Andrew Moore (PhD '09) has accepted a tenure-track appointment in the Great Books Programme at St Thomas University, New Brunswick. Andrew is thrilled to return as a professor to the university from which he received his undergraduate degree.
Several current and former graduate students from our program, including Luke Maynard, Casey Stepaniuk, Thomas Stuart, and Eileen Wennekers, have chapters published in "Curious, if True": The Fantastic in Literature.
Ross Bullen (PhD '09) has accepted a nine-month appointment as an Assistant Professor of American Literature in the Department of English Literatures at Mount Allison University.
Congratulations to the editors of of the Word Hoard, a graduate journal of the Arts and Humanities at Western University, on the publication of their very first issue, Community and Dissent! From the editors: "Affiliated with Western's Graduate English Society, we are proud to have contributors and editors from multiple disciplines and departments, including American Studies, Anthropology, English, Comparative Literature, Theory and Criticism, and Women's Studies. We are also delighted to inform you that this inaugural issue includes the work of numerous members of the English department (please see our masthead for a full list). We'd like to thank our colleagues for their invaluable contributions to what we hope is the first of many interdisciplinary engagements with vital topics in the Arts and Humanities. Word Hoard is available to read online through Scholarship@Western. Find full text of all of our articles and responses here: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/wordhoard/. You'll also find additional web-only content, such as interview excerpts, available on the site over the coming months."
Content Editor-in-Chief: Nina Budabin McQuown
Managing Editor: Leif Schenstead-Harris
Publications and Outreach Editor: Kevin Godbout
Recent PhD graduate, Alia Rehana Somani, has written and directed a series of vignettes called "Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!” which was premiered in June 2012 in Toronto. "Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!" is about one of the least known yet most significant episodes in the history of Canada. The Komagata Maru incident took place in 1914, when a group of 376 Punjabi migrants aboard a Japanese ship, the Komagata Maru, was turned away from Canada’s western seaboard and refused entry into the country. The Komagata Maru incident may have occurred almost 100 years ago, but it has not been forgotten. Instead it continues to haunt us, to reverberate in our nation’s consciousness. In fact, in 2008, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stood up in Bear Creek Park and declared that on behalf of Canada, he was sorry for the events of 1914. "Oh Canada, Oh Komagata Maru!" explores, among other things, this apology; it considers how much of our past is remembered and how much still remains buried; and most importantly, it asks us to relive the experiences of those who traveled to Canada in 1914 in search of a better life, and a better future. Congratulations, Alia!
PhD graduate Michael Buma (2008) recently published Refereeing Identity: The Cultural Work of Canadian Hockey Novels, a book discussing the hockey myth as presented in Canadian literature. Read all about it in the Western News!
Congratulations to Melina Baum Singer, a doctoral candidate from our program, on co-editing this exciting new collection of essays: Cultural Grammars of Nation, Diaspora, and Indigeneity in Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/1554583365/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_alp_qQR5ob1RAWS1E