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New Research from Faculty in 2019

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While we announce new books from our UWaterloo English faculty, alumni, and community, we don’t do the same for individual essays and book chapters. And yet, these can constitute tremendously important scholarly work–most scholars can cite essays that shifted their discipline, or to which they consistently return. For that reason, Words in Place is sharing some of the academic essays and book chapters published by our community in 2019. On topics ranging from refugees to Reddit, from psalms to science writing, our scholars have investigated it all. Read on to find out more.

Veronica Austen, Associate Professor
“Body as Battleground: Acts of Eating in D’Aguiar’s Feeding the Ghosts and Philip’s Zong!” Ariel: A Review of International English Literature 50.1, 2019.

Sally Beresford-Sheridan, PhD candidate
“The Brooding Wooddove: The Imagery of Gerard Manly Hopkins as Found in Peace.” The Hopkins Society Journal 39, 2019.

Stephen Fernandez, Lecturer
“Making Space in Higher Education: Disability, Digital Technology, and the Inclusive Prospect of Digital Collaborative Making.” The International Journal of Inclusive Education 15.1, 2019.

Kenneth Graham, Professor
Caelica and the Psalms: Greville’s Depth,” in Fulke Greville and the Culture of the English Renaissance, ed. Russ Leo, Katrin Röder, and Freya Sierhuis (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Jennifer Harris, Associate Professor
“Tangled Threads: Zara Wright and the Uses of African American Print Culture.” Legacy 36.2, Dec. 2019. (Nominated for American Literary Society’s 1921 Prize in American Literature)

Ken Hirschkop, Professor
‘Ethics, Narration and the Linguistic Turn in Bakhtin and Wittgenstein’, in Grenissa Stafuzza and Luciane de Paula (eds.), Círculo de Bakhtin: concepções em construção (Campinas: Mercado de Letras Press, 2019).

Monique Kampherm, PhD candidate
“Democratic Prosopopoeia: The Rhetorical Influence of Embodying a Political Statement Online.” Rhetor, fall 2019. (Manuscript awarded RhetCanada’sGraduate Student Prize at RhetCanada/CSSR, Congress 2018)

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher, Assistant Professor
“Registered Reports: An Emerging Scientific Research Article Genre.” Written Communication, 36.1, 2019.

Devon Moriarty, PhD candidate
(with Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher). “The Coaxing Architecture of Reddit’s r/science: Adopting Ethos -Assessment Heuristics to Evaluate Science Experts on the Internet.” Social Epistemology, 2019.

Aimée Morrison, Associate Professor
“(Un)reasonable, (Un)necessary, and (In)appropriate: Biographic Mediation of Neurodivergence in Academic Accommodations.” Biography. Special issue on Biographical Mediation, ed. Ebony Coletu. Vol. 42.2, 2019.

“Micro counter narratives: viral hashtag humour in #DistractinglySexy and #StayMadAbby.” Digital Dilemmas: Transforming Gender Identities and Power Relations in Everyday Life. Eds. Diana C. Parry, Corey W. Johnson, and Simone Fullagar. Springer, 2019.

Vinh Nguyen, Assistant Professor
“Refugeetude: When Does a Refugee Stop Being a Refugee?” Social Text 139, 37.2, 2019.

John Savarese, Assistant Professor
“Cognitive Scaffolding, Aids to Reflection,” in Distributed Cognition in Enlightenment and Romantic Cultureeds. Miranda Anderson, George Rousseau, and Michael Wheeler. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

***A special thanks to the UWaterloo librarians who support our work–and from whom I borrowed the above image.


Dr. Acheson’s book makes news!


Shakespeare and Milton are in the news–really, Shakespeare and Milton are in the news–and it is all due to the scholarship and connections facilitated by the new edited book, Early Modern Marginalia from UWaterloo English’s Dr. Katherine Acheson. The bare essentials are as follows: Cambridge University fellow Jason Scott-Warren, whose essay is in the volume, was reading the other chapters, including one by Penn State professor Claire Bourne about a seventeenth-century annotated folio of Shakespeare’s work. In reviewing the images included in her chapter, he recognized the handwriting as that of John Milton. With Bourne’s permission, he blogged about the possibility, and fellow Milton scholars weighed in–and concurred. As The Guardian writes:

It has always been known that Shakespeare was a huge influence on Milton – in his poem On Shakespeare, Milton calls him a “son of Memory” and “great heir of fame”, writing of how “Thou in our wonder and astonishment / Hast built thyself a live-long monument.”

“But this allows us to see the encounter happening,” said Scott-Warren. “It shows you the firsthand encounter between two great writers, which you don’t often get to see, especially in this period. A lot of that kind of evidence is lost, so that’s really exciting.”

The Washington Post, The Guardian, and others, have all reported on the find, and Bource and Scott-Warren are planning a series of co-authored articles.

Dr. Winfried Siemerling named Royal Society of Canada fellow

Congratulations to UWaterloo English’s Dr. Winfried Siemerling, who was one of nine University of Waterloo researchers named fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in 2019. Fellows are elected by their peers for outstanding scholarly, scientific, and artistic achievement. Dr is the author of a number of works, including The New North American Studies (2005) and The Black Atlantic Reconsidered (2015).

PhD candidate Christin Taylor on the University

Speakers announced – GRADtalks: The Role of the University in the Modern World

The GRADtalks speaker series provides an opportunity for Waterloo doctoral students to explore one research theme from interdisciplinary perspectives. This year, UWaterloo English PhD candidate Christin Taylor is among the speakers.

GRADtalks: The Role of the University on the Modern World is taking place on Thursday, September 26, featuring Brittany Etmanski, PhD Candidate, Sociology and Legal Studies, Faculty of Arts and Christin Taylor, PhD Candidate, English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts.

The event is free to attend and includes a wine and cheese. Talks begin at 3:30 p.m. Register today!

Booksellers’ favorite poets include a UW Alumni

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The Bookseller
magazine (founded in 1858), in consultation with the BA and Forward Arts Foundation, has produced “The Poetry Booksellers List,” a compendium of favorite poets from the last twenty-five years. As they write ” International stars include Claudia Rankine, Sharon Olds, Anne Carson alongside Rupi Kaur and Hera Lindsay Bird.” As some may recall, UWaterloo English alumna Rupi Kaur’s first collection, Milk and Honey, spent more than a year on the New York Times bestseller list. In related news, you can read more about what she has been up to in the September edition of Vogue Portugal.

Games Institute Podcast!

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Are you aware that the UWaterloo Games Institute, founded and headed by English’s Dr. Neil Randall, has a podcast? Marisa Benjamin, Research Communications Coordinator, and Toben Racicot, English PhD candidate co-host the Games Institute (GI) podcast. Every episode we spotlight a researcher from the GI and interview them about how their research impacts the study and culture of games and interactive technologies.

Quick Links

Meet the Hosts

Asymmetric Cooperative Play with John Harris

Games for Change with Rina Wehbe

VR Futures with Alex Fleck

Games and Mental Health Support with Tina Chan

Gamification and Personalization with Gustavo Tondello

Why a Podcast?

The unfortunate reality of academia is that a lot of the great research findings never reach public audiences. Or, when it does, several years have passed and it’s already outdated.

This problem has to do with how research is communicated. Scholarly research is shared with scholarly audiences who exist within the same scholarly bubble. Do you subscribe to scholarly journals? Attend scholarly conferences? Likely not.

A podcast allows us to pop the bubble and bring you research discussions as they’re happening. We invite researchers to sit down and talk about what they’re up to. No word counts, no jargon, no registration or subscription fee.

You get to hear about the GI researchers’ successes – and failures – and learn about the person behind the scholarly curtain.

Read an excerpt from Dr. Sarah Tolmie’s novel

You can read an excerpt from Dr. Sarah Tolmie‘s latest novel, The Little Animals, online. Described by Ursula LeGuin as “vibrant with life and activity, fascinating in its strangeness and its familiarity,” the novel is the story of the 17th-century Delft scientist Antoni van Leeuwenhoek–and a mysterious goose girl. And if you haven’t read The Art of Dying, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, it might make an excellent complement to autumn.