Dr. Renee Ward
Contract Academic Staff
Contact InformationEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Location: DAWB 4-129
Office Hours: Fall 2014: Thursdays 10-11am
- 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
- Monster Studies
- Early Modern Literature and Print Culture
- Children's and Young Adult Fantasy Literature
- Writing Studies
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 Werewolf in Medieval Romance [Under Contract: Palgrave Macmillan's New Middle Ages series]
*I have been awarded a Wilfrid Laurier Research Support Grant for the Winter 2015 term to work on this project.
- "Reading Second Skins in Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne." Flaying in the Premodern World: Practice and Representation. Ed. Larissa Tracy. Boydell and Brewer. Print. [Forthcoming 2015]
- "The Politics of Translation: Sanitizing Violence in William of Palerne." Studies in Philology 112.3 (Summer 2015): 40pp. [Forthcoming 2015]
- "Harry Potter and Medievalism." Handbook of Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. Ed. Gail Ashton. Bloomsbury. [Forthcoming 2015]
- "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.
- ML101-A: Harry Potter and Medieval Culture
- AF399-A: Thinking through Liberal Arts