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English Department, Mount Saint Vincent University


 Our Spring Graduates
 We go to the WOTS Spelling Bee
 Dr. Green at DalhousieThe Things We Do for Love
 Girls 1876E. Alex Pierce on Girlhood
Aesthetica Writing Competition
Sue Sinclair Reading
 Celebrating Writing WeekNot Anonymous
 Type Truck VisitRecent/forthcoming publications
 Recent conference papers and talks Appointments, grants, other news, and activities

Dr. Reina Green at Dalhousie

March 16, 2012


 Reina  Dal Talk 2012


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Meet "The Professionals"

WFNS spelling bee

 The official team of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, entered in the WORD ON THE STREET fund-raising Spelling Bee, March 8, 2012.

L-R: Dave Howlett, Nate Crawford, Stephanie Domet, Susan Drain. Photo credit:  Sandor Fizli


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The Things We Do for Love


Student Performances

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"Six to Sixteen: Girls 1876"

Dr. Susan Drain spoke about Juliana Horatia Ewing's perspective on girlhood at the Girls 2012 conference at the Mount, March 8th and 9th.

Six to Sixteen 


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On Girlhood: An Evening with Poet E. Alex Pierce

March 5, 2012 7:30 pm 

MacDonald Room, MSVU Library



Pierce Poster

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Aesthetica Magazine: Creative Writing Competition



 Aesthetica poster 2012

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On Beauty: Sue Sinclair

Monday, December 5, 2011. MacDonald Room, MSVU Library. 7:30 p.m.


Sue Sinclair has written four books of poetry -- Secrets of Weather & Hope, Mortal Arguments, The Drunken Lovely Bird, and Breaker -- which have been nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, the Pat Lowther Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Prize. The Drunken Lovely Bird won the Independent Publisher's poetry award and Mortal Arguments was a Globe & Mail top 100 book. Currently Writer-in-Residence at The University of New Brunswick, Sinclair is studying philosophy at the University of Toronto where she is preparing a doctoral thesis on beauty.


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Celebrating Writing Week, November 14-18

Programme available here


So many events, so little time. From Blurbs through Poetry to Workshops, English Department faculty and students were there. Thanks to all who celebrated with us.


A special note of congratulation to the winner of the Creative Writing Contest, Mikella McNulty.


Activities included:

An Evening with Three Writers:

Heather Jessup, Rachel Lebowitz, and Alexander MacLeod

Thursday, November 17. 7:30-8:30 p.m. MacDonald Room, Library, EMF Communications Centre.View the poster with more information here.


Other events with English Department faculty and student involvement:



  • Twitter Treasure Hunt, conducted by David Wilson.
  • WRITE NOW. Right Now.  Daily writing time facilitated by Dr. Susan Drain. Seton 404.
  • Window Poetry. Lines from Clare Goulet's ENG/WRIT 2221 workshop. EMF library windows.

Tuesday, November 15:

  • Open class: WRIT 1120, introducing grammar as style.  Kristin Domm. EMF 130. 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Wednesday, November 16:

  • Penmanship!  Susan Drain. Seton 404. 2:00-3:30.

Thursday, November 17:

  • Social Media Roundtable, including Dr. Reina Green. Seton 404. 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Blurbs: Conversations about research -- from brainstorming to thesis writing. Facilitated by Dr. Mackenzie Bartlett.  Seton 405. 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Three Writers:  Heather Jessup, Rachel Lebowitz, and Alexander MacLeod.

Student writing contests:

Creative Writing Contest: $100 prize sponsored by the Library.

Arts Prompts Writing Contest: $100 prize sponsored by the Art Gallery. Details 

Are you the Mount's Best Student Blogger? $100 prize sponsored by Distance Learning. Details


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English 3364 Performances


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Moveable Type: Cross Country Adventures in Printing

 moveable type poster

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Recent / forthcoming publications


More complete details about faculty publications are available on individual Faculty Profile pages and on the Research page.


Dr. Mackenzie Bartlett's “Mirth as Medium: Spectacles of Laughter in the Victorian Séance Room” will appear in The Ashgate Research Companion to Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism and the Occult. Eds. Tatiana Kontou and Sarah Willburn (Aldershot, UK: Ashgate). Dr. Bartlett also has an entry on  “Apparition” forthcoming in Encyclopaedia of the Gothic. Eds. William Hughes, David Punter, and Andrew Smith. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.


Kristin Domm's fourth book for children, Eagle of the Sea, has been published by Nimbus Publishers.


Dr. Chris Ferns has published "Teaching Utopia, Anti-Utopia, and Science Fiction" in Teaching Science Fiction. Ed. Andy Sawyer and Peter Wright. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


Clare Goulet has co-edited (with Mark Dickinson) and contributed to Lyric Ecology: An Appreciation of the Work of Jan Zwicky, a hybrid literary / academic anthology manuscript of original, solicited work, which has been released by Cormorant Books. The subject area of the book is poetics, philosophy, and ecology.


Dr. Reina Green's chapter, "Educating for Pleasure: The Textual Relations of She's the Man is forthcoming in Reinventing the Renaissance: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries in Adaptation and Performance. Ed. Sarah Annes Brown, Robert I. Lublin, and Lynsey McCulloch. Palgrave Macmillan.


Dr. Karen Macfarlane 's article "The Monstrous House of Gaga" is forthcoming in PopGoth Now. Ed. Justin Edwards and Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet. Routledge, 2012.


Dr. Laura Penny's second book, More Money Than Brains: Why Schools Suck, College is Crap, and Idiots Think They're Right has been published by McClelland and Stewart. 


Dr. Anna Smol's  essay "Think Like a Professor!: Student and Faculty Perceptions of Course Policies" has been published  in the Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase Proceedings. She also has an essay accepted for MLA Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Other Works, edited by Leslie Donovan. The essay is based on Dr. Smol's ENGL 1171 syllabus.


Dr. Rhoda Zuk (along with Donna Varga, Child & Youth Studies) has an article, "Golliwogs and Teddy Bears: Children's Popular Culture and 'Innocent Racism'," forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture. 


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Recent / forthcoming conference papers, talks, colloquia

More complete details about faculty conference papers are available on individual Faculty Profile pages.


    Dr. Anna Smol presented "Beowulf and the Boy Problem: Late 19th and Early 20th-century Adaptations" in the English Department Speaker Series at Dalhousie University on January 27, 2012.

Dr. Mackenzie Bartlett organized the first and very successful Blurbs: Conversations about Research event on November 17, 2011.  English Honours students and some faculty spoke about their research plans.


Dr. Karen  Macfarlane spoke on "The Monstrous House of Gaga" in the MSVU Faculty Research Dialogue Series on Friday, October 21. For an abstract of her paper you can check out the Faculty Research Dialogue Series information on our Research page.

    Dr. Graham Fraser organized and co-chaired a panel titled "The Ruins of Modernism" at the 13th Modernist Studies Association conference, Buffalo NY, October 6-9 2011. 


    Dr. Karen Macfarlane gave a paper, "The Monstrous House of Gaga" at the biannual International Gothic Association Conference in Heidelberg Germany, August 2011. She gave a talk on the same subject in the MSVU Faculty Research Dialogue Series on October 21, 2011.



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Appointments, grants, other news and activities


Clare Goulet initiated a literary reading series for the university, using the MacDonald Room, to begin in the 2011-2012 year. She was appointed to the Steering Committee of the (newly renamed) Institute of Women, Gender, & Social Justice in June 2011.  She also edited manuscripts (literary/creative nonfiction) for Canadian small-press publishers in April and May 2011.


Dr. Karen Macfarlane served on the Priestly Prize Committee for best article published in English Studies in Canada in 2010.  The prize was presented at the ACCUTE Annual General Meeting in May 2011.


Dr. Anna Smol received the 2011 Mount Saint Vincent Instructional Leadership Award at Convocation in May.


David Wilson developed a "Twelfth Night" app that works with his online Introduction to Literature course. It's called “The 12th Night Tester” and consists of character bios along with a quiz. The app works with all Apple products--ipod, ipad, etc. The students log on to the website and can download it on to their device. 




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