News and events

FYI Faculty Forum - March 1st, 2019

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) Invites You to a Special Panel Discussion on the Use and Abuse of Teaching Evaluations Caroline Winter, Sara Humphreys, Robbie Steele, Richard Van Oort, Janice Niemann and Tim Personn will discuss the diverse ramifications of teaching evaluations — from learning opportunities to discriminatory biases. Join us on March 1st at 2:30 in CLE C110 for another great afternoon of coffee, tea, cookies and discussion!

Lansdowne Lecturer

The Department of English is welcoming our Lansdowne speaker, Dr. Kirby Brown. He is an Associate Professor of Native American Literatures in the Department of English at the University of Oregon. He will be giving the following two lectures: - Wednesday February 27th at 10:30 am in CLE D132, “Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Cherokee Writing, 1907-1970”. - Thursday February 28th at 7:30 pm in the First Peoples House, Ceremonial Hall, “American Indian Modernisms and Modernities” We hope to see you there!

What Can You Do with Your Degree in English?

What Can You Do with Your Degree in English? Wednesday, February 13, 4:30-6:30pm CLE A202 Six happily employed UVic alumni with degrees in English will talk about their career experiences. Topics covered will include everything from negotiating a contract to student loan forgiveness program. Sectors represented include the BC public service, the hospitality industry, politics, non-profits, graphic design and branding, and the public libraries.

Treasures and Tea: The Plot Thickens

Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge (Department of English) In their new book, The Plot Thickens, Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge uncover the overlooked narrative role of illustrations within Victorian serial fiction. In this presentation, they will share illustrated treasures from Special Collections, where they teach and do research, and the library whose holdings provided the foundation for their study published by Ohio University Press. Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 Time: 3 p.m. Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

FYI Faculty Forum - January 25th, 2019

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the first FYI event of 2019! Michael Nowlin presents "'Fatally Regarded as a Negro Writer’: The Case of Richard Wright". This talk will focus on Richard Wright’s efforts to chart a new literary path after the phenomenal success of Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945). Samuel Wong presents "Taking Things in Order: Chronological Imaginations of Literature". How does the imagination of temporal sequence inform the way we discuss the works we teach? Does the absence of a sequence—when the time of a text is unknown or speculative—subvert, or liberate, that discussion? This talk grows out of Samuel Wong's own dependence on chronology as a way of thinking about texts, often at the expense of other approaches, and the use of chronology as a kind of convenient shorthand for teaching literary history. When we set a timeline, what is revealed and what is obscured? On Friday, January 25th, join us for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion from 2:30pm onwards in CLE C344!

FYI Faculty Forum - November 30th, 2018

The English Department's FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the last FYI event of the semester! Next Friday, November 30th, Alison Chapman will give a presentation titled "Hopkins, ‘Inversnaid,’ and ‘the weeds and the wilderness’: The ‘darksome’ origins of place poetry" which will ask why Hopkins frames “Inversnaid” as the origin of pristine wildness, and how his poem's poetics attempts to capture the specificity of wild places. Additionally, Joel Hawkes will introduce the Mary Butts Letters Project in his presentation titled "The Mary Butts Letters Project: Mapping and Creating Transnational Spaces and Communities," and Eric Miller will give a presentation titled "Tis Procrastination Alone That Can Save Us" in which he will read a short extract from his novel, The Canadian Act. Join us for a great afternoon of free coffee, tea, cookies and discussion from 2:30pm onwards in CLE D126!

An Interesting Condition: Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Victorian Novel

Pregnancy in Victorian novels is everywhere—and seemingly nowhere. Female characters give birth (that is, babies appear), but are these women ever represented as pregnant? In an era of restraint in bodily representation, how did novelists suggest that their female characters were expecting? This talk will offer background on the cultural history of sex, pregnancy, and childbirth in 19th century Britain, before launching into a hands-on exploration of how women’s bodies—and especially pregnant bodies—are constructed in a range of illustrated and serialized novels.

Dolphin Voices between Nature, Culture, and the Tape Recorder

Monday, November 19th at 1pm - Digital Scholarship Commons (A308), Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library. John C. Lilly, who made dolphins famous as cosmic minds in the water, was obsessed with their bioacoustic practices. Sound technologies, especially tape, were the conditio sine qua non of Lilly’s cetacean research. He used tape to decrypt dolphin communications, and he is part of a confluence of creative experimentation with tape around 1960. The taped infrastructure of his quest for alternate worlds makes Lilly’s work of vital interest for media history, our understanding of sound, the tape medium, and the quest for otherness. It also invites us to reflect on how media formats provide interfaces with the natural world.

Alden Nowlan: A Victoria Celebration

Thursday, October 25th at 7.30pm David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin A144 University of Victoria All welcome - admission is free Come celebrate with us at a once-in-a-lifetime reading from this book, in the voices of over twenty poets from Vancouver Island and nearby, including Nicholas Bradley, Lorna Crozier, Eve Joseph, Terence Young, Iain Higgins, Don Van Wart, Eric Miller, Richard Olafson, Arleen Paré, Linda Rogers, Garth Martens, Sonnet L'Abbe, Jan Zwicky, Jamie Dopp, Rhona McAdam, Alexander Varty, David Eso, John Barton, Marilyn Bowering, Patricia Young, Sandy Shreve & Susan Musgrave.

FYI Faculty Forum - October 26th, 2018

The next FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) event is coming up soon! On Friday, October 26, join us in CLE D126 at 2:30PM for another great afternoon of coffee, tea, cookies and discussion! Suzan Last will give a presentation titled "First-Year Writing Pedagogy" and Misao Dean will give a presentation titled "Recognition, or the depressive pleasure of reading Atwood's Surfacing." We hope to see you there!

FYI Faculty Forum - October 12th, 2018

The English Department’s FYI (Forum for Your Ideas) invites you to the first FYI event of the semester. Gary Kuchar will give a presentation titled "Milton, Shakespeare, and Canadian Confederation: Thomas D'Arcy McGee as Literary Critic," and Stephanie Lahey will give a presentation titled "The Imperfection Index: Parchment Flaws and the Perils of Statistical Description."

Treasures and Tea: How Poetry Changed the World: Elizabeth Barrett's "The Cry of the Children" and Industrial Reform

Dr. Alison Chapman (Professor, Department of English) and Denae Dyck (PhD candidate, Department of English) In the 1840s, Victorian Britain witnessed heated discussion about industrialisation and urban poverty, especially about child labour in factories. R. H. Horne's report for the Royal Commission (1842) astounded the Victorians with accounts of children working up to 16 hours each day. Special Collections holds important material related to this topic, including the poem that was most influential in effecting legislative reform: Elizabeth Barrett's "The Cry of the Children". This talk will cover the two earliest publications of this poem, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine and in Barrett's 1844 Poems (a new Special Collections purchase), discussing such issues as its political impact, periodical context, transatlantic circulation, and innovative poetics.

University of Victoria Men’s XC & Track at Canada West Championship Day 2

University of Victoria Women’s Golf vs Boxer Spring Invitational Day 1

University of Victoria Women’s XC & Track at Canada West Championship Day 2

No life drawing this week

Our Spiritual Neighbours

Explore the diversity of spirituality in our community. Join us for visits to a mosque,temple, synagogue, church, fireside gathering, gurdwara or longhouse.

Trojan Women

Set against the brutal aftermath of the Trojan War, Euripides shifts our focus away from the conquering heroes to tell the story from the perspective of the vanquished wives, mothers and daughters.How can hope prevail while they struggle with grief and uncertainty as the victors decide their fate?

Trojan Women

Set against the brutal aftermath of the Trojan War, Euripides shifts our focus away from the conquering heroes to tell the story from the perspective of the vanquished wives, mothers and daughters.How can hope prevail while they struggle with grief and uncertainty as the victors decide their fate?