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UW book Best of Year in Times Literary Supplement

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Congratulations to Dr. Ken Hirschkop, whose book Linguistic Turns 1890–1950 appears on the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) Book of the Year list, as chosen by British literary theorist Terry Eagleton. As the press describes it “Linguistic Turns shows how intellectuals across Europe suddenly and simultaneously decided that they had to focus their attention on language and that language was central to not only their disciplines, but to the social and political renewal of Europe.” Eagleton adds “There is an agreeable contrast between the stunning intricacy of its arguments and its congenial, reader-friendly style.” Read more at TLS.

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Extra! Extra! The fall newsletter is here

The UWaterloo English Fall Newspaper is out. Features include a report from our chair, Dr. Shelley Hulan, reports on promotions, awards, events, and student achievements.  Who was at the United Nations Civil Societies Conference, and what did they do? Who is working on an oral history with an agency for homeless and at risk women? Which PhD student tried to enlist high school students to “Save the World in Sixty Seconds”? Find out what you’re missing or have missed.

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. Sarah Tolmie Shortlisted for Griffin Prize

Congratulations to UWaterloo English professor Dr. Sarah Tolmie, who has been shortlisted for the 2019 Griffin Poetry Prize, for The Art of Dying (McGill-Queen’s University Press). The jury described her work as a “multifaceted meditation on mortality beneath its deceptively simple lyric surface.”  Tolmie has been invited to read, alongside fellow nominees including Dionne Brand and Eve Joseph, June 5 at Koerner Hall in Toronto. The following night two winners will be celebrated at a gala ceremony.


Where did the Critical Media Lab go?

Planning on attending a CML event? Then this will be important information! The Critical Media Lab, of the University of Waterloo English Department, is now located in the Tannery, within Communitech‘s corporate innovation lab, 151 Charles St W., Kitchener. They report: “We’re excited to bring our lens on critical making and ethical tech into this environment.” Expect to hear more about upcoming events hosted in this space.

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Tired of the overly filtered world of Instagram? You’re not the only one. Dr. Aimée Morrison, our resident expert in the rhetoric of digital lives, social media, & more, spoke to Nora Young of CBC’s Spark about the recent trend to show a less glossy version of the self–one that might even be unflattering. According to Dr. Morrison, “I think what we’re seeing now is that a much broader range of what people are describing as authentic self-representations are occurring in a number of platforms now where we did not expect to see them.” You can read or listen to the interview online. Spoiler alert: towards the end, a certain professor teases some new research she’s conducting!

Image: Instagram sensation Kirby Jenner trying to take a selfie without getting ketchup on his phone

Read all about it!

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Head on over to UWaterloo English to read our 2018 newsletter, featuring a letter from our new chair, Dr. Shelley Hulan, and updates on faculty and student achievements.