Sasha Colby

Director, Graduate Liberal Studies
Associate Member, English

Education

  • BA, University of Victoria
  • MA, University of Victoria
  • PhD, University of Sussex

Research

Sasha Colby's research is situated at the intersection of literature and theatre. Her work asks how literature and its contexts can be newly explored, represented, and disseminated through dramatization and other forms of creative production. Her most recent book, Staging Modernist Lives: H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard, Three Plays and Criticism (McGill-Queen's UP, 2017; funded by SSHRC), employs both theory and performance scripts to critically investigate auto/biographical writing of the avant-garde within the social, political, and artistic currents of modernism. Sasha has performed from these plays in North America, Europe, and Asia.  Past SSHRC-funded projects include Stratified Modernism: The Poetics of Excavation from Gautier to Olson, a monograph on poetry and archaeology, andVoicing the Mosaic, a large-scale student/community installation and performance project examining themes of language and identity in Surrey. In keeping with the her research, Sasha teaches critical-creative approaches to literature, particularly Anglo-American and European texts 1860-1940.  Her current project explores the intersection of history, auto/biography, and technology by looking at the ways Hitler's forced labour campaign came into surprising collision with the the historical avant-garde and the development of modern photography.