Glenn Deer

Glenn Deer
Assistant Professor of English
Associate Editor (Reviews), Canadian Literature
Department of English
#397 - 1873 East Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z1
phone: 604-822-4469
fax: 604-822-6906

email: gdeer@interchange.ubc.ca

Background profile: Glenn Deer completed his B.A. (Honours) at the University of Alberta and his M.A. and Ph.D. at York University, Toronto. His early interests were in contemporary poetry and phenomenological poetics and he wrote his M.A. thesis on Robert Creeley. Longspoon Press published a collection of his poetry in 1982. During his Ph.D. research, after completing comprehensive exams in Renaissance Literature, Rhetoric and Critical Theory, and Canadian Literature, he began to focus on discourse studies, the rhetoric of power in narrative fiction, and postmodernism and Canadian Literature. After completing his Ph.D. at York in 1987, he joined the English Department at the University of British Columbia to teach in the areas of rhetoric and Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen's University Press published his study of ideology and discourse in Canadian fiction in 1994, Postmodern Canadian Fiction and the Rhetoric of Authority.

Recent teaching and research interests:

In 1993 Deer's interests in ideology critique and the rhetoric of racialization developed into research on rhetorical representations of Asian Canadian culture in the local media and a series of directed readings with graduate students, graduate seminars, and undergraduate courses in the areas of comparative Asian Canadian and Asian American studies. He received a Vice-President's grant in 1997 to organize the conference "Diversity, Writing, and Social Critique." In 1999 he was the guest editor for a special issue of Canadian Literature on Asian Canadian writing (Number 163, December 1999), and he has been an associate editor with the journal since the summer of 2000. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the Chair of the First-Year Program in English.

Deer's recent teaching and research interests include the politics of historiography in Michael Ondaatje, comparative studies of Asian American and Asian Canadian writing, mixed-race writing and trans-ethnic desire, the representations of food in trans-cultural writing, and the discourses of the nuclear. He has written an editorial for the Fall 2002 issue (number 172) of Canadian Literature on the aftermath of September 11: "Writing in the Shadow of the Bomb". His current graduate seminar is an attempt to work through some of the features of modern thought and literature that arise in the context of such global crises.



*Asian North America in Transit

*Writing in the Shadow of the Bomb

*Postmodern Canadian Fiction and the Rhetoric of Authority


*English 539

*English 490

*English 110 Syllabus