Dr. Lincoln Shlensky

Dr. Lincoln Shlensky
Associate Professor
Office: CLE D327

BA.: Brown, MA. and PhD.: UC Berkeley

Area of expertise

Cultural studies; Film and media studies; Postcolonialism; Caribbean literature; Jewish and Hebrew studies

Lincoln Z. Shlensky is an Associate Professor specializing in cultural and media studies, with a focus on the postcolonial Caribbean, diaspora and Jewish studies, and film.

Dr. Shlensky has published in the journals Callaloo, Prooftexts, La Habana Elegante, and Qui Parle, and in the edited volumes Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, and Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century. He has also written reviews in the journals ESC: English Studies in Canada, Shofar, and Poetics Today. He currently is preparing a manuscript entitled "Islands of Memory: The Literary Politics of Aftermaths," which examines modernist literary influences and the politics of traumatic remembrance in postcolonial literatures.

He teaches undergraduate courses in film rhetoric and aesthetics, postcolonial studies, Caribbean literature, American literature, Jewish diasporas, and cultural theory. He has taught graduate seminars in postcolonial literature and theory and in global cinema. His recent course syllabi are available on his website.

Dr. Shlensky is a section editor for the journal Postcolonial Text. He chaired the Caribbean Studies Association's Presidential Task Force on Technology in 2010-11, for which he was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Award in 2011.

He has served as webmaster for the English Department since 2006 and represented the Faculty of Graduate Studies in UVic's Senate Committee on Academic Standards 2010-13. He supervised and served as producer for a series of student-directed films for the English Department, including three short films on first-year writing, and a history of the Department in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the University of Victoria in 2013.

Dr. Shlensky's full cv, teaching materials, and other resources are available at shlensky.com.

Selected publications

"Edouard Glissant: Creolization and the Event." Callaloo 36.2 (2013). 353-74.


"Not (Yet) Speaking to Each Other: The Politics of Speech in Jamaica Kincaid's Postcolonialism." Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty First Century. Bill Ashcroft, Ranjini Mendis, Julie McGonegal, and Arun Mukherjee (eds.). Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2012. 37-51. (A review of the collection, including this article, appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of CACLALS's journal, Chimo.)


"Splitting the Difference: Hybridity and Subalternity in Caribbean Postcolonialism." The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature. Eds. Alison Donnell and Michael Bucknor. New York and London: Routledge, 2011. 304-313.


"Imagining Justice: The Politics of Postcolonial Forgiveness and Reconciliation, by Julie McGonegal." Book review. ESC: English Studies in Canada. Volume 36.2-3, June/September 2010. 246-255.


"Tumbling Monoliths: Edouard Glissant's Cesaire and Paris." La Habana Elegante: Segunda Epoca. No. 47 (Spring-Summer 2010): n. pag. Web (13,063 words). Special issue: "Islands: Insular Literature." Ed. Hernan Diaz.


"Otherwise Occupied: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone Cinema." The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Francophone World. Ed. Nathalie Dubrauwere-Miller. New York: Routledge, 2009. 105-119.


"'To Rivet and Record:' Conversion and Collective Memory in Equiano's Interesting Narrative." Slavery and the Cultures of Abolition: Essays Marking the Bicentennial of the British Abolition Act of 1807. Essays and Studies in Romanticism. Eds. Peter J. Kitson and Brycchan Carey. Cambridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2007. 110-129.


"Lost and Found: Aharon Appelfeld's Hebrew Literary Affiliations and the Quest for a Home in Israeli Letters." Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History 26:3 (Winter 2006): 405-448.


"Mandrakes from the Holy Land, by Aharon Megged." Book review. 1475 words. Shofar 25:1 (2006).