English and CW News

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April 2017

Matt MacDonald wins Senior Colloquium award

Matt MacDonald won one of the four awards for his outstanding research and presentation at this year’s Senior Colloquium. He was recognized for “The Dracillian Breed, or Flight of the Grypis,” written for Prof. Dale Lakevold’s Intermediate Workshop in Creative Writing: Science Fiction and Fantasy. Congratulations, Matt!

See the news story here.

English and Creative Writing at the Senior Colloquium

English and Creative Writing students shone at the April 10 Senior Colloquium. Congratulations to the following speakers:

  • Matt MacDonald, “The Dracillian Breed, or Flight of the Grypis,” and “Okafuado: Broken Swords”
  • Derek Booth, Scene from “Reunited (And it Feels Not So Good)”
  • Ariele Kehler, “The Grace Tales”
  • Maria Schigol, “An Anthropologist’s Last Hope”
  • Emily Kroeker, “Monsters or Men: Interpreting the Other in Beowulf
  • Theodore Farough, “The Pursuit of Knowledge: A Cautionary Tale”

Thank you as well to the many English and Creative Writing students who chaired panels at the Colloquium. It was an impressive day, to be sure.

March 2017

Arts Speaker Series: Bees with Dr. Smid

By Ariele Kehler

The final Arts Speakers’ Series of the 2016-2017 school year took place on Friday, March 17th. Dr. Deanna Smid of the English/Creative Writing department presented the research she began last summer regarding the way the bees were treated in the Renaissance, particularly in regard to literature.

“You’re all my guinea pigs,” Dr. Smid began with a smile, as this was the first time she had presented the research.

The first five minutes of her presentation were scattered with bee-related puns–which I, for one, very much appreciated. The presentation showed that people in the Renaissance very much relied on bees as a source of income, as honey and wax were necessary commodities. There are many works of written accounts on the maintenance and care for bees and their hives, many be Renaissance apiarists. It was common conception at the time that bees themselves were artistic, and that the hum of the bees at work in their hives were songs. Songs were written for a capella musicians to replicate the bee song, and were so common that there is written record of them in books dating back to the 17th century.

While Smid did a large amount of research on the scientific aspect of Renaissance bee literature, she was also interested in the poetic reference to bees. A common theme in poetry of the time was to compare women and bees. As at the time, men were of a higher order in the social chain, in many poems what we now know to be the queen bee is referred to as the king bee–because the bee in charge was obviously male.

Smid’s research is not finished, and she intends to look more into the Renaissance beliefs that bees were creative creatures. She also hopes to coordinate with the Brandon University School of Music to recreate the seventeenth century bee songs.

Reprinted from The Quill, Issue 26, Volume 107

Beer and Pizza: A rousing success!

I’m going to let these pictures tell their own story:

(Also, does anyone remember the shameful pictures from last year’s beer and pizza party? Check out the 2016 news to find them).

2016 news

2015 news