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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...
The Discussion of Race on Television Over Three Decades

The Discussion of Race on Television Over Three Decades

Race: an arbitrary subject which some have the privilege to ignore while most do not. The popular narrative of a group of white people struggling to “make it” is often the way life in North America has been depicted on television. This narrative fails to capture reality, as it does not acknowledge the challenges and...
More Than Just Words on Paper: Reflections on an English Degree

More Than Just Words on Paper: Reflections on an English Degree

In my first year at UBC, I was a Science student on weekdays and a barista on weekends. I stuck out my coffee-making career into my second year, which was when I decided to pursue English Literature and Psychology. The “So You Wanna Be A Barista” jokes didn’t start until after I’d transferred into Arts,...
Oh, for the Love of Keats!

Oh, for the Love of Keats!

One of our ESA contributors, Saakshi, reflects on the way a trip to Keats’ home affected her outlook on English, poetry, and the universality of pure human emotion.   I was fortunate enough to have myself immersed in the magical world of John Keats for the first time in high school, two years ago. Ever...