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Why are we so obsessed with family history? Professor Julia Creet explores this question in her new book ‘The Genealogical Sublime’

York University English Professor Julia Creet traces the histories of the largest, longest-running and most rapidly growing genealogical databases, and seeks to explain North Americans’ current obsession with family history, in her new book set to publish on Feb. 28. The Genealogical Sublime (University of Massachuestts Press, 2020) is a crossover academic/trade book seeks to […]

Department of English announces FW18/19 Essay Prize Winners

The Department of English is proud to announce the winners of the essay prizes for the Fall/Winter 2018/2019 academic session. Best 1000-level Essay Prize Leah Perez Best 2000-level Essay Prize Daminee Salahuddin Best 3000-level Essay Prize Lee Murphy Best 4000-level Essay Prize Zena Kamocki Jerome Paul Avie Bennett Prize in Canadian Literature Muna Hussein Brian […]

Anna Veprinska's new book: Empathy in Contemporary Poetry after Crisis

This book examines the representation of empathy in contemporary poetry after crisis, specifically poetry after the Holocaust, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Hurricane Katrina. The text argues that, recognizing both the possibilities and dangers of empathy, the poems under consideration variously invite and refuse empathy, thus displaying what Anna Veprinska terms empathetic dissonance. […]

Department of English announces FW17/18 Essay Prize Winners

The Department of English is proud to announce the winners of the essay prizes for the Fall/Winter 2017/2018 academic session. Best 1000-level Essay Prize Jessica Pasia Best 2000-level Essay Prize Justine Bonczek Best 3000-level Essay Prize Zain Akthar Best 4000-level Essay Prize Zachary Tesolin Honourable Mention:   4000-level Essay Prize Jane Fox Avie Bennett Prize in […]