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September 2013Next month
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8 9 10QNS Candidate 1 11 12 13QNS Candidate 2 14
15 16 17 18 19 20QNS Candidate 3 21Alumni Authors Reading and Panel
22 23 24 25 26 27Tim Wynne-Jones: Welcome Reception 28
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October 2013Next monthPrevious month
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  1 2 3 4Quasquicentennial: Alumni Welcome 5Quasquicentennial: Battle of the BooksQuasquicentennial: Wine and Cheese
6 7 8 9 10Visiting Author: Catherine Bush 11 12
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20 21Visiting Author: Sarah Selecky 22Visiting Author: Erin Moure 23 24 25 26
27 28 29Writer in Residence: Tim Wynne-JonesVisiting Alumna: Louise Noble 30 31  
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3 4 5Writer in Residence: Tim Wynne-Jones 6 7 8 9
10 11 12Writer in Residence: Tim Wynne-Jones 13 14 15 16
17 18 19Writer in Residence: Tim Wynne-Jones 20 21Visiting Author: Emily Pohl-Weary 22 23
24 25 26Writer in Residence: Tim Wynne-Jones 27 28 29Visiting Alumnus: Andrew Loman 30
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1 2 3 4 5 6Visiting Alumna: Barbara Seeber 7
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January 2014Next monthPrevious month
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19 20 21 22 23 24Research Forum: Jane Tolmie 25
26 27 28 29 30Visiting Author: Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang 31  
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2 3 4 5Medieval Seminar: Brandon Alakas 6 7 8
9 10 11Research Forum: Daniel Coleman 12 13 14 15
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23 24 25 26 27 28Research Forum: Jenn Stephenson  
March 2014Next monthPrevious month
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2 3 4 5 6Visiting Author: Jason Heroux 7Giller Prize Event: Lynn Coady 8
9 10 11 12 13 14Leela Gandhi Poetry ReadingGeorge Whalley Lecture: Leela Gandhi 15
16 17T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets and Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet 18 19 20Sam McKegney, lecture and book launchVisiting Author: Margaret Christakos 21Works in Progress 22
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  1 2 3 4Research Forum: Susie O’Brien 5
6 7 8 9 10 11Research Forum: Lily Cho 12
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September 2013

A talk by the first of three candidates for the Queen’s National Scholar position in Indigenous Literatures and Languages, jointly offered by the Departments of English Language and Literature; Drama; and Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Because it is not appropriate for the candidates to know each other’s identites, their names and the titles of their talks will not be published on this page.

When: Tuesday, 10 September, 2:30–4:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

A talk by the second of three candidates for the Queen’s National Scholar position in Indigenous Literatures and Languages, jointly offered by the Departments of English Language and Literature; Drama; and Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Because it is not appropriate for the candidates to know each other’s identites, their names and the titles of their talks will not be published on this page.

When: Friday, 13 September, 2:30–4:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

A talk by the third of three candidates for the Queen’s National Scholar position in Indigenous Literatures and Languages, jointly offered by the Departments of English Language and Literature; Drama; and Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Because it is not appropriate for the candidates to know each other’s identites, their names and the titles of their talks will not be published on this page.

When: Friday, 20 September, 2:30–4:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

Alumni reading poster

As part of the Department’s 125th anniversary this fall, Carolyn Smart presents The Queen’s English: A Celebration. Four distinguished authors who are alumni of the department return to read from their work and participate in a panel discussion. The participants are Grace O’Connell, Alessandro Porco, Gillian Savigny, and Moez Surani, as well as Carolyn Smart herself. For more information about the authors, visit the Alumni Reading page.

When: Saturday, 21 September 2013, 4.00–6.00 pm

Where: Watson Hall 517, 49 Bader Lane, Queen’s University

Tim Wynne-Jones welcome reception

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

October 2013

quasquicentennial logo

As part of its 125th anniversary this fall, the Department welcomes returning alumni.

When: Friday, 4 October 2013, 5:00–7:00 pm

Where: Watson Hall 517, 49 Bader Lane, Queen’s University

quasquicentennial logo

As part of its 125th anniversary this fall, the Department hosts The Battle of the Books, a preview of its annual Giller Event. Students, visiting alumni, and the public are cordially invited. (more info)

When: Saturday, 5 October 2013, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Where: Speakers’ Corner, Stauffer Library

quasquicentennial logo

As part of its 125th anniversary this fall, the Department hosts a Wine and Cheese reception with professors and emeriti. Visiting alumni are cordially invited. (more info)

When: Saturday, 5 October 2013, 5:00–7:00 pm

Where: Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Catherine Bush poster

Creative Writing at Queen’s presents Catherine Bush, who reads from her latest novel Accusation. Author of four novels, Accusation, Claire’s Head, The Rules of Engagement, and Minus Time, Bush has taught Creative Writing at a number of universities and held a variety of writer-in-residence positions and writing fellowships in Canada and the US, in addition to working as an arts journalist. She lives in Toronto and is Coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph.

When: 10 October 2013, 2:30’4:00

Where: Watson 517

Sarah Selecky poster

Creative Writing at Queen’s presents Sarah Selecky, whose debut short story collection This Cake is for the Party was a shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award in 2010. She launched a very successful online writing instruction course entitled Story is a State of Mind in 2011.

When: 21 October 2013, 1:00–2:30

Where: Watson 517

Erin Moure poster

Erin Moure presents the annual Page Lecture.

When: 22 October 2013, 2:30’4:00

Where: Watson 517

Tim Wynne-Jones poster

Tim Wynne-Jones, the Department’s writer in residence for Fall 2013, delivers the first in a series of lectures entitled, “Making Stories: Five Talks on Fiction and the Writing Craft.”

When: 29 October 2013, 5:00–6:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

Louise Noble (University of New England, Australia, PhD Queen’s) returns to the Department to give a talk and meet students.

When: 29 October 2013, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

November 2013

Tim Wynne-Jones poster

Tim Wynne-Jones, the Department’s writer in residence for Fall 2013, delivers the second in a series of lectures entitled, “Making Stories: Five Talks on Fiction and the Writing Craft.”

When: 5 November 2013, 5:00–6:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

Tim Wynne-Jones poster

Tim Wynne-Jones, the Department’s writer in residence for Fall 2013, delivers the third in a series of lectures entitled, “Making Stories: Five Talks on Fiction and the Writing Craft.”

When: 12 November 2013, 5:00–6:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

Tim Wynne-Jones poster

Tim Wynne-Jones, the Department’s writer in residence for Fall 2013, delivers the fourth in a series of lectures entitled, “Making Stories: Five Talks on Fiction and the Writing Craft.”

When: 19 November 2013, 5:00–6:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

Creative Writing at Queen’s presents Emily Pohl-Weary.

When: 21 November 2013, time TBA

Where: TBA

Tim Wynne-Jones poster

Tim Wynne-Jones, the Department’s writer in residence for Fall 2013, delivers the last in a series of lectures entitled, “Making Stories: Five Talks on Fiction and the Writing Craft.”

When: 26 November 2013, 5:00–6:00 pm

Where: Watson 517

Andrew Loman (Memorial University, PhD Queen’s) returns to the Department to give a talk and meet students.

When: 29 November 2013, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

November 2013

Barbara Seeber (Brock University, PhD Queen’s) returns to the Department to give a talk and meet students.

When: 6 December 2013, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

January 2014

Jane Tolmie (Gender Studies/English, Queen’s), “ ‘Crack Whore’ Studies: Mommy-blaming, Abortion Politics, Consumerism, and Fandom(s).” Presented as part of the Department’s research forum.

When: 24 January 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Sarah Tsiang

Visiting author Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang offers a reading and question and answer session. She is the author of the poetry books Status Update (2013) and Gerald Lampert award winning Sweet Devilry (2011). She is also the author of several children’s books, including A Flock of Shoes and Warriors and Wailers. Sarah’s work been published and translated internationally, as well as named to the OLA Best Bets for Children 2010, Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011 and 2012, and the Toronto Public Library’s First and Best Book List (2012). She is also the editor of the anthology Desperately Seeking Susans, and the forthcoming Tag: Canadian Poets at Play. Her new young adult novel, Breathing Fire, is forthcoming in Spring 2014 with Orca Books.

When: 30 January 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

February 2014

Brandon Alakas poster

The Medieval Seminar presents Brandon Alakas (Dept of English, RMC), “Protestant Reform, Catholic Renewal, and the Reimagining of the Household: Richard Whitford’s Werke for Housholders (1532).” All are welcome.

When: 5 February 2014, 4:00

Where: Watson 517

Daniel Coleman (English and Cultural Studies, McMaster), “The Failure of Respect at Rice Lake: How Different Epistemologies Precluded Dialogue between George Copway and Catherine Parr Traill.” Presented as part of the Department’s research forum.

When: 11 February 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Jenn Stephenson (Drama, Queen’s), “Not Safe, Not-Playing in Winners and Losers: The Risk in Reality.” Jenn Stephenson teaches dramatic literature, theatre history and theory. Her book Performing Autobiography: Contemporary Canadian Drama (UTP 2013) won the Ann Saddlemeyer Prize from the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. Jenn is the editor of Solo Performance, volume twenty of Critical Perspective on Canadian Theatre in English. Recent publications include “After the Apple: Post-lapsarian Realism in Garden//Suburbia—An Autobiographical Site-specific Work” in New Canadian Realisms: New Essays on Canadian Theatre, and “A List of Questions about How We Ask Questions: Some Thoughts on KMb and Theatre,” forthcoming in Theatre Research in Canada. She is co-editor of the Views and Reviews section of Canadian Theatre Review.

Presented as part of the Department’s research forum.

When: 28 February 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

March 2014

Jason Heroux poster

Jason Heroux always knew he wanted to be a writer, even as a teenager growing up in Lasalle, Québec. He moved to Kingston to attend Queen’s where he earned an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology. He has never taken a creative writing course: his poetry teachers have been a worldwide, borderless academy of poets who like to poke in the dark, crazy corners of life. He started out publishing his poems in small zines, one of them in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. A Belgian poet/translator/publisher stumbled on them, liked their tone and style, and translated and published them.

Natural Capital is Jason’s third collection, following Emergency Hallelujah and Memoirs of an Alias. All three are published by Mansfield Press. “I don’t know anyone in this country who is doing this kind of work, writing this very quietly explosive surrealism,” says Stuart Ross, his editor at Mansfield.

After university, Jason and his wife, Soheir Jamani, ran a Kingston laundromat for five years, which became the inspiration for his novella, Good Evening, Central Laundromat.

When: 6 March 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Lynn Coady

Giller Prize Event: Lynn Coady, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize for 2013 for her short story collection Hellgoing, will be visiting campus.

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 offers a 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.

The Department’s Giller Prize Event is possible thanks to the generosity of alumni.

When: 7 March 2014, 3:00–5:00

Where: Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Leela Gandhi (University of Chicago) offers a reading of ten recently published poems reading, with conversation.

When: 14 March 2014, 11:30

Where: Watson 517

Leela Gandhi (University of Chicago) presents the annual George Whalley Lecture, entitled, “Postcolonial Thought and Global Ethics.” Drawing upon Affective Communities, and the forthcoming Common Cause: Postcolonial Ethics and the Practice of Democracy, 1900–1955, this lecture will canvass forms of ethics or self-work that speak to the cultures of globalization by actively seeking a connection between self and the world. The focus will be on the radical, transnational and democratizing ethical experimentation that emerged against the backdrop of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century imperialism and totalitarianism. Presented as part of the Department’s research forum.

When: 14 March 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Farrell reads Eliot

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.

When: 17 March 2014, 2:30 PM

Where: 124 Harrison-LeCaine Hall, School of Music

Masculindians poster

Two events mark the launch of Sam McKegney’s book Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood (University of Manitoba Press, 2014). The first is a lecture entitled, “Shaming the Body, Assaulting the Land: Indigenous Masculinity and Reterritorialization,” 1–2.30pm, Dunning Hall, Room 12. The second is a book launch at Novel Idea Bookstore in downtown Kingston, 156 Princess St. For more information about both events, see the announcement.

Margaret Christakos reading

Visiting author Margaret Christakos offers a reading and question and answer session. She has published eight collections of poetry and a novel. Recent collections are Welling (Your Scrivener), What Stirs, and Sooner (both Coach House Books). She has been a nominee for the Ontario Trillium Book Award and The Pat Lowther Memorial Award (twice), and a winner of the ReLit Award for Poetry and the Bliss Carman Poetry Award. She lives in Toronto, where she teaches within the Creative Writing Program at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

When: 20 March 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Works in Progress poster

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

April 2014

Susie O’Brien (English and Cultural Studies, McMaster), “ ‘Something (good) may surprise us’: Resilience and Environmental Justice in Rita Wong and Larissa Lai’s sybil unrest.” Her research and teaching interests include postcolonialism, ecocriticism, globalization, and cultural studies. She co-wrote (with Imre Szeman) Popular Culture: A User’s Guide (2004), the third edition of which is forthcoming in 2013 and co-edited (also with Imre Szeman) Anglophone Literatures and Global Culture, wspecial issue of South Atlantic Quarterly 100.3 (2002). Other publications, including essays in Postcolonial Text, Canadian Literature, Cultural Critique, Interventions, Mosaic, and South Atlantic Quarterly, focus on postcolonial ecology, the slow and local food movements, risk and resilience. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled What’s the Matter with Resilience? that analyzes the usefulness and the limitations of the concept of resilience through a postcolonial ecocritical lens. “Anti-Fascist Gluttons of the World Unite! The Cultural Politics of Slow Food” is forthcoming in Culture and Autonomy, ed. Imre Szeman and Petra Rethmann (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Presented as part of the Department’s research forum.

When: 4 April 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Lily Cho (York University), “Denaturalizing Canadian Literature: Fred Wah and Recapitulation.” Presented as part of the Department’s research forum.

When: 11 April 2014, 2:30–4:00

Where: Watson 517

Special Topic Presentations: Part of the Department’s comprehensive examination for PhD candidates, the annual presentations take place on Thursday, 1 May, 12:45–3:00 and Friday, 2 May, 10:00–3:30, in Watson 517.

Thursday, 1 May, Watson 517

12:45–1:30Sarah Kastner: “Toward a Theory of the Postcolonial Literary Archive”
1:30–2:15Emily Murphy: “Literary Labour and Digital Humanities: Nancy Cunard’s Negro as a Speculative Case Study”
2:15–3:00Daniel Krahn: “Poetic Pains: Cowper’s Task of Self-Creation. A Case-Study in Late-Eighteenth-Century Interiority”

Friday, 2 May, Watson 517

10:00–10:45Nicole Pacas: “From Wonder Women to Dumber Women and Back: Women in Advertising and Comics during WWII”
10:45–11:30Allison Goff: “Why ‘sing of knights and ladies, of love and arms’?: Gender and Genre in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso”
11:30–12:15Trevor Phillips: “Hockey’s Alchemy: The Canadian Hockey Myth and Apotheosis in Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse”
12:15–1:00Celebratory Lunch
1:00–1:45Jaspreet Tambar: “On the Genealogy of ‘Multëity-in-Unity’ in S.T. Coleridge’s On the Principles of Genial Criticism Concerning the Fine Arts and Anticipatory Essays, with Attention to the Characteristics of Picturesque Painting and Renaissance Sculpture. Or, Defining Beauty in Coleridge’s Critical Work: A Preparatory Study of Aesthetics, or ‘Philosophical Criticism,’ in the British Romantic Tradition”
1:45–2:30Jon de Tombe: “The Key to All Mythologies”
2:30–3:15Patricia Oprea: “The Victorians and their Intimacy with Machines”

Special Topic Presentations: Part of the Department’s comprehensive examination for PhD candidates, the annual presentations take place on Thursday, 1 May, 12:45–3:00 and Friday, 2 May, 10:00–3:30, in Watson 517.

Thursday, 1 May, Watson 517

12:45–1:30Sarah Kastner: “Toward a Theory of the Postcolonial Literary Archive”
1:30–2:15Emily Murphy: “Literary Labour and Digital Humanities: Nancy Cunard’s Negro as a Speculative Case Study”
2:15–3:00Daniel Krahn: “Poetic Pains: Cowper’s Task of Self-Creation. A Case-Study in Late-Eighteenth-Century Interiority”

Friday, 2 May, Watson 517

10:00–10:45Nicole Pacas: “From Wonder Women to Dumber Women and Back: Women in Advertising and Comics during WWII”
10:45–11:30Allison Goff: “Why ‘sing of knights and ladies, of love and arms’?: Gender and Genre in Ariosto’s Orlando furioso”
11:30–12:15Trevor Phillips: “Hockey’s Alchemy: The Canadian Hockey Myth and Apotheosis in Richard Wagamese’s Indian Horse”
12:15–1:00Celebratory Lunch
1:00–1:45Jaspreet Tambar: “On the Genealogy of ‘Multëity-in-Unity’ in S.T. Coleridge’s On the Principles of Genial Criticism Concerning the Fine Arts and Anticipatory Essays, with Attention to the Characteristics of Picturesque Painting and Renaissance Sculpture. Or, Defining Beauty in Coleridge’s Critical Work: A Preparatory Study of Aesthetics, or ‘Philosophical Criticism,’ in the British Romantic Tradition”
1:45–2:30Jon de Tombe: “The Key to All Mythologies”
2:30–3:15Patricia Oprea: “The Victorians and their Intimacy with Machines”