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ESA Hiring: AUS Rep and First-Year Rep

ESA Hiring: AUS Rep and First-Year Rep

The ESA is hiring 1 AUS Representative and 1 First-Year Representative – this could be you! You may apply for one or both positions. FINAL DEADLINE: Mon Jan 28 @ 11:59 PM. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP! AUS Representative:– attend biweekly AUS meetings &...
The Medieval Origin of a Vile New Insult: Cuck

The Medieval Origin of a Vile New Insult: Cuck

If you happen to frequent the comments section in political Facebook and Twitter posts, YouTube videos, and many other such places on the Internet, you may have encountered alt-right commenters referring to 'those stupid liberal snowflakes' as “cucks”.
Translation as Literary Reconciliation: Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali’s Sounds of a Cowhide Drum / Imisindo Yesigubhu Sesikhumba Senkomo

Translation as Literary Reconciliation: Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali’s Sounds of a Cowhide Drum / Imisindo Yesigubhu Sesikhumba Senkomo

The 1995 South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) intended to “provide a forum for both victims and perpetrators [of apartheid] to share their stories and bear witness to historical harms and injustices in an open, public forum” (Gaertner 446). The terms and expectations for the TRC’s notion of reconciliation,...
What’s in a Name? The Importance of Being Earnestly Yourself

What’s in a Name? The Importance of Being Earnestly Yourself

The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde’s witty play centering around Jack Worthing and the consequences of having a false identity (named Ernest) to escape social obligations and limitations. As Jack explains to his friend Algernon Montieff, his name is “Ernest in town and Jack in the country” (5)....
Submit to the 2019 Colloquium!

Submit to the 2019 Colloquium!

DEADLINE EXTENSION: We are now accepting submissions until Sunday Dec 23rd at 11:59PM The English Students’ Association is officially calling for submissions to our fifth annual conference, The Colloquium! This conference features presentations from English undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. The Colloquium offers the opportunity to share your...
7 Poets to Follow on Instagram that aren’t Rupi Kaur

7 Poets to Follow on Instagram that aren’t Rupi Kaur

If you have been living anywhere that isn’t under a rock for the past 4 years, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Rupi Kaur. She has captivated readers with her two simple yet incredibly resonant collections of poetry: Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers. Her...
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Drama, Determination and Death: Diving into Sophocle’s Antigone

Drama, Determination and Death: Diving into Sophocle’s Antigone

On the surface, Sophocle’s Antigone presents itself as your typical Greek-style tragedy. Yet, I was left thoroughly shaken by the morally diverse depth of each and every character throughout the play, abstract questions swarming in my head, urging me to explore further than the words lying on the pages. I delved into the personal beliefs...
Halloween Books to Kickoff Your Halloween Week

Halloween Books to Kickoff Your Halloween Week

The origins of Halloween date back to a Celtic tradition marking the end of the harvest season. Later, this pagan celebration was given Christian connotations by the Church, and the term “Halloween” translates to “All Saints” (“History of Halloween” Radford, B.). The modern celebration of Halloween proves to be far more removed from its origins,...
Childhood Trauma and the Search for Closure

Childhood Trauma and the Search for Closure

Guilt, sadness, resentment. Trauma. In childhood, we experience the world as creatures of intensity. Our memories remain clear yet marred, the pain of trauma cutting through all senses in recollection, even as we become adults. Madeleine Thien’s novel, Simple Recipes, recounts the fictional stories of individuals from different backgrounds and locations as they look into...
Emma Watson is a Real-Life Hermione Granger and Other Famous Bookworms

Emma Watson is a Real-Life Hermione Granger and Other Famous Bookworms

English majors constantly find themselves at the pinnacle of unemployment jokes or post-grad careers in publishing punchlines. Yet there are so many talented and legendary icons that have majored in English and would make anyone second-guess their negative opinions on the major. English has proven to be a degree that is a necessary and incredibly...
Meet the Profs 2018

Meet the Profs 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Meet the Profs event – both profs and students! An extra special thank you goes out to all the professors who stayed to chat with students, including: Elizabeth Hodgson Y-Dang Troeung Miranda Burgess Scott MacKenzie Deanna Kreisel We hope everyone enjoyed the icebreaker questions...
Drugs, Alcohol and Literature

Drugs, Alcohol and Literature

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan are only a few of the many incredible works that Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote in his troubled lifetime. When he lost his father as a young boy and suffered from several health issues in his youth, the solution that was offered to him was opium. While...