Associate Professor; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTM)
UTM Office Phone: 905-569-4841
UTM Office Location: Erindale Hall, Room 310D
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 815
Office hours or Leave Status: Fall 2016, Fridays 10-11am and by appointment
B.A. English (Université de Genève, Switzerland); M.A., Ph.D. Comparative Literature (Cornell).
My research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of postcolonial literature and theories of space and environment. I am particularly concerned with the role of literary imagination in shaping or challenging social space and identity. I teach graduate and undergraduate courses on postcolonial literature (with a specific focus on Caribbean literature), transnational space and identity, tourism, Marxist approaches to spatial theory, and intersections of postcolonial and environmental criticism. I was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia). I received my BA in English at Université de Genève in Switzerland (with minors in general linguistics and Russian) and my PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University.
Postcolonial literature and theory; Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean literature; theories of space, natural and built environment; territorial and economic dispossession; migration and displacement.
Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean literature and theory; postcolonial literature and theory; spatial representations and architectural theory; aesthetic theory; narratives of displacement and diasporic literatures; theories of identity.
Locating the Destitute: Space and Identity in Caribbean Fiction, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press (New World Studies Series), 2014.
“V.S. Naipaul,” The Literary Encyclopedia, 13 October 2014.
"Savors of place: V.S. Naipaul’s Enigma of Departure," Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2014): 1-13. DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2014.959205.
“A House for Mr Biswas.” The Literary Encyclopedia. 11 June 2014.
“On the Threshold: ‘Terrain Vague’ as Living Space in Andrey Tarkovsky’s Stalker.” In Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale, edited by Patrick Barron and Manuela Mariani, 114-129. Routledge, 2013.
“Buried Stars in Salman Rushdie’s The Ground Beneath Her Feet.” Special Issue: Locations of Stardom. Ed. Lisa Patti and Stanka Radović. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 12.1 (March 2012): n. pag.
“Editors’ Introduction” (with Lisa Patti). Special Issue: Locations of Stardom. Ed. Lisa Patti and Stanka Radović. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 12.1 (March 2012): n. pag.
“Evicting The Tenant,” Film International 9.5 (2011): 6-13.
“The Spaces of Postcolonial Literature (Prostori postkolonijalne književnosti).” Matica Crnogorska 48 (Winter 2011): 191-200.
“The Birthplace of Relation: Edouard Glissant’s Poétique de la relation.” Special Issue: Callaloo and the Cultures and Letters of the Black Diaspora. Callaloo 30.2 (2007): 474-81.
My current research project is entitled Wilson Harris and the Geo-poetic Imagination in Caribbean Literature. I am focusing on Harris’s concept of “geo-poetics” as it encapsulates the necessary relationship between cultural production and environment in Caribbean literature.