English Seminar: Anne Rogerson, ‘Are Dons Monsters?: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night and the Aeneid’

Anne Rogerson, ‘Are Dons Monsters?: Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night and the Aeneid’ The Aeneid echoes strangely through Dorothy L. Sayers’ Gaudy Night (1935). The poison pen letters that precipitate the story use Virgil’s horrendous Harpies as figures for the novel’s women dons, and throughout this classic work of detective fiction Virgilian allusions continue thick …

English Seminar: Rethinking Dramatic Irony with John Williams’s Stoner

Lucas Thompson, ‘Rethinking Dramatic Irony with John Williams’s Stoner’ John Williams’s recently rediscovered post-war American classic Stoner (1965) — virtually unknown until its republication in 2003 — has received widespread public and critical acclaim. But since the entire plot is told in capsule form on page one, why do readers keep reading? What do they want to …

English Seminar: Into the Wild: Characterising Hagar in Medieval Texts

Emma Knowles, ‘Into the Wild: Characterising Hagar in Medieval Texts’ Abstract: Ecocriticism and medieval biblical poetry might, at first glance, seem an odd mix. In this paper, however, I will argue that such a combination is actually the basis for a fruitful reinterpretation of the Old English poem Genesis A and related texts. Hagar and …

English Seminar: Global Others, Global Selves

Anna Guttman, Lakehead University, Ontario Global Others, Global Selves: Jewish-Muslim intimacy in the literature of Ayad Akhtar While Ayad Akhtar, a Muslim-American writer of Pakistani descent, is best known for his critical examination of the place and identity of the American Muslim in the post-9/11world, I argue that Jewish-Muslim intimacy is the key to Akhtar’s …