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“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.
Betwixt and between psychoanalysis and liminal theory: A liminal approach to Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

Betwixt and between psychoanalysis and liminal theory: A liminal approach to Neil Gaiman’s Coraline

Within the liminal phase, Coraline finds herself in what Turner coins as “a ‘moment in and out of time’” (The Ritual Process 96), in which spatio-temporal boundaries and the constraints of state no longer apply when there are no boundaries or states to be had in the first place. ...
Why I Chose to Study English and What I Have Learned

Why I Chose to Study English and What I Have Learned

To me, it seemed that writing was magical, borderless; writers had the power to transcend history and reach across different nations, affecting a multitude of people.
4 Colour Commentary: Images of Racism in a 1950s American Comic Book

4 Colour Commentary: Images of Racism in a 1950s American Comic Book

EC Comics, perhaps best-known today as the company behind Mad Magazine, spent the 1950s producing some of the most subversive and contentious comic books in history.  These comics were remarkably cognizant of the social issues of their time, containing parabolic stories that dealt with anti-Semitism and Jim Crow laws while...
The 5th Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

The 5th Annual Colloquium: Presenters and Abstracts

The English Students’ Association is excited to present our fifth annual Colloquium! This conference will feature presentations from English undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members. It provides a great opportunity for those in the department to share their work and research.   Download our event agenda by clicking here....
The Medieval Origin of a Vile New Insult: Cuck

The Medieval Origin of a Vile New Insult: Cuck

If you happen to frequent the comments section in political Facebook and Twitter posts, YouTube videos, and many other such places on the Internet, you may have encountered alt-right commenters referring to 'those stupid liberal snowflakes' as “cucks”.
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,...
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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...
Canon Cagematch! Couples Edition

Canon Cagematch! Couples Edition

This Valentine’s Day the ESA is deciding, once and forever, who the best fictional couple of all time really is. This event is open to all, romantics and cynics alike! Come to Buchanan Tower in ROOM 599 at 4 PM on Thursday, February 15th for the following post-Valentine’s Day festivities: 💗 A BRACKETED TOURNAMENT to...
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...
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...