Awards and recognition

The Department of English is pleased to recognize achievements within our department. Below you will find a list of accomplishments, archived by season. Please also check the online events calendar on this site for information about events such as departmental thesis defences.

Winter 2014
  • The Graduate Students' Association hosted its eighth annual graduate student conference, March 14-16, 2014, on "The Page: Visual and Material Literature." The conference was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who presented and volunteered, and a special congratulations to Cameron Anstee and Neal Hackler for organizing such a wonderful event.
  • On March 4th, Professor April London presented a paper entitled “Anecdotal Austen” as part of the faculty Works-in-Progress Colloquium Series.
  • The English Department hosted writer-in-residence Nancy Richler for the first literary reading of the new year on January 27th. Nancy Richler is the author of The Imposter Bride (2012, shortlisted for the 2012 Giller Prize), as well as Your Mouth is Lovely (2002) and Throwaway Angels (1996). The reading was co-sponsored by the Vered Jewish Canadian Studies Program and the Department of English.
Fall 2013
  • The GSA hosted a special work-in-progress session on Friday December 6th that featured presentations by three of our MA thesis students: Katherine Andrews, Laura Nelson, and Lisa Templin.
  • We were pleased to welcome Winter-term creative writing professor Mark Frutkin for a reading on November 14th. He was joined by two former students of our creative writing program, Betty Kearsley and Nicola Vulpe.
  • On November 4th, we were delighted to host American poet, translator, and anthologist Jerome Rothenberg. The event was organized in conjunction with the AB Series and the Vered Canadian Jewish Studies Program.
  • Frans De Bruyn presented our first faculty Work-in-Progress Colloquium Series paper of the semester on November 1st.
  • The Graduate Students Association held its first Works in Progress session of the year on October 25th when Jennifer Baker presented a paper entitled "Reading Agrarian Work in Canadian Literature: An Ecocritical Perspective."
  • We were delighted to host Larissa Lai, novelist, poet, and professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, on October 23rd for a presentation on the relationship between speculative fiction, empiricism, and science, and a reading from her novel-in-progress.
  • On October 4th, Pulitzer-Prize winning American poet Rae Armantrout joined us for a reading from her recent work. Also reading at the event was our own PhD candidate Jennifer Baker. Armantrout’s visit was organized in conjunction with the AB Series.
  • October 1st, the Department of English hosted a symposium on the intersections between aboriginal studies and medieval studies. The event featured talks by Robert Rouse, Professor of English at the University of British Columbia, and Raymond Frogner, archivist at the Royal BC Museum. Dr. Rouse's paper focused on the collection, modification, and creation of medieval and faux-medieval manuscripts in Australia and New Zealand in the mid-19th century. Raymond Frogner discussed the influence of French medieval customary laws on Canadian law and information management.
Spring 2013
  • On May 3-5, the Department hosted "'Whatever Else': An Irving Layton Symposium," organized by Robert Stacey. Part of our yearly Canadian Literature Symposium series, this gathering brought together literary critics, editors, biographers, and other scholars of Layton's work, and featured a keynote address by Brian Trehearne and an evening of literary readings and performances inspired by the Layton Reloaded poetry project.
Winter 2011
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