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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
June 28, 2016

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Welcome to the Department of English and Film Studies. Our department is composed of21 full time faculty members and a smaller number of contract academic staff. Each year, we are home to about 700 undergraduate students working towards their Honours, combined Honours, Major, or Minor in English and/ or Film Studies degrees; and to about 30 graduate students, working at the PhDand Master's levels.

The English program offers students a chance to explore British, American, Canadian, and other literatures from the Medieval period to the present. In keeping with the lively and vibrant developments in English studies, our undergraduate courses are organized in various ways: according to historical periods, nationalities, genres, themes, and theoretical issues. Graduate courses, taught by scholars who are internationally-known researchers, are offered in a wide range of fields and topics. We are particularly strong in these areas: Gender and Genre; Early Modern; Canadian, Postcolonial, andTwentieth-Century Culture, Literature, and Film.

The emphasis of the Film Studies program is on reading film as narrative and as text. Students are introduced to a variety of films from Europe, Britain, Canada and the U.S.; to different film genres; to the history of cinema from the silent movies on; and to current film theories. Courses in both English and Film Studies develop students' ability to read and write, perform critical analyses, respond to works in their socio - cultural and historical contexts, as well as provide a solid grounding in literary or film studies.

The Department offers a Master of Arts in Gender, Nation, and Media which can be completed in 8-12 months. We also have a PhD program in English and Film Studies where students can focus on literature and/ or film. Our programs emphasize issues of representation, narrative styles, genres, and culture in a global context.

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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MAIN OFFICE:
3-120 Woods Bldg.

Summer Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 - 4:00 and
Fri. 7:15-12:15


Please note that office hours are subject to minor changes. We advise visitors from out of town to contact the office in advance.

Acting Department Chair:Dr. Tanis MacDonald
ext. 2931, tmacdonald@wlu.ca


Graduate Officer:Dr. Lynn Shakinovsky
ext. 3227, lshakinovsky@wlu.ca

English Undergraduate Advisor:Dr. Maria DiCenzo
ext. 3985, mdicenzo@wlu.ca


Film Program Co-ordinator:
Dr. Philippa Gates
ext. 2476, pgates@wlu.ca

Senior Administrative Assistant:

Joanne Buchan
ext. 3257, jbuchan@wlu.ca

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People at Laurier

Tanis MacDonald, English Tanis MacDonald teaches Canadian literature. Her research interests include feminist poetry and poetics, pathography, and historiographic metanarrative. She has recently published The Daughter's Way: Canadian Women's Paternal Elegies. She once ran 10 km in 62 minutes, 46 seconds. Dr. MacDonald is also a widely-published poet and literary essayist, and her third book of poetry,Rue the Day, was published by Turnstone Press (April 2008).

Tanis MacDonald
Associate Professor,
English