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Aconite and mandrake: Crypto-pharmacological botanicals in Shakespeare

Aconite and mandrake: Crypto-pharmacological botanicals in Shakespeare

Don’t try these remedies at home, kids, no matter how reputable Shakespeare’s local apothecary might seem.
Celebrating Women in Literature

Celebrating Women in Literature

Although many women have not received adequate acknowledgement or recognition for their works, their ideas and writings continue to be fundamental.
Galileo in a Different Light

Galileo in a Different Light

Brecht created the character of Galileo to reflect on the actual scientist’s impact in the past and the world as we know it today, exemplifying how a great discovery does not always mean change for the better.
Festival Dionysia: A Review

Festival Dionysia: A Review

A cacophony settled by stillness, despair tempered by hope, Festival Dionysia lays bare the humanity of its characters and its audience. In a whirlwind of motion and storylines, six plays come together to celebrate the truly brilliant platform that is the UBC Players Club.
“The Loveliest Lies of All”: Adapting Folk and Fairy Tale Functions in "Over the Garden Wall"

“The Loveliest Lies of All”: Adapting Folk and Fairy Tale Functions in “Over the Garden Wall”

“If dreams can’t come true, then why not pretend?” asks the narrator of Patrick McHale’s animated series Over the Garden Wall, offering a partially hopeful, partially haunting message to guide the viewer through the whimsical, eerie, and complex process and history of adapting folk and fairy tales.
A Little Wonder for a Frantic Soul: Faye Hanson’s Picture Book "The Wonder"

A Little Wonder for a Frantic Soul: Faye Hanson’s Picture Book “The Wonder”

After I read The Wonder, which is written and wonderfully (pun intended) illustrated by Faye Hanson, the word “wonder” has spiralled into a complex living, breathing creature which harbours unfathomable potential under its layers of fur.
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.
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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, however, do not account for...
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,...