OCLW Visiting Scholar Sasha Colby is Director of Graduate Liberal Studies and Associate Professor of English at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. 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), 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 projects include Stratified Modernism: The Poetics of Excavation from Gautier to Olson, a monograph on poetry and archaeology, and Voicing the Mosaic, a large-scale student/community installation and performance project examining themes of language and identity in the context of Canada’s official bilingualism. Sasha’s 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.