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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
September 27, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Paul Tiessen

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3090

Languages Spoken


Academic Background

BA (WLU), MA, PhD (Alberta). Professor (1974).

Research Interests: literary modernism and the reception of cinema, cultural/media studies, Canadian studies


Books: Co-editor, After Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery's Letters to Ephraim Weber, 1916-1941, with H. Froese Tiessen (University of Toronto Press, 2006); Co-editor, A Darkness that Murmured: Essays on Malcolm Lowry and the Twentieth Century, with F. Asals (University of Toronto Press, 2000); co-editor, Joyce/Lowry: Critical Perspectives, with P. McCarthy (University Press of Kentucky, 1997); co-editor, The 1940 Under the Volcano, with M. Mota (MLR Editions Canada, 1994); co-editor, The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry: A Scholarly Edition of Lowry's 'Tender is the Night', with M. Mota (UBC Press, 1990); editor, Apparently Incongruous Parts: The Worlds of Malcolm Lowry (Scarecrow Press, 1990); editor, The Letters of Malcolm Lowry and Gerald Noxon, 1940-1952 (UBC Press, 1988); 1984-2002, editor of The Malcolm Lowry Review.

Selected Articles: "Revisiting Home: Reading Miriam Toews's A Complicated Kindness and Sandra Birdsell's Children of the Day through the lens of Ontario-Mennonite Literature" (2008); "'There are certain things Mennonite children are kept from seeing': sexuality, seeing, and saying in Rudy Wiebe's Of This Earth and Peace Shall Destroy Many" (2008); "Opposing Pacifism: L.M. Montgomery and the Trouble with Ephraim Weber" (2008); "Epistolary Performance: Writing Mr. Weber," with H. Froese Tiessen (2005); "Dorothy Livesay, the 'housewife,' and the radio in 1951: modernist embodiments of audience" (2005); "A teacher's search for a public voice and a heroism of peace: Ephraim Weber, Chicago 1915 and beyond" (2005); "'Shall I Say, It is necessary to restore the dialogue?': Wilfred Watson's Encounter with Marshall McLuhan, 1957-1988" (2004); "Putting herself forward: Naming and performance in Sandra Birdsell's The Russlander" (2004); "Film, Culture Criticism, and Institutional Form: The Work of Vernon van Sickle" (2000); "Postmodern Practice and Parody: Dallas Wiebe's Our Asian Journey" (2000); "From Literary Modernism to the Tantramar Marshes: Anticipating McLuhan in British and Canadian Media Theory and Practice" (1993).

Teaching Award
Recipient of the Hoffman-Little Alumni Award of Excellence for Teaching, Research, and Community Development