Aparna Mishra Tarc

Associate Professor

Ph.D. - York University, Toronto, ON; M.Ed. - Queen's University, Kingston, ON; B.Ed. - Queen's University, Kingston, ON; Hon B.A. - University of Western Ontario, London, ON

Location(s) / Contact Info:

280, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20048

Email: amishratarc@edu.yorku.ca

Available to supervise graduate students


Dr Aparna Mishra Tarc received her doctorate from York University in 2007 and joined the Faculty at York in 2009. She was formerly an elementary school teacher in the Philippines, Vietnam and Canada.  In her recent book, Literacy of the Other: Renarrating Humanity, she articulates a psychic theory of literacy through late modernist literature that returns to the maternal relationship through which the self is forged against dependency of the m/other. Here as we try to communicate our inner lives prelinguistically through feeling, we also learn to read the world through the m/others interpretative processes. Tarc is the author of many articles in the field of education that examine the role of pedagogy in the sexual and/or subject formation of a person through queer, postcolonial, and psychoanalytic frameworks. Dr Tarc is currently working on a book-length project on the profound place of pedagogy in the writing of J.M. Coetzee to be released in 2019.  (Written by Neil Ramjewan)


Scholarly Interests

Child and Youth Studies, Literacy, Literature, Pedagogy, Postcolonial Studies, Psychoanalysis

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Urban Diversity
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Education - Culture - Language - Teaching

Courses Taught

  • Research Into Practice (ED/EDFE 4200)
  • Teaching for Diverse & Equitable Classrooms in Ontario (ED/EDFE 3100)
  • The Act of Writing, Part I (GS/EDUC 5525)

Selected Publications

  • Mishra Tarc, A & Snaza, N. (2019). "To wake up our minds." The re-enchantment of praxis in Sylvia Wynter. Curriculum Inquiry.
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2017). A Child is Dreaming (Sharon Sliwisnki, Ed.) Museum of Dreams.
  • Mishra Tarc, A (2015). Literacy of the other: Renarrating Humanity. New York, USA: SUNY Press
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2014). Literacy of the Other: The inner life of literacy. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 15, 114-140.
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2013). International education as travelling within. In P. Tarc et al. Reconceiving International Education: The Temporal Layering of Self-Other Relations in Trans-local Spaces. Canadian and International Education Journal, 40, Article 6.
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2013). Wild reading: This madness to our method. QSE: International Journal of Qualitative Studies, 26, 537-552.
  • Mishra Tarc (2013). "I just have to tell you." Pedagogical encounters into the emotional terrain of learning. . Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 21 (2).
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2012). Race moves: following global manifestations of new racisms in intimate space. Race, Ethnicity and Education, 18 (1).
  • Mishra, Tarc, A. (2011). Disturbing reading in J.M. Coetzee's 'The Problem of Evil'. Changing English, 18 (1), 57-66.
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2011). Curriculum as difficult inheritance. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 8 (1), 15-18.

Selected Presentations

  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, October). "A Hard that Knows." Jim Garrett's Learning to be with others in the world. Presented at: Bergamo, Dayton, OH
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, October). I am alive. "I am not your Negro.". Presented at: Bergamo, Dayton, OH
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, July). Pedagogy and the perverse in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child. Presented at: Summer Institute in Sexuality Studies, Toronto ON
  • Aparna Mishra Tarc (2017, May). Postcolonial readings in dark times. Presented at: CSSE, Toronto, ON
  • Mishra Tarc, A. (2016, September). "I am the one who cries:" A Woman's Beauty in the novels of J.M. Coetzee. Presented at: Monash University, Prato, Italy


  • Pedagogy of the Unthinkable, SHHRC - 2009