Joint PhD in Literary Studies / Theatre Studies in English

Graduate Faculty

University of Guelph
Wilfrid Laurier University

Ajay Heble, BA (Toronto), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Toronto).

Professor (2002).


Research Interests

Canadian literature, postcolonial literature and theory, literary and cultural theory. Current interests: Jazz and cultural theory, ethics, pedagogy, the public sphere.


  • The Other Side of Nowhere: Jazz, Improvisation, and Communities in Dialogue. Co-edited with Daniel Fischlin. Wesleyan UP, forthcoming.

  • Rebel Musics: Human Rights, Resistant Sounds, and the Politics of Music Making. Co-edited with Ajay Heble. Black Rose Press, 2003.

  • Landing on the Wrong Note: Jazz, Dissonance, and Critical Practice. New York: Routledge, 2000.

  • New Contexts of Canadian Criticism. Co-edited with Donna Palmateer Pennee and J.R. (Tim) Struthers. Peterborough: Broadview, 1997.

  • The Tumble of Reason: Alice Munro's Discourse of Absence. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 1994.

Selected recent articles

  • "Re-ethicizing the Classroom: Pedagogy, the Public Sphere, and the Postcolonial Condition." College Literature 29.1 (Winter 2002).

  • "Sounds of Change: Dissonance, History, and Cultural Listening." Essays on Canadian Writing 71 (Fall 2000).

  • "Letters in Canada 1997: Fiction." University of Toronto Quartlerly 68.1 (Winter 1998/99).

  • "Capitulating to Barbarism: A Case Study of Jazz and/as Popular Culture." Pop Can: Popular Culture in Canada. Ed. Lynne Van Luven and Priscilla L. Walton. Prentice Hall, 1999.

  • "Letters in Canada 1996: Fiction." University of Toronto Quartlerly (Winter 1997/98).

  • "New Contexts of Canadian Criticism: Democracy, Counterpoint, Responsibility." New Contexts of Canadian Criticism. Ed. Ajay Heble, Donna Palmateer Pennee and J.R. (Tim) Stuthers. Peterborough: Broadview Press, 1997.

  • "'This Little Outpost of Empire': Sara Jeanette Duncan and the Decolonization of Canada." Rev. and rept. in Sara Jeanette Duncan. The Imperialist (Canadian Critical Edition). Ed. Thomas E. Tausky. Ottawa: Tecumseh, 1996.

  • "Putting Together Another Family: In The Skin of a Lion, Affiliation, and the Writing of Canadian (Hi)stories." Essays on Canadian Writing 56 (Fall 1995).


The Guelph Jazz Festival, winner of the Lieutentant Governor's Award for the Arts, 1997, 2000, and 2001.
Nominated for College of Arts Teaching Award, 1999.