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Welcome to the Department of English and Film Studies. Our
department is composed of 21 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 PhD and Master's levels.
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
Office Hours:Mon.-Fri. 8:00 - 4:00
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
Senior Administrative Assistant:Joanne Buchan
Rainbow Reels Film Festival Presents:
DigitaLGBTQ - Diverse Identities in the Digital Age
People at Laurier
Mariam Pirbhai teaches courses in Post-colonial literature and theory; post-colonial women's writing; Caribbean literature; South Asian literature; diaspora, multicultural and minority writing was published by University of Toronto Press. Her current research builds on her interest in the history of indentured labour and the stories of the old South Asian diaspora created in the nineteenth century. Dr. Pirbhai would also like to write her own 'diasporic' novel some day, which is presently a desire-in-process rather than a work-in-progress!