Department of English

University of Toronto

Visvis, Vikki

Vikki Visvis
Sessional Lecturer
Office Phone: TBA
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 802
Office hours and/or Leave Status: Wednesdays 4:10 – 5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Teaching Field
Canadian Literature Degrees B.A. (Sydney), M.A. (Toronto), PhD (Toronto)

Vikki Visvis teaches courses in Canadian literature.  Her research has focused on contemporary Canadian fiction, with particular attention to trauma theory and rhetoric.  She has published essays on Canadian and American fiction by Eden Robinson, Joseph Boyden, Dionne Brand, Kerri Sakamoto, Michael Ondaatje, David Bergen, and Toni Morrison. She has also taught courses for the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Innis College since 2009. In 2012-13, she was the recipient of ASSU’s Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award. 


Journal Articles

“The Sounds of North: Political Efficacy and the ‘Listening Self’ in Elizabeth Hay’s Late Nights on Air.Canadian Literature 225 (Summer 2015): 29-45.

“Postcolonial Trauma in David Bergen’s The Time in Between.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 44.2-3 (2013): 169-194.

“Traumatic Forgetting and Spatial Consciousness in Dionne Brand’s In Another Place, Not Here.” Mosaic 45.3 (2012): 115-131.

“Culturally Conceptualizing Trauma: The Windigo in Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road.”  Studies in Canadian Literature 35.1 (2010): 224-243.

- - - - Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau . Vol. 393. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage, Inc., 2016. 146-155.

“Traumatic Representation: The Power and Limitations of Storytelling as ‘Talking Cure’ in Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of a Lion and The English Patient.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 40.4 (2009): 89-108.


“Alternatives to the ‘Talking Cure’: Black Music as Traumatic Testimony in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” African American Review 42.2 (2008): 255-268.


“Trauma Remembered and Forgotten: The Figure of the Hysteric in Kerri Sakamoto’s The Electrical Field.Mosaic 40.3 (2007): 67-83.


“Beyond the ‘Talking Cure’: The Practical Joke as Testimony for Inter-Generational Trauma in Eden Robinson’s ‘Queen of the North.’” Studies in Canadian Literature 29.2 (2004): 37-61.

Edited Entries

Ed. Joseph Boyden. (Series: Contemporary Literary Criticism). General ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 393. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Cengage, Inc., 2016. 123-185.

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