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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
Mon.-Thurs. 7:30 - 4:00 and
Department Chair:Dr. Robin Waugh
Rainbow Reels Film Festival Presents:
DigitaLGBTQ - Diverse Identities in the Digital Age
People at Laurier
Markus Poetzsch teaches British Romantic literature in the Department of English and Film Studies. His research interests include eighteenth and nineteenth-century aesthetics, theories of the everyday, ecocriticism and travel writing. He is currently engaged in a book-length study of the art and practice of walking, a project that alleviates at least in part the pangs of academic sedentariness!