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Dr. Elaine Ostry

Associate Professor of English & Department Chair

I get to talk about books for a living!

I love books. They expand my imagination. They open my eyes to ways of life different from my own. They console and challenge me; they make me laugh and cry. 

My hope is you learn to appreciate books even more after taking my courses. What do I want you to come away from my class with? I want you to develop a greater understanding of how words work. I want you to see how literature comes from — and impacts — culture.

Some of my favorite courses are Victorian Fantasy (Dracula!), Children’s Literature and Shakespeare. I love works that are bizarre, playful and thought-provoking. 

I also lead students on the annual trip to the Stratford Festival in my native land of Canada.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Toronto (1998)
    • M.A., Dalhousie University
    • B.A., University of Alberta
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