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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...
5 Common Phrases in their Shakespearean Context

5 Common Phrases in their Shakespearean Context

Although we may not realize it, many common phrases we use today were written by Shakespeare hundreds of years ago. When was the last time you were so tired you felt as “dead as a doornail”? Or when you experienced a “wild goose chase”? Although these sayings may not have been coined by Shakespeare himself,...
The Kids' Section: Oliver Jeffers' The Heart and the Bottle

The Kids’ Section: Oliver Jeffers’ The Heart and the Bottle

Though I consider myself a geek when it comes to English literature or anything poetry, there will always inevitably come a time when I need some kind of a break. Watching my mother teach kids in kindergarten and seeing the adorable picture books she would bring back home was fascinating. I was surprised when I...
6 Poetry Bites to Feed Your Soul on Dark, Gloomy Days

6 Poetry Bites to Feed Your Soul on Dark, Gloomy Days

Dark Raincouver nights. Week after week of essays. A never-ending list of obligations. Whether you’re taking double shifts at work, crunching to meet a word count or studying into the wee hours of the morning for midterms, it’s important to take a quiet moment for yourself however you need to. Here are some small bites...
Senior Leaders on Sauder 2013 FROSH: A Discourse Analysis

Senior Leaders on Sauder 2013 FROSH: A Discourse Analysis

Last term, I chose to do my ENGL 312A (Discourse and Society) final paper on how people at UBC talk about the Sauder 2013 FROSH chants. In today’s blog entry, I will discuss the portion of my research that focused on how senior leaders at UBC responded to the controversy. Do you remember a time...
‘Too Strong' of a Female Role: Feminist or Anti-Feminist?

‘Too Strong’ of a Female Role: Feminist or Anti-Feminist?

(Editor Note: This blog article contains spoilers from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl) Geoffrey Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl evoke two kinds of reactions in their readers: “you go, girl!” or “crazy b****”. Within the frame of their respective marriages, The Wife of Bath and Amy seek to control their husbands. While...