Lincoln Z. Shlensky (full cv) is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, where he specializes in cultural and media studies, with a focus on the postcolonial Caribbean, diaspora and Jewish studies, and film.
Dr. Shlensky has published in the journals Callaloo, Prooftexts, La Habana Elegante, and Qui Parle, and in the edited volumes Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, and Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. He has also written reviews in the journals ESC: English Studies in Canada, Shofar, and Poetics Today. He currently is preparing a manuscript entitled "Islands of Memory: The Literary Politics of Traumatic Aftermaths," which examines modernist literary influences and the politics of traumatic remembrance in postcolonial literatures.
He teaches undergraduate courses in film rhetoric and aesthetics, postcolonial studies, Caribbean literature, Jewish diasporas, and cultural theory. He has taught graduate seminars in postcolonial literature and theory and will be teaching a global cinema seminar in early 2014. His recent course syllabi are available here.
Dr. Shlensky completed his doctoral dissertation in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2003. His dissertation, titled "Resituations: Repetition, Nationalism, and the Traumas of Modernity in the Writing of Aharon Appelfeld and Edouard Glissant," examines the use of repetition as a key rhetorical and formal figure for representing the disturbances of collective memory and politics in the Caribbean and Israel. After receiving his Ph.D., he taught English at the University of South Alabama for three years before coming to the University of Victoria in 2006.
Dr. Shlensky is a section editor for the journal Postcolonial Text. He chaired the Caribbean Studies Association's Presidential Task Force in 2010-2011, for which he was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Award in 2011. He helped found and remains active in Jewish Voice for Peace. He has supervised and produced a series of student-directed films for the English Department, including three short films on first-year writing and a brief history of the Department in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Victoria in 2013. He has served as webmaster for the English Department since 2006 and represented the Faculty of Graduate Studies in UVic's Senate Committee on Academic Standards 2010-13. His full cv is available above.