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Works in Progress

Posted: March 2014

The Graduate English Society presents Works in Progress, featuring new research from:

  • Nicole Slipp, “Kink Theory: A Genealogy of Academic Work on Sadomasochism and BDSM”
  • Amber Hastings, “Moral Contagion, Sexuality, and Suicide in Florence Marryat’s The Blood of the Vampire
  • Emily Christina Murphy, “Zelda Fitzgerald: A Death in Life and a Life after Death”

Refreshments will be served.

When:Friday, 21 March 2014, 2:00–4:00 pm

Where: 517 Watson Hall


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Sam McKegney’s Talk and Book Launch

Posted: March 2014

The Department announces two events related to the launch of Sam McKegney’s book Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (University of Manitoba Press, 2014).

Lecture: “Shaming the Body, Assaulting the Land: Indigenous Masculinity and Reterritorialization,” 1–2.30pm, Dunning Hall, Room 12. In this talk, Sam McKegney argues that the gender segregation, the derogation of the feminine, and the shaming of the body that occurred systematically within residential schools were not merely by-products of Euro-Christian patriarchy. Rather they served-and serve-the goal of colonial dispossession by troubling lived experiences of ecosystemic territoriality and effacing kinship relations that constitute modes of Indigenous governance. The paper thus asks: If the coordinated assaults on Indigenous embodiment and on Indigenous cosmologies of gender are not just two among several interchangeable tools of colonial dispossession but are in fact integral to the Canadian colonial project, can embodied actions that self-consciously reintegrate gender complementarity be mobilized to activate not simply “healing” but the radical reterritorialization and sovereignty that will make meaningful “reconciliation” possible? McKegney pursues this question through the study of autobiographical and fictional writings by residential school survivors and testimony from the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Sam McKegney is a settler scholar of Indigenous literatures. He grew up in Anishinaabe territory on the Saugeen Peninsula along the shores of Lake Huron and currently resides with his partner and their two daughters in traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples where he is an associate professor at Queen's University. He has written a book entitled Magic Weapons: Aboriginal Writers Remaking Community after Residential School and articles on such topics as environmental kinship, masculinity theory, prison writing, Indigenous governance, and Canadian hockey mythologies. The present talk builds from McKegney’s current two-book project on Indigenous masculinities. The first of these, entitled Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood, is a collection of interviews with Indigenous artists, academics, activists, and elders published by the University of Manitoba Press in January 2014. The second is a critical monograph tentatively titled ‘Carrying the Burden of Peace’: Imagining Indigenous Masculinities through Story.

Book Launch: On Thursday, 20 March at 7:00 pm, Sam McKegney launches his new book Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood at Novel Idea Bookstore in downtown Kingston, 156 Princess St. The launch features a poetry reading by Delaware poet and playwright Daniel David Moses and an address by the Director of Four Directions Aboriginal Students’ Centre Janice Hill Kanonhsyonni (Turtle Clan, Mohawk). Sam will be discussing and reading from the book and answering questions.


T. S. Eliot reading

T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

Posted: March 2014

T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, performed by John Farrell, with a special guest appearance by the Tortuga Quartet performing the first movement from Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in A minor (the Rosamunde Quartet), D. 804, Op. 29.

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Music, and Dr Harley Smyth and Ms. Carolyn McIntire Smyth, with special permission of the T. S. Eliot Estate.

Where: 124 Harrison-LeCaine Hall, School of Music, Queen’s University
When: Monday, 17 March 2014, 2:30 PM


Giller Event

Giller Prize Event: Lynn Coady

Posted: February 2014

The Department of English is pleased to announce that Lynn Coady, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for 2013 for her short story collection Hellgoing, will be visiting campus on 7 March 7 2014. This year’s Giller Event will take place at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre from 3:00–5:00. Coady will be the seventh consecutive Giller winner to come to Queen's to share prize-winning creative work with our graduating class and with the wider community.

This event is part of a unique capstone experience for fourth-year English Majors and Medials, who all receive free copies of the prize-winning book. It also features a book-signing and a reception following the talk. Initially funded in its year of inception by the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Giller Event has been sustained by alumni generosity. Please consider making a donation to our Alumni Fund: help us continue our new tradition of bringing together our exceptional students with the best in Canadian writing.

Previous Giller winners hosted by the Department of English include:

  • 2012: Will Ferguson, 419
  • 2011: Esi Edugyan, Half-Blood Blues
  • 2010: Johanna Skibsrud, The Sentimentalist
  • 2009: Linden MacIntyre, The Bishop’s Man
  • 2008: Joseph Boyden, Through Black Spruce
  • 2007: Elizabeth Hay, Late Nights on Air

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English Department’s Quasquicentennial

Posted: August 2013

In the Fall Term 2013, the Department of English at Queen's celebrates its 125th anniversary. To commemorate this great occasion, the Department has scheduled many events, both for its current students and its alumni. For full details, consult the quasquicentennial page on this site, the events listing, and the Department’s Facebook page.

Wine and Cheese reception

Wine and Cheese with Profs and Emeriti

Posted: 30 September 2013

Join the Department in celebrating its 125th anniversary by attending a wine and cheese reception with current and Emeritus Faculty. Admission is free; there is a cash bar. Current students and alumni are welcome.

When: Saturday, 5 October 2013, 5:00–7:00
Where: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University

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Battle of the Books

Posted: 30 September 2013

Come celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Department of English at Queen's by helping us pick the potential winner of this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize. Watch as members from the Queen's community do their best to persuade you in just five minutes that the book they champion is the one to beat! Get involved in a literary spectacle we imagine as a cross between “The Debaters” and “March Madness.” This event is open to all.

Who will be the winner?

When: Saturday, 5 October 2013, 10:30–12:00
Where: Speakers’ Corner, Stauffer Library, Queen's University

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Welcome Reception for Tim Wynne-Jones, Writer in Residence Fall 2013

Posted: September 2013

Join the Department in welcoming Tim Wynne-Jones, the Writer in Residence for Fall 2013. Officer of the Order of Canada and two-time winner of the Governor-General’s Award, Tim Wynne-Jones is recognized internationally as one of the leading contemporary writers of complex and challenging fiction for young adults.

There will be a reading and a reception. This event is open to all.

When: Friday, 27 September 2013, 4:00–6:00 pm
Where: Watson Hall 517, 49 Bader Lane, Queen's University