Just how mighty is the pen? That's the issue we will explore in this workshop as we reflect on writing as a learning tool in classrooms across campus. In particular, this session offers ideas to instructors who wish to move beyond the term paper, the most common writing assignment in many disciplines, though not necessarily the most effective or efficient. Through a combination of interactive group discussions and exercises, we will consider a number of shorter writing activities which can easily be integrated into a variety of classrooms. Be sure to bring a pen to this workshop!
This dissertation explores the cinema of Christopher Nolan over a 15-year period. It focuses on the portrayal of the subject in five of his major films: Memento (2000), The Prestige (2006), The Dark Knight (2008), Inception (2010), and Interstellar (2014). In its chronological critique of Nolan’s cinema, this project explores subjectivity, to use Lacanian terminology, as a distorted vision provided by the desire for the impossible objet petit a.
OpenText presents FutureForward, a FREE day-long opportunity for university students looking to solve problems for big companies in the growing $400 billion global industry of enterprise software. The day will include inspiring and informative talks about problem solving, new technology, and building a great ca
Master the techniques of writing superior winning proposals
Sponsored by: The Grant Training Center
This intensive two-day grant proposal workshop is geared towards those who wish to strengthen their grant writing skills, as well as beginners who wish to acquire and master the techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals to various funding agencies. The focus will be on how to effectively write proposals in times of keen competition and limited resources.
Affecting up to three-quarters of Britons in the eighteenth century, poverty was both a constitutive feature of the body politic and, for many, a disruptive, unpredictable force that, many feared, threatened to undo the fabric of civil society. This fear, I argue, was not of the poor in and of themselves, but what the poor represented: an anxious reminder of the unruliness of eighteenth-century bodies and spaces.
Immediately following the 10:00 a.m. convocation ceremony, our new English undergraduate and graduate alumni and their families are invited to a post-convocation celebration in the SLC Great Hall. Enter the hall and look for the English Language and Literature sign.
Learn to speak about your research with confidence!
Whether you are giving a conference presentation, a job talk, or defending your dissertation, as a graduate student you need to be able to speak with authority and knowledge about your research area, respond to questions, and engage in scholarly debate.
Speak like a Scholar is designed to help doctoral students develop their voices as independent scholars and give effective academic presentations with confidence.
This dissertation deploys the resources of cognitive linguistics and ecocriticism to gain insight into the role of metonymy in the Victorian novel’s representation of an increasingly complex and interconnected urban world. I examine Charles Dickens’s novels Bleak House (1852-53) and Our Mutual Friend (1864-65), and George Gissing’s novel The Nether World (1889), as well as Gissing’s nonfiction criticism of Dickens, in order to argue that both authors use metonymy to reframe the reader’s understanding of the Victorian city.
Doctoral students explore one research theme from interdisciplinary perspectives.
UWaterloo English faculty and students will be presenting a wide variety of papers at the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University. For a complete listing of presenters, times, and locations, see our Congress Participants page.
Jennifer Polk, PhD, and Maren Wood, PhD, are once again hosting Beyond the Professoriate, the online career conference for PhDs, in partnership with Mitacs. This year is the fourth annual event, which brings together panelists and presenters from a wide variety of academic backgrounds and careers, from across Canada and the United States.
On April 7th we will be having our annual exhibition from 7-10 pm. The show is entitled "=SUM(Things)", and will be feature a large number of media and data-based projects and installations from students, staff, community members, and various universities.
This event will be licensed and catered.
The Department of English Language and Literature Speaker’s Series presents a talk and reading by Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American author of The Iraqi Nights (New Directions, 2014); The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005), shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and named one of “Twenty-Five Books to Remember from 2005” by the New York Public Library; and Diary
The Department of English is holding its annual awards ceremony on Friday, March 31. The department offers approximately 25 donor-supported awards for exemplary student work in a wide array of genres, from essays to creative writing (poetry and prose) to rhetoric, professional writing, and digital design. Many of these awards have been made possible by the generosity of student and faculty alumni who are proud to acknowledge the superb calibre and range of work of our students.
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and award presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Qwo-Li Driskill is a non-citizen Cherokee Two-Spirit writer, performer, and activist. S/he is the author of Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory (University of Arizona: 2016) and Walking with Ghosts: Poems (Salt Publishing: 2005).
The Writing Centre and the Book Store invite you to attend a book launch and reception for Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication, edited by Dr. Frankie Condon (English Language and Literature) and Dr. Vershawn Young (Drama and Speech Communication). Please join us for a discussion and refreshments.
Over the past decade and a half, public debate on the issue of torture has increased dramatically, with legal, political, and cultural discourses offering many, often conflicting, perspectives on the meaning and function of torture in contemporary democracy. This dissertation investigates the influence of audience beliefs, values and attitudes in shaping both social and formal definitions of torture. Rhetoricians have often understood public knowledge of torture by assessing the positions either advocating or condemning its use.
This program is designed to help dissertation writers to get a jump start on their writing goals. Participants in this intensive, retreat program will meet at the Stratford Campus (transportation to and from the Waterloo campus will be provided each day) for a full day for four days during reading week: February 21st to 24th.
The dissertation rhetorically examines fear and anxiety in Fight Club and The Road, in their both cinematic and prose versions, texts that reflect a mood of contemporary American society that has been characterized by humanities scholars with terms such as a “culture of fear” and a “culture of anxiety.” In dialogue with these scholars, I argue that literary and rhetorical criticism need additional strategies to make this culture, and the affect of texts more generally, more generative of critical knowledge.
In early, 2015 the Tri-Agency (CIHR, NSERC & SSHRC) announced its Open Access Policy on publications:
The policy states:
"Grant recipients are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication."
The policy applies to:
This week Friday, please join us from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the Porter Library lobby for a read-in of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction by African Canadian, African American, and Muslim writers--including UWaterloo students!