Julia Creet

Department of English

Associate Professor

Office: Stong College, 334
Phone: (416)736-5166
Emailcreet@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/creet
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JULIA CREET, B.A., History, University of Victoria, M.A. History and Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, Ph.D., History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz. Julia Creet is an Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto. She specializes in memory studies, literary nonfiction and sexuality studies (in a former life). She is the co-editor (with Andreas Kitzmann) of "Memory and Migration—multidisciplinary approaches to memory studies"(University of Toronto Press 2010), and the producer and director of a documentary, “MUM,” (2008) about the memoirs of a holocaust survivor who tried to forget. “The Unread Novel,” a book of documentary fiction based on the same story, is in progress. Julia Creet has published numerous essays and book chapters on memory and testimony, identity and sexuality, in various academic and literary publications including European Studies, The Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, differences, Applied Semiotics, Paradoxa, English Studies in Canada, Resources for Feminist Research, Toronto Life, West Coast Line and Exile. Several of her essays have been translated into Hungarian and Polish and others published in edited collections in Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. Creet is currently working on “A Genealogy of Genealogy,” a book project that looks the “innate” need to know one’s past and a documentary film on the genealogy industry called “All About You.”

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Area of Specialization

Literary nonfiction and Memory Studies

Degrees

Ph.D. History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. History and Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto
B.A. Honours History, University of Victoria

Professional Leadership

Research Leader Award, York University 2017 Jewish Thought And Culture Award, Canadian Jewish Literary Awards 2016 for H.G Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Research Leave 2015, 2013 Tziporah Weisel Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Feb-June 2014 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. Scholar-in-Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University 2010-11

Research Interests

English , Culture and Cultural Studies , Holocaust Studies, Memory Studies, Documentary film, Literary Nonfiction and Genealogy

Selected Publications

Documentary. Director and Producer. "Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family" (HD 56 mins).

Julia Creet, Sara Horowitz and Amira Dan, eds. H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Evanston: NorthWestern UP, 2016. 417 pp. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Thought and Culture Award from the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards.

Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann, eds. Memory and Migration–interdisciplinary approaches to memory studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

“The Archive as Temporary Abode.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 280-298.

Selected Publications

Documentary. Director and Producer. "Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family" (HD 56 mins).

Julia Creet, Sara Horowitz and Amira Dan, eds. H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Evanston: NorthWestern UP, 2016. 417 pp. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Thought and Culture Award from the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards.

Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann, eds. Memory and Migration–interdisciplinary approaches to memory studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

“The Archive as Temporary Abode.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 280-298.

All Publications

Books

Julia Creet, Sara Horowitz and Amira Dan, eds. H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Evanston: NorthWestern UP, 2016. 417 pp. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Thought and Culture Award from the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards.

Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann, eds. Memory and Migration–interdisciplinary approaches to memory studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 3-26.

“The Archive as Temporary Abode.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 280-298.

“On the Sidewalk: Testimony and the Gesture.” Eds. Maria Holmgren Troy and Elisabeth Wennö. Memory, Haunting, Discourse. Karlstad: Karlstad UP, 2005. 139-159. Reprinted “Na poboczu: świadectwo i gest.” Trans. Tomaz Mazur. Ed. Zofia Rosińska. Pamiec w filozofii XX wieku. Warsaw: Warsaw UP, 2007. 137-157.

“Manufacturing Memory” an Afterward for Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Eds. Andreas Kitszman, Conny Mitlander and John Sundholm. Peter Lang, 2005. Frankfurt and Main: Peter Lang, 2005. 157-165.

“Hypermnesia and the Genealogical Archive.” Travelling Concepts: Memory. Ed. Nancy Pedri. Amsterdam: Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis Press (2003): 59-72.

Encyclopedia Entry on “Monique Wittig.” Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage. Ed. Claude J. Summers. Chester, Conn: New England Publishing Associates, 1995. 759-761. Reprinted, on-line, http://www.glbtq.com/literature/wittig_m,2.html. New England Publishing Associates, 2002.

Encyclopedia Entries on “Judith Butler” (450 wds); “Lesbian Autobiography” (450 wds); ”Lesbian Continuum” (150 wds); “Lesbian Literature” (1000 wds); “Queer Theory “ (1750 wds); “Monique Wittig” (450 wds). Routledge Encyclopedia of Femininst Theories. Ed. Lorraine Code. London: Routledge, 2000. 69-70; 294; 294-5; 301-303; 413-416; 492.

“Anxieties of Identity: Coming Out and Coming Undone.” Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects. Eds. Richard Henke and Monica Dorenkamp. New York: Routledge, 1994. 179-99.

“A Test of Unity: Lesbian Visibility in the British Columbia Federation of Women.” Lesbians in Canada. Ed. Sharon Stone. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 1990. 183-197.

Journal Articles

Creet, Julia. "Calling on Witnesses: testimony and the deictic" Journal of Aesthetics & Culture [Online], 1 28 Dec 2009

“Semiotics of Gesture in Witnesses of Holocaust Deportations from Hungary” Applied Semiotics 15 (April 2005): 31-45. www.chass.utoronto.ca/french/as-sa/ASSA-No15/index.html

“Az Eredet Archívuma.” (in Hungarian) Trans. Agnes Roman Argus 5.6-7 (May 2003):2-8.

“Voyage From Lesbos: Aggression, Ambivalence and Psychoanalysis in the Fifties” Eds. Samuel Delaney and Josh Lukin. Fifties Fictions: Paradoxa 18 (2003): 251-278.

“The Archive and the Uncanny: Danilo Kis’s ‘Encyclopedia of the Dead’ and the Fantasy of Hypermnesia.” Ed. Rebecca Comay. Lost in the Archives: Alphabet City 8 (2002): 265-276.

“Fantasies of Identities Refused.” Tessera 17 (Winter 1994): 30-37.

“Fantasies of Identities Refused.” Tessera 17 (Winter 1994): 30-37.

“Anxiety and Repetition: Coming Out and Lesbian Identity.” Resources For Feminist Research 20:3-4 (Winter 1991): 82-87.

“Lesbian/Gay Sex: What’s the Difference?” OUT/LOOK: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly 11 (Winter 1991): 29-34.

“Daughter of the Movement: The Psychodynamics of Lesbian S/M Fantasy.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 3:2 (Summer 1991):135-159.

“Speaking in Lesbian Tongues: Monique Wittig and the Universal Point of View.” Resources for Feminist Research 16.4 (Feb. 1987):16-20.

Conference Papers

Refereed conference papers are marked with an asterisk

“The House of Terror and the Holocaust Memorial Centre: Resentment and Melancholia in Post-89 Hungary” European Studies 30, February 2013

* “Testimony and the Deictic” ACCUTE, Congress, Montreal, June 2010.

* “The aesthetic roots of the family tree.” The Archive and Everyday Life, McMaster, May 2010.

* “Migrations of the Arborescent: Digital Genealogy and the Aesthetics of the Family Tree” Articulations. Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. March 2010.

“Ethics and the Archive.” Workshop of the Culture Memory Group, University of Karlstad, Sweden, May 2009.

“Artur Zmijewski: A Discussion Based Screening.” Gallery TPW, Toronto, May 2008.

“Giorgio Spiller’s grotesques on the streets of Venice Carnival” Carnival Conference, York University, Toronto, July 2008.

* “Locking up Letters” ACCUTE, UBC, Vancouver, June 2008

* “The Voice of Fact” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, CA, April, 2008.

“Designing Degree level Outcomes and Expectations,” Canadian Association of Chairs of English, ACCUTE, May 2007.

* “Human, Too Human: Translating Judaism.” Memory and Cultural Translation, Queen’s University, Belfast, April 2006

“Memory and Secrecy,” Temple Emanuel,” Toronto, November 2005

* “On the Sidewalk: Tourism, Testimony and the Gesture.” Keynote Address. “Memory, Haunting, Discourse” Conference, University of Karlstad, Sweden, June 2004.

* “On the Sidewalk: Tourism, Testimony and the Gesture.” “The Phenomenon of Memory” Conference. University of Warsaw, Poland, April 2004.

“MUM: a story about silence.” Invited talk to the Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary. February 2004.

* “MUM: a story about silence” (documentary video presentation). Autobiografictions, British Comparative Literature Association, Goldsmiths College, London, September 2003.

“A Brief History of the Gyorgy Family.” Presented in Hungarian. Gyorgy Oszkár Emlékkonferenciára. Székesfehérvár, Hungary. December 12, 2002

“Tourism and Testimony.” Testimony and Historical memory Project Research Seminar, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, November 1, 2002

* “Hypermensia and the Genealogical Archive.” Traveling Concepts III, Amersterdam Society for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam, March 2002

“The Archive and the Uncanny: Danilo Kis’s ‘Encyclopedia of the Dead’ and the Fantasy of Hypermnesia.” York University, Department of English Lecture Series, May, 2001

* “The Archive and the Uncanny III: History and Horror” “Historians and Their Audiences Conference.” York University, April 2000.

* “The Archive and the Uncanny II: Origins and Secrecy” North Eastern Modern Languages Association. SUNY Buffalo, April 2000.

* “The Archive and the Uncanny I: Eros in the Archive” American Comparative Literature Association. Yale University, February 2000.

Professional Journal Articles

“The Luminosity of Ordinary Things.” http://www.circuitgallery.com/ (August 2009)

Excerpt from “Our Private Dead.” Exile: The Literary Quarterly 32.1 (Spring 2008): 95-110.

“Narrative Paralysis.” English Studies in Canada 32.2-3 (June/Sept 2006): 24-27.

“The Archive of Origins.” Ghostworks: West Coast Line 37 (Spring 2002): 43-48.

“Treasure Island.” Toronto Life (December 2001): 53-64.

“Technobodies” Border/Lines 46 (Jan 1998): 18-23.

“What you see when Shonagh Adelman examines your body.” Border/Lines 44 (September 1997): 16-20.

Introduction. Homo Eroticus. Films of Wrik Mead. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 1997. 3-4.

“Sleeping With Eli.” Border/Lines 40 (April 1996): 10-14. Reprinted on Slowburn: Canadian On-line Site for Contemporary Art. http://www.baritone.net/slowburn (1996).

“Watching the Women’s Television Network.” Border/Lines 38/39 (Dec 1995): 37-41.

“PagliAttack.” Border/Lines. 37 (August 1995): 5-8.

Creative Works

Documentary. Director and Producer. "Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family" (HD 56 mins).

Current Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN3193 6.0  Studies in Satire SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN3600 6.0  Principles of Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction and Mixed Genre SEMR  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2018 AP/EN4050 3.0  The Arts of Memory SEMR  


JULIA CREET, B.A., History, University of Victoria, M.A. History and Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, Ph.D., History of Consciousness, UC Santa Cruz. Julia Creet is an Associate Professor of English at York University in Toronto. She specializes in memory studies, literary nonfiction and sexuality studies (in a former life). She is the co-editor (with Andreas Kitzmann) of "Memory and Migration—multidisciplinary approaches to memory studies"(University of Toronto Press 2010), and the producer and director of a documentary, “MUM,” (2008) about the memoirs of a holocaust survivor who tried to forget. “The Unread Novel,” a book of documentary fiction based on the same story, is in progress. Julia Creet has published numerous essays and book chapters on memory and testimony, identity and sexuality, in various academic and literary publications including European Studies, The Journal of Aesthetics and Culture, differences, Applied Semiotics, Paradoxa, English Studies in Canada, Resources for Feminist Research, Toronto Life, West Coast Line and Exile. Several of her essays have been translated into Hungarian and Polish and others published in edited collections in Sweden, Poland and the Netherlands. Creet is currently working on “A Genealogy of Genealogy,” a book project that looks the “innate” need to know one’s past and a documentary film on the genealogy industry called “All About You.”

Area of Specialization

Literary nonfiction and Memory Studies

Degrees

Ph.D. History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. History and Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto
B.A. Honours History, University of Victoria

Professional Leadership

Research Leader Award, York University 2017 Jewish Thought And Culture Award, Canadian Jewish Literary Awards 2016 for H.G Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Research Leave 2015, 2013 Tziporah Weisel Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, Feb-June 2014 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC. Scholar-in-Residence, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University 2010-11

Research Interests:

English , Culture and Cultural Studies , Holocaust Studies, Memory Studies, Documentary film, Literary Nonfiction and Genealogy

All Publications

Books

Julia Creet, Sara Horowitz and Amira Dan, eds. H.G. Adler: Life, Literature, Legacy. Evanston: NorthWestern UP, 2016. 417 pp. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Thought and Culture Award from the Canadian Jewish Literary Awards.

Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann, eds. Memory and Migration–interdisciplinary approaches to memory studies. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Book Chapters

“Introduction.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 3-26.

“The Archive as Temporary Abode.” In Memory and Migration. Ed. Creet and Kitzmann. 280-298.

“On the Sidewalk: Testimony and the Gesture.” Eds. Maria Holmgren Troy and Elisabeth Wennö. Memory, Haunting, Discourse. Karlstad: Karlstad UP, 2005. 139-159. Reprinted “Na poboczu: świadectwo i gest.” Trans. Tomaz Mazur. Ed. Zofia Rosińska. Pamiec w filozofii XX wieku. Warsaw: Warsaw UP, 2007. 137-157.

“Manufacturing Memory” an Afterward for Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Eds. Andreas Kitszman, Conny Mitlander and John Sundholm. Peter Lang, 2005. Frankfurt and Main: Peter Lang, 2005. 157-165.

“Hypermnesia and the Genealogical Archive.” Travelling Concepts: Memory. Ed. Nancy Pedri. Amsterdam: Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis Press (2003): 59-72.

Encyclopedia Entry on “Monique Wittig.” Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage. Ed. Claude J. Summers. Chester, Conn: New England Publishing Associates, 1995. 759-761. Reprinted, on-line, http://www.glbtq.com/literature/wittig_m,2.html. New England Publishing Associates, 2002.

Encyclopedia Entries on “Judith Butler” (450 wds); “Lesbian Autobiography” (450 wds); ”Lesbian Continuum” (150 wds); “Lesbian Literature” (1000 wds); “Queer Theory “ (1750 wds); “Monique Wittig” (450 wds). Routledge Encyclopedia of Femininst Theories. Ed. Lorraine Code. London: Routledge, 2000. 69-70; 294; 294-5; 301-303; 413-416; 492.

“Anxieties of Identity: Coming Out and Coming Undone.” Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects. Eds. Richard Henke and Monica Dorenkamp. New York: Routledge, 1994. 179-99.

“A Test of Unity: Lesbian Visibility in the British Columbia Federation of Women.” Lesbians in Canada. Ed. Sharon Stone. Toronto: Between the Lines Press, 1990. 183-197.

Journal Articles

Creet, Julia. "Calling on Witnesses: testimony and the deictic" Journal of Aesthetics & Culture [Online], 1 28 Dec 2009

“Semiotics of Gesture in Witnesses of Holocaust Deportations from Hungary” Applied Semiotics 15 (April 2005): 31-45. www.chass.utoronto.ca/french/as-sa/ASSA-No15/index.html

“Az Eredet Archívuma.” (in Hungarian) Trans. Agnes Roman Argus 5.6-7 (May 2003):2-8.

“Voyage From Lesbos: Aggression, Ambivalence and Psychoanalysis in the Fifties” Eds. Samuel Delaney and Josh Lukin. Fifties Fictions: Paradoxa 18 (2003): 251-278.

“The Archive and the Uncanny: Danilo Kis’s ‘Encyclopedia of the Dead’ and the Fantasy of Hypermnesia.” Ed. Rebecca Comay. Lost in the Archives: Alphabet City 8 (2002): 265-276.

“Fantasies of Identities Refused.” Tessera 17 (Winter 1994): 30-37.

“Fantasies of Identities Refused.” Tessera 17 (Winter 1994): 30-37.

“Anxiety and Repetition: Coming Out and Lesbian Identity.” Resources For Feminist Research 20:3-4 (Winter 1991): 82-87.

“Lesbian/Gay Sex: What’s the Difference?” OUT/LOOK: National Lesbian and Gay Quarterly 11 (Winter 1991): 29-34.

“Daughter of the Movement: The Psychodynamics of Lesbian S/M Fantasy.” differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 3:2 (Summer 1991):135-159.

“Speaking in Lesbian Tongues: Monique Wittig and the Universal Point of View.” Resources for Feminist Research 16.4 (Feb. 1987):16-20.

Conference Papers

Refereed conference papers are marked with an asterisk

“The House of Terror and the Holocaust Memorial Centre: Resentment and Melancholia in Post-89 Hungary” European Studies 30, February 2013

* “Testimony and the Deictic” ACCUTE, Congress, Montreal, June 2010.

* “The aesthetic roots of the family tree.” The Archive and Everyday Life, McMaster, May 2010.

* “Migrations of the Arborescent: Digital Genealogy and the Aesthetics of the Family Tree” Articulations. Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis. March 2010.

“Ethics and the Archive.” Workshop of the Culture Memory Group, University of Karlstad, Sweden, May 2009.

“Artur Zmijewski: A Discussion Based Screening.” Gallery TPW, Toronto, May 2008.

“Giorgio Spiller’s grotesques on the streets of Venice Carnival” Carnival Conference, York University, Toronto, July 2008.

* “Locking up Letters” ACCUTE, UBC, Vancouver, June 2008

* “The Voice of Fact” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Long Beach, CA, April, 2008.

“Designing Degree level Outcomes and Expectations,” Canadian Association of Chairs of English, ACCUTE, May 2007.

* “Human, Too Human: Translating Judaism.” Memory and Cultural Translation, Queen’s University, Belfast, April 2006

“Memory and Secrecy,” Temple Emanuel,” Toronto, November 2005

* “On the Sidewalk: Tourism, Testimony and the Gesture.” Keynote Address. “Memory, Haunting, Discourse” Conference, University of Karlstad, Sweden, June 2004.

* “On the Sidewalk: Tourism, Testimony and the Gesture.” “The Phenomenon of Memory” Conference. University of Warsaw, Poland, April 2004.

“MUM: a story about silence.” Invited talk to the Open Society Archives, Budapest, Hungary. February 2004.

* “MUM: a story about silence” (documentary video presentation). Autobiografictions, British Comparative Literature Association, Goldsmiths College, London, September 2003.

“A Brief History of the Gyorgy Family.” Presented in Hungarian. Gyorgy Oszkár Emlékkonferenciára. Székesfehérvár, Hungary. December 12, 2002

“Tourism and Testimony.” Testimony and Historical memory Project Research Seminar, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, November 1, 2002

* “Hypermensia and the Genealogical Archive.” Traveling Concepts III, Amersterdam Society for Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam, March 2002

“The Archive and the Uncanny: Danilo Kis’s ‘Encyclopedia of the Dead’ and the Fantasy of Hypermnesia.” York University, Department of English Lecture Series, May, 2001

* “The Archive and the Uncanny III: History and Horror” “Historians and Their Audiences Conference.” York University, April 2000.

* “The Archive and the Uncanny II: Origins and Secrecy” North Eastern Modern Languages Association. SUNY Buffalo, April 2000.

* “The Archive and the Uncanny I: Eros in the Archive” American Comparative Literature Association. Yale University, February 2000.

Professional Journal Articles

“The Luminosity of Ordinary Things.” http://www.circuitgallery.com/ (August 2009)

Excerpt from “Our Private Dead.” Exile: The Literary Quarterly 32.1 (Spring 2008): 95-110.

“Narrative Paralysis.” English Studies in Canada 32.2-3 (June/Sept 2006): 24-27.

“The Archive of Origins.” Ghostworks: West Coast Line 37 (Spring 2002): 43-48.

“Treasure Island.” Toronto Life (December 2001): 53-64.

“Technobodies” Border/Lines 46 (Jan 1998): 18-23.

“What you see when Shonagh Adelman examines your body.” Border/Lines 44 (September 1997): 16-20.

Introduction. Homo Eroticus. Films of Wrik Mead. Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 1997. 3-4.

“Sleeping With Eli.” Border/Lines 40 (April 1996): 10-14. Reprinted on Slowburn: Canadian On-line Site for Contemporary Art. http://www.baritone.net/slowburn (1996).

“Watching the Women’s Television Network.” Border/Lines 38/39 (Dec 1995): 37-41.

“PagliAttack.” Border/Lines. 37 (August 1995): 5-8.

Creative Works

Documentary. Director and Producer. "Data Mining the Deceased: Ancestry and the Business of Family" (HD 56 mins).


Teaching:

Current Courses

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TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN3193 6.0  Studies in Satire SEMR  
Fall/Winter 2017-2018 AP/EN3600 6.0  Principles of Creative Writing: Creative Non-fiction and Mixed Genre SEMR  

Upcoming Courses

TermCourse NumberSectionTitleType 
Winter 2018 AP/EN4050 3.0  The Arts of Memory SEMR