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Sylvia Terzian
Sylvia Terzian
Department of English

PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University

MA, Wilfrid Laurier University

BA, Wilfrid Laurier University


SH 2204
Sylvia Terzian

I completed all of my degrees at our neighboring Wilfrid Laurier University. My primary research interests are in Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies, with a focus on Arab North-American migrant literature. My dissertation, entitled “Arab Pluralities and Transnationality: ‘A Crisis of Diasporic Consciousness’ in Arab North-American Fiction,” addresses the implications of the experience of migration, settlement, and belonging for Arab consciousness and sense of identity in Canada and the United States. Currently, I am preoccupied with the intersections between mobility, law, and the “immigrant underclass” in the work of Arab-Canadian writer, Rawi Hage.


My research focus, more broadly and comparatively considered, also extends into other literary traditions: in particular, Arabic Literature and World Anglophone Literature. My broader interest in Arab North-American migrant literature has led to my current research project on writing by various migrant groups in Canada and the United States, with an emphasis on Caribbean, Asian, African and European writers. More specifically, I am exploring migrant narratives as they relate to cultural and literary traditions of comedy and humour. My secondary area of expertise is Early Modern Literature with a focus on Shakespearean Drama.


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Austen, Veronica & Sylvia Terzian. “Locating the Traveller: Genni Gunn and Nostalgia on the Move.” Patterns of Nostos in Italian Canadian Narratives. Ed.  Gabriel Niccoli. Spec. issue of Italian Canadiana, Volume 35 (2021): 223-238. [Forthcoming]


ENGL 108A: The Superhero

ENGL 109: Introduction to Academic Writing

ENGL 119: Communications in Mathematics & Computer Science

ARTS 130: Inquiry and Communication: Perspectives on Migration

ENGL 208M: Travel Literature

ENGL 251A: Criticism 1

RS 291: Food Justice [Encounter KW]

ENGL 322: Postcolonial Literature of the Americas

ENGL 378: Professional Communications in Statistics and Actuarial Science