English and Writing Studies
Frankenstein and his monster – two centuries later

Frankenstein and his monster – two centuries later

Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus still haunts conversations of scientific progress, ethics and human vanity. Today, we celebrate its 200th anniversary with insights from faculty across disciplines.

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

FRANKENSTEIN 200: Of ‘Frankenstein’ and the White House

To read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200 is also, coincidentally, to read it one year into Donald Trump’s presidency. The novel’s subtitle, The Modern Prometheus, indicates the folly of a human who steals fire from the gods and assumes for himself divine power, just as Victor Frankenstein attempts to replace God by creating human life from an act of solitary will rather than the natural means of sexual congress.

‘Launch’ catapults grad’s career to new level

‘Launch’ catapults grad’s career to new level

Sarah Botelho didn’t see it coming. As an undergraduate at Western studying English and Creative Writing, she had dabbled in the music scene. She won Western Voice in her first year, recorded an EP at CHRW and played some shows. And then she withdrew. “I had drifted...

Best books of 2017, according to Western

Best books of 2017, according to Western

As 2017 winds down, Western News brings you a list of book recommendations from members of our campus community. Included are the year’s favourite reads from students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Newsmakers: The Author

Newsmakers: The Author

David Huebert Over the past four years, Peninsula Sinking has shed its skin many times. English PhD candidate David Huebert first workshopped the short-story collection in 2013 with award-winning writer and University of Toronto professor David Layton. It was only...

Newsmakers: The Playwright

Newsmakers: The Playwright

Camille Intson Camille Intson, a third-year English and Theatre and Performance Studies student, is an accomplished playwright whose works have been produced professionally across the country. Winner of a National Playwriting Contest, she is the co-founder and...

Artist, class making town-gown connection

Artist, class making town-gown connection

For the past three years, Penn Kemp has enjoyed working with Western students in what she sees as a symbiotic and mutually beneficial relationship cultivated by a course offered in English and Writing Studies. “It’s the interconnectivity between town and gown – I just...

Plaques celebrate rich history of research

Plaques celebrate rich history of research

Western is showcasing some of its top research moments through the creation of digitally linked historical plaques across campus. The first two distinctive markers were installed this week.

Uncover the skill of In Flanders Fields

Uncover the skill of In Flanders Fields

Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872-1918) wrote In Flanders Fields in May 1915 during the Second Battle of Ypres in western Belgium, where he was serving as Brigade Surgeon and Major, and second in command of the 1st Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery. The poem was...

Gift adds Bard’s Fourth Folio to collection

Gift adds Bard’s Fourth Folio to collection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhFFxXOm5zI Even in elementary school, Robert Luton loved Shakespeare. The storytelling, the drama, the beauty of the language – it all kept him in rapt attention during performances at the Stratford Festival Theatre. English teachers...

Course looks to capture a ‘Strange Animal’

Course looks to capture a ‘Strange Animal’

Next time you cross the bridge on University Drive, Tom Cull hopes you’ll look below and look around. Take in your surroundings – the river, the trees, even the beaver you might see, crossing the bridge at dawn as you head to your morning class. This is at the heart...

Governor General taps trio for top PhD honours

Governor General taps trio for top PhD honours

For more than 140 years, the Governor General’s Academic Medals have recognized the outstanding scholastic achievements of students in Canada. Based solely on academic criteria, there is no monetary award associated with the medal. The Gold Medals will be presented at...

‘Sinking’ signals a career on the rise

‘Sinking’ signals a career on the rise

English PhD candidate David Huebert’s short-story collection, Peninsula Sinking, is out this month from Biblioasis. Quill & Quire, Canada’s magazine on book news and reviews, dubbed Huebert “one of Canada’s most impressive young writers.”

Playwright takes to stages across the country

Playwright takes to stages across the country

When Camille Intson first met James Cavanaugh two years ago, even she had no idea how far he might take her. An English and Theatre and Performance Studies student, Intson submitted a piece to Western’s one-act short play festival, Purple Shorts, under her Cavanaugh...

Written word bridges gap in understanding

Written word bridges gap in understanding

In September, fourth-year Arts & Humanities student Sydney Brooman begins her term as the 2017 Student Writer-in-Residence, a unique to North America position developed by the University Students’ Council and Department of English and Writing Studies.

Harmless appropriation to you; but our preservation

Harmless appropriation to you; but our preservation

A thousand years ago, I wrote a play titled Dead White Writer on the Floor. In it, six familiar native stereotypes – all created by non-Native writers – wander across the stage pondering the point of their creation. Perhaps many of these settler writers merely wanted...

Raising alarms about cultural shoplifting

Raising alarms about cultural shoplifting

“HEY JOE!” Another case of cultural shoplifting? “Hey Joe, that’s not yours! Put it back where it belongs.” Oh, he’s not going to cry, is he? What’s changed? It’s been more than a quarter century since I was last dragged into the cultural appropriation conversation....