Department of Modern Languages & Classics

Prof. Shana McGuire

Shana McGuire has been teaching courses in French language, culture and cinema at Saint Mary's since 2004. She has taught numerous language and film courses at Dalhousie University, Mount Saint Vincent University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and also spent a year teaching English language and literature at the Université de Poitiers in France. She holds a Certificat d'Études Supérieures (Université de Paris III), a Bachelor of Arts in French & Spanish (Acadia University), a Master of Arts in French (Dalhousie University), and will soon receive her PhD in French from Dalhousie University.

Professor McGuire's research, which has been funded by both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Killam Foundation, includes: representations of the body in contemporary French cinema; the film philosophy of Gilles Deleuze; French filmmakers Claire Denis, Catherine Breillat, Bruno Dumont, and Agnès Varda; Acadian filmmaker Rodrigue Jean; Halifax filmmaker Sylvia Hamilton; as well as innovative practices in second language pedagogy, particularly with regards to English Second Language students in the French language classroom.

Her teaching expertise covers a broad range of topics: Beginner and intermediate French language and culture; contemporary French and Francophone cinema; the history of women's filmmaking in France; French New Wave cinema; representations of sex and gender in film; contemporary world cinemas; and film theory and aesthetics.

Professor McGuire also recently established the French Film Club at SMU and encourages all members of the university and local communities to attend screenings. See the Department homepage for links to up-coming films.

Recent publications include:

“Eradicating Erasure: The Documentary Film Practice of Sylvia Hamilton.” Co-authored with Darrell Varga. The Gendered Screen: Canadian Women Filmmakers. eds. Brenda Austin-Smith, George Melnyk. Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2011, 185-201.

Translation: Véronneau, Pierre. “A Journey Through Acadian Cinema”. Rain, Drizzle, and Fog: Essays on Atlantic Canadian Film and Television. ed. Darrell Varga. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2009, 23-46.

Review Essay: Women and Experimental Filmmaking, eds. Jean Petrolle, Virginia Wright Wexman. Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2005. IN Women's Art Journal27.3 (spring/summer 2007): 46-49.

« Vers un ‘nouveau réalisme intérieur' : l'autoreprésentation féminine à l'écran ». Diversité culturelle et désir d'autobiographie dans l'espace francophone, Special Issue of Dalhousie French Studies, 70 (2005): 59-70.

« L'art vidéo en France : Acte et lieu de polysémie ». L'Art français et francophone depuis 1980 Contemporary French and Francophone Art.eds. Michael Bishop, Christopher Elson, Amsterdam; New York, NY: Rodopi, 2005, 153-160.

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