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Sept. 19, 2018

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Eleanor Ty, professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University, has been selected as a 2018/19 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair from Wilfrid Laurier University to University of California in Santa Barbara. Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs are targeted opportunities which enable prominent scholars and experienced professionals to conduct research and guest lecture for one semester or for the full academic year at select American and Canadian partner universities and research centres.

Ty’s research and teaching interests are in contemporary Asian North American literature and culture. She has published 11 books on Asian American and Asian Canadian narratives, Canadian literature, cultural memory, and 18th Century British women novelists. Her book, Asianfail: Narratives of Disenchantment and the Model Minority (Illinois 2017) was awarded best adult non-fiction book for 2017 by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA).

As Fulbright Canada Research Chair, Ty will examine the ways contemporary Asian American and Asian Canadian writers deploy literary middlebrows – accessible and popular fiction and dramas to continue the work of advocacy and community-building begun in the 1970s. These middle-class authors work through problems of gender, race, social class and speciesism, forming allyship with other minority groups to encourage different ways of seeing the world.

Ty will be hosted by the Department of Asian American Studies at UC, Santa Barbara where she will be doing research and teaching a course on the Asian American Graphic Novel in the winter quarter of 2019.

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with students and colleagues who are examining the lives of Asians in the U.S. and Canada from interdisciplinary perspectives.  It will be a mutually enriching experience.”

At Laurier, Ty was named University Research Professor in 2015.  She has been the recipient of a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) research and connection grants. In 2017, she served as program co-chair for the Association for Asian American Studies (Portland 2017) and in 2012, served as Academic Co-Convenor of Congress 2012 held in Waterloo. She has taught seminars as a visiting professor at Universität Trier, Philipps-Universität Marburg and the University of Saarland, Saarbrücken in Germany.

For more information about the Fulbright scholarship and other 2018/19 Laurier recipients, read the Laurier news release.

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