Jerry White

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in European Studies

Jerry profile

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 about Irish literature in both English and Irish and another book about Catalan cinema and the realist tradition.  I am also writing about Georgian cinema, sometimes in collaboration with Nino Dzandzava of the National Archives of Georgia, and I am hoping that work will morph into a book.  I have assembled programmes of Georgian and of Catalan cinema for the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal, and the cinémathèque has published my short "dossiers" to accompany both.


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.  As far as literature goes I tend to focus on Quebec and Western Europe, and I am also interested in general issues in world literature and literary theory.


Selected Publications



  • Stan Brakhage in Rolling Stock, 1980 – 1990.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2018.
  • 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).
  • "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)
  • “Place, Dialect and Broadcasting in Irish: Plus ça change…..” Éire-Ireland 50:1-2 (2015).  Pp. 113-136.
  • “Maps, Movements and Migrants: Reading Tim Robinson Though Gluaiseacht Chearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta.”  In Derek Gladwin and Christine Cusick, eds., Unfolding Irish Landscape: Tim Robinson, Culture and Environment.  Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.  Pp. 160-172.
  •  “Forms of Multiculturalism and Secularism: Charles Taylor and Ireland.”  Irish Studies Review 24:3 (Summer 2016).  Pp. 327-350.
  • [Co-authored with Nino Dzandzava]  “The Cinema of Georgia’s First Independence Period: Between Republican and European.” Film History 27:4 (2016).  Pp. 151-182.