Teaching & Supervision

profileshotI’ve been privileged to supervise theses and dissertations in a variety of fields and on topics ranging from narrative in immigration law to James Joyce & deconstruction,  Heidegger and the Festival of Being, Lisa Robertson’s poetics, posthumanism and animal studies, contemporary Indo-Canadian fiction, Derrida and Orientalism, the history of hermeneutics, and the representation of women in Manga.

My work in Indigenous Studies is community-based and committed to an ethical engagement with Indigenous knowledge keepers and knowledge systems. As a non-Indigenous person working in Indigenous Studies and as a guest on the unceded, ancestral and traditional territory of the Musqueam people, I take seriously my responsibilty of decolonial practice and the ironies of my own heritage as a fifth-generation Irish-Canadian descendant of Famine survivors who settled on Algonquin land.

Working with graduate students in English, Comparative Literature, GRSJ, Asian Studies, ISGP (Interdisciplinary Studies) and CCFI (Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry), I’ve had the pleasure of supervising 17 Ph.D. dissertations, 27 M.A. theses, and serving on 39 supervisory and examinations committees.   I’ve also supervised 29 Honours graduating essays and have had Honours supervisees accepted to graduate programs in major universities all over the world. I regularly mentor Teaching Assistants in English 110 (Contemporary Indigenous & Multicultural Writing in Canada) and take great pride in the high ratings given by students to our teaching team every year.

I’m happy to discuss possible supervisions and advise on program design.  Please contact me at Lorraine.Weir@ubc.ca.

I  teach courses and welcome supervisions in the following fields:

  • Critical Indigenous studies (with particular interests in: contemporary writing, law, community-based oral history,  spatiotemporal representation in land title cases and literary texts, Indigenous ontologies of the land)
  • Theory (Decolonial, Critical Race Theory, sociolegal studies, Posthumanism, Semiotics, Poststructuralism, Hermeneutics, History of Theory)
  • Canadian (Settler, Multicultural, Postcolonial, Decolonial) Literature/s

Current Courses (Winter term, 2020)*

English 231

English 476

*I’m on research leave in Fall term (2019).
Course Archive: 2002-2018
Multicultural Canada in Theory and Practice (English 490, 491)
“That the People Might Live”: Representational Sovereignty in Indigenous Literature and Law (English 551, 2016)

Indigenous Poetics (English 476, 2016)


Testimony as ‘Rhetorical Survivance’ (English 545, 2014)

“White Mythology” : An Introduction to Critical Race Theory (English 491, 2014)

Introduction to Indigenous and Multicultural Literatures In Canada (English 110, 2014)

“Dissemi/Nation” : Multicultural Canada in Theory & Practice (English 545, 2012)

Writing Diaspora, Writing Home — An Approach to First Nations Literature (English 491, 2002)

Heidegger, Derrida / Nietzsche, Foucault: Foundations of Modern Theory (English 553, 2003)

The Question of Censorship in Canada since Butler (English 553, 2004)

What is ‘understanding’? Borderlands, Safe-houses and Paths to Freedom/s: On the prison house of language from Augustine to Cixous (Engl 490, 2007)

“Terra Nullius” meets “All my relations”: A Comparative Inquiry into “Nature” (Engl 545, 2010)

“Oneself as Another”: Hermeneutics Unbound (Engl 553, 2010)

“The Animal That Therefore I Am”: Man, Animal, Other in Derrida et al. (Engl 491, 2010)

Published dissertations by my doctoral students include:

Christopher Bracken, The Potlatch Papers: A Colonial Case History  (University of Chicago Press, 1997)

Jodey Castricano, Cryptomimesis: The Gothic and Jacques Derrida¹s Ghost Writing  (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003)

Hosea Hirata, Discourses of Seduction: History, Evil, Desire, and Modern Japanese Literature (Harvard East Asian Monographs, 2005)

Susan Knutson, Narrative in the Feminine: Daphne Marlatt and Nicole Brossard (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000)

Peter Mahon, Imagining Joyce and Derrida: Between ‘Finnegan’s Wake’and ‘Glas’ (University of Toronto Press, 2007)

Dawn Thompson, Writing a Politics of Perception: Memory, Holography and Women Writers in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2000)

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