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2017-18 NEWS & EVENTS


June 27, 2018 | CBC
Overlooked: Photography and the Smartphone
Even photo studios of the 19th century and early 20th century provided backdrops, clothes and props for customers to use. Parents have always chosen baby photos and school pictures that conform to their idealized view of how their children should appear. And who hasn't taken a glance in the mirror before getting a passport picture taken? We select the most flattering images of ourselves — that's why visual culture expert Thy Phu sees every photo portrait as a kind of selfie.

June 14, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
2018 Graduating Award Winners
Congratulations Emma Croll-Baehre, Helen M.B. Allison Gold Medal for Honors English Lang & Lit; Bailey Baggio, Kristin Brady Memorial Prize; Joanna Shepherd Mohammed, UWO Gold Medal for HSP in Creative Writing and English Lang & Lit; and Madeleine Campbell, UWO Gold Medal for Honors Major in English Lang & Lit, and the UWO Gold Medal for Honors Major in Art History & Studio Art!

June 12, 2018 | Western News Bookmarks
Putting a region in the context of family history
Professor Emeritus Donald Hair, author of Souwesto Lives: John Hair and Alice Runnalls, places the lives of his parents at the centre of the narrative that explores the history and culture of Southwestern Ontario.

June 4, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
2018 Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry
Jonathan Pavey is this year's winner of the Alfred Poynt Award in Poetry for his entry, “Unbecoming” and Camille Intson received an Honourable Mention for her poem "Questions I Have for the Allegorical Plaster Models in Regeneration Hall in the National War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario”. Congratulations!

May 30, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Roshana Ghaedi, winner of the 2018 Avie Bennett Prize in Canadian Literature
In her essay “Trauma, Photography, and Fragmentation in Timothy Findley’s The Wars”, written for English 2501E – Canadian Literature Survey, Rose elegantly explores the ways that Findley’s 1977 novel fragments narrative form and uses imagistic devices to represent its hero Robert Ross’ experience of trauma and alienation at the time of the First World War.

May 25, 2018 | Western News
Professor follows The Bard’s words in new directions
Professor James Purkis’ book, Shakespeare and Manuscript Drama: Canon, Collaboration and Text, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award, which seeks to celebrate new scholarship and help to extend readership of Shakespeare.

May 24, 2018 | Western News
Professor Thy Phu and The Family Camera Network explore the relationship between photography and the idea of family
Funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, The Family Camera Network is a collaboration with six institutions. In 2016, researchers began building a public archive of family photographs, collecting the stories of the photos and building an archive to be housed at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

May 18, 2018 | Graduate Scholarships & Awards
Lisa Templin, winner of the 2018 McIntosh Prize!
Lisa Templin’s talk, “‘Golden Distraction[s]': Marginal Allusions in Rachel Speght’s A Mouzell for Melastomus” offered a meticulous reading of misogynist marginalia in Rachel Speght’s intervention in the popular early modern debate about women. Speght’s own work was a response to Joseph Swetnam’s misogynist The Arraignment of Women. Lisa's talk made full use of her detailed and exemplary archival work, delving into manuscript and print history to investigate the intertextual discussions enshrined by the anonymous marginalia. With admirable lucidity, Lisa unpacked the knotty relationships between the Calvinist Speght, her unidentifiable attacker, and two of the attacker’s sources: the Jesuit writer Robert Southwell and a popular song recounting a maid’s longing for a husband. In showing how the anonymous interpolator draws on these disparate religious, cultural, and social references to cleverly undermine Speght’s carefully drawn virtue—key to the power of her authorial voice—Lisa not only showcased the depth of her research and knowledge, but also raised fascinating questions about the uses and influences of marginalia and the reading and writing practices of early modern men and women.

April 26, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Gillian Nangreave awarded 2018 Undergraduate Essay Prize!
In her paper, “Polyphony, Structure, and Social Order in ‘The Miller’s Tale’,” Gillian looks at Geoffrey Chaucer’s Miller both as a character and a narrator to argue that he occupies a liminal space within the social hierarchy of late fourteenth century England, and that he tells a tale which seeks to expand that social middle ground, thus obscuring the rigid social divisions established by The Knight’s Tale. The prize adjudication committee noted the depth of the research in the paper and the persuasiveness of Gillian’s argument, particularly as it draws together several threads of current scholarship. Gillian will be returning to Western in the Fall, as she has already been accepted to Western’s Master’s program in English literature. Congratulations to Gillian, and to all of those who submitted their excellent work for consideration.

April 23, 2018 | Department of English & Writing Studies
Professor Manina Jones appointed Chair of the Department, effective July 1, 2018
Manina comes to the position as an established scholar, an innovative teacher, and an effective and collegial administrator. Manina is author of The Art of Difference: “Documentary-Collage” and English Canadian Literature, co-author (with Priscilla L. Walton) of Detective Agency: Women Re-Writing the Hard-Boiled Tradition, and co-editor (with Marta Dvorak) of Carol Shields and the Extra-Ordinary, and has also published numerous articles in the fields of Canadian literature and detective fiction. She has also taught extensively in both areas, introducing a popular general interest course that works across genres and media of detective fiction, similarly pioneering community-based learning with an undergraduate course on Canadian Literature: Creativity and the Local, and supervising countless graduate students to successful completion of their degrees. As an administrator, Manina greatly expanded the role of Vice-Chair of the Department: in collaboration with the University Students' Council, she introduced the Student Writer-in-Residence position, unique among Canadian universities, and generally not only fostered a sense of community within the department but helped it look outward to its place in the university and beyond. For the past two years, she has been President of the largest organization of college and university teachers of English in Canada, ACCUTE. The Department is fortunate to have Manina serve as its next Chair. Welcome, congratulations, and thank you, Manina!

April 10, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Emma Croll-Baehre and Trevor Zaple tied for first place for the 2018 Marguerite R. Dow Canadian Heritage Award!
Adjudicators Professors Madeline Bassnett and Joshua Schuster noted that Emma Croll-Baehre's untitled poem pulsates with language snapped up from disparate places including social media life and landscapes of Canadiana. The poem is "gull-mouthed" and dappled with "maple cheeks" but winks back "caught-ya / in double / speak." Croll-Baehre's crisp voice and fresh poetics sparkle here in an unforgettable poem. Her work insists on a restlessness of both place and displacement in words, desires, and Canadian feeling.

They also noted that Trevor Zaple’s “Sodom Road” is an unnerving ghost story that takes us into the underbelly of rural south-western Ontario. When the coffee-slinging Jered gets a letter from his uncle giving Jered ownership of his property, he leaps at the chance to escape his dead-end life in Toronto. But what Jered finds is a derelict pair of houses that lead him, not to the back-to-the-land idyll he hopes for, but to the sordid history of a once populous mill-town. Zaple skillfully juxtaposes the clash between Jered’s urban and romantic expectations and the rural decay and isolation he encounters. Equally skillfully, Zaple’s story erodes the line between past and present, placing us in a world where the two collide and nothing is quite what it seems. Giving us a very Canadian look at the rural/urban divide, “Sodom Road” is neither comforting nor tidy in its defamiliarization of our own SoWesto region.

March 22, 2018 | The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association
Kathleen Fraser awarded the CAUT Dedicated Service Award
In recognition of the valuable and important service to UWOFA, Kathleen was awarded the CAUT Dedicated Service Award which honors outstanding service to academic staff associations at the local or provincial level.

March 15, 2018 | Teaching & Research Excellence
Professors Joel Faflak and Jonathan Boulter awarded Western’s highest honours for teaching and scholarly achievements
Joel Faflak has been awarded the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Pleva is Western’s highest award for teaching, and Joel joins a long list of distinguished teachers from our department to have won the award.

Jonathan Boulter has been awarded the Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award. The award recognizes Jonathan’s many scholarly contributions in the fields of 20th-century literature, theory, and cultural studies.

March 12, 2018 | Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards
Camille Intson, winner of the 2018 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing for her one-act play Marty and Joel and the Edge of Chaos
Adjudicated by Professors Michael Fox and Jamie Johnston, Camille's one-act play, which will be premiering at Alumnae Theatre on March 21, is preoccupied with exploring relationships between past and present, stasis and progression, time and perception, memory and identity. The play tells the story of two people, the photographer Joel and his subject Marty, who share an evening photoshoot in 1989 and then meet again at Joel’s wedding reception in 2017. While Joel considers his photographs “slivers of the past,” Marty wonders about the troubling nature of time and the possibilities of its capture. Camille hints darkly that something isn’t quite right that first night, and as the evening cuts to and then blends in with 2017, what’s happened to the pair in the intervening years is partially revealed. Sparse, often fragmentary lines of dialogue move quickly between Joel and Marty and mark seamless exchanges linking their past to their present. Throughout, the audience is challenged to try to relate what it hears and sees to a traditional, linear narrative, all while wondering about larger questions the play raises concerning the inscrutability of time, the uncertainty of human relationships, and how those concerns inform and intersect with each other in powerful ways.

March 2, 2018 | The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association
Jamie Johnston awarded Tom Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Service to UWOFA
This award acknowledges the hard work and commitment of a contract faculty member. Jamie has worked with UWOFA in various roles since 2010, and again this year he is on the bargaining team.

February 22, 2018 | Western News
Quest to document Indigenous youth suffering through art
Professor Julia Emberley has begun documenting creative works created by Indigenous youth trapped in Canada’s residential schools.

February 9, 2018 | Western News
Professors Chris Keep and Steven Bruhm tell us how Frankenstein of 1818 is so identifiable 200 years later as Western News celebrates the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein.

February 8, 2018 | Western News
‘Launch’ catapults grad’s career to new level
After taking a Creative Writing class, English & Creative Writing graduate, Sarah Botelho, found a skill for the craft and didn’t look back.

February 7, 2018 | University Affairs
Making sense of the paranormal
Professor Chris Keep among researchers from various disciplines seeking not to debunk strange events, but rather to understand how people engage with them, and what this reveals about the human experience.

February 1, 2018 | London Free Press
English & Creative Writing graduate, Sarah Botelho was the chosen artist on the CTV reality show, The Launch
After writing her first song at age 9, Sarah (aka Poesy) is now fully immersed in the alternative indie world of music. Her name is derived from an archaic word for poetry, and is a callback to her time as an English and Creative Writing major at Western University. Poesy finds inspiration in literature, 1970s rock, thrift stores, and bus rides, to create the narratives present in her songwriting.

December 14, 2017 | Western News
Western News looks back on 2017
David Huebert, English PhD candidate and Camille Intson, third-year English and Theatre Studies student named Newsmakers of the Year!

November 17, 2017 | Undergraduate Program
Fall 2017 Scholarship recipients
The Department of English & Writing Studies offers over 30 undergraduate awards & scholarships annually. We were proud to recognize the academic achievements of our outstanding students during our 1st Annual Fall Awards Reception.

November 16, 2017 | Western News
Artist, class making town-and-gown connections
Students enrolled in Professor Jones’ Canadian Literature, Creativity and the Local have helped Penn Kemp, BA’66, CertEd’68, the first Poet Laureate of London and former Writer-in-Residence at Western, curate and promote her work and have even partnered with her in writing and composing poetry.

November 9, 2017 | Western News
Heritage plaque honors Writer-in-Residence program
Jan Plug, professor and Acting Chair of the Department of English and Writing Studies, said this latest recognition by the university confirms what he’s known for years, which is the department’s role as a centre for the linked activities of intellectual inquiry, cultural creativity and social engagement.

November 7, 2017 | The Gazette
Every student has a story to tell
Sydney Brooman, Western's Student Writer-in-Residence, believes that students from across all the disciplines represented on campus would benefit if more of those outside the Arts & Humanities took creative writing courses. Read her take on why "creative writing does not belong to any one department — it belongs to people with stories to tell."

November 2, 2017 | CBC London
Western Libraries' Archives and Special Collections acquires rare 1685 edition of Shakespeare's Fourth Folio
Having a physical copy of the Fourth Folio helps students appreciate what it would have been like to read a Shakespeare play back in the 17th century.

October 5, 2017 | Graduate Studies Program
Dr. Zeinab McHeimech (PhD '17) awarded Governor General's Gold Medal
Dr. Zeinab McHeimech electrified the members of her thesis committee this past summer, who unanimously agreed that her dissertation, *Islam’s Low Mutterings at High Tide: Enslaved African Muslims in American Literature,* was the best they had seen in their collective years in the profession. They also noted that her extraordinarily timely, erudite and original research will transform the fields of Arab American and African diasporic studies, as well as American literary history. The external granting agencies have been equally impressed with Zeinab throughout her graduate studies as she has been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, a Canada Graduate Scholarship and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. McHeimech is currently a professor of writing and communication at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario.

September 28, 2017 | Western News
New fragments of history link students to past
Western’s Archives and Research Collections Centre recently announced the donation of 10 medieval manuscripts, as well as accompanying custom-designed enclosures, from English and Writing Studies professor Jane Toswell. This collection includes what is now the university’s oldest manuscript, a fragment of Missal of Susanna and the Elders from Germany, circa 1125.

September 28, 2017 | Western News
'Sinking' signals a career on the rise
English PhD candidate David Huebert’s short-story collection, Peninsula Sinking, is out this month from Biblioasis. Quill & Quire, Canada’s magazine on book news and reviews, dubbed Huebert “one of Canada’s most impressive young writers.”

September 21, 2017 | Western News
Coyote: Mainstream is waking up to the fight
Former Writer-in-Residence, Ivan Coyote, returns to campus to deliver a public performance – Neither / Nor: Circumnavigating the Gender Binary in 7000 Easy Steps – followed by author Q&A and book signing at 2 pm on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Kingsmill Room, Huron University College.

September 14, 2017 | Western News
Camille Intson takes to stages across the country
A third-year English and Theatre Studies student and accomplished playwright, Camille’s works have been produced professionally across the country.

September 14, 2017 | Western News
Sydney Brooman begins her term as Student Writer-in-Residence
As the Student Writer-in-Residence, she hopes to offer events and programming to nurture all writers across campus and the London community, regardless of age, social status or writing experience. She wants to encourage budding writers to work together and share their ideas and words with one another in a collaborative, welcoming environment.

September 7, 2017 | Western News
Daniel MacIvor, playwright, director and actor, 2017-18 Writer-in-Residence
Beginning September 18, 2017 Daniel will be available to offer feedback to, and consultation with, both experienced and novice creative writers from the University and the London community. Contact to make an appointment.

September 3, 2017 | The Gazette
Prof. David Bentley: on attending at university
Attending at university is not just a physical act. It’s a way of using your time, in Prospero’s words again, “most preciously.” Indeed, it’s a way of being.

July 27, 2017 | Western News
Sydney Brooman, 2017-18 Student Writer-in-Residence
In September, Brooman will begin her term as the 2017 Student Writer-in-Residence, a unique to North America position developed by the University Students’ Council (USC) and the Department of English and Writing Studies. The mandate of the program is to provide support for an accomplished undergraduate writer while allowing other students to benefit from the writer’s creativity, expertise, and organizational skills.

2016-17 NEWS & EVENTS

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 | Western News
Writer-in-Residence looks to marry different voices in role
Daniel MacIvor, a playwright, director and actor, will serve as Western’s Writer-in-Residence for the 2017-18 term. Western houses Canada’s longest-running Writer-in-Residence program, which was established in 1972. The Writer-in-Residence works to raise the profile of literary activity in the community and enriches the local cultural scene, often engaging audiences with little previous literary experience. As Western’s 48th Writer-in-Residence, part of Daniel's work on campus will revolve around helping develop the newly renovated Theatre Studies Program, which is attracting much student attention. MacIvor plans to work with students and the broader London community on fostering creative thinking, writing and an appreciation for theatre and the doors of self-discovery it opens, he noted.

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 | New English modules
The changes to our modules reflect the direction of the field of English Literary studies and the expertise of the faculty in the department. Students will still be required to gain a broad understanding of the history of English literature, but the new modules offer greater flexibility and choice which will allow students to design a program of study which satisfies their own intellectual curiosity. To compliment these increased choices, we are also offering a new lineup of 3000-lvl courses which are focused around narrower themes, genres or issues.

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

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
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 |
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.

2015-16 NEWS & EVENTS

August 26, 2016 | Association for Theatre in Higher Education
Congratulations Professor Kim Solga. Recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Editing for her achievement in editing Performance and the Global City editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Performance and the City editors (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

August 12, 2016 | Western News
Friedman embraces career as ‘a grinder’
Although he fell a couple of subjects short of graduating, Friedman was an English major at Western (1989-93). Considered an understated and thoughtful presence, he's now reporting for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

The Alfred R. Poynt Award in Poetry 2016
The winner of the 2016 Alfred R. Poynt Award in Poetry is Emma Croll-Baehre for her submission, "Whereabouts i, ii, iii." Congratulations, Emma! Runner-Up is Marta Croll-Baehre, and Judges' Choice honourable mentions go to Robyn Obermeyer, Brittany Renaud, and Noelle Schmidt.

The Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing 2016
The winner of the 2016 Lillian Kroll Prize in Creative Writing is Erica McKeen, for her short story, "Our Eyes, Our Tongue." Congratulations, Erica! Honourable Mention of a very High Order to Kevin Heslop.

April 7, 2016 | Western Gazette
Game of Thrones course coming to English
During the upcoming 2016-17 academic year, Western students will have the pleasure of being taught by John Leonard, the recipient of the 2013 James Holly Handford Award, in a class based around the popular literary and television series, Game of Thrones.

April 7 - 8, 2016
Arts Outreach Day
Grade 11 students from the Thames Valley and Catholic District School Boards will be getting a taste of the university experience as they tour the building and sit in on lectures led by Arts & Humanities faculty.

April 5, 2016 | CBC/Radio-Canada
David Huebert (PhD 3) named winner of the 2016 CBC Short Story Prize
David's story, "Enigma", will be published in Air Canada enRoute magazine. He will also receive a 10-day writing residency at The Banff Centre and $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts. The remaining finalists will each receive $1,000.

March 29 - 31, 2016
Auditions for 2016 Fall Drama Production
All are welcome! No need to prepare anything. Auditions and Crew sign-ups are being held in March so that interested students may register in English 2041F for Fall 2016 and hence receive a course credit for their part in the production. No summer rehearsals! For more information, please contact the director, Professor Jo Devereux (

March 24, 2016 | Western News
Professor John Leonard is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished University Professorship
The Distinguished University Professorship Award acknowledges sustained excellence in scholarship over a substantial career at Western. The award includes a citation, the right to use the title, an opportunity for a public lecture and a $10,000 prize to be used for scholarly activity at any time.

March 21 - 22, 2016
Auditions for 2016 Summer Shakespeare
All are welcome! You do not have to be a Western student to audition.Theatre Studies at Western presents Western Summer Shakespeare 2016 - Much Ado about Nothing. Auditions are being held March 21 and 22. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script - no need to prepare anything. Show will run July 2016.

March 15, 2016
Arts and Humanities Students’ Council ITR Info Session
Wondering what English courses to take? Stop by the IGAB Atrium and talk with our English faculty to learn more about the English program and the options available. Everyone is welcome!

March 12, 2016
March Break Open House
On this day of discovery, you will have a chance to meet with our faculty, staff and students and learn why Western offers the best student experience among Canadian Universities. Attend faculty presentations, take a bus or walking tour of campus, tour one or more of our residences, visit our marketplace to hear about services for students, sample our food services for lunch or a snack and enjoy Western's beautiful campus.

March 8, 2016
Interdisciplinary Intent to Register (ITR) Fair
Wondering what courses and modules to take next year? Don't miss the ITR FAIR hosted by LAMP, The Student Success Centre and various Faculty Councils. This event is poised to be Western’s largest intent to register (ITR) and professor meet and greet event, targeting all students from years 1-3. Pizza is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

February 25, 2016 | Western Gazette
English students from 3666F explore mental illness through art
“It’s a play talking about young adults dealing with how to get over the struggles of mental health and it centres on suicide and how others deal with suicide after the loss,” says playwright Meg Cormack, third-year English honours student.

January 21, 2016 | Western News
How to die like Bowie, or, we can be heroes
Diana Samu-Visser, PhD Candidate, English & Writing Studies reflects on the death of David Bowie.

January 14, 2016 | Western News
Former Western Writer-in-Residence and Alumni earns Oscar nod for her adaptation of her novel, "Room"

November 25, 2015 | Western Presidential Lecture Series
The importance and relevance of the imaginative life
Paul Kennedy, host of CBC Radio’s Ideas, Dr. David Bentley, Professor and Department Chair Bryce Traister and Western English alumna Liz Nash, discuss the importance and relevance of the imaginative life and an education devoted to the arts and humanities

2014-15 NEWS & EVENTS

September 9, 2014 | Western News
Two of our own named to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada
Professor Julia Emberley and Emeritus Professor Frank Davey are among six Western University scholars recently named to the prestigious Royal Society of Canada, in recognition of their scholarly and artistic achievements.

September 3, 2014 | Huffpost Living
English 2092F/G - The Many Faces of Harry Potter named one of Canada's coolest classes
This course examines the Harry Potter series in relation to the gothic novel, detective fiction, fantasy, adventure, and even the dystopian novel.

2014-15 Writer-in-Residence
Gary Barwin is a writer, composer, multimedia artist, and educator and the author of seventeen books of poetry and fiction as well as books for both teens and children. His work has been widely performed, broadcast, anthologized and published nationally and internationally. His latest book is Moon Baboon Canoe (poetry, Mansfield Press, 2014.) and he has just completed a novel, Yiddish for Pirates.

2013-14 NEWS & EVENTS

June 3, 2014 | Western News
'Counterfeit' child shows more than meets the eye
Kids aren't as innocent as they seem, says Steven Bruhm. Bruhm, a professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies, recently published The Counterfeit Child in a special issue of English Studies in Canada titled Childhood and Its Discontents, edited by Nat Hurley.

March 25, 2014 | London Free Press
Alice Munro Chair in Creativity
Seeking scholar to fill full-time, three-year renewable academic position.

March 13, 2014 | Western News
Professor John Leonard is honoured for a lifetime of Milton work
His recent book, Faithful Labourers, has won the 2013 James Holly Hanford Award for "distinguished monograph on Milton." Professor Leonard is among an exclusive few who have won the Hanford Award three times.

January 1, 2014 | The Globe and Mail
Alice Munro’s alma mater has plan to turn Nobel fame into new fundraising
As Alice Munro’s daughter, Jenny, stood in Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize in literature on her mother’s behalf, the new laureate’s alma mater was at the ready, hoping to capture some of the attention.

November 28, 2013 | Western News
Professor's exploration of Milton masterpiece drawing rave reviews
John Leonard, Western English professor and renowned John Milton scholar, recently published Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of ‘Paradise Lost’, a two-volume work dealing with centuries of Milton scholarship. It has been praised for its attention to detail and fair-mindedness, for its contributions to astronomical thought in Milton’s time and has been called “one of the most sustainedly informative and carefully pondered single-authored academic books on Milton’s Paradise Lost ever to have been published.”Western News reporter Adela Talbot recently spoke to John Leonard about his most recent publication.

November 2013 | flickr
Celebrating 40 years of the Writer-in-Residence Program
See photos from the Moveable Feast gala.

Professor M.J. Kidnie
2013-14 Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar Award and Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Award

September 2013 | Western News
Congratulations Leanne Trask, Graduate Affairs Assistant. Winner of the 2013 Western Award of Excellence.

2012-13 NEWS & EVENTS

Professor Alison Conway
2012-13 Graham and Gale Wright Distinguished Scholar


Professor Joel Faflak
2012-13 Arts and Humanities Faculty Scholar Award

Professor Michelle Hartley
2012-13 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards


Professor M.J. Kidnie
2012-13 Scotiabank/University Students' Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching


Professor Allan Pero
2012-13 Arts and Humanities Teaching Excellence Awards

Professor Matthew Rowlinson
2012-13 Faculty Scholar Award

2011-12 NEWS & EVENTS

Professor Steven Bruhm
2011-12 Graham and Gale Wright Award

Professor Matthew Rowlinson
2011-12 Faculty Scholar Award