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Dr. Danielle Deveau in NYT

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You may recall reading about UWaterloo English’s Dr. Danielle Deveau‘s research on comedy, SNL, Trump, and more in a previous Words in Place post. Now you can read about it in the New York Times article “Canada’s Comedy, the Voice of a Polite Nation, Rises in the Trump Era.”

 

PhD student’s play to be performed

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Congratulations to English doctoral candidate Jessica Van de Kemp, whose 10-minute play, Hatching in a Cage, will premiere at the Newmarket National Play Festival on July 22-23, 2017. Hatching in a Cage is one of 24 plays selected from a nation-wide competition and is part of an hour-long program entitled Lost/Found. The competition challenged playwrights “to create fully-realized characters in only 600 seconds that keep the audience fully committed to the truth of the story being told.”

Hatching in a Cage alludes to Daniel Keyes’ short story, Flowers for Algernon, and engages similar themes of happiness and identity to examine how the past affects the present. Directed by Tom McHale, it features actors David Hudyma and Kathleen Welch. It will be performed at the Old Town Hall on the following dates:

July 22 at 4:00pm
July 23 at 1:00pm
July 23 at 8:00pm

Tickets can be purchased online. As part of the festival, Jessica will also be performing original poetry at Books/Café & Things on July 23 at 12:20pm.

PhD student Kyle Gerber wins prize

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Congratulations to UWaterloo English PhD candidate Kyle Gerber, who is the winner of the 2017 Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (aka RhetCanada) prize for best student conference paper for “‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’: Transitive Action in The Lord’s Prayer.”

At UWaterloo, Kyle studies patterns of rhetorical figures in Mennonite writing on forgiveness, attending to cognitive implications for these patterns. He has published and presented in the areas of Mennonite identity, theology, and literature, and is interested in intersections of rhetorical, cognitive, and Mennonite studies.  Kyle’s research is funded by a SSHRC doctoral grant, and he is supervised by Dr. Randy Harris.

According to Kyle, “I’m grateful to be working in a department that fosters diverse modes of inquiry, surrounded by remarkable people, and connected to the broader community of RhetCanada. I’m grateful for Randy’s inspiration, guidance, and supervision, and for the collegial support of the peers in our writing group, Devon, Monique, Saeed, and George; any success I have is a product of what these individuals contribute to my life and scholarship.” 

You can hear Kyle talk about his research here.

Congratulations to our newest graduates!

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Once again it’s the time of year where we celebrate our graduate students who have completed their degrees. Spring 2017 saw five PhD students and sixteen Masters students convocate. From Jerry Seinfeld to torture, PhD dissertations covered it all. Our masters students undertook ambitious projects of their own, some of which were documented on this blog. Congratulations to a fantastic cohort.

PhD Graduates, Spring 2017

Bradley, Adam: Critical Tools: Using Technology to Augment the Process of Literary Analysis

Gibbons, Sarah: Disablement  Diversity  Deviation: Disability in a an Age of Environmental Risk

Henry, G. Josh: ‘That’s Gold  Jerry  Gold!’: The Sophisticated Contradiction at the Heart of Stand-up Comedy

Horton, Christine: Defining the Undefinable: Rhetorics of Democratic Torture Interrogation

Sabzian, Saeed: Aural  Ocular  and Sequential Rhetoric in two Contemporary American Stories  in Prose and Film: Patterns of Anxiety in Fight Club and The Road

MA Graduates, Spring 2017
Ali, Tatiana (LIT)
Barnett, Lucy (XDM-MRP)
Domonchuk, Michael (LIT-MRP)
Dorey, Shawn (XDM)
Irani, Farzaneh (XDM)
Kay, Rosemary (RCD)
Lawlor, Adam (RCD)
Metaxas, Christian (XDM-MRP)
O’Brien, Kaitlin (XDM-MRP)
Perescu, Andreea (RCD-MRP)
Pilon, Marie-Agnes (RCD)
Purba, Parteek (LIT)
Sallows, Aleczandra (RCD)
Schroeder, Emily (LIT-MRP)
Welch, Ryan (RCD)
Wilson, Jackie (RCD)

Image from Toronto Etsy shop Vocatio, which specializes in digital and printable invitations.

Alumna on unicorns

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If one of our UWaterloo English PhD graduates is interviewed in a national newspaper about unicorns, there is no way I’m not going to post about it. So yes, UWaterloo PhD alumna Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair of digital life, media, and culture at University of Ontario Institute of Technology, was asked by the Toronto Star to talk about unicorns in popular culture, and she did.

News from PhD grad Sarah Gibbons

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Recent UWaterloo English graduate Dr. Sarah Gibbons (PhD ’16) has just accepted a position as Writing Specialist in Writing Services at University of Guelph. While at UWaterloo she became involved with the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, edited by her supervisor, Dr. Jay Dolmage, becoming Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator. Sarah’s dissertation, Disablement, Diversity, Deviation: Disability in an Age of Environmental Risk, was funded in part by an award from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Resources Council.

New Quarterly wins 2 Gold Medals

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The literary magazine The New Quarterly, housed at St. Jerome’s at the University of Waterloo, won two gold medals, for fiction and poetry, at the 40th Annual National Magazine Awards, held last Friday at a gala in Toronto—the best showing by any literary magazine in Canada.

Poetry gold was won by Selina Boan for “(Good) ‘Girls Don’t Hitchhike’” / “Half/Brother” / “Meet Cree: A Practical Guide to the Cree Language.” Boan was a finalist in last year’s CBC Poetry Prize and she’s working on a collection of poems exploring her Cree and European heritage. Fiction gold was won by Richard Kelly Kemick for “The Unitarian Church’s Annual Young Writers’ Short Story Competition.”  TNQ also had two honourable mentions: Sharon Bala for “Miloslav” (Fiction), and Liz Windhorst Harmer for “My Flannery” (Essay).

If you aren’t familiar with The New Quarterly, this might be an ideal time to pick it up: the Spring 2017 issue contains the poem “Lines of Regret Written for Alexander MacLeod After a Too-Short Funeral Visitation” by UWaterloo English faculty member Dr. Marcel O’Gorman.