Jerry Zaslove

Professor Emeritus, Humanities & English

Director Emeritus, Institute for the Humanities

Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC



Professor Jerry Zaslove is a teacher and writer who studied Comparative Literature at Western Reserve University and the University of Washington. Since 1965 he has taught Literature, Humanities, and the Social History of Art at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


Selected Publications, Conferences & Papers

• Counterfeit and the Use of Literature West Coast Review 1967.

• Dr. Zhivago and the obliterated man Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 1967.

• In cold blood as counterfeit Paunch 1966.

• The Intensity of Chekhov, West Coast Review, 1968.

• On D.H. Lawrence, West Coast Review, 1971.

• Brecht Bibliography, West Coast Review, 1972.

  1. Genre of the novel and Trickster Myth Genre, 1972.

• Nabokov and Childhood Recovering Literature 1972.

• Don Quixote and epic incantation West Coast Review, 1973.

  1. Einbahnstrasse: The Production of Literate Culture: The Legacies of Formalism and the Dilemmas of Bureaucratic Literacy (In German and published in Italy in English in German in translation in Leviathan Berlin) in books.

• Kafka and Wayne Burns' Panzaic Principle Paunch, 1977.

• Wayne Burns "Look we have come through" West Coast Review, 1979.

  1. "The Literacy of the Spectacle: The Legacy of Walter Benjamin and the Production of Performance," in Open Letter, Essays on [Performance] and Cultural Politicization, Summer-Fall, nos. 5-6, 1983.

• "The Anxiety of the Humanities" in Tradition and Modernity introduction to David Wallace, 1983.

• Theory and Resistance in Education on Henry Giroux in Journal of Education, Fall, 1984.

  1. Celine: Mourning for the Masses in Understanding Celine, Seatte, Genitron Books, 1984.

• Installation for Carnegie Centre, Vancouver, B.C. "3 Dialectical Postcards Hotel Orwell Snapshots of Time" November, 1984.

• Gerald J. Butler This Is Carbon: A Defense of D.H. Lawrence's the Rainbow Against His Admirers Genitron Press Introduction by Jerry Zaslove, "Defending Lawrence From the Lawrentians," pp. i-xxii 1986.

• "Bureaucratization of Eros" in Explorations in Comparative Literature ed. Makoto Ueda, University Press of America, Lanham, New York, 1986. (F. Jones Festschrift).

  1. "In Search of Columbo: Dostoevsky and Counterfeit" s Telos 1986/87.

• Ten Fables for the Heroic Future," in Heroics - a Critical View, Catalogue for the Walter Philips Gallery, Installation of Six Artists (Applebroog, Diamond, Frey, Golub, Hutchings, Tiller) The Banff Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, 1988.

• Revised and Illustrated Version of this essay in Vanguard, Vancouver, 1988.

• Federalism in-the-Making, Contemporary Canadian and German Constitutionalism, National and Transnational, ed. Edward McWhinney, Jerald Zaslove, Werner Wolf, Dordrecht, Boston, London, Martin Nijhoff Publishers, 1992.

  1. Constitutional Epics not Epic Incantation in Public 1994.

• Faking Nature and Reading History, The Mindfulness Toward Reality in the Dialogical World of Jeff Wall's Pictures," Jeff Wall, 1990, Vancouver, 1990.

• Bakhtin and Hybridism, conf. presentation, International Bakhtin Conf., Calgary, 1997.

• Partisan Review in Encyclopedia of the Essay London. 1997.

• Herbert Read in Encyclopedia of the Essay London. 1997.

  1. Trash Culture and William m Faulkner -conf presentation Vancouver unp.1997.

• "Odradek" The Incommensurability of Law and Kafka's Concept of the Person," Yearbook of the Kafka Society, 1997.

• Herbert Read and Essential Modernism: The Loss of an "Imago Mundi" in Collapse, #1, VancouverHerbert Read I in Book Recharting the thirties Susquehanna U P, 1996.Herbert Read   Revisiting Herbert Read, Liverpool U Press, 1998.

• Canada and Obasan and the novel with Mundhenk  in  Multiculturalism in a World of Leaking Boundaries, ed. Dieter Haselbach and Jerry Zaaslove, Lit Verlag/Transaction Books, 1998.

• Hybridism and the difficulties of multicultural critique Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1998.

• Bakhtin and the image of language unp lecture conference on Art History, Vancouver, 1998.

• Photography and Memory Waiting for Reality (art gallery catalogue Surrey Art Gallery), 1998.

•Primo Levi - Incantation and Requiem in Vancouver, Canada unpublished essay from Primo Levi Conference.

• Propaganda in Encyclopedia of the Essay. 1998.

• The Ernest Becker Foundation (May '99) [13, 22] Tape: #00-044-A; Jerry Zaslove, "Millennial Violence & the Hidden Secret of Our Times." [4] Tape: #00-045-A.

• Robin Blaser & Hannah Arendt's Fantasy of a Public World - a  Marriage made in Heaven ?  in Recovery of the Public World, Talon Books, 1999.

• Bakhtin and anarchism conf presentation   lecture, International Bakhtin Conference, Berlin, 2000.

Obasan and Childhood of Memory in Unforeseeable Americas, ed. Rita DeGrandis and Zilla Bernd, Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2000, also published in Portugese in Brazil.

• "M & M's The Minimal Millennium with Letter from Herbert Marcuse" in Recovering Literature, 2000. 

• Siegfried Kracauer and film as cosmopolitan literacy in Cosmopolitans in the Modern World, ed. Suzanne Kirkbright, Judicum Verlag, Muenchen, 2000.

• University and Academic Freedom as a Lost Cause. Book on Academic Freedom in Canada. Pursuing Academic Freedom: Free and Fearless?, ed. Len M. Findlay and Paul M. Bidwell, Saskatoon, Purich Press, 2001.

• Dialogic Utopian communities and loss of referentials West Coast Line, 2001.

• Interview, Bob Williams, Annabel Vaughn, Jerry Zaslove, Vancouver in Motion, Unfinished Business, Vancouver Streets, 1955 - 1965.

• Exiled Pedagogy: From the 'Guerilla' Classroom to the University of Excess", in Utopian Pedagogy: Radical Experiments against Neoliberal Globalization, edited by Mark Cote, Richard J.F. Day, and Greig de Peuter, University of Toronto Press, 2007.

• "The Fifties - Warhol, Photography”. Talk at the Burnaby Art Gallery for Harry Redl's Photographs. 

• Pulp fiction and the Hollywood Terror Film; talk at the Ernest Becker Foundation, Seattle. (Kracauer approach). 

• Also see Ian Angus, ed. Anarcho-Modernism, Toward a New Critical Theory, Essays in Honour of Jerry Zaslove, Talon Books, 2001.

• "Kracauer and the murdered sisters" -letters to his mother and aunt who were transported to Terezin and then to Auschwitz iat  Bard College Conference on Contested Legacies, Bard College, 2003.

"Mimetic Friendship against Mimetic Violence - Reflections on where Poesis and Mimesis meet in Kafka's Josephine the Singer or the Mouse - Folk." West Coast Line, 2003.

• “Fred Douglas, Teaching Painting Lessons to Aliens" Surrey Art Gallery, February, 2005.

• "Geological Poetics and Photographing Memory" Presentation House and West Coast Line Co-publication in Unfinished Business, Vancouver Streets 1955 -

1985 Ed by Bill Jeffries, Glen Lowry and Jerry Zaslove. 2005.

• Interview, Jeff Wall, Fred Douglas, Glen Lowry by Jerry Zaslove, Unfinished Business, Vancouver Streets, 1955 - 1965, 2005.

• W.G. Sebald and Exilic Memory - His Photographic Images of the Cosmogony of Exile and Restitution - in Journal of Interdisciplinary Crossroads issue "The Limits of Exile" Vol. 3, No. 1 (April, 2006) pp. 205 -238. 

• "The Reparation of Dead Souls" - Siegfried Kracauer's Archimedean Exile - the  Prophetic Journey from Death to Bildung, in Exile Science and Bildung - The Contested Legacies of German Émigré Intellectuals, edited by David Kettler and Gerhard Lauer, New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.

• Herbert Read and Adorno in Imagination Seizes Power: Papers from the Herbert Read Conference, ed. Michael Paraskos, London, Freedom Press, forthcoming, 2006.

• Jeff Wall "Swept - 4 Pictures" in Locating Memory, ed. Kirsten McAllister and Annette  Kuhng Berghahn Books, London and New York: Berghan Books, 2006.

• In The Rain Review of Books, Issue 5:1, Summer, 2007: "The Outsider's Outsider: A Review of Wayne Burns, Resisting our Culture of Conformity - in the Hills of Southern Ohio and in the Groves of Academe," Blue Daylight Books, 2006.

• Arnold Hauser with David Wallace edited collection of essays on Arnold Hauser, "The Fate of Modernism"  in preparation.

• Review of Planet U by Michael McGonigle, Vancouver Sun, Feb. 2007.

• Review of Radical Campus, Simon Fraser University, CAUT Bulletin, Feb. 2007.

  1. Geologicke nevedomi a Kladensky triptych in Kladno Zaporno, ed. Radka Schmelzova, Kladno-Prague, 2007 [Geological Tryptich].

• "Mapping - Camouflage, Protective Coloration of Vertigo". Installation, SFU Gallery 2007. In Simon Fraser Gallery, Permeable Borders Cartographical Illusions, March - April 2007.  

• "Silence, Counterfeit and Aesthetic Act in Alex Morrison's Vision of 'Academic Freedom as Academic "  - Installations of the Phantoms of a Utopian Will" , CJ Books, Vancouver, 2008. (Catriona Jeffries Gallery).

• "Giving Bad History Lessons to the Public: The Charles Comfort Mural at Simon Fraser University”. West Coast Line 55. Cedar Table, Art and Anti-Colonialism.

• Jerry Zaslove, "Silence, Counterfeit and Aesthetic Act in Alex Morrison’s Vision of 'Academic Freedom as Academic' - Installations of the Phantoms of a Utopian Will," CJ Press: Anthology of Essays 2006-2007, 2008.

Turkish Chess Player by Joseph Friedrich Freiherr von Racknitz, 1744 - 1818