English and Writing Studies
Why the Victorians may understand us better than anyone in history

Why the Victorians may understand us better than anyone in history

This week, Western hosts the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) annual conference, bringing in nearly 350 scholars from around the world together under the theme Victorian Classes and Classifications. Established in 2002, NAVSA provides a continental...

First edition of festival getting the Words out

First edition of festival getting the Words out

The tapestry of London’s loosely knit creative communities is about to get tighter, thanks to Words, a new literary and creative arts festival. Set to take place this weekend in the Forest City, the festival aims to use the written and spoken word as a hub for...

Kidnie wins OCUFA Teaching Award

Kidnie wins OCUFA Teaching Award

English and Writing Studies professor M.J. Kidnie has been named one of only six winners of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) Teaching and Academic Librarianship Award. Since 1973, these awards have recognized exceptional...

Cook: Rereading rekindles past for alumnus

Cook: Rereading rekindles past for alumnus

It was the best grade I ever received on a university essay – 92 on a research paper about Henry David Thoreau’s Walden in American Literature class. I was impressed when I got it during the third year of my BA in English Language and Literature at Western; I guess I...

All her world’s a stage, as alumna has played many parts

All her world’s a stage, as alumna has played many parts

Offstage since day one, Anita Gaffney has played a role at the Stratford Festival for more than two decades. The Western grad and Stratford native started out selling ice cream to theatre-goers as a summer job. She’s also worked as a bookstore clerk, a waitress and...

Bruhm’s ‘Counterfeit Child’ takes Priestley Prize

Bruhm’s ‘Counterfeit Child’ takes Priestley Prize

Department of English and Writing Studies professor Steven Bruhm was recently awarded the F.E.L. Priestley Prize, which recognizes the best essay published in the journal English Studies in Canada, for his essay The Counterfeit Child, which appeared in the special...

Western Film Festival ready to roll

Western Film Festival ready to roll

Lights, camera, Western. The stage is set for the 2014 Western Film Festival scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas St.

Strategic Plan heads to Board after Senate debate

Despite a silent protest from dozens of sign-waving undergraduate and graduate students, the university Senate approved Western’s new four-year strategic plan at its Friday meeting. The plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, heads to the Board of Governors today for final approval.

Western chair to honour Nobel laureate Munro

Once a student, once a writer in residence, Alice Munro, LLD’76, never really left Western. Though her footsteps no longer echo in the halls of University College, there’s no doubt her name will continue to reverberate in the campus community.

Alice Munro, DLitt’76, wins  2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

Alice Munro, DLitt’76, wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

Western alumna and former writer-in-residence Alice Munro, DLitt’76, has been named the winner of 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature, becoming the first Canadian woman to take the award since its launch in 1901. Munro, 82, is only the 13th woman given the award.

NES documentary looks to collect games, memories

Video games have come a long way since Nintendo first dominated the market in the 1980s. Three decades later, Rob McCallum has plans to go a long way to document the Nintendo saga, all the while hunting for its classic games.