University of Calgary

Susan Rudy

  • Professor Emerita of English

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Professional Description

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2012-13, I held visiting research fellowships at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London and at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics. My research focuses on the intersections between feminist theory and experimental writing.

In progress are two books: a critical autobiography entitled Queer Openings: Reading. Gender. Experimental Writing and my selected essays, Feminist Openings, Queer Encounters: Reading Innovative Writing at the Millenium (Essays 1983-2006), edited by Shannon Maguire. Other recent and forthcoming publications include "Reading for Queer Openings: Moving. Archives of the Self. Fred Wah," forthcoming in Moving Archives, edited by Linda Morra (WLU P: 2018); "Women who invite collaboration: Caroline Bergvall, Erín Moure et al," in Generations: Canadian Women's Writing edited by Marie Carrière and Pat Demers (Edmonton: U Alberta P, 2014); with Ryan Fitzpatrick, "`If everything is moving where is here?': Lisa Robertson's Occasional Work on Cities, Space, and Impermanence" (British Journal of Canadian Studies 2013); “Why Postmodernism Now? Toward a Poetry of Enactment,” in Re:Reading the Postmodern (University of Ottawa P, 2010), edited by Robert Stacey; and, with Ryan Fitzpatrick, "`These marked spaces lie beneath / the alphabet': Readers, Citizens, and Borders in Erin Moure's Recent Work" (Canadian Literature 210/211 (2011): 60-74.)

Oral presentations include a forthcoming talk entitled "Reading for Queer Openings: Moving. Archives of the Self. Fred Wah" for the Contemporary Innovative Poetry Series at Senate House in London in October 2017; a February 2013 talk entitled "What is Oral History?" for a panel jointly organised by the Hall-Carpenter Archives at the London School of Economics and the Heritage Lottery Fund Exhibition Sub-Committee of the Pink Singers, London; a  March 2012 paper on the work of poet Lisa Robertson at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; and a two-hour panel featuring Nicole Brossard which I organised and chaired for the March 2009 meeting of the British Association of Canadian Studies at St. Anne’s College, the University of Oxford.

With Pauline Butling, I am the co-author of two books: Writing in our Time: Radical Poetries in English Canada (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2005), and Poets Talk  (Edmonton: University of Alberta P, 2005). In total, I have published four books, dozens of articles and chapters in books, and several special issues of academic journals.

I am also an editor. With translator Dr. Anne-Marie Wheeler of the University of Saskatchewan I edited Quebec poet Nicole Brossard's essays in English under the title Fluid Arguments (Mercury, 2005); I edited and compiled The Fred Wah Digital Archive (

I have served as Chair of the Canadian Literature Discussion Group of the Modern Languages Association and President of the Canadian Association of Chairs of English (CACE) in (2008. 2007) and as President of the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures / Association des literatures canadiennes et québécoise (1994-96).


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Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD - English
    York University, 1988
  • MA - English Language and Literature
    University of New Brunswick, 1985
  • BA (Hons) With Distinction - English Language and Literature
    Wilfrid Laurier University, 1984
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