Category Archives: English News

Matt Carroll, “PhD Colloquium Report”

PhD Colloquium Report

Matt Carroll

The English Department’s PhD Colloquium took place Friday afternoon in DT 2017. Organized by Dr. Andrew Wallace and moderated by PhD candidate Emma Peacocke, the event was a resounding success and gave members of the Department and graduate cohort an opportunity to learn about the type and quality of research being done by our doctoral students.

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Carleton Writing Competition

Writing Competition

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Welcome | Submissions | Rules | Judges | Winners | Workshops | Coaches Corner

Welcome to the Carleton University Writing Competition.

This contest celebrates original, unpublished works of fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry (any style) and is open to all Carleton University staff, faculty, students, alumni and retirees.

The 2012 – 2013 competition opens September 17, 2012 and closes December 14, 2012.

Good news:  Writers and poets can submit either a short story, a work of creative nonfiction or poetry for the 2012 – 2013 competition.

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The Collaborative MA in the Digital Humanities

Breaking News:

The Collaborative MA in the Digital Humanities is Now Ready for Applications

If you opt for this interdisciplinary program you will still receive your MA in English but you will also have a specialization in the Digital Humanities. The requirements (as I understand them) are as follows: enrolment in the core course (“Issues in the Digital Humanities” taught by Brian Greenspan); one additional course in Digital Humanities or a practicum or a directed reading course; and one professional development class.

The specialization will be officially launched at the end of November and the program will begin January 2013 (in time for any of you to sign on if you’re interested—but spots are limited and so act soon!)

For more information contact Mitchell Frank ( or Brian Greenspan (

29 Oct: Americanist Reading Group Update

Americanist Reading Group Update

Posted by Rob Mousseau

The Americanist reading group had its first meeting on Friday, October 26. Gathering informally for two hours, a small but dedicated group covered a variety of topics using Michael Szalay’s Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party as a focus for discussion. A great deal of ground was covered in the conversation, ranging from debates about the overlapping role of politics and ideology in culture, a group analysis of Szalay’s critical methodology, an attempt to define Cultural Materialism versus New Historicism, comments on jazz, rock and roll, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Toni Morrison, and Joan Didion, and a whole lot of talk about the appropriation of “hip” blackness by the Democratic party.

Meeting next on Wednesday, December 5, the group will read Robert Perkinson’s Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire. An examination of prison culture in Texas, Perkinson argues that “in the prison business, all roads lead to Texas. A pioneer in criminal justice severity — from assembly-line executions to supermax isolation, from mandatory sentencing to prison privatization — Texas is the most locked-down state in the most incarcerated state in the country.” With Texas Tough, Perksinson offers a “history of American imprisonment from slavery to the present, explains how this plantation-based penal system once dismissed as barbaric became a template for the nation.”

Do not hesitate to email Rob Mousseau ( if you have questions about Texas Tough, the scheduled meeting time, or any of the group’s selected texts!

26 Oct: Fiction Contest

Note: Deadline is very soon: 29 Nov

Announcing: In/Words & English Lit. Society Flash Fiction Contest

Submission Guidelines:

This contest is open to all Carleton students and is designed to create a forum and award opportunity for fiction writing talent. You are invited to submit a short short work of fiction of between 500 – 1000 words on any topic. Submissions may not have been previously published or submitted as an assignment for a course.

Submission deadline: November 29, 4 p.m.: to the In/Words Mailbox, Department of

English, 18th Floor Dunton Tower

How to Submit: Your manuscript should have only a title, with no identifying name to allow for blind judging. Place this in an envelope addressed to In/Words. Also, include a second smaller envelope with the following information:

*Your name, *Title of your story, *Carleton Student #, *Contact email

**The Competition will have two prize winners, plus two honourable mentions. The winning stories will be published with acknowledgement in the winter edition of In/Words.

**Competition Judge: Nadia Bozak, author of the novel Orphan Love (Key Porter, 2007), the film studies monograph The Cinematic Footprint: Lights, Camera, Natural Resources (Rutgers University Press, 2012), and with a second novel, El Niño, forthcoming from House of Anansi.

**For examples of flash fiction, you can check out Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories (1992) on reserve in the Carleton library

25 Oct: David Clark CANCELLED

Prof. David L. Clark talk CANCELLED
Regrettably, David L. Clark’s talk today has been cancelled.  All flights from his departure airport have been cancelled due to inclement weather.  We will reschedule this event in the coming weeks. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience.
For graduate students and interested faculty, fruit and cheese trays will be available in the Gordon Wood Lounge (DT 1811) from 4:00 pm.  There may even be other beverages!  Feel free to drop by for a snack and an impromptu gathering.
Stuart Murray

7 September: Graduate Reception

It was wonderful to see so many new and familiar faces at our recent Graduate Reception. In addition to eating, drinking, and chatting with students and faculty we also learned some interesting facts about each other. One faculty member was once an avid sky-diver, another was a member of the army reserves, and another is allergic to peanut butter (his grad course discovered this piece of information last year while unwittingly munching on handfuls of peanuts during class). And we learned that many of our students have a variety of comic book collections, one has a map collection, another is afraid of spiders, another student, for no particular reason, has never eaten an egg, and another described eating live octopus (that, gruesomely, must be carefully chewed lest the tentacles of the octopus latch onto one’s throat as one swallows). At the reception there were neither eggs nor, thankfully, live octopus, but there was lots to eat and drink and much to be discussed as we readied ourselves for the beginning of classes and teaching.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead which, if not filled with sky-diving, spiders, and peanuts, will certainly be filled with lots of reading, writing, research, discussion, and debate.