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Jerry Zaslove was a teacher and writer in the fields of comparative literature and the social history of art. His most important work includes the installation and book The Insurance Man: Kafka in the Penal Colony (with Bill Jeffries), the monograph Jeff Wall, 1990 (with Gary Dufour), and numerous essays and articles written over five decades on the place of the university in society, exile and memory, and the city in history. He taught at Simon Fraser University since its opening year in the Departments of English and Humanities and was the founding director of the Institute for the Humanities. He passed away in 2021, shortly before Untimely Passages was published.