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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 27, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Dr. Renee Ward

Contract Academic Staff

Contact Information

Fax: 519-884-8307
Office Location: DAWB 4-129
Office Hours: Fall 2014: Thursdays 10-11am
Academic Background

  • 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
  • Medievalism
  • 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.

Book Project:

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.

Select Publications:

Courses at Laurier 2014-2015