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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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Childhood Trauma and the Search for Closure

Childhood Trauma and the Search for Closure

Guilt, sadness, resentment. Trauma. In childhood, we experience the world as creatures of intensity. Our memories remain clear yet marred, the pain of trauma cutting through all senses in recollection, even as we become adults. Madeleine Thien’s novel, Simple Recipes, recounts the fictional stories of individuals from different backgrounds and locations as they look into...
Meet the Profs 2018

Meet the Profs 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who came out to our Meet the Profs event – both profs and students! An extra special thank you goes out to all the professors who stayed to chat with students, including: Elizabeth Hodgson Y-Dang Troeung Miranda Burgess Scott MacKenzie Deanna Kreisel We hope everyone enjoyed the icebreaker questions...
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...
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 play the roles of her...
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,...
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 on campus. The executive team...