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Department of English E-Newsletter
Alan Bewell
It is a real pleasure to be able to introduce our new Department of English eNewsletter. One of the great advantages of the web is that it offers us many new ways to communicate with the larger community of people connected to the Department in a timely manner. Ashifa Rajwani, who has recently taken on the responsibilities of web communication and alumni development, has many new ideas about ways for us to keep in touch with you and to let you know all about the many exciting things that are happening in the Department of English. This eNewsletter is one of them. We hope that you enjoy it and that you will find it a useful way of staying informed about events here at the University of Toronto. Your input is greatly valued, so let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions.

- Alan Bewell, Chair
Richard Greene: Governor General Literary Award Winner
Richard Greene
Professor Richard Greene, Director of the MA Program in the Field of Creative Writing, was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in English, for his collection Boxing the Compass (Signal Editions, 2009), a collection that included the long poem, " Over the Border, recounting his journeys" by Greyhound and Amtrak through the United States in the aftermath of 9-11. Along with his role as Director of the MA CRW program and undergraduate instructor, Prof. Greene is a Senior Fellow of Massey College.

When asked about his win, Prof. Greene had this to say: "The Governor General’s Literary Award came as a great stroke of luck. My book was part of a very strong shortlist, on which each title had a serious claim to be chosen. There were particularly impressive works by Daryl Hine and Michael Harris. For my work to be singled out was stunning. Boxing the Compass is the sort of book poets call a “new and selected.” It brings back to light work written over a period of twenty-five years and adds new poems. The award came as an endorsement of many years of effort and has allowed me to reach more readers than was possible in the past. I often say that being a good poet is like being a good bassoonist – nobody knows who you are. But now, I am not entitled to that complaint. "

Prof. Greene is proud of the Creative Writing program here at the Department of English. "The MA in the Field of Creative Writing, though small, is probably the most prestigious programme of its kind in Canada. We receive applications from most of the rising talents in Canadian literature and are honoured to admit writers of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and drama. Indeed, we receive many more excellent applications than we can possibly admit. Many of our students go on to distinguish themselves as professionals. For me, there is a thrill in watching writers taking some of their first steps in what will be lives of great achievement."
George Elliot Clarke Named Toronto's Fourth Poet Laureate
George Elliot Clarke
George Elliott Clarke, E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature and Associate Professor in the Department of English, has been appointed by Toronto City Council as Toronto’s Fourth Poet Laureate. The role of Poet Laureate is to serve as the city’s literary ambassador, to promote literary talent, and to attract people to literary events.

Former student Brooke Lockyer (MA Creative Writing, 2009) asks Toronto’s new Poet-Laureate about becoming the city’s official literary ambassador. Read more
Nick Mount: His thoughts on Winning the 3M National Teaching Award
Nick Mount
Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Professor Nick Mount was awarded the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. This is Canada’s highest teaching award, with a maximum of 10 recipients annually. It is a tremendous and well-deserved honour for Nick, and it is great to have such a fine teacher in our midst.

Prof. Mount, who is a nationally recognized student and teacher of Canadian literature, is currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department, responsible for the courses and programs of some 3,000 English undergraduates. Besides courses in Canadian literature, he teaches the Department’s popular first-year course, ENG140Y, Literature for Our Time. His lectures for this class have been broadcast and podcast on TVO’s Big Ideas and used in other courses across Canada. When asked his views on teaching and what makes his class so popular, Prof. Mount responded, "It's a big class, so I decided from the start that I would have to treat it as a big class. I spend a great deal of time preparing and rehearsing lectures, something I wouldn't do and don't think any of us should do in a more reasonable sized class. Obviously, that's been effective, at least by some measures. The tutorials, run by our PhD students, are a good part of the success of this and any other large class. It's hard to have a conversation in a class of 500, but you can in a room of 20, and I think students see the value in that, even if not always right away."

In regard to what he thinks contributes to his success in teaching, Prof. Mount had this to say: "A lot of hard work, and a bit of native ability. I suspect it also helps that I like students, or most of them, and that university was never given to me, which makes me appreciate being here all the more."
Undergraduate Life: An Update on Undergraduate Student Life, by the 2012-13 English Students' Union Co-Presidents
Student Union Co-Presidents
While The University of Toronto offers students one of the most enriched environments for post-secondary study, it is the university’s student life initiatives that make for a truly exceptional university experience. It is pertinent for students to explore the world beyond the classroom, whether it be through joining an intramural team, running for a student government position, or auditioning for a campus play, as it is through these opportunities that memories are made, friendships are formed, and university experiences become unforgettable. The offices of student life reach out to students in so many ways through email, websites, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, posters etc. that it becomes impossible not to be aware of what the university has to offer. U of T has an overwhelming number of clubs, groups, societies, organizations, unions, bands, choirs, journals, papers that can easily accommodate all of U of T’s 65,000 undergraduate students’ interests. By having so many passionate staff members, students, and volunteers that make student life possible, students can experience a world of opportunities that make for a deeply enhanced university experience. By Jaclyn Hodsdon and Daisy Qin, ESU Co-Presidents 2012-13. Read More
Award Winners
Prof. Rosemary Sullivan is appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Read more Prof. Edward J. Chamberlin is appointed as an Officer in the Order of Canada. Read more Prof. Tom Keymer becomes a Fellow of the U.K. Royal Society of Historical Studies. Read more
Prof. Andy Orchard becomes a Fellow for the Royal of Society of Canada. Read more

Prof. Ato Quayson becomes a Fellow for the Royal Society of Canada. Read more

Prof. Paul Stevens becomes a Fellow for the Royal Society of Canada. Read more
PhD student Andrea Day receives the Richard and Florence Atwater Graduate Scholarship
Andrea Day
Congratulations to Andrea Day, the first recipient for the Richard and Florence Atwater Graduate Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to graduatre students who are studying children's literature at the Department of English. Andrea's area of study focuses on Victorian and Children's literatures. Her dissertation investigates the connections between anthropology, literary criticism, and children's literature in the works of Andrew Lang.
Dr. Vikki Visvis Receives Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Teaching
Canadian Literature Lecturer, Dr. Vikki Visvis, was awarded the Rajini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award by the Arts and Science Students' Union (ASSU). Originally from Australia, Dr. Visvis' love and passion for Canadian Literature began in high school. "Canadian literature has attracted marked attention and respect in Australia for many years." Dr. Visvis explained. "It was part of my high school curriculum, and I wrote my fourth-year undergraduate thesis on a Canadian author at the University of Sydney. Because I was exposed to Canadian literature so early and positively in Australia, I was motivated to do my graduate work at the University of Toronto. Being able to teach here for the last ten years has been the happy culmination of a pursuit that began when I was 16 in my Grade 11 English class on Michael Ondaatje’s novel In the Skin of a Lion."
Joanne Leow wins the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL) Barbara Godard Prize
Joanne Leow
The Department of English would like to congratulate Joanne Leow, who won the ACQL's 2011 Barbara Godard Prize for best paper by an Emerging Scholar. Her essay "Re-map, Re-cover and Re-perform: Interdiscursivity and the Poetry of Wayde Compton." was presented at ACQL's annual meeting. Jury members called her work, "a tightly focused paper, elegantly written, eloquently and persuasively argued."
Professor Carol Percy awarded the Teaching and Academic Librarianship Award

Prof. Carol Percy was awarded the prestigious Teaching and Academic Librarianship Award presented by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association.
Professor Simon Dickie Won NACBS John Ben Snow Foundation Prize.

The North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS) announced that Prof. Simon Dickie recevied the prestigious John Ben Snow Foundation Prize for his book, Cruelity & Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental Eighteenth Century.
Professor Katie Larson has won a short-term research fellowship at the Folger Library

Prof. Katie Larson has won a short- term research fellowships at the Folger Library, which she will take up in the spring of 2014. This is actually the second library fellowship she's won for her sabbatical year.
Donna Sabo Receives the Distinguished Service Award
Donna Sabo
Donna Sabo joined the University of Toronto in 1979 and has been the Departmental Manager and Financial Officer in the Department of English since 2000. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes employees who have achieved excellence in support of the Faculty’s mission of teaching and research. Here is what Donna had to say about the Department:

There are numerous aspects of this Department that make it such a wonderful place to be a part of, but I believe the most significant is that its great reputation is strengthened by a carefully nurtured energizing culture of enthusiasm, positivity of spirit, generous warmth and mutual respectfulness which underlines the activities and contributions of its many talented members. It is a welcoming environment in which all of its member sectors are encouraged to learn, to grow and to contribute – where successes are celebrated and where we also have fun along the way, too! I feel quite privileged to be a part of it.
Writer in Residence 2012-2013: Joy Kogawa
Joy Kogawa
The Jack McClelland Writer-in-Residence for 2012-2013 was Joy Kogawa. Joy is a lauded Canadian novelist and poet. She is best known for her novel, Obasan, one of the Literary Review of Canada's 100 Most Important Canadian Books. Obasan is a lyrical and heart-rending account of the losses and suffering endured by Japanese Canadians during WWII. Interned with her Japanese-Canadian family during WW2, Joy has worked tirelessly to educate and help redress a dark moment in our history. She is a member of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of the Rising Sun in Japan.
Northrop Frye Centennial Conference
A Conference in Honour of Northrop Frye on the Centenary of His Birth
Northrop Frye
A conference was held at Victoria College, at Victoria University in the University of Toronto to honour Dr. Northrop Frye on the Centenary of his Birth. Dr. Frye is regarded as one of the twentieth century’s pre-eminent English scholars and literary critics in Canadian society and culture. He came to Toronto in 1929, entered Victoria College and graduated in Honors Philosophy and English in 1933. Dr. Frye was a Professor in the Deparment of English at the University of Toronto and Chancellor of Victoria College, Victoria University. He was greatly admired and beloved among faculty and staff throughout the University. An emphatic defender of liberal arts and humanities, he was a dominant figure in Canada's academic world and had a considerable influence on the planning of curricula in English and on teaching of English. He had numerous publications and was the recipient of 38 honourary degrees from universities throughout the world. His honours include Companion of the Order of Canada; he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1951 and received the Society’s Lorne Pierce medal in 1958 and its Pierre Chauveau medal in 1970. The Northrop Frye Centennial conference, which consisted of a three-day symposium, was organized by the Department of English and the Centre for Comparative Literature.
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