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Crabdance: An Afternoon of Dramatic Readings

Crabdance: An Afternoon of Dramatic Readings

🦀 The UBC Department of English, UBC Library, and ESA are pleased to present a selection of dramatic readings from Vancouver playwright Beverly Simons’ Crabdance. 🦀 Crabdance is a tragicomedy in three acts in which a lonely, middle-aged woman plays elaborate, ritualistic games with three men whom she forces to...
ESA Elections 2018!

ESA Elections 2018!

If you’re looking for a fun opportunity to get involved that looks great on a resume, then have we ever got an offer for you! We are officially seeking executives for next year’s ESA. This is a great way to develop new skills, meet new people, and have an influence...
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Submit to TGS 7.2!

Submit to TGS 7.2!

The Garden Statuary (TGS) is the English department’s student-run multimedia journal. TGS publishes a wide range of student work, including academic essays, fiction, creative-non fiction, scripts, poetry, visual artwork, and more. If you’ve done some particularly stellar creative or academic — or perhaps creative academic? — work, TGS wants you! Successful submissions will be published online and in the beautiful end-of-year...
The Fourth Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

The Fourth Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

The English Students’ Association is excited to present the fourth annual 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 other students and faculty members in the English Department. Everyone is welcome to attend! When: 12 –...
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...
Children’s Literature Isn’t Just for Kids

Children’s Literature Isn’t Just for Kids

Confession time: I’ve read more Harry Potter books than I have Shakespeare dramas. Yes, I know, truly shameful stuff for an English Lit major. But despite my supposed status as an adult, I’m still a total sucker for children’s literature. Children’s literature is an expansive and flexible genre that can be prescribed to many different...