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Jerry White

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in European Studies

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Department of English

Email: Jerry.White@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-3628
Mailing Address: 
Room 3180, McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue
PO BOX 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Irish studies
  • Canadian literature
  • Modernist literature
  • Film studies
  • European studies
  • Minority languages
  • Quebec cinema


  • BA (Oregon)
  • MA, PhD (Alberta)



I am interested in film and literature generally, and especially from “small” or marginal cultures.  I’m also interested in documentary and avant garde filmmaking practices.  I have particular interest in cinema in Ireland, Catalonia, Quebec and Canada, and Switzerland, and in modern Irish literature (1900 forward, basically).  At the moment I’m working on a book-length study of Irish literature in both English and Irish, a collection of the writings of the experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage for the magazine Rolling Stock, a series of articles on Catalan filmmakers that may or may not morph into a book, and on Georgian cinema.


I teach courses on cinema and literature, as well as in European Studies generally.  In my cinema courses I try to focus on Canada, Quebec, Western Europe and the post-colonial world, as well as on  non-standard forms (documentary, avant garde, etc.).  I also enjoy teaching introductory surveys of film history and film theory, and have done this at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In literature I tend to focus on Western Europe, and I am also interested in general issues in world literture and literary theory.


Selected Publications



  • Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013.
  • Re-visioning Europe: The Films of John Berger and Alain Tanner.  Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011.
  • The Radio Eye: Cinema in the North Atlantic, 1958-1988.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2009.
  • [edited with Marie Carrière]  Transplanter le Canada : Semailles / Transplanting Canada: Seedlings.  Edmonton: Canadian Literature Centre / Centre de littérature canadienne, 2009.
  • Of This Place and Elsewhere: The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler.  Toronto / Bloomington: Toronto Film Festival / Indiana University Press, 2006.
    [Catalogue for the Mettler retrospective I assembled for Toronto Film Festival]
  • [as editor, preface by Atom Egoyan]  The Cinema of Canada.  London: Wallflower Press, 2006.
  • [edited with William Beard]  North of Everything: English Canadian Cinema Since 1980. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2002.
Recent Articles:
  • Informe General and the Missing Link of Third Cinema.”  Screen 54:3 (Fall 2013).
  • “A Catalan Gaze Upon Ireland: José Luis Guerin’s Innisfree.”  CineAction #90 (2013).
  • “Recovering Quebec Culture: The Feature Films of Bernard Émond.”  American Review of Canadian Studies 43:2 (Spring 2013).
  • “The Archival Situation of Georgian Cinema.”  The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists 14.1 (Spring 2014)
  • "Sauver le Québec, sauver l'Irlande: Jacques Ferron et l'effelquois atlantique." In Le Québec et l'Irlande: culture, histoire, identité (Quebec City: Septentrion, 2014)
  • "Grierson in Ireland." In The Grierson Effect: Tracing Documentary's International Movement (London: British Film Institute, 2014)