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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
February 28, 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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Laurier Celebrates Teaching Awards Winners
(Headline - Feb 06)
This Can Show You Everything: The End of Absence in the Age of Screen This Can Show You Everything: The End of Absence in the Age of Screen
(Headline - Jan 27)
Sonnet L'Abbé - Writer in Residence Schedule
(Headline - Jan 26)
Tracking Shots 2: Winter film series
(Headline - Dec 09)
Laurier Department mandates territorial acknowledgment for all future course syllabi
(Headline - Nov 06)
New Senior Seminar: Advanced Creative Writing New Senior Seminar: Advanced Creative Writing
(Headline - Jul 09)
Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence
(Headline - Jun 27)
Laurier names recipients of 2014 Awards for Teaching Excellence
(Headline - Apr 30)
For all English students: announcing the end-of-term CanLit Conclave!
(Headline - Mar 20)
A 40 Year Conversation from 1902 to 1942 A 40 Year Conversation from 1902 to 1942
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Please note that office hours are subject to minor changes.  We advise visitors from out of town to contact the office in advance.

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

Markus Poetzsch, English Markus Poetzsch teaches British Romantic literature in the Department of English and Film Studies. His research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century aesthetics, theories of the everyday, ecocriticism and travel writing. He is currently engaged in a book-length study of the art and practice of walking, a project that alleviates at least in part the pangs of academic sedentariness!

Markus Poetzsch
Associate Professor,