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Ken Paradis

Dr. Kenneth Paradis

Program Coordinator, English and History (Brantford)

Contact Information
Email: kparadis@wlu.ca
Phone: (519) 756-8228 ext.5838

Office Location: RCW 320

Languages Spoken

English

Academic Background

Hons. BA, English Language and Literature. WLU, 1991.
MA, English.  McMaster, 1993.
PhD., English (American literature; additional area specialization in literary and cultural theory). McMaster, 2000.

Biography

Research Interests: 

Though I love to teach American literature most of my research has dealt with popular fiction and the various ways that Americans represented themselves in the twentieth century.  My earlier work looked at representations of paranoia in clinical, popular and political discourses, focusing on the way that paranoia (along with other newly reconfigured varieties of madness, such as hysteria) allowed people in the twentieth century to conceptualize psychopathology in terms of gender.  

For the past few years, though, I've been interested in popular religious fiction and American evangelical Christian popular culture.  I have been exploring ways that American evangelical writers and readers successfully combine things taken from pop culture with ways of thinking and reading embedded in the traditions of American Protestantism.

Courses:

EN 692:  Evangelical Fiction and American Faith

EN 420: Pulp and Popular Fiction

EN 218: Contemporary American Literature

EN 266: American Literature of the Early 20th Century

EN 204: Strategies in the Analysis of Effective Writing (Rhetoric and Writing)

CT 460: Popular Movies and Cultural Critique

Research:

“Typological Realism and Contemporary Evangelical Fiction:  Tragedy, Eternity and The Shack." English Studies in Canada 37.1 Spring 2012.

"Homiletic Realism,” a review of Jackson, Gregory, The Word and Its Witness: The Spiritualization of American Realism (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009). Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 22.2.  Summer 2010.

"Romance Narrative in Conservative Evangelical Homiletic." The Educated Imagination.

"Separation of Church and Fourth Estate" a review of Marci MacDonald's The Armageddon Factor: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in Canada.  J-source

(with David Haskell and Stephanie Burgoyne) “Defending the Faith: Easter Sermon Reaction to Pop Culture Discourses. Review of Religious Research. 50.2 (2008), 139-156.

Sex, Paranoia and Modern Masculinity. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2006.

In Progress:

"Unsafe Fantasy:  The typological fantastic in the Christian supernatural thriller"

Biography

I grew up on a small farm (an apiary) in the Slate River Valley, outside of Thunder Bay.  I did my undergraduate work at WLU, though it took a long time because I took some years off to live in Czechoslovakia after the fall of the communist government there.  Returning to Canada I did my graduate studies at McMaster, and after teaching for a couple of years there and at SUNY Buffalo, I moved to Halifax to work at Dalhousie.  But my family's roots are in Ontario, so was delighted to be able to move back to work in the interdisciplinary environment here at Laurier Brantford.

I don't have a whole lot of spare time left over after work and after chasing the many kids in my house around, but when I do get a bit of it I like to do a bit of swimming, and to get out and hike someplace with lots of trees.  The Dundas Valley is one of my favourite places in the world.