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July 25, 2017 | Sara Marie Jones Memorial Scholarship Winner
Sarah Harrison, "Resisting a Traditional Recovery Model of Trauma in Joy Kogawa's Obasan through Mad Grief"
The committee adjudicating the award, Drs. Manina Jones, Joshua Schuster, and Jane Toswell, agreed that Ms Harrison’s paper “offers a new way of thinking about Kogawa's classic and important novel. Harrison's intervention offers a new paradigm of Mad Studies and especially Mad Grief.” As well, “By addressing the three central characters not as models of recovery but as figures engaged in mad grief,  responding to the racialized and sexualized traumas of their lives in multiple, incommensurate ways that reflect an intersectional model of trauma, Harrison offers a new and powerful way of interpreting the novel.” Awarded annually to a first-year PhD student in English, the Sara Marie Jones Scholarship is valued at $500.


May 12, 2017 | Alice Munro Chair in Creativity
Applications being accepted
The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western University invites applications or nominations for the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity. The Alice Munro Chair in Creativity will recognize and honour our Nobel laureate, inspire student writers and foster creative expression of all kinds. Alice Munro is counted among the University’s most extraordinary alumni. This position will be a full-time, Limited Term appointment, with an academic rank commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications. The position will reside in the Department of English and Writing Studies, or as a joint appointment with English and Writing Studies and another department in the Faculty, as appropriate. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a vigorous creative/research program, and to contribute to teaching undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The appointment will be made in accordance with the relevant University policies and will be for a one- to three-year term. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position will commence on July 1, 2018 or as negotiated.


May 11, 2017 | Alfred R. Poynt Award in Poetry Winners
Congratulations 2017 Winners!
Made in the spirit of stimulating the imagination, promoting creativity, and fostering appreciation of English language skills and the art of poetry and through the generosity of the late Alfred R. Poynt of London, Ontario, the first prize was awarded to Marta Croll-Baehre, “The Basin Woman”; Runner-Up: Hilary Doyle, “Pound the Garden” and three Judge’s Choice prize were awarded to: Adam Mohamed, “Memory as Film”; Connor Hill, “GUNSHIPS” and Elizabeth Sak, “Dark Waters”.


May 10, 2017 | McIntosh Prize Competition Winner
Congratulations to Jason Sunder
His “Religious Beef: Untouchable Life, Constitutional Secularism, and Sacred Cows in Arjun Dangle’s ‘The Cantonment has Begun to Shake’” presented a fresh and ambitious intervention in post-colonial criticism that offered incisive readings of legislative and literary texts. Honourable mentions also go to Hanji Lee, who argued with extraordinary clarity for reading Conrad’s Nostromo as ‘nostalgic metafiction,’ and to Nahmi Lee, for her elegantly argued discussion of the subject-object relations in the materiality of Dickens' London  in Bleak House and Our Mutual Friend.

We are grateful for the collegial occasion that the McIntosh Competition provides, and to all the 4th–year PhD students who shared their research with the community. The Graduate Studies office would like to warmly thank this year’s adjudicators, Professors Mary Helen McMurran, Donna Pennee, and James Purkis.


May 9 & 10, 2017 | McIntosh Prize Competition
Everyone is welcome to join us in AHB 3B02. See schedule for details.
The McIntosh Prize is an annual prize awarded for the best public lecture given by a fourth-year PhD student on a topic growing out of his or her PhD thesis. The prize was created through a bequest from the Estate of Wilhelmina McIntosh, who died in 1940, and who was a friend of Western.


May 3, 2017 | The Fieldnotes Speaker Series
Fashioning an Aristocratic Identity for Posterity: Anne Clifford and the Rhetoric of Clothing
Join us at 2:30 pm in AHB 2R21 for a talk by Jacyln Reed and response by Dr. Madeline Bassnett. This series has been created to highlight the wide range of creative and innovative scholarship developed by graduate students in the Department of English.


April 26-28, 2017 | Symposium
Imagining Religious Toleration, 1600-1800
Nine scholars from US and Canadian universities will meet at Western to present papers over three days. All panels will be open to faculty and students at Western, and will be available on this website as podcasts after the event. On the evening our symposium begins, Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies at McGill University, will present a free public lecture at the London Public Library, titled “Shakespeare and the Theatre of Freedom.”


April 26, 2017 | Avie Bennett Prize in Canadian Literature
Congratulations to Jennifer Tombs
"How the Symbol of the B'gwus Functions as a Way of Speaking Back to Colonial Narratives in Monkey Beach" is a thoughtful, well researched, and beautifully composed essay written for English 3880G - First Nations Literatures. This prize is awarded annually for the best essay written by an undergraduate student registered in a Canadian Literature course.


April 12, 2017 | The Fieldnotes Speaker Series
Romantic Buddhism: Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan” and De Quincey’s Confessions
Join us at 2:30 pm in AHB 2R21 for a talk by Logan Rohde and response by Dr. Joel Faflak. This series has been created to highlight the wide range of creative and innovative scholarship developed by graduate students in the Department of English.


April 10, 2017 | Department of English Teaching Symposium
Earn credits toward Certificate in Teaching and Learning
Hosted by Lead TA, David Hubert. Speakers include: Joel Faflak, Josh Lambier, Madeline Bassnett, Tom Cull, Jason Sunder, Diana Samu-Visser and Emily Kring. Please join us in AHB 2R21 from 1-4pm.


March 31, 2017 | Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Writing Award
Congratulations to Alero Ogbeide, winner of the 2017 Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Writing Award for her short story, “The Best Worst Place I’ve Ever Lived”
Alero Ogbeide’s “The Best Worst Place I’ve Ever Lived” is a humorous but pointed look at racial difference in small-town Alberta. While evoking stereotypes of isolated northern settings—the extreme cold, a fondness for guns—Ogbeide’s short story also addresses the stereotyping faced by the narrator, as her classmates tell her “I’ve never seen people like you in real life before.” Ogbeide skillfully glances towards and away from these negotiations of racial and cultural difference, finishing the piece with an evocation of the beauty of a northern Alberta spring. In its close look at one community, this story succeeds in addressing many of the larger, and indeed critical, issues of racial identity, belonging, and exclusion that face us as Canadians today.


March 31, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Cree-Métis Poet, Teacher, and Scholar Marilyn Dumont
Join us at 2:50 pm in UCC 146 for a public reading followed by a round table discussion with Western graduate students. Co-sponsored with Indigenous Services and Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


March 30, 2017 | CBC Books
André Alexis's novel Fifteen Dogs, championed by Humble The Poet, won Canada Reads 2017
Humble The Poet, defending Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis, faced off against Measha Brueggergosman, defending Madeline Ashby's Company Town, to decide the winner. On the final day of debates, Humble and Measha were given opportunities to sway panellists Candy Palmater, Jody Mitic and Chantal Kreviazuk through discussions about the books' writing quality, the respective endings and how well they addressed issues important to Canadians. Learn more about André and Humble the Poet in this short video clip.


March 30, 2017 | Western News
Dystopic déjà vu: Trump and the resurgence of cataclysmic classics
Professors Bryce Traister and Miranda Green-Barteet explain what the renaissance of these old dystopic stories tell us about current times.


March 29, 2017 | Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing
Congratulations to Jasmeen Siddiqui, winner of the 2017 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing for her short story, “Yelling All the Way to Hell”
Jasmeen Siddiqui’s "Yelling All the Way to Hell” tells the story of Barty, a person without purpose, an eminently forgettable character—virtually, infuriatingly invisible to those with whom he interacts--who finally converts an itinerant childhood into his true calling as a street preacher. On a busy corner in downtown London, Barty settles into his minor daily role in “a tragedy for lives filled with motion and activity, moving, moving” and hones at last a voice and identity worthy of acknowledgement, even imitation. Siddiqui’s prose is lean, at times sparse, yet she manages to create a protagonist with some depth: a plausible youth, a familiar sense of frustration and disappointment with his life, and a view of the world which ultimately rings true with his decision to disseminate the word of God.


March 29, 2017 | The Fieldnotes Speaker Series
What "Is" Is Not: Undecidability and the Non-Words ofFinnegans Wake
Join us at 1:00 pm in AHB 2R07 for a talk by Jeremy Colangelo and response by Dr. Allan Pero. This series has been created to highlight the wide range of creative and innovative scholarship developed by graduate students in the Department of English.


March 23, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
The Black in the Cul-De-Sac: Afro-Pessimism as the Crisis of Critical Theory
Join us at 3:30pm in AHB 3B02 for a talk by Professor Frank Wilderson III. Variations in structural violence mark the essential point of departure for theorizing the disparate positions of worker and slave in civil society. These irreconcilable regimes of structural violence are at the heart of a structural antagonism between Blacks and Human; and are also at the heart of a systemic crisis in critical theory. Sponsored by the Postcolonial Studies Reading Group, the departments of English & Writing Studies and Women's Studies & Feminist Research, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Center for Theory and Criticism.


March 22, 2017 | The Fieldnotes Speaker Series
"The Story of Seeing": Photography and Memory in Paul Auster's The Invention of Solitude
The Graduate English Society is proud to present the first talk of its inaugural Fieldnotes Speaker Series. Everyone is welcome to join us for a talk by Courtney Church and response by Jeremy Colangelo. This series has been created to highlight the wide range of creative and innovative scholarship developed by graduate students in the Department of English.


March 21-23, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Auditions 2017 Fall Drama Production - Macbeth
Auditions are held in March so that students can enroll in English 2041F for Fall 2017 and get course credit for their role in the production. All are welcome! Running since 2007, the Fall Theatre Production course draws students from all faculties together to perform, produce and even compose as a team. For more information about the production and the course, please contact the director/instructor: Professor Jo Devereux jdevereu@uwo.ca.


March 16, 2017 | Western News
Western celebrates excellence in teaching
Professors M.J. Kidnie and Miranda Green-Barteet are among eleven winners, representing five different faculties, who have been awarded Western’s highest honours for inspiring active and deep learning in their students.


March 16, 2017 | Co-sponsored with the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research - RESCHEDULED
Killing the Queen Bee: The Dead Mean Girl in Pop Culture
Professor Sara K. Day is an Assistant Professor of English at Truman State University where she teaches courses in YA and Children’s Literature, American Literature, and Composition. She has published widely on constructions of girlhood in contemporary Young Adult Fiction. Her book, Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Fiction, was published in 2013. She is co-editor of Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction and has published essays in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Studies in the Novel, and English Studies in Canada.


March 11, 2017 | Corrigan Literary Review
With an English major, you’re literally more likely to become a CEO or legislator than to end up serving coffee or French fries
Majoring in English gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of important, complex, adaptable skills - learning how to learn, writing, reading, analyzing, speaking, critical thinking, creativity, research, discussion, and many others.


March 11, 2017 | Faculty of Arts & Humanities
March Break Open House
Join us for March Break Open House to meet with our faculty, staff and students and learn more about English at Western.


March 10-11, 2017 | Quebec Universities English Undergraduate Conference (QUEUC)
Celebrating Excellence in our Undergraduate English Program
Undergraduate English students Chris Austin, Heidi Choi, Laura Brooks, and Purva Mehta presented their research papers at the annual QUEUC where students from across Canada connect and share their research in a comfortable, collaborative environment that fosters the pursuit of knowledge and the love of learning. Since its inception in 2009, QUEUC has blossomed into the most successful English Undergraduate conference in Canada. Papers presented: "Johnathon Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room": Scatological Misogyny" (Christopher Austin), "The Recycling of Excrement in Johnathon Swift's Gulliver's Travels" (Heidi Choi), "The Lesser of Two Evils: The Portrayal of Leadership and Political Apathy in William Shakespeare's Richard II and Measure for Measure" (Laura Brooks), "Seeing is Deceiving--Emotional Abuse and It's Impacts on Ann Shirley and Harry Potter" (Purva Mehta).


March 9, 2017 | London Public Library
Writing Fiction from a Multilingual Perspective: Sharing Ideas and Approaches
Are you a fiction writer who works in multiple languages, and/or writes in English as a second language? Come join us for an evening of discussion with our Writer in Residence and other local writers like yourself who are exploring how to craft characters and narrative settings that involve a relationship to more than one language context and history. This is a great opportunity to discuss how to explore immigration narratives, to write dialogue that does not erase accent or dialect, and to explore ideas of living in translation and embodying several simultaneous relationships to language impacting memory, dream, literary culture and diversity. You are invited to bring samples of your writing to share, and your enthusiasm to offer response and ideas to the group. Meet other local writers who bring their relationship with multiple languages and cultures into their writing in English.


March 9, 2017 | The Gazette
Civility and Manners
Dr. David Bentley discusses the importance of civility and manners and their enduring presence at Western University.


March 8, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Professor Mary Helen McMurran is the recipient of the 2017 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award (Full-Time)
This award recognizes teaching excellence in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the undergraduate and/or graduate level for course design, curriculum development, thesis supervision and educational outreach.


March 7, 2017 | Western News
Remembering Bonnie Burnard, BA'67
The Western community mourns the loss of award-winning author, alumna and former Writer-in-Residence, Bonnie Burnard, BA'67. She passed away on March 4, 2017 at the age of 72.


March 7, 2017 | The Gazette
Antagonist highlights modern day tyrants in Antigone
This student-led production is made up of students from all disciplines across campus, including our own from English & Theatre Studies. Written by Jean Anouilh and adapted by Lewis Galantière, Antigone reimagines the Greek tragedy by Sophocles within the context of the German occupation of France in the 1940s. Compared to the big name musicals and popular 20th century classics university theatre groups frequently produce, a performance based off of a classical text stands out as a unique project in the Western community.


March 2, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Professor Thy Phu is the recipient of the Faculty Scholar Award for 2017-2019
Established in 2005, the Faculty Scholar awards recognizes the complete scholar who has maintained an excellent record in teaching and research, and who has recently achieved prominence in one of these two domains. Nominated by faculty deans and selected by the Faculty Selection committee chaired by the Provost, the recipients have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-around scholars.


March 1, 2017 | USC
2017 Student Writer-in-Residence Call for Applications
Applications now being accepted for the 2017 Student Writer-in-Residence. It's a great experience, includes a stipend and it looks terrific on the resume! You must be entering your fourth year in 2017-18. Applications due April 15. Created by the USC and co-sponsored by the Department of English and Writing Studies, the Student Writer-in-Residence (SWIR) program provides a unique opportunity for students to take a leading role in promoting creativity.


March 1, 2017 | 2017 Summer Shakespeare at Western
Call for Directors & Stage Manager
Join our creative team! Will you be in London this summer and looking for an excellent opportunity to build up your resume while being part of a great Western theatrical tradition? Do you have a secret ambition to direct your favourite Shakespeare play? If so, the deadline to apply for directing or stage managing Western Summer Shakespeare this year has been extended to March 15th.


February 16, 2017 | Poetry London
Public reading with Stuart Ross
Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, and writing teacher living in Cobourg, Ontario. He is the author of 20 books of poetry, fiction, and essays. As an editor, he has worked with both award-winning senior authors and emerging young writers. His recent books of poetry include Our Days in Vaudeville (Mansfield Press, 2014), A Hamburger in a Gallery (DC Books, 2015), and A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent (Wolsak and Wynn, 2016).


February 16, 2017 | Co-sponsored with the Department of History
Poetry of the Night - Reading the Historical Night Sky Through English Poetry
Join Canadian Astronomer, David H. Levy as he talks about the intricate relationship between the night sky and the works of English Literature.


February 8, 2017 | London Public Library - Landon Branch
Interlude
We welcome Cornelia Hoogland and Blair Trewartha back to town for an evening of poetry readings with Kara Smith and Kevin Shaw.


February 1, 2017 | Brickenden.org
2016 Outstanding Comedy Win - Summer Shakespeare/Much Ado About Nothing
Congratulations to Jen Hale and Kait Rietdijk, and the whole Much Ado/Western Summer Shakespeare crew, for their 2016 Brickenden Outstanding Comedy win!


February 1, 2017 | CBC Books
2010 Writer-in-Residence named Canada Reads Finalist
Congratulations André Alexis on being named a 2017 Canada Reads finalist! Five Canadians - an actor, a musician, a comedian, a performer and a veteran - will battle it out to become the next Canada Reads champion beginning March 27, 2017.


January 25, 2017 | Western News
March fosters community, collective power
Professors Conway and Greene attended the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington, one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. What started as a grassroots movement to “send a bold message to (the) new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women’s rights are human rights,” saw millions gather and march around the world.


January 25, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
2017 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing
Submissions are now being accepted! The prize of $250 is awarded competitively to an undergraduate student (any faculty or program including students at the affiliated colleges) who exhibits a developing talent for creative writing.


January 25, 2017 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Seth Godin - Graphic Artist and Cartoonist
Seth is arguably one of Canada's greatest living cartoonist, and has been called "one of the best narrative cartoonists in the world."


January 19, 2017 | Public Reading
Public reading with Michael Prior
Michael Prior is a Japanese Canadian writer. A past recipient of Magma's Editors' Prize (2013), Grain's Short Grain Contest (2014), The Walrus's Poetry Prize, and Matrix Magazine's Lit Pop Award, Michael's poems have appeared in numerous journals across North America and the UK. Michael's first chapbook, Swan Dive, was published in 2014 by Frog Hollow Press, and his first full-length collection, Model Disciple, was published in 2016 by Véhicule Press's Signal Editions. Michael holds an MA from the University of Toronto and teaches at Cornell University, where he is completing an MFA in poetry.


January 12, 2017 | Western News
Professor bridges gap in elite collection
James Good, an English professor emeritus and former Dean of Arts at Western, established the Dr. James M. Good William Wordsworth-Samuel Taylor Coleridge Collection at Western Libraries. He recently bolstered this collection with the addition of a first edition of Wordsworth’s An Evening Walk, a 1793 collection of poetry of which only 33 copies are known to exist around the world. Western now owns the only copy to reside in Canada.


January 12, 2017 | Public Reading
Dr. Michael Zeitlin, University of British Columbia
Faulkner and the Royal Air Force Canada, 1918


January — March 2017 | Writer-in-Residence
A Campus Series of Literary Collaborations
A series of four literary events animated by Margaret Christakos, 2016-17 Canada Council Writer-in-Residence. Each event will invite student poets and writers to participate in reading and performance opportunities, and will consider poetry and writing in relation to specific spaces and contexts on campus.


December 14, 2016 | Western News
Remembering Alan Thicke – English graduate, actor, producer, composer and performer
Iconic Canadian actor Alan Thicke, BA’67, best known for playing Jason Seaver on 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, died from a heart attack Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 69. Thicke was playing hockey with his youngest son, Carter, when he suffered the fatal attack. In a 2011 interview with the Alumni Gazette, Thicke playfully admitted he had no idea what he was doing when he arrived on Western’s campus five decades ago.


December 1, 2016
Sidewalk poetry coming to London
As part of their class for English 3777F - Creativity and the Local, Jennifer Ball, Leizel Rafanan and Noelle Schmidt, presented their idea to stamp poems in fresh concrete to the London Arts Council (LAC).


November 30, 2016 | Western News
Remembering Tywin Lannister 1,000 years to the day after his demise
As interest continues to rise in English 2096A - Winter is Coming: A Game of Thrones Professor John Leonard revisits England’s real Game of Thrones.


November 17, 2016 | Western News
Remembering a Canadian poet, songwriter - Leonard Cohen
Professor David Bentley recalls his first foray into Leonard Cohen’s work, The Spice-Box of Earth, an early collection of poetry.


November 16, 2016 | Poetry London
Monthly evening readings
Readings by Writer-in-Residence, Margaret Christakos, and visiting poet Armand Garnet Ruffo.


November 14, 2016 | Words Festival
Words Festival Presents: Emma Donoghue in Conversation with Bryce Traister
Words Festival presents a reading and conversation with award-winning novelist Emma Donoghue, hosted by the Chair of the Department of English & Writing Studies, Bryce Traister.


November 13, 2016 | Western University
Fall Preview Day
Thank you to all future students and parents for visiting us during Fall Preview Day! We had a blast talking to you about English & Writing Studies and look forward to seeing you on campus again, soon!


November 6, 2016 | WordsFest London
John Milton's Poetry
Professor John Leonard will be giving a lecture on Milton's poetry this Sunday, November 6th as part of WordsFest London Canada. Featuring first edition works by Milton from Western Archives.


November 2, 2016 | Western News
Alumnus to explore life of ‘Rebel Angel’
Remembering Ross Woodman – a former English prof, art critic, wizard ... and inspiration


November 2, 2016 | Western News
2016 Fall Drama Production - Q1 Hamlet
Class gives ‘bad quarto’ its day on stage. Hamlet Q1 – the first-known printed edition of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy – is not the text you studied from. It’s not the text traditionally used for theatrical productions, either. In fact, you probably haven’t encountered this version of the play before.


October 27, 2016 | Department of English & Writing Speaker Series
Sir Christopher Ricks - Mr. Eliot's Mr. Apollinax
Literary critic and scholar, champion of Victorian poetry and Bob Dylan enthusiast – Sir Christopher Ricks once again combines astonishing insight with hilarity during his talk, "Mr. Eliot's Mr. Apollinax".


September 7, 2016 | Western News
Professor Thy Phu named to the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists
Eight Western professors have been named among the nation’s top scholars in the arts, humanities and sciences by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), including six newly named Fellows and two New Scholars.


October 26, 2016 | Macleans
Cool course: “Winter is Coming”: A Game of Thrones
This English course is a serious study of the bestselling novels, examining their morally twisted universe while considering traditions of the romantic epic.


September 2016 | Western Alumni
Multimedia maven and alumna, Sam Maggs is the first lady of geek
Having a professor and a mentor like Professor Keep, who believed in my writing even when I was not so confident in it, was really invaluable and gave me the skills and the confidence I needed to go on to a master’s degree and book publishing,” explained Maggs, who studied a rarely researched subgenre of Victorian literature known as ‘sensation fiction’ with Keep.


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