Assistant Professor of English
Office Phone: 416-946-0352
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 913
Office hours or leave status: TBA
Cheryl Suzack is an assistant professor of English, and was educated at the University of Guelph and the University of Alberta. Her research explores the intersections between Indigenous law and literature with a focus on Indigenous women’s writing in the post-civil rights period. She is a co-editor and contributor to Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture (UBC Press 2010), a co-editor of “Law, Literature, Postcoloniality,” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, and a contributor to a special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly, “Sovereignty, Indigeneity, and the Law,” which was voted best special issue of 2011 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. She is in the final stages of completing a book manuscript entitled Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law. Suzack is cross-appointed to the Aboriginal Studies Program and teaches courses for English and Aboriginal Studies on comparative Indigenous literatures, comparative Indigenous studies, and Indigenous decolonization with a focus on gender issues and Indigenous women.
Teaching and Research Interests
Indigenous literatures; studies in law and literature; postcolonial and feminist theory; legal writingDegrees
B.A. (Hons)(Guelph), M.A. (Guelph), B.Ed. (Nipissing), Ph.D. (Alberta)Publications
"The Transposition of Law and Literature in Delgamuukw
and Monkey Beach
." South Atlantic Quarterly
110.2 (Spring 2011): 447-463. Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture
. Cheryl Suzack, Shari Huhndorf, Jeanne Perreault, and Jean Barman, co-editors and contributors (UBC Press, 2010).
"Indigenous Women and Transnational Feminist Struggle." CR: The New Centennial Review
10.1 (2010): 179-193.
“Land Claims, Identity Claims: Mapping Indigenous Feminism in Literary Criticism and in Winona LaDuke’s Last Standing Woman
.” Reasoning Together
. Ed. Craig Womack. U of Oklahoma P, 2008. 169-92.
“Notes Towards Establishing a Property Interest in Aboriginal Culture.” Race & Racism in 21st Century Canada
. Ed. Sean P. Hier and B. Singh Bolaria. Broadview, 2007. 217-34.
“Aboriginal Publishing in Canada.” History of the Book in Canada/Histoire du livre et de l’edition au Canada
. Volume 3. Ed. Carole Gerson and Jacques Michon. U of Toronto P, 2006. 293-297.
“Law Stories as Life Stories: Jeannette Lavell, Yvonne Bedard, and Half-breed
.” Auto/Biography: Trace, Text, Telling
. Ed. Marlene Kadar, Susanna Egan, Jeanne Perreault, and Linda Warley. Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2005. 117-41.
Editor, In Search of April Raintree: Critical Edition
, by Beatrice Culleton Mosionier, Portage and Main Press, 1999.Current Research
I am currently completing a book-length study comparing case law and Indigenous women’s writing from Canada and the United States. Past projects include editing special issues for Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, and English Studies in Canada