PhD  Comparative Literature, University of British Columbia, 1997.

Faculty/Department: English

Personal Biography: I worked for many years as an editor and free-lance writer before returning to graduate school to earn a degree in comparative literature.

Research Interests: Canadian literature, with a special interest in the literature of World War I; modern Japanese literature; South Asian literature    

Publications: Edited volumes
Nostalgic Journeys: Literary Pilgrimages to Japan and the West.  Ed. and introd. Susan Fisher. Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, 2001. (194 pp.)
Reviewed in Asian Studies Review (Asian Studies Association of Australia), 2002;
Hikaku bungaku (2003); Comparative Literature Studies (2004).

Canadian Literature 178 (Autumn 2003). 207 pages
Canadian Literature 179 (Winter 2003). Special issue on Literature and war. 203 pages
Canadian Literature 180 (Spring 2004). 202 pages
Canadian Literature 181 (Summer 2004). 202 pages

Refereed Articles and Interviews
“‘Ontological Applause’: Metaphor and Homology in the Poetry of Don McKay.” The Animals in This Country. Ed. Janice Fiamengo. Reappraisals series. Ottawa: U of Ottawa P, 2006.
“History, Memory, Home: An Interview with M.G. Vassanji.” Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 49-61.
“‘Weird Beauty’: Lafcadio Hearn and Angela Carter on Japan.” Lafcadio Hearn in International Perspectives. Ed. Sukehiro Hirakawa. 169-177. Folkestone UK: Global Oriental Publishing. 169-177.
 “Teaching Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance: Two Cheers for Universalism?” Canadian Literature 190 (2006): 180-187.
 “Hear, Overhear, Observe, Remember: A Dialogue with Frances Itani.” Canadian Literature 183 (2004). 40-56.
“’Our Next Neighbour across the Way’: Japan and Canadian Writers.” Canadian Literature 174 (2002): 29-48.
 “An Allegory of Return: Murakami Haruki’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”  Comparative Literature Studies 37.2 (2000): 155-70. 
“Japanese Elements in the Poetry of Fred Wah and Roy Kiyooka.” Canadian Literature 163 (1999): 93-110.
“The Moment and the Story: Two Readings of Enchi Fumiko’s 'Boxcar of Chrysanthemums.'“ Canadian Review of Comparative Literature 23:4, December 1996: 915-29.
“The Uses of Place in Shiga Naoya's A Dark Night's Passing.” B.C. Asian Review 7 (1993-94): 64-79.

“World War I and Canadian Literature.” Commissioned chapter for Cambridge History of Canadian Literature. Ed. Eva-Marie Kröller and Coral Anne Howells. Approx. 25 ms pages. Publication date: 2008.
Review of Certainty by Madeleine Thien for Canadian Ethnic Studies.
Member, editorial team. Fifty Years of Canadian Literature. Anniversary volume to be published by Ronsdale Press.

Reviews and review articles
Review of When Grownups Play at War: A Child’s Memoir by Ilona Flutsztejn-Gruda. Canadian Literature 194 (2007): 125-126.
 “To the Headwaters.” Review of Short Journey Upriver to Oishida by Roo Borson. Canadian Literature 188 (2006): 191-92.
“War Stories.” Review of Dubious Glory by Dagmar Novak and Great Canadian War Stories ed. Muriel Whitaker. Canadian Literature 179 (2003): 169-171.
 “The Printed Page.” Review of Alphabetical and Cosmologies by P.K. Page. Canadian Literature 176 (2003): 178-79.
 “Arcadian Adventures.” Review of The Rules of Engagement by Catherine Bush and Realia by Will Aitken. Canadian Literature 175 (2002): 129-31.
“Cultural Memories.”  Review of Proceedings of the XVth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association. Canadian Literature 174 (2002): 126-28.
“War of Words.” Review article on recent 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.
“Japanese Memories.” Review of Hiroshima Traces; The City of Yes; O-Bon in Chimunesu; and Narrative as Counter-Memory. Canadian Literature 170/171 (2001): 250-52.
 “The Rising Daughter.” Review of The Mountain Is Moving: Japanese Women's Lives and From My Grandmother's Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo. Canadian Literature 163 (1999): 189-91.
“A Prescription for Japan's Future.” Review of Japan: A Reinterpretation by Patrick L. Smith and Molding Japanese Minds by Sheldon Garon, Globe and Mail July 12, 1997.
Review of “Six Canadian Poets” (video series).  Canadian Literature 147 (1995): 152-154.
“Great Distances.” Review of works by Bharati Mukherjee and Maxine Hong Kingston. Canadian Literature 138/9 (1993): 116-118.

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