BA (Hons), B.Ed., MA, PhD
English Instructor, English Department Coordinator
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities
School of Humanities - English
604.986.1911 ext. 3033
Fir Building, room FR404
PhD, English, University of British Columbia, 2017.
MA, English - Public Texts (with distinction), Trent University, 2011.
B.Ed., English/Visual Arts, Queen's University, 2007.
BA (Honours), English and Cultural Studies, Trent University, 2006.
Alicia Fahey (PhD, University of British Columbia, 2017) is an interdisciplinary instructor and scholar whose research and teaching interests involve Canadian literature, culture, and visual arts and Indigenous art and literature from Turtle Island. A settler originally from the treaty and traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg nation in Ontario, Fahey now lives on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations in Vancouver.
Fahey started her teaching career as a secondary school instructor of drama, visual arts and English. She returned to school to complete her MA at Trent University, where she produced a critical edition of Sheila Watson's novel The Double Hook for her thesis project.
After teaching at Sir Sanford Fleming College, she moved to Vancouver to pursue her PhD at the University of British Columbia. Her dissertation, "Remediating the First World War: Literary and Visual Constructions of English-Canadian Cultural Memory" presents a revisionist history of the War through intertextual references to Canadian military art (painting, sculpture, photography) in Canadian literature (exhibition catalogues, novels, plays, poetry). Her current research projects include a study of crisis narratives in Canadian drama and the role of the archive in Canadian speculative fiction.
In British Columbia, Fahey has taught at Capilano University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and the University of British Columbia. She has also worked as an artist instructor at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts.
As a critical pedagogue, I am committed to creating dynamic and creative student-centred learning environments. I see my role in the classroom as a facilitator of student learning and believe the best learning happens from deliberation and discussion. Some of the scholars who have influenced my teaching include Paulo Freire, Bell Hooks and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. I am dedicated to ongoing learning about decolonization and Indigenous epistemologies.
ENGL 100 - University Writing Strategies
ENGL 112 - Reading, Writing, Dialogue: Entering Global Conversations
ENGL 103 - Introduction to Literature
ENGL 109 - Literature and Contemporary Culture
- Canadian literature and culture
- Visual arts and art history
- Indigenous literatures and pedagogies
- Critical pedagogy and teaching for social justice
- Memory studies
- Archival studies
- Affect theory
- Book history and print culture
"Voices from the Edge: De-Centering Official History in Jane Urquhart's The Stone Carvers." The Great War in Post- Memory Literature and Film, edited by Martin Löschnigg and Marzena Sokołowska-Paryż, De Gruyter, 2014, pp. 411-426.
"Magnificently Grotesque." Canadian Literature, vol. 235, Winter 2017, pp.161-63.
"Objects versus Subjects." Canadian Literature, vol. 227, Winter 2015, pp. 153-55.
"Hooked on Women's Writing." Canadian Literature, vol. 224, Spring, 2015, 141-43.
"Canadian War Stories." Canadian Literature, vol., 223, Winter, 2014, 156.
"Dropping the Torch: Closing the Book on Canadian Literary Responses to WWI." Canadian Literature, vol., 222, Autumn 2014, pp. 160-61.
Fahey, Alicia and Chelsea Horton. "The Iron Pulpit: Missionary Printing Presses in British Columbia." Exhibition Catalogue, UBC Rare Books and Special Collections Library, 2012.
"Speculative Archives." 20/20 Vision Speculating in Literature and Film in Canada, University of Saskatchewan In International Conference, Saskatoon, August 20-22, 2020 (deferred to 2021 due to the pandemic).
"'We Were Going to Be Heroes': Another View of Vimy Ridge in Redpatch," Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Western University 2020 (deferred to 2021 due to the pandemic).
"Towards a Poetics of Exhibition Catalogues," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Regina, May-June 2018.
"Being Invisible Can Kill You: Corporeal Semiotics in Marie Clements's The Unnatural and Accidental Women," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Calgary, May 2016.
"Woman as Witness: Canadian Women Artists of the First World War," presented at the Annual Convention of the Northeastern Modern Language Association, Ryerson University, Toronto, April-May 2015.
"Ecologies of War Literature: Making Connections through Landscape – Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road and Jack Hodgins's Broken Ground," presented at the North America, Europe, and the Cultural Memory of the First World War Conference, University of Graz, Austria, June 2014.
"Voices from the Edge: De-Centering Official History in Jane Urquhart's The Stone Carvers," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Victoria, June 2013.
"Timothy Findley's Famous Last Words and the Fictional Autobiography," presented at the Conference on War and Life-Writing, Oxford University, UK, October 2012.
"Time Travel: Revisiting Canadian History through the Preservation of Domestic Spaces in Joy Kogawa's Obasan," presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL), Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Waterloo, June 2012.
"Monuments and Memorials: Canadian Master-Narratives and Timothy Findley's The Wars," presented at the Comparative Literature Conference "An Aesthetic of Absence," University of Toronto, March 2012.
"Editing Sheila Watson," presented at the Conference of Editorial Problems, University of Toronto, October 2011.
"Editing in the Digital Age: Re-Evaluating Our Understanding of ‘Texts,'" presented at the Symons Lecture Series, Trent University, November 2009."