Teresa Heffernan

Full Professor
Faculty of Arts
English

Faculty Member Information

Biosketch

Teresa Heffernan is Professor of English. She is author of Post-Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel (University of Toronto Press, 2008). She is co-editor (with Daniel O’Quinn) of a critical edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s The Turkish Embassy Letters (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2012); her most recent book is titled Veiled Figures: Women, Modernity, and the Spectres of Orientalism (UofT Press, 2016). She is series editor, with Reina Lewis, of Cultures in Dialogue (Website: http://culturesindialogue.com/main/home, developed with SSHRC research funding); and co-editor (with Jill Didur) of a special issue of Cultural Studies entitled "Revisiting the Subaltern in the New Empire" and of a special issue of Cultural Critique (with Jill Didur and Bart Simon) on “Posthumanism.” Her articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in the Novel, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Arab Journal for the Humanities, Subject Matters, Canadian Literature, and Twentieth Century Literature. Her new SSHRC-funded project is called: “Where Science Meets Fiction: Social Robots and the Ethical Imagination” (see: http://socialrobotfutures.com/). Her courses include: Literary Theory, The Modern Novel, The Postmodern Novel, and the Short Story.

Education

Ph.D., English, University of Toronto, 1996
M.A., English, University of Ottawa, 1987
Spanish Immersion, , Carleton University, 1986
B.A., Honours English/Classics, University of Ottawa, 1985

Academic Work Experience

2011 - Present, Professor, Department of English, Saint Mary’s University
2003 - 2011, Associate Professor, Department of English, Saint Mary’s University
2001 - 2003, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University
1998 - 2003, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Saint Mary’s University
1997 - 1998, Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, University of Minnesota
1996 - 1997, Sessional Lecturer, Department of English, University of Toronto

Honours

King’s College London Library and Archives Visiting Fellowship King’s College London Library and Archives - 2007
The English Society of Saint Mary’s Teaching Award Saint Mary’s University - 2002
Saint Mary’s Course Release Saint Mary’s University - 2001
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow Huntington Library - 2000
University of Toronto Open Doctoral Fellowship University of Toronto - 1991
University of Ottawa Research Fellowship University of Ottawa - 1986

Teaching: Course / Program Development

1997/03 - Present, Teaching At Saint Mary`s University

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Heffernan Teresa. (2012)"Human Thing 1", Dominic Pettman’s Human Error and Susan McHugh’s Animal Stories, New Formations 75
Heffernan Teresa. (2001)"A Companion to Postcolonial Studies", A Companion to Postcolonial Studies (Blackwell, 2001), Interventions 1:4, 297-298
Heffernan Teresa. (2000)"Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and the State", Between Woman and Nation: Nationalisms, Transnational Feminisms and the State (edited by Caren Caplan, Norma Alarcón, and Minoo Moallem), Canadian Ethnic Studies 2:32
Heffernan Teresa. (1999)"Émigré Feminism: Transnational Perspectives", Émigré Feminism: Transnational Perspectives (edited by Alena Heitlinger), Canadian Ethnic Studies 2:32

Book

Heffernan Teresa. "Orientalist Legacies (tentative title; forthcoming)" (Spring - 2015)
Heffernan Teresa. "Post Apocalyptic Culture: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Twentieth-Century Novel" (Spring - 2008)

Journal Articles

Heffernan Teresa. "Science, Fiction, and the Death Drive (forthcoming)", English Studies in Africa (Spring - 2015)
Heffernan Teresa. "On Apocalypse, Monsters, and Mourning.", Frame - Journal of Literary Studies 26:1 (Spring - 2013), 93-107
Didur Jill, Heffernan Teresa. "Revisiting the Subaltern in the New Empire", Cultural Studies:17.1 (Spring - 2003)
Didur Jill, Heffernan Teresa, Simon Bart. "Bovine Anxieties, Virgin Births, and the Secret of Life", special issue of Cultural Critique 53 (Spring - 2003), 116-133
Heffernan Teresa. "Apocalyptic Nations in Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children", Twentieth Century Literature 46:4 (Spring - 2001), 470-491
Heffernan Teresa. "Feminism against the East/West Divide: Lady Mary’s Turkish Embassy Letters", Eighteenth-Century Studies 33:2 (Spring - 2000), 201-215
Heffernan Teresa. "Beloved and the Problem of Mourning", Studies in the Novel 30:4 (Spring - 1998), 558-573

Presentation

Heffernan Teresa. "Robot Capital and Rights Discourse", American Comparative Literature Association (Winter - 2014)
Heffernan Teresa. "Robot Capital, Commodity Fetishism, and Rights Discourse", Mosaic: A Matter of Lifedeath (Fall - 2014)
Heffernan Teresa. "Careless Rights: Humans, Animals, Robots", Invited Talk, Fictions of Threat Workshop (Spring - 2014)
Heffernan Teresa. "Science, Fiction, and the Death Drive", Invited Talks, End Times Colloquium University of the Witwatersrand (Spring - 2014)
Heffernan Teresa. "Post-Catastrophic Worlds: Narrating Contemporary Culture", Aftershock: Culture after the Great War (Spring - 2013)
Heffernan Teresa. "Orientalism and War in the Twenty-First Century", Journal of the Middle East Women’s Studies Distinguished Lecture and Research Workshop (Spring - 2012)
Heffernan Teresa. "Cosmopolitanism, Modernity, and Islam", European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (Spring - 2011)
Heffernan Teresa. "Losing the Thread: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism, and Levantine Culture", Invited Talk, FHIS Graduate Student Conference (Fall - 2011)
Heffernan Teresa. "Colonial Complicity: Veiling and Race in Lady Annie Brassey's Travel Work", British Women Writers Conference (Spring - 2010)
Heffernan Teresa. "Rights and Representation: Animal, Human, Robots", Zoontotechnics (Animality /Technicity) (Spring - 2010)
Heffernan Teresa. "Demetra Vaka Brown, Nationalism, and Modernism", Modern Studies Association (Fall - 2010)
Heffernan Teresa. "When Arts and Science Meet: Robots and the Cultural Imaginary", INvited Talk, PhD in Human Studies Annual Colloquium (Spring - 2010)
Heffernan Teresa. "Gender and War in the Twentieth Century", Invited Talk (Spring - 2005)
Heffernan Teresa. "Veiling and Unveiling in the Umma and Modern Nation", Berkshire Conference (Spring - 2005)
Heffernan Teresa. "Saving Private Lynch: Rescuing Women from Afghanistan to Iraq", Canadian Women’s Association, Congress of the HSSFC (Spring - 2003)
Heffernan Teresa. "Feminist Orientalism: Lady Annie Brassey’s Travels in the Ottoman", Women in Motion, Conference (Spring - 2003)
Heffernan Teresa. "Militarized Citizens, Unveiled Bodies and the Nation", Congress of the HSSFC (Spring - 2003)
Heffernan Teresa. "Revisiting the Subaltern in the New Empire", Canadian Association of Cultural Studies, Inaugural Meeting (Winter - 2003)
Heffernan Teresa. "The Umma, the Modern Nation and the Unveiling of Women", Modernity and Modernism in the Mediterranean World (Fall - 2003)
Heffernan Teresa. "Selling the Harem: Intervening in Orientalist Representations of Ottoman Women", Roundtable, MESA (Fall - 2002)
Heffernan Teresa. "Militarized Citizens, Unveiled Bodies and the Nation", International Conference: Language, Communication Culture (Fall - 2002)
Heffernan Teresa. "Memory, History, and Modernism", Travelling Concepts 111 (Winter - 2002)
Heffernan Teresa. "Feminism, Orientalism, and the Gendered Nation", Special Session: “The Female Orientalist Gaze and the (Re)Invention of Ottoman Women” (Winter - 2001)
Heffernan Teresa. "Gendering the Nation Across the East West Divide", Aesthetic Encounters (Winter - 2001)
Heffernan Teresa. "Feminism, Orientalism, and the East/West Divide: Lady Anna Brassey and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu", A Century of Women in Turkey (Spring - 2000)
Heffernan Teresa. "Bovine Anxieties, Virgin Births, and the Secret of Life", Third International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference (Spring - 2000)
Heffernan Teresa. "Colonial Legacies: Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children", Defining Colonies Conference (Spring - 1999)
Heffernan Teresa. "The Unveiling of the Nation", 14th Annual South Asia Conference (Winter - 1999)
Heffernan Teresa. "The Unveiling of the Nation", ACCUTE (Spring - 1999)

Editorial Work

Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press
Heffernan Teresa, Lewis Reina. (Ed.) (2005) A Turkish Woman's European Impressions (Zeyneb Hanoum). New Jersey: Gorgias Press

Other Publications

Heffernan Teresa. "No Sweat—Little Progress"
Faculty Union News, 11.1 (Spring - 2005)
Heffernan Teresa. "No Sweat Policies"
Faculty Union News, 9.1: 2 (Spring - 2003)
Heffernan Teresa, Hulan Renee. "Gender Equity"
Faculty Union News, 8.2: 6-8 (Spring - 2002)

Service: Institutional Committees

Hiring Committee, Black Atlantic, 2013/03 - 2014/03 (298)
Search for Dean of Arts Committee, 2012/03 - 2013/03 (290)
Search for Chair of English Committee, 2012/03 - 2013/03 (299)
Tenure and Promotion, 2006/03 - None (302)
Faculty of Graduate Studies Research Committee, 2005/03 - None (292)
Honours Students Liaison Committee, 2005/03 - None (300)
Curriculum Committee, 2005/03 - None (301)
Academic Regulations Committee, 2001/03 - 2002/03 (294)
Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Executive, 2000/03 - None (291)
Cultural Studies Research Group, 2000/03 - 2004/03 (293)
Member at Large, University Faculty Union, 1999/03 - 2002/03 (295)
Chair, Student Appeal Senate Committee, 1999/03 - 2001/03 (Chair)
United Way Campaign Representative, 1997/03 - 1997/03 (297)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Assessor, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2014/03 - 2014/03
Journal Reviewer, Studies in the Novel 2014/03 - 2014/03
Journal Reviewer, Mosaic 2013/03 - 2013/03
Journal Reviewer, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 2012/03 - 2012/03
Journal Reviewer, Studies in Travel Writing 2012/03 - 2012/03
Reader for Rutgers, book manuscript, Reader for Rutgers 2011/03 - 2011/03
Assessor, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insights Grants, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2011/03 - 2011/03
Journal Reviewer, Modern Fiction Studies 2011/03 - 2011/03
Panellist: Robots, Hal-Con Sci-Fi Convention, Hal-Con Sci-Fi Convention, Halifax 2011/03 - 2011/03
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grants Selection Committee: Literature One, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2010/03 - 2010/03
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Women’s History 2010/03 - 2010/03
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grants Selection Committee: Literature One, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2009/03 - 2009/03
Inter-university Graduate Program in Science and Technology Committee, 2009/03 - 2009/03
Journal Reviewer, Explicator 2009/03 - Present
Journal Reviewer, JMEWS 2009/03 - 2009/03
Round Table Member, Nature, Science and Culture, Centre for the Study of Culture, Saint Mary’s University 2009/03 - 2009/03
Panellist for Moon, Sci Fi Movie and Discussion Panel Series, Situating Science Atlantic Mode, Halifax, Moon, Sci Fi Movie and Discussion Panel Series, Situating Science Atlantic Mode, Halifax 2009/03 - 2009/03
Consultant, Hidden World of the Harem, Fleetwood Films 2008/03 - Present
International Editorial Advisory Board for Alkimah, Alkimah 2008/03 - 2009/03
Advisory Board, Canadian Association of Cultural Studies 2008/03 - Present
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Standard Research Grants Selection Committee: Literature One, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2008/03 - 2008/03
Situating Science, Halifax Node 2008/03 - 2008/03
Research and Script Development Beyond Borders: Arab Feminists Talk about Their Lives East and West and Under One Sky: Arab Women in North America Talk about the Hijabb, National Film Board 1998/03 - 1998/03
Curator, "In the Realm of Freedom--works by Jamelie Hassan,Vera Frenkel, Nikki Forrest, Maureen Bradley", YYZ Artist's Outlet, Toronto 1995/03 - 1995/03
Script Editor, Curiosities (Best Canadian Film in The Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival and two Gemini nominations), Mecca Films 1994/03 - 1994/03
Board Member, YYZ Artists' Outlet, Toronto 1994/03 - 1997/03