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Destiny and Free Will: The Wicked Day of Chance

Destiny and Free Will: The Wicked Day of Chance

  Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done, Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods. — Lord Alfred Tennyson, “Ulysses”   Fate’s threads entangle all in an infinite web, unbeknownst to the players of the tragedy. What happens when a...
ESA Elections 2019!

ESA Elections 2019!

Looking for a fun opportunity to get involved with the English undergraduate community while developing leadership skills? We are officially seeking executives for next year’s ESA.
Betwixt and between psychoanalysis and liminal theory: A liminal approach to Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

Betwixt and between psychoanalysis and liminal theory: A liminal approach to Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

Within the liminal phase, Coraline finds herself in what Turner coins as “a ‘moment in and out of time’” (The Ritual Process 96), in which spatio-temporal boundaries and the constraints of state no longer apply when there are no boundaries or states to be had in the first place. ...
Why I Chose to Study English and What I Have Learned

Why I Chose to Study English and What I Have Learned

To me, it seemed that writing was magical, borderless; writers had the power to transcend history and reach across different nations, affecting a multitude of people.
4 Colour Commentary: Images of Racism in a 1950s American Comic Book

4 Colour Commentary: Images of Racism in a 1950s American Comic Book

EC Comics, perhaps best-known today as the company behind Mad Magazine, spent the 1950s producing some of the most subversive and contentious comic books in history.  These comics were remarkably cognizant of the social issues of their time, containing parabolic stories that dealt with anti-Semitism and Jim Crow laws while...
The 5th Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

The 5th Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

The English Students’ Association is excited to present our fifth annual Colloquium! This conference will feature presentations from English undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. It provides a great opportunity for those in the department to share their work and research.   Download our event agenda by clicking here....
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,...
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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 & weekly ESA meetings– coordinate between...
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). Algernon learns of this deception...
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 work and discuss ideas with...
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 3.1 million Instagram followers wait...
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,...