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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Jennifer Burwell

Media & Culture

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   jburwell@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000, ext. 6133
Office Location   JOR-1009
Office Hours   TBA


Education

B.A. (Queen's); M.A. (Northwestern); Ph.D. English Literature (Northwestern)

Biography

Jennifer Burwell has been an assistant professor in the Department of English at Ryerson since 1997 and has previously taught at Wesleyan University (Connecticut) and Northwestern University (Chicago) . She completed her PhD in 1993 with a dissertation entitled Gendered Identity and the Body Politics: Twentieth Century Transformations of the Utopian Form in Literature. Her book Notes on Nowhere: Utopian Logic, Feminism, and Social Transformation was nominated for the Modern Language Association's "Outstanding First Book Award". She was the Coordinator of the 2002 annual meeting of the Canadian Communications Association.

Research Interests

Television studies; gender studies; popular culture, social transformation and the public sphere.

Selected Publications

"Canadian Television." GLBTQ: An Online Encyclopaedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Culture, 2002.

Co-editor (with Nancy Johnston): Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, Vol. 30, No. 81, Spring 2001. Bedford, England.

Notes on Nowhere: Utopian Logic, Feminism, and Social Transformation. University of Minnesota Press, American Culture Series, Minnesota, 1997.

"The Politics of Abortion: Discursive Battles over Babies, Bodies, and Excess." Praxis: Graduate Criticism and Theory, New Brunswick, Rutgers University Press 3: 71-83, 1992.

"The Singular Collective: Media Form and the Experience of Community". Annual Canadian Communications Association (Congress) St. Foy, Quebec, May 27-30, 2001.

"Irony and Humour in Contemporary Comedic Shows". Brainwatching: Intellect and Ideology in Media Culture Conference, Ryerson University, May 5th-7th, 2000.

"Subjectivity as a Strategic Category in Feminist Theory". University of Missouri at Columbia, March 27, 1995.

"Critical-utopias and the Logic of Social Transformation". Ohio State University, Columbus, January 4, 1994.

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan