Category Archives: Research Talks

Research Talk: Andrew Wallace on “The Fact of Rome”

Prof. Andrew Wallace will be giving a Research Talk on “The Fact of Rome” on Friday, December 5th, at 3pm in the Gordon Wood Lounge.

This talk explores a series of expressions of ancient Rome’s nearness and availability to those who lived in its wake in Medieval and early modern England. In writers ranging from Medieval monks, such as Gildas and Bede, to Edmund Spenser, Sir Thomas Browne, and John Milton, encounters with the fact of Rome are interpretable as encounters with the self made strange and as meditations on the order of the ordinary.



RESEARCH TALKS: Siobhain Bly Calkin — “Thinking Things: Agency, Animation, and the Lance of Antioch”

Thursday, 5 April 2014


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Lance of Antioch Draft

RESEARCH TALKS: Barbara Leckie — “Unfinished: One Story of Victorian Procrastination”

    Dorothea finds Casaubon dead, from a painting by W. L. Taylor.

Dorothea finds Casaubon dead, from a painting by W. L. Taylor.

Friday, 11 April 2014

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Please join the Department of English for a new Research Talk by Dr. Barbara Leckie entitled “Unfinished: One Story of Victorian Procrastination.” Dr. Leckie’s paper will discuss George Eliot’s Middlemarch through the lens of twentieth- and twenty-first-century procrastination self-help guides. In this novel, Edward Casaubon famously procrastinates his “great work,” “The Key to All Mythologies.” Dr. Leckie’s paper will suggest that by looking closely at his procrastinatory methods, energies, and excuses we can gain insight into Eliot’s novel (and the nineteenth-century novel itself as a procrastinatory structure), the modern subject, and the rise of self-help literature on procrastination since the 1980s.
Leckie Research Talk

Winning America: The Legacy of Liberal Protestantism — Research Talk by Andrew Connolly

Date: Friday, March 21, 2014

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: 1811 Dunton Tower (Gordon Wood Lounge)

David Hollinger has recently argued that, although mainline liberal Protestants “lost American Protestantism” due to declining membership, they “won the United States.” He is among a group of scholars who suggest that American religious pluralism, individualism, and even multicultural tolerance have liberal Protestant roots. This paper takes a more critical approach by examining the relationship between the liberal Protestant legacy and a neoliberal understanding of religion, an understanding which permeates Democratic politics and the book publishing industry.

Andrew Connolly is a PhD candidate in the English Department at Carleton University. His dissertation examines contemporary deconversion narratives from Kim Barnes to Katy Perry.

Research Talk Connolly

Reaseach Talks: Dana Dragunoiu: “Nabokov, Pushkin, Shakespeare and the Cosmopolitan Ideal”

Friday, January 31


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