Here are some of the faculty members who teach courses for the Literature and Rhetoric degree. Click on the faculty member's name to view his or her full profile. All faculty in the department participate in some capacity in the literature and rhetoric program.
For a list of our faculty members' research interests, see our Areas of Expertise page.
Katherine Acheson's areas of interest are early modern literature and culture, visual cultural, and visual rhetoric. She has published on Milton, Shakespeare, and Renaissance drama by women, but her current work focuses on visual rhetoric in seventeenth-century English print culture. She teaches courses primarily in seventeenth-century literature, including Shakespeare, as well as literature survey courses for majors and Honours Literary Studies.
Danielle Deveau's research focuses on creative industries and cultural labour, cultural production studies, the politics of humour and laughter, and Canadian popular culture
festivals, public space, and creative cities. Her current research explores the role of culture and the creative economy in smart growth and talent attraction and retention in the Waterloo Region. She teaches courses in academic and business writing and digital media.
Jennifer Harris's areas of interest include Nineteenth-century American literature,
African American literature, and cultural studies. Her work concentrates on recuperating overlooked or understudied writers as a means of expanding the understanding of cultures of print. She teaches courses in American literature, cultural studies, and popular literature.
Ken Hirschkop's research areas are cultural and literary theory, politics and language, modern philosophy of language, critical media studies, and urban culture. His current work examines how various linguistic turns were taken (or almost taken) in the human sciences between 1890 and 1951 and how cities tell their own stories. He teaches courses in literary criticism, linguistics, and media studies.
Kate Lawson's areas of interest are Victorian literature and culture, especially fiction from the 1840s and 1850s. She has published on representations of middle-class domestic violence and on the figuration of strangers, belonging, migration and nationality in the novels of the Brontë sisters. She teaches courses in mid-nineteenth-century British fiction and is currently chair of the Department of English Language and Literature.
Kevin McGuirk's research areas include American literature and culture after the Second World War, especially poetry, and post-romantic poetics and 20th-century literatures and film. His current work focuses on the poet A. R. Ammons, non-literary poetics, art and persuasion, and sound and voice. He teaches courses in American literature, poetry, literary adaptation, and film.
John North's literary interests include Victorian studies, Shakespeare, literature and the Bible, and children’s literature. His primary research has been in nineteenth century British newspapers and periodicals bibliography, and he is the editor of two major directories of nineteenth-century periodicals. His also supervises projects involving the Oxford Inkings (J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others), and the poet Margaret Avison. He teaches courses in Victorian literature, Shakespeare, and the Bible and literature.
Gordon Slethaug's areas of interest include globalization, semiotics and advertising, contemporary American film and literature, international teaching and learning, and cross-cultural learning. His current teaching at UWaterloo focuses on American culture, rhetoric, and issues of internationalization. He also teaches courese in information design and semiotics.
Linda Warley's research interests include Canadian literary studies in all genres (especially post-WWII to the present), auto/biography studies generally, and
First Nations and Métis literatures. Her recent work has involved researching and writing about her own family's life stories, which include experiences of being expelled from East Germany in 1945. She co-edited the book Canadian Graphic: Picturing Life Narratives, which examines the relationship between life writing and graphic narratives. She teaches courses in Canadian literature, First Nations literatures, and life writing.
Verhawn Young's research areas are African American Performance, African American Studies, African American literature, and rhetoric and composition. His current research examines the performance of black masculinity in the media by successful African American men. He is also a solo performer and actor. He is cross-appointed with Drama and Speech Communication, and teaches courses in performance studies.