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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
May 29, 2016

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Welcome to the Department of English and Film Studies. Our department is composed of21 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 PhDand Master's levels.

The English program offers students a chance to explore British, American, Canadian, and other literatures from the Medieval period to the present. In keeping with the lively and vibrant developments in English studies, our undergraduate courses are organized in various ways: according to historical periods, nationalities, genres, themes, and theoretical issues. Graduate courses, taught by scholars who are internationally-known researchers, are offered in a wide range of fields and topics. We are particularly strong in these areas: Gender and Genre; Early Modern; Canadian, Postcolonial, andTwentieth-Century Culture, Literature, and Film.

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

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Summer Office Hours:
Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 - 4:00 and
Fri. 7:15-12:15

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
ext. 2931,

Graduate Officer:Dr. Lynn Shakinovsky
ext. 3227,

English Undergraduate Advisor:Dr. Maria DiCenzo
ext. 3985,

Film Program Co-ordinator:
Dr. Philippa Gates
ext. 2476,

Senior Administrative Assistant:Joanne Buchan
ext. 3257,

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People at Laurier

Mariam Pirbhai, English 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!

Mariam Pirbhai
Associate Professor,