PhD student publishes a book!


Our English students have many talents. Some, as well as being scholars and teachers, are also creative writers. We are delighted to share the news that Sarah York, a PhD candidate in English, has published a book called The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupré.

According to Sarah, the book “is an imaginative take on the Willow Bunch Giant, one of the tallest persons in history. Really, it is the story of a dying doctor whose obsession with the giant’s cadaver leads him into the mystery of Edouard’s life. Edouard was a Métis cowboy, circus strongman, sideshow “freak,” and the first of twenty children. He died in 1904, but his compelling story does not end there” (Danforth Review Interview. To read the whole interview please click here.)

As a scholar, Sarah is writing a dissertation on ‘liminal landscapes’ as interstitial and generative aesthetic realms in American literature and writing. She looks for connections between literary scholarship, creative writing, and compositional pedagogy as sites of transformation. Her research in unusual bodies, sexuality, and “freaks,” as well as Southern Appalachian literature and culture, are sources for other writing, lectures, and curious digging.

Sounds to me like her research and her creative writing are connected. Fabulous!

The department recognized Sarah’s talents last year when she won the Graduate Student Creative Writing award. Here is a photo of her receiving the award and being congratulated by Department chair, Professor Fraser Easton.

Please click here to see the publisher’s page. Coteau Books is a fabulous co-operatively owned and run small press based in Saskatchewan. On their website you can read a sample chapter of The Anatomy of Edouard Beaupré.and watch a book trailer.

Way to go Sarah!

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3 responses to “PhD student publishes a book!

  1. Gord Higginson

    I’ve got my copy on order! Sounds like a terrific book!

  2. Glad to see your hard work coming to fruition, Sarah!

  3. Gord Higginson

    I got my copy of the book and am reading it now. Hard to put down. Curious thing about the physical size of the book. It is smaller in height than a trade softcover book or a mass-market paperback. Perhaps an ironic comment of some sort, given the book’s giant-sized subject? An extraordinary amount of research must have gone into this book.

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