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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 16, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Renee Ward

Contract Academic Staff

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4091
Fax: 519-884-8307
Office Location: DAWB 4-127
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00
Academic Background

  • 2009 PhD   English (Alberta)
  • 2002 MA    English (WLU)
  • 2000 MA    Medieval Studies (Leeds)
  • 1995 BA    English and Canadian Studies (WLU)

Research & Teaching Interests:

  • Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Children's Literature
  • Medievalism (all periods)
  • Fantasy and Science-Fiction Literature
  • Early-Modern Literature and Print Culture

My interests are ecclectic but thematically related, and historical and cultural contexts heavily inform my research. I am interested in liminal figures, from werewolves to knights and warrior women, as well as in representations of monstrosity, in late medieval literature and modern medievalism (especially in the genres of medieval romance and young adult fantasy).

I enjoy experimenting with alternative pedagogies in all aspects of my teaching, and I engage whole-heartedly in student mentoring. I was also, in 2011-2012, the faculty sponsor for Laurier's chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, a human rights and equity group which employs parallels from the Harry Potter series in its civic engagement.

Select Publications:

Critical Articles

Articles and Reviews on Teaching/Pedagogy
Scholarly Editions
  • Juliet McMaster and Amy Stafford, with Katie McConchie, Natalie McIntyre, Renee Ward, Lindsey Whitson, and Dana Wight, eds. Dick Doyle's Journal: Volume Three. By Richard Doyle. Sydney, Australia: Juvenilia Press, 2009.