Assistant Professor of English, First Year English Coordinator

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Lydia Forssander-Song received her Honours English degree from the University of British Columbia in 1995, and completed her M.A. in English at the University of Toronto in 1997. She has been teaching at Trinity since 1998. Her research interests are in postcolonial literatures and she has presented papers at conferences in Europe and Canada. She has published a number of short articles on post-colonial authors and a series of reviews in the Canadian Book Review Annual.

Research & Scholarship


B.A. (Honours) (University of British Columbia); M.A. (University of Toronto)

Awards & Honors

University of British Columbia Scholarship

Dean’s Honour List 1992 and 1994

Book Prize in Literature 1988

Recent Publications


Forssander-Song, Lydia. "Michael Ondaatje." Great Lives from History: The 20th Century. Salem Press, 2008.

Forssander-Song, Lydia. "Shirley Geok-lin Lim." Encyclopedia of American Immigration. Salem Press, 2010.

Forssander-Song, Lydia. "Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient" and "Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children" Masterplots. 3rd. rev. ed. Salem Press, 2010. 

Forssander-Song, Lydia. "Agha Shahid Ali." Critical Survey of Poetry. 3rd rev. ed. Salem Press, 2011.

Forssander-Song, Lydia. "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." Critical Survey of Short Fiction. 4th ed. Salem Press, 2012. 

Forssander-Song, Lydia. "Salman Rushdie’s Non-Fiction." Critical Insights: Salman Rushdie. Salem Press, 2012.


Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of Maggie Helwig’s One Building in the Earth and Amanda Marchand’s Without Cease the Earth Faintly Trembles. Canadian Book Review Annual (2003).

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of Peter Culley’s Hammertown, Jacqueline Baldwin’s A Northern Woman, Keith Garebian’s Reservoir of Ancestors, Heather Haley’s Sideways, and Laura Moss’ Is Canada Postcolonial? Unsettling Canadian Literature. Canadian Book Review Annual (2004).

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of Tanis MacDonald’s Fortune, Sina Queyras’ Teethmarks, K. I. Press’ spine, and Genevieve Lehr’s The Sorrowing House. Canadian Book Review Annual (2005).

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of Oana Avasilichioaei’s Abandon, Amanda Lamarche’s The Clichéist, Elizabeth Bachinsky’s Home of Sudden Service, Douglas Barbour and Sheila E. Murphy’s Continuations, and Dionne Brand’s Inventory.  Canadian Book Review Annual  (2006).

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of Roger Nash’s Something Blue and Flying Upwards. Canadian Book Review Annual Online (2007).

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of  Lorna Crozier’s The Blue Hour of the Day, W.H. New’s Along a Snake Fence Riding, and Susan McCaslin’s Lifting the Stone. Canadian Book Review Annual Online (2008)

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of  Wendy Roy’s Maps of Difference. Margaret Laurence Review (Summer 2009)

Forssander-Song, Lydia. Review of  Deborah Bowen’s Stories of the Middle Space: Reading the Ethics of Postmodern Realisms. Canadian Literature (Winter 2010).

Affiliations & Memberships

  • ACCUTE (Association of Canadian College & University Teachers of English)
  • International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture


first-year English, and postcolonial literatures in English