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Dr. Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson
Arts & Science Program, L.R. Wilson Hall 3038
905-525-9140 ext. 24440
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On research leave 2022-23

Dr. Jean Wilson, who joined the Arts & Science Program in 1992, teaches ARTSSCI 3A06 / Literature and ARTSSCI 4MN1 / Local Explorations, co-teaches (with H. Jafine) ARTSSCI 4MN2 / Movement and Integration, and supervises students in ARTSSCI 3X03 and ARTSSCI 4A06/4C06. Her first degree was an Honours BA in French and German from McMaster University. She went on to receive her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature as well as her BEd from the University of Toronto, and spent a year as a DAAD Fellow at the University of Tübingen in Germany. A former Director of the Arts & Science Program (2010-22), Dr. Wilson has also served as Director of Comparative Literature and as Associate Director of Peace Studies within the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster.

Dr. Wilson’s teaching and research interests are primarily in Comparative Literature, German literature, and interdisciplinary studies. She has published essays on liberal arts education and on a wide range of 18th to 21st century authors. She is co-editor of “The Secular Scripture” and Other Writings on Critical Theory, 1976-1991, vol. 18 of The Collected Works of Northrop Frye (2006) and of Romanticism, Humanism, Judaism: The Legacy of Hans Eichner (2013). Dr. Wilson has been honoured as a 2019 YWCA (Hamilton) Women of Distinction nominee and as the recipient of the McMaster Students Union Teaching Award for Arts & Science, the McMaster Students Union Teaching Award for Humanities, the President’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations Teaching Award.