Jennifer Gustar

Dr. Jennifer Gustar  

Reviews Editor, Contemporary Women’s Writing:

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 338, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7
T: 250.807.9384
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Jennifer Gustar, Head, Critical Studies
Research | Teaching | Degrees | Publications | Interviews | UBC Service | Associations

Research Interests

Teacher of the Month February 2014
Postcolonical Imaginaries
Cultural Literacies and Practices

Contemporary British Literature (Angela Carter, Zadie Smith, Jeanette Winterson, Andrea Levy, Bernardine Evaristo, Ali Smith); UK Transculturalism; Gender and Contemporary Literature; Literature of South Asia and the Diaspora.

My research aims at better understanding the ways in which literature engages and reframes questions of history, subjectivity, personal agency, ethics and social change. To this end, I work on a number of different projects which are interrelated in that they move toward answering questions of how the imagination and the works of the imagination intervene in our thinking on ethical practices and provide us with imaginative possibilities for social change. My research is informed by critical, feminist and postcolonial theory and explores the contribution of contemporary women writers.

Graduate Supervision


  • PhD Jannik Eikenaar. Salman Rushdie's Mediatized Persona (SSHRC Funded). Defended September 2015

  • PhD Lindsay Balfour. Contemporary 9/11 Fictions of Terror (SSHRC Bombardier; co- supervision with George Grinnell).Defended July 2015

  • MA Snigdha Madhuri. Deepa Mehta: Nationalism, Colonialism and the Body of Woman in Deepa Mehta's Trilogy (defended May 2012)

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Teaching Interests

  • Courses

  • Feminist Theory

  • Literary Survey

  • British Literature

  • Gender and Feminism

  • Contemporary Fiction

I teach in the areas of Contemporary British Fiction, South Asian Fiction, Feminism and Gender in Literature. Teaching is a very important part of my life and my research: it allows me the opportunity to communicate the themes of my research and to learn from my students. I consider myself very fortunate, as there is nothing I would rather do.

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B.A. (English, University of Victoria) M.A. (English, University of Victoria) PhD. (English, University of Toronto)


Dissertation: Postmodern Pathologies. University of Toronto. (December 1997).   

Chapters and Articles:

 “Haunting Legacies: The Imbrications of Canadian and Indian History in Anita Rau Badami’s Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?” At the Crossroads of Culture and Literature. Eds. Suchorita Chattopadhyay & Debashree Dattaray. Delhi: Primus Books, 2016.  (101-117). [PRINT] REFEREED.

 “Second-Hand’ and ‘Hardly Used’: Gendered Violence and Rape Culture in AngelaCarter's Shadow Dance.”  Women: A Cultural Review Vol. 26, Issue 4, 2015 (December). (402-426). [PRINT] [ONLINE: March 26, 2016]

 “Putting History in Its Place:  In Interview with Bernardine Evaristo” with “Introduction” by the author.  Contemporary Women’s Writing 9:3 (433-448).  [PRINT] [ONLINE May 2015]. Peer-reviewed.

 “The Tempest in an English Teapot: Colonialism and the Measure of a Man in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth.” Changing English: Studies in Culture and Education, Volume 17 Issue 4 (December 2010). [PRINT]

 “Text Messaging: Angels and Other Messengers in Elizabeth Knox’s Fiction". Les Cahiers du CICLaS. Martine Piquet, Editor. Special Issue: New Zealand, the Pacific and France: 15pp.  2008. [PRINT]

 "Language and the Limits of Desire in the Novels of Jeanette Winterson". Reading Jeanette Winterson. Ed. Sonya Andremahr. United Kingdom: Continuum, 2006. 23 pages.  [PRINT]. Peer-reviewed. 

"The Body of Romance: Citation and Mourning in Written on the Body". Aesthethika International Journal on Culture, Subjectivity and Aesthetics 2.1 (2005): 25-41   [ON-LINE]

"Remembering Cassandra, or Oedipus Gets Hysterical: Contestatory Madness and Illuminating Magic in Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus". Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. 23.2 (Fall 2004): 339 - 69.   [PRINT]

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Broadcast Interviews

Contemporary Women's Writing in New Zealand. Network:New Zealand National Radio. First Broadcast Date: Jul, 2005

Interview: Joyce to the World, Dir. Fritzi Horstman, FritzFilms, Los Angeles, 2004.

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Service to UBC

  • Currently on the Senate, 2017 - ongoing

  • Associate Member, Gender and Women’s Studies, UBCO

  • 3rd Vice President, UBC Faculty Association, 2016-ongoing.

  • Head, Critical Studies, 2011-2014

  • Joint Faculty Representative, UBC O Senate. Dates: Nov, 2005 - Nov, 2008

  • Chair, Senate Curriculum Committee: Nov 2005 - 2007


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  • CWWA: Contemporary Women’s Writing Association, Board Member.

  • ACCUTE: Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English

  • CACLALS: Canadian Association of Commonwealth Languages and Literatures

  • MLA: Modern Language Association

  • NZSA: New Zealand Studies Association


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