Category Archives: Upcoming Events

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.



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CORAL Event: ‘The Jew that Shakespeare Drew’: Unintended Consequences of Representation and the Call for Authorial Responsibility in Depictions of Jews during the Long Eighteenth-Century

Please join in the fun on October 24, 11 am, in the Gordon Wood Lounge (DT 1811), as Carleton alumnus and current University of Ottawa doctoral candidate Aaron Kaiserman discusses his research.  October is a busy month, but you have a particularly strong reason to come to this talk – it is a fantastic opportunity to hear from a fellow graduate student as he prepares to defend his thesis.  As a further bonus, refreshments will be served!

Here is a little sneak peek from Aaron on the talk itself:

This talk will demonstrate how self-conscious efforts to rehabilitate Jews in fiction during the eighteenth century and the Romantic period provide insight into how the responsibilities of authorship were being reinterpreted at the time. To instruct and delight alone seemed no longer enough when a novelist or playwright could be accused (sometimes by him or herself) of unintentionally promoting harmful ideas about the Jewish people through thoughtless caricatures, and recognition of the problem of stereotyping in turn forced British authors to think more carefully about interfaith and intercultural politics in their work.

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

Thursday, 5 April 2014


1811 Dunton Tower

Lance of Antioch Draft

In/Words Magazine Issue 13.2 & Chapbook Launch

Well, it’s fairly clear that winter is behind us, so it’s about time for us to release upon this new green world a batch of new publications from In/Words Magazine & Press. On May 8th at 7pm three new publications will be released at Pressed (750 Gladstone Ave) including the newest issue of In/Words Magazine as well as two exceptional chapbooks: Portraits by JC Bouchard, and Love, Our Master by Brandon Wint. The launch will include readings by JC Bouchard and some poets featured in In/Words Magazine 13.2, as well as a musical performance by the local duo Vedal Pearl. It will surely be a beautiful evening of poetry and music, so come on out to Pressed on May 8th, have a beer with us, and pick up some new poetry by young and talented Canadian writers.

Matt Jones
In/Words Magazine Co-editor

English Dept. Softball: New Season Begins!

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Oscar Wildecats (2013)

With the snow finally melting on the ground, it is time to think about softball. Every year, the English department has had a very active team in the Graduate Recreational Softball League. Faculty, including contract instructors, and graduate students are welcome to join the team free of charge. The league, and the team, is low key, and welcomes plays of all experience levels.

We normally play once a week beginning in May, though the night we play is not the same every week. Before that, we have a few practices, just to get people used to playing. It all ends with a full day tournament in August.

If you are interested, please contact Andrew Connolly:

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

1811 Dunton Tower

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

Carleton Intermediate Drama Workshop performances of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

MSNDCarleton University’s Intermediate Drama Workshop will be performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Monday, April 7 at  2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 8 at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The production is a collaboration with the English Department and students from Carleton’s Department of Architecture’s Theatre Design Class. 

To reserve tickets please email

The Afterlives of Percy Shelley, Schoolboy Rebel

With Dr. James Brooke-Smith (University of Ottawa), on Wednesday, April 16th, at 2.30 pm, in the Gordon Wood Lounge (Dunton Tower Rm. 1811).

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“The Schoolmaster’s Return,” 1825, courtesy of the Lewis Walpole Library.

This talk comes out of James’s very fresh research on Percy Shelley’s time at Eton and his subsequent reception within the Victorian and Edwardian public schools. It explores Shelley’s afterlife as an icon of aesthetic rebellion within the stultifying world of the school.

Refreshments will be served.
Please see for more details.

English Department TA Awards — Thursday, March 27, 10:30-12:00, 1811 DT

Please join us for coffee, doughnuts, and a celebration of Teaching Assistant excellence.

TA Awards Poster