DR. DENISE HANDLARSKI
21 Ivy Avenue
Toronto, ON M4L 2H6
PhD, English Literature, York University (2011)
Dissertation: Re-sisters: South African Women’s Literature
Committee: Terry Goldie (Advisor), Marcia Blumberg, Deanne Williams
Rabbinic training, International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (2013)
M.A., Humanities – religion and culture stream, York University (2012)
M.A., English Literature –gender and genre, Wilfrid Laurier University (2004)
B.Ed., Queen’s University (2003)
B.A., English and History, Trent University (2002)
Honours and Awards
2012 Joseph and Jack Bitton Award in Sephardi Studies
2009–2010: York University Susan Mann Dissertation Fellowship (Declined)
2009–2010: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2008: Fieldwork cost fund – to travel to South Africa
2007-2009: SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship
2003-2004: Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2003: Queen’s University – Elliott Travel Bursary
2002: Trent University – Graduated on the President’s and Dean’s Lists
Refereed chapters and articles:
“Literature and/as Transformation.” L. Thomas, Ed. Becoming teacher: Sites for development of Canadian Teacher Education. E-book published by the Canadian Association for Teacher Education at https://sites.google.com/site/cssecate/fall-working-conference, 2014. 339 - 363.
“Reconciliation and Resistance: Gcina Mhlophe and the language of trauma.” Trauma, Resistance and Reconstruction in Post-1994 South African Writing. Eds. Jaspal Singh and Rajendra Chetty. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2010. 57 – 75.
“Pro-Creation: Haraway’s “Regeneration” and the Postcolonial Cyborg Body.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 39.2 (2010): 73 – 99.
“Women’s Speaking and Silence: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience. Eds. Laurel Peterson and Lisa Dresdner. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar’s Press, 2009. 45-62.
“Siblinghood and coalition: Zoë Wicomb's You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town revisited,” scrutiny2 12.2 (2007): 47-58.
“Future Women,” review of The Future of Women’s Rights: Global Visions and Strategies. Eds: Joanna Kerr et al., Canadian Women’s Studies. 26.3 (2008): 236-237.
“Postcolonial Linkages,” review of Linked Histories: Postcolonial Studies in a Globalized World, Eds. Pamela McCallum and Wendy Faith, Topia: A Cultural Studies Journal. 17 (2007): 169 – 171.
Cultural and Artistic Works:
“Forum: Humanistic Jews and Social Justice.” Humanistic Judaism, Fall 2012.
“Green: A poem.” Agenda 73 (2007): 56.
“The Postcolonial Jew.” Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. St. Catherines. May 2014.
“Literature and/as Education.” Canadian Association for Teacher Education. Montreal. November 2012.
“Teaching the Bible as Memoir.” MLA Seattle. January 2012
“Have Another ‘Cosmopolitan’: South African ‘Chick Lit’.” African Literature Association. Athens, Ohio. April 2011.
“Tough Girls: Dancing in the Dust.” MLA. Philadelphia. December 2009
“Dancing in the Dust: Glocal Feminisms.” MLA Philadelphia. December 2009
“Tactics of Resistance: South African Women’s Literature.” African Literature Association. Burlington, Vermont. April 2009
“Resistance literature: the personal is political.” NEMLA. Boston. February 2009
“Language and/as Resistance: Gcina Mhlophe’s poetry and drama.” English Academy of Southern Africa. Pretoria, South Africa. June 2008.
“Feminisms and the “Glocal”: The South African Context.” Canadian Women’s Studies Association. Vancouver, Canada. May 2008.
“Hybridity and language: Teaching South African literature in Canada.” Association for Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Vancouver, Canada. May 2008.
“Language and Gender at South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” United States Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Santa Clara, CA. October 2007.
“Dislocation and Hybridity: Zoe Wicomb’s You Can’t Get Lost in Capetown.” Canadian Women’s Studies Association. Toronto, Canada. May 2006.
“Women speaking and silence: Gender at South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” New England Women’s Studies Association. Norwalk, CT. February 2006
Assistant Professor (Limited Term Appointment), Trent School of Education & Professional Learning – September 2012 – February 2015
Sociocultural Perspectives of Human Development (Intermediate/Senior and Primary/Junior)
This course teaches topics in equity and diversity as they pertain to teaching and learning. Using theories of Human Development, we investigate how processes of cognitive and emotional growth are impacted by inequality. This course uses literature, social science, and pedagogical approaches to encourage teacher candidates to understand and combat the underlying causes of bullying, oppression, and inequality in education.
Supporting Literacy for Students with Special Needs (Intermediate/Senior)
This course supports teacher candidates in literacy tutoring. We cover topics pertinent to literacy/illiteracy, special education, diversity and inclusion, and varying models of teaching/learning.
Practicum Course (Intermediate/Senior)
This course offers pedagogy and practical tools for teaching, including strategies for assessment, SMART goals, planning, classroom management, special education, and professional practice. This course also includes classroom supervision of candidates.
Course Directorship, York University:
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures in English, Fall/Winter 2010 – 2011
Teaching Assistant, York University:
Introduction to Literary Study/Intertextualities, Fall/Winter 2009-10
Filming Literature, Fall/Winter 2008-9
Introduction to Gender studies (literature), Fall/Winter 2007-2008
Postcolonial: African literature, Fall/Winter 2006-2007
Language and Gender, Fall 2006
Rabbi, Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. July 2013 – Present.
EQAO Sensitivity Reader (OSSLT – read test questions for sensitivity to equity/diversity issues), May 2014 – Present (periodically)
Curriculum Writer, Ministry of Education, Summer 2008. Curricula: Gender studies and Equity Studies
Occasional/ night school teacher, Toronto District School Board. 2003 - Present
Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defense Instructor. 2004 - Present
Research Assistant to Professor Eric Lawee. Editing and proofreading manuscript: Rashi’s Resisting Readers. 2011.
Research Assistant to York University English Department, Summer 2005. Research regarding Joy Coghill, Caryl Churchill, Dionne Brand
Research Assistant to the Centre for Feminist Research, York University, Winter 2005. Conference co-ordinator: Trans/feminism: Past, present, possibilities. Compiled: A Guide to Academic Publishing
Research Assistant to Joel Faflak, Wilfrid Laurier University, Summer 2004. Historical research on the history of madness and psychoanalysis
Trent University – School of Education
B. Ed. Committee
York University - Graduate Program in English
Executive Committee, September 2008-August 2009
Tenure and Promotions Committee, September 2007-August 2009
Graduate Studies Committee, September 2007-August 2008
Board member – Society for Humanistic Judaism, 2011 - Present
Board member – Wen-Do Women’s Self-Defense, 2004-Present
Canadian Centre for Diversity – Speaker/Workshop leader, 2005-2010
Canadian Society for the Study of Education, Canadian Association for Teacher Education, Modern Language Association; Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies; Association for Canadian College and University Teachers of English; African Literature Association