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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
February 1, 2015
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English Studies at Laurier...

"Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books. Books make sense of life.

--Julian Barnes, Flaubert's Parrot

"Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect."

-- Samuel Johnson, The Rambler

"For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov" Research shows that reading something by Chekhov or Alice Munro will help you navigate new social territory.

--New York Times

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Department Chair:Dr. Ute Lischke
ext. 3607,

Graduate Officer:Dr. Anne Russell
ext. 3423,

English Undergraduate Advisor:Dr. Maria DiCenzo
ext. 3985,

Film Undergraduate Advisor:
Dr. Philippa Gates 
ext. 2476,

Senior Administrative Assistant:Joanne Buchan
ext. 3257,

Administrative Assistant:Donna Evers
ext. 3247,
(Aug. 18, 2014 - May 31, 2015)

People at Laurier

Mariam Pirbhai, English Mariam Pirbhai teaches courses in Post-colonial literature and theory; post-colonial women's writing; Caribbean literature; South Asian literature; diaspora, multicultural and minority writing was published by University of Toronto Press. Her current research builds on her interest in the history of indentured labour and the stories of the old South Asian diaspora created in the nineteenth century. Dr. Pirbhai would also like to write her own 'diasporic' novel some day, which is presently a desire-in-process rather than a work-in-progress!

Mariam Pirbhai
Associate Professor,