English and Writing Studies

2013 Distinguished University Professorship

In the fields of medicine and law, Western’s latest Distinguished University Professorship (DUP) winners emulate the motivation behind why the award was created. In honouring faculty who have built a record of excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service over a substantial career at Western, this year’s recipients receive an award of $10,000 to support their scholarly activities and will deliver a public lecture at a future date. This year’s DUP winners are:

The future of humanities

The future of humanities

The humanities, we are being told, has no future as technology has already rendered it obsolete. There is little new in this, of course; the demise of the humanities has been imminent for at least 30 years. What is, perhaps, different now, is it has a new champion, one that will putatively reinvigorate and renew our disciplines, but simultaneously cause some disquiet among many it has come to ‘save.’

Future of film

In 1995, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French cinématographe, the Lumière Museum gave the original film camera and projector to some of the most interesting and well-­‐respected film directors of our time, inviting them to shoot a film in the same conditions that the pioneers used to do it.

Future of literary masters

Future of literary masters

James Joyce’s Ulysses, the novel I spend much of my time teaching and thinking and writing about, is full of predictions, as chapters confidently assert what will happen in a horse race later today, in the careers of men in public life and in their friends’ futures.

Future of reconciliation

Future of reconciliation

Far too often, when non-native Canadians think of Indigenous peoples, they think of the past. Media images project fantasies of natives posed in a romantic state of nature, frozen in a distant moment of history.

Writer-in-residence program marks four decades of connections

Writer-in-residence program marks four decades of connections

As Western’s Writer-in-Residence program, hosted by the Department of English, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, it’s important to keep its role and necessity in mind, said Manina Jones, professor and vice-chair in the English department.

Traister: University, students lose a ‘champion’

Dr. Lisa Zeitz, who died Saturday, joined the Department of English on July 1, 1989. She held a PhD from Queen’s University, an MA from the University of Virginia and a BA from Queen’s University. Her specialty was Restoration and 18th century English literature, with a particular interest in religious and intellectual history, narrative technique and landscape aesthetics.

Bruhm: If you plagiarize, you should fail

Bruhm: If you plagiarize, you should fail

On Sept. 21, I sent an email to The Globe and Mail in which I argued, as a university professor, I hold my students to the highest standards of honesty and integrity when they use the resources of others; simply put, if they plagiarize, they fail.

Company brings ‘Winter’s Tale’ to summer’s stage

Company brings ‘Winter’s Tale’ to summer’s stage

After the blistering heat of the long weekend, the last thing on most Londoners’ minds is winter. So why did Western’s Summer Shakespeare choose ‘The Winter’s Tale’ for its 32nd production, opening Tuesday?

Campus Digest, June 21

Winter’s Tale takes Summer stage Western Summer Shakespeare (formerly named UWO Summer Shakespeare) presents The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare July 3-7 in the University College (UC) Courtyard. Directed by Western English professor Jo Devereux, Western’s...

Film class turns camera onto community

Nicole Cheese didn’t know what she would discover when she looked through her camera’s viewfinder. What she captured amazed even her.

‘El Cerrito’ challenges filmmakers

‘El Cerrito’ is a documentary by the creative duo, and Western Film Studies faculty members, director Juan Andres Bello and producer Constanza Burucua. The film has had a successful run on the documentary film circuit, capturing nearly a dozen awards from festivals around the world.