Instructor

Vesna Leko

Areas of Interest

20th century Southeastern European literature, women writers, war traumas and the everyday life theory, cultural studies, comparative literature. Mediterranean cultures in the EU context. 

Biography

I was always fascinated by languages and how they help create cultures. Hence, after completing a B.A. in Modern languages (Bishop’s University) the only logical path to follow was the Comparative Literature graduate studies at the University of Toronto. I spent many years teaching Spanish at the undergraduate level as well as Mediterranean cultures and Canadian immigrant literature. In 2018, I joined the University of Waterloo where I got the unique opportunity to teach a Slavic language – Croatian. Teaching Croatian is an extraordinary experience because I get to see third and fourth generation heritage speakers working hard to reconnect with their cultural background as well as help non-heritage speakers brave a new territory and explore a language that is little known in the North American academia.

Teaching

CROAT101:Elementary Croatian 101 (online)

CROAT102: Elementary Croatian 102 (online)

REES260: Mediterranean Cultures in European Context (online)

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo
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