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Young adult lit course is also a community

June 24, 2020 - The Ring

During the rapid shift away from face-to-face course delivery in March, Janni Aragon knew she wanted to get a jump on circumstance. So she took immediate steps to ensure her students would have the same kind of dynamic, community-oriented learning experience they have come to expect from UVic, using a mesh of technologies she also studies. That effort put Aragon, and students in her course in young adult literature, politics and culture, more than a small step ahead. Her course doesn’t begin until July.

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A second Giller Prize for Esi Edugyan

November 23, 2018 - The Ring

Internationally acclaimed UVic writing alumna Esi Edugyan has won the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her latest novel, Washington Black. Edugyan wins $100,000 on this, the 25th anniversary of Canada’s richest literary award—and also earns the distinction of being one of only three authors to twice win the Giller Prize, alongside M.G. Vassanji and Alice Munro.

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Seeing the “God gap” in US politics through literature

October 1, 2018 - The Ring

As lawmakers and social media companies scramble to find ways to stop the spread of fake news ahead of the US midterms, a UVic English professor is taking a close read of America’s political “God gap.” Chris Douglas’s research examines the rise of the Christian right in American politics and society since the 1970s through an often-overlooked medium—literature.

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Bright lights, big city for English grad

June 4, 2018 - The Ring

Growing up on a small island three hours north of Victoria, the outdoors served as Iona Lister's classroom. Home-schooled for the most part until high school, Lister spent her days reading, writing and making music while immersed in nature. The English master's student, who graduates this June, has since taken to travelling, trekking across Europe and South America, and learning several languages, including Spanish and French.

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