Dr. Renee Ward
Contract Academic Staff
Contact InformationEmail: email@example.com
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4091
Office Location: DAWB 4-127
- 2009 PhD English (Alberta)
- 2002 MA English (WLU)
- 2000 MA Medieval Studies (Leeds)
- 1995 BA English and Canadian Studies (WLU)
Research & Teaching Interests:
I am an interdisciplinary scholar with eclectic but thematically related interests, and historical and cultural contexts heavily inform my research. Liminal figures, from werewolves to knights and warrior women, as well as representations of monstrosity are particular areas of study for me, especially in medieval romance and young adult fantasy. My broader interests include medieval literature and culture, early modern printed materials, and post-medieval representations of the Middle Ages. I also regularly explore materials on writing instruction, especially writing-to-learn strategies, which I believe are crucial to student development.
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. In the Winter 2014 term, five students in my Medieval Studies special topics course, The Medieval Harry Potter (ML300P), collaborated with the HPA in the organization of LUMOS, a campaign for mental health awareness, and in the running of a two-day art exhibit/craft and bake sale, the proceeds of which were donated to KW Counselling Services, a local mental health organization.
- "The Politics of Translation: Sanitizing Violence in William of Palerne." Studies in Philology 112.3 (Summer 2015): 40pp. [Forthcoming 2015]
- "Harry Potter Medievalism." Handbook of Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. Ed. Gail Ashton. Bloomsbury. [Forthcoming 2014]
- "Warrior Queens and Women's History: Deconstructing Stereotypes in Margaret Drabble's A Natural Curiosity." Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 43.4 (2014): 461-82.
- "To be a 'Fleschhewere': Beheading, Butcher-Knights, and Blood-Taboos in Octavian Imperator." Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination. Ed. Larissa Tracy and Jeff Massey. Brill Press, 2012. 159-82.
- Remus Lupin and Community: The Werewolf Tradition in J. K. Rowling's Harry PotterSeries." The Year's Work in Medievalism 2004. Ed. Gwendolyn A. Morgan. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2006. 26-40.
- "Challenging the Boundaries of Medieval Romance: Thomas Chestre's Lybeaus Desconus."Florilegium 21 (2004): 119-34.
- ML101-A: Harry Potter and Medieval Culture
- AF399-A: Thinking through Liberal Arts