Friday, November 16, 2012 — 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM EST

Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, alumni and a few friends will perform in all media in an informal setting, accompanied by excellent food and drink. People will read, make music, dance, perform original monologues, do drag, show video, installations and paintings, teach yoga --and we, the whole audience, will interactively parse a poem by Canadian poet Jeffery Donaldson in an exercise brought to you by the Raw Nerve Research Group. Witness and participate in some really cool art and mix up the generations of UW English.

Thursday, November 15, 2012 — 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

Featuring special guest professor Heather Smyth.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EST

For more information, please see This event's poster (PDF).

Thursday, August 23, 2012 — 9:00 AM EDT

Ph.D. Defence

Candidate: Stefanie Stiles

Title: To Hurt the Pain: An Ethical Criticism of Nathanael West

Supervisor: Dr. Kevin McGuirk, Dept. of English

Committee: Dr. Randy Harris, Dept. of English, Dr. Ken Hirschkop, Dept. of English

Internal/External Examiner: Dr. Scott Kline, Dept. of Religious Studies, St. Jerome’s

External Examiner: Dr. Kenneth Womack, Professor of English and Integrative Arts ,Penn State, Altoona

Friday, June 22, 2012 — 2:00 PM EDT

Ph.D. Defence

Candidate:Danila Sokolov

Title: RENAISSANCE TEXTS ,MEDIEVAL SUBJECTIVITIES:VERNACULAR GENEALOGIES OF ENGLISH PETRARCHISM FROM WYATT TO WROTH

Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Tolmie, Dept. of English

Committee: Dr. Kenneth Graham, Dept. of English ,Dr. Murray McArthur, Dept. of English

Internal/External Examiner: Dr. Gabriel Niccoli, Dept. of Italian Studies

External Examiner: Dr. Roland Greene, Dept. of English, Stanford University

Thursday, June 7, 2012 — 9:00 AM EDT

Ph.D. Defence

Candidate: Pamela Mansutti

Title: TRAUMA AND BEYOND: ETHICAL AND CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION OF 9/11 IN AMERICAN FICTION

Supervisor: Dr.Kevin McGuirk, Dept. of English

Committee: Dr. Andrew McMurry, Dept. of English

Dr. Marcel O’Gorman, Dept. of English

Internal/External Examiner: Dr. Brien Orend, Dept. of Psychology

External Examiner: Dr. David Jarraway, Dept. of English, University of Ottawa

Friday, May 18, 2012 — 8:00 AM to Saturday, May 19, 2012 — 4:30 PM EDT

A wide range of cultural theorists and philosophers classify the present age as a “posthuman” one, in which Enlightenment humanism and classical liberalism cannot be considered effective models for conceptualizing “the human.” Posthumanist thinkers question whether we have ever been only or wholly human in a way that upsets received understandings of the term, itself. Instead “the human” is thought of as a locus of ontological tension, biological hybridity, and technogenesis. While this line of thinking has given way to rich scholarly development, to the creation of theories and critical responses to older models, what can we say posthumanism makes possible or creates?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 — 4:30 PM EDT

A bonus reading for this Winter term -- Robert Paul Weston, a YA author whose novel Dust City has been described as "Chinatown via the Brothers Grimm", while Zorgamazoo "is about saving the universe from boredom. And it rhymes -- all 280 pages worth".

Thursday, March 8, 2012 — 4:30 PM EST

Julia McCarthy is originally from Toronto. She spent ten years living in the United States, most notably Alaska and Georgia. She has also lived in Norway and spent significant time in South Africa. She has recently published Return from Erebus with Brick Books; it is the recipient of the Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 — 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Please join us at the Critical Media Lab for an artist talk and opening reception of our new exhibition Research Routines

Thursday, March 1, 2012 — 4:30 PM EST

The Department of English at the University of Waterloo presents:

Disabling Failure: Sex, Embodiment, and Crip Critique

Robert McRuer

Professor of English at George Washington University and author of Crip Theory: Cultural Signs of Queerness and Disability (2006) whose present work considers the present-day political economies of disability and the role of disabled movements in countering hegemonic forms of globalization.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 — 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM EST

Professor Aimée Morrison will appear on the t.v. show Talk Local which airs on Rogers Network. Professor Morrison will be discussing Bill C-30, the Internet surveillance law as well as personal privacy and the web, generally.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 — 7:00 PM EST
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — 4:00 PM EST

Free refreshments.

No RSVP necessary.

Email uwenglish.society@gmail.com for more information about the event.

Thursday, February 9, 2012 — 4:30 PM EST

The first Winter 2012 reading features TWO poets: Rishma Dunlop and Tanis MacDonald.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 — 4:30 PM EST

Do you have a brilliant idea for a digital media project, but you're unsure of the technical elements involved? Are you interested in forming a collaboration but don't know how to make it happen? Are you curious about the digital media projects happening in the uWaterloo Department of English?

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