English Department - University of Canterbury

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This is the official page of the English Department at the University of Canterbury Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha, Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand. We offer courses and supervision in a broad variety of fields, and our department has a history of innovative and distinguished scholarship. We have a strong programme in the more 'traditional' areas of English, such as the study of literature

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Photos from English Department - University of Canterbury's post 07/05/2024

📖🦇 Great news - the new micropress ngā pukapuka pekapeka is now open for submissions. They will be publishing three chapbooks a year, with a deliberate focus on the relationship between the written word and performance. They are interested in chapbook-length submissions of short stories, poetry collections, and novellas. They would particularly like to hear from writers from Te Waipounamu, as well as tangata whenua and emerging writers. Part of publication will involve readings and live events in Ōtautahi and Te Waipounamu. Click through the images for more information. Submissions are due 31 May. You can contact them with submissions, queries or requests at [email protected] 📖🦇

FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense 02/05/2024

**Enormous congratulations** to Chevy Rendell, who today passed his snake fight / PhD oral exam.

Chevy's thesis is titled “The Single-Serve Self: The Individual, the Novel, and Méconnaissance at the Cusp of the Neoliberal Sublime.” He looks at a range of novels, but focuses on Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, Iain Banks’ The Bridge, Tom McCarthy’s Remainder, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go - as well as Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

Congratulations too to Chevy's supervisors, Daniel Bedggood and Nicholas Wright, and thanks to Assoc Professor Jenny Lawn (Massey) for acting as the oral examiner. Prof Mitchum Huehls (UCLA) acted as the external examier.

This is a huge achievement - we are very proud of you Dr Rendell! 🐍📖👨‍🎓

FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense Q: Do I have to kill the snake? A: University guidelines state that you have to “defeat” the snake. There are many ways to accomplish this. Lots o...

Film hoping to shine light on coming out as a transgender person needs to raise funds 30/04/2024

It's always great seeing past students doing impressive things! Grae studied with English and Cinema Studies some time ago, and we're really excited to see this project in the works. Click through for more information.

Film hoping to shine light on coming out as a transgender person needs to raise funds Trans-focused media has increased in recent years, with shows such as Rūrangi and Inky Pinky Ponky providing a uniquely Kiwi lens on the transgender experience.

Our edible campus | University of Canterbury 28/04/2024

Did you know UC is an Edible Campus? Check out a guided lunch-hour walk this Thursday 2 May to find the best spots to forage for edible fruits, native nibbles, herbs, nuts and berries! 🍋🍐🍎🍊

The walk is a part of Organic Week Aotearoa. It will begin outside Cafe 1894 at 12pm and will end at Waiutuutu Community Garden just before 1pm. If you can, please stay for a cup of herbal tea in the garden afterwards. Your guide Seamus Moran is UC's Biodiversity Co-ordinator and has years of experience working on and with the UC Grounds team (meaning he knows all the best spots!).

You can also click through to learn about top spots to scope out some fruit and nuts.

Our edible campus | University of Canterbury Use UC's edible campus food foraging map to find apricots, guavas, feijoas, figs, olives, pears, plums, and more on campus. Learn more about our edible campus.

18/04/2024

Thanks to all those (two-legged and six-legged) guests who attended the launch of Lily Duval's magnificent book Six-Legged Ghosts: The Insects of Aotearoa. It was an amazing session with a great turnout. The book is available now at UBS (bonus insect not included).

15/04/2024

You're invited to the first in a series of collaborative ‘Thought Experiments’ between Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury+ Aotahi School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, to be held at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū.

Thought Experiment #1 is titled Tītī, Te Pō, + Tūhono, and features Kirsty Dunn and Conor Clarke .

Come along to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Phillip Carter Family Auditorium), 12:30 – 1:30pm Thursday 2 May, 2024 - we'd love to see you there.

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‘My only job is to keep the faith’: Ockham finalist on writing 14/04/2024

We're really looking forward to hosting Pip Adam later in the year as our second Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence for 2024. If you want to know more about her wildl y entertaining and genre-defying work, click through to this great profile from this week's news.

‘My only job is to keep the faith’: Ockham finalist on writing Getting stuck in a cupboard while searching for a wok was a pivotal moment for Pip Adam.

Competitions 25/03/2024

Attention young playwrights! The Playwrights b4 25 competition closes 1 April. See below for details.

Competitions Competition, retreat and residency opportunities.

25/03/2024

You are warmly invited to an evening with by celebrated poet / UC creative writing tutor / arts lady about town Claudia Jardine! The event is at Tūranga, the central city library, on Thurs 28 March at 6pm. Each monthly session offers a memorable literary-inspired event ranging from author talks to zines and everything in between. Those who know Claudia know her writing is sharp, funny, s*xy and clever. Come along, bring a friend, and don't forget to check out Claudia's Ockham New Zealand Book Awards 2024 long-listed collection of poetry BITER.

Vibrant with Words: Ursula Bethell Panel Discussion 19/03/2024

Head along to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū this weekend to hear from Nicholas Wright (UC English), Erin Kimber (UC Macmillan Brown Library / Archives) and Gwyn Porter (multi-hyphenate, editor, librarian, writer, and tutor / friend of the department) as they discuss the work of Ōtautahi poet Ursula Bethell, whose work inspired the title of the gallery's current contemporary art show Spring Time is Heart-break. The panel is at 1pm on Saturday 23 March in the Philip Carter Family Auditorium. Free! We hope to see you there.

Vibrant with Words: Ursula Bethell Panel Discussion Speakers include Gwynneth Porter, Nicholas Wright and Erin Kimber.

14/03/2024

You are warmly invited to the launch of the new book 'Six-legged Ghosts: The Insects of Aotearoa", by Lily Duval. Philip Armstrong (English professor and one of the founding members of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies) will be there was one of the launch speakers, alongside NZ's 'bug man' Ruud Kleinpaste. The launch is taking place at 5.30pm, Thursday 11 April 2024, at UBS.

The book, which includes more than 100 original paintings by the author, examines the art, language, stories and science of insects in Aotearoa and around the world. Moving between te ao Māori and the medieval art world, between museum displays and stories of the insect apocalypse, extinction and conservation, Duval explores the lives of insects not only in the natural environments of Aotearoa, but in our cultures and histories as well. It's a gorgeous volume.

Everyone is welcome - but please RSVP for catering purposes to [email protected]

UBS - University Bookshop Canterbury

https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/about-uc/what-we-do/canterbury-university-press/canterbury-university-press-catalogue/six-legged-ghosts

04/03/2024

Huge congratulations to Sian Doole, who submitted her PhD last week. Many of our students will know Sian as a tutor and guest lecturer. This is a significant achievement and we are so proud. Sian's project theorises maternal form in contemporary poetry. See below to read the wonderfully sticky prose poem "The Carrion Flower", by Claire Wahmanholm, which Sian considers near the end of her thesis.

https://www.wintertangerine.com/wahmanholm-carrion-flower

03/03/2024

We didn't have the chance last year to celebrate our prize-winners, so we invite you to join us in congratulating the following students now. These awards recognise academic excellence across undergraduate and postgraduate study, and represent very high levels of achievement, in some cases across multiple courses. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

• John Connal Scholarship: Saoirse Hill-Shearman

• Howard McNaughton Prize in Drama: Rose Hubble

• Howard McNaughton Prize in Cultural Studies: Rosa Opie and Alice Markwell

• Winston Rhodes Prize in English: Kenji Van Oosten

• MacMillan Brown Essay Prize: First Prize: Grace Opie

• MacMillan Brown Essay Prize: Second Prize: Alia Govin-Fowler

• Top Master of Writing Student: Holly Best

• John Garrett Scholarship in English: Samuel Hall

• John Tinline Prize in English: Madison Marshall

27/02/2024

Some of our colleagues in Political Science and Human Services have a great paid opportunity for a Pasifika postgrad or recent graduate. See below:

A new research project within the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences (LSAP) is seeking applications for the position of Research Assistant (RA). This is a fixed term, part-time contract (February 2024 to February 2025) providing 90-100 hours of paid work (based on collective agreement RA rates of pay).

The project is on the contemporary criminalisation and deportation of Pasifika people in Aotearoa and Australia. We seek to collect and analyse media reports, social media posts and grey literature on the topic of criminalisation and deportation of Pasifika people.

The position is open to postgraduate students or recent Masters/PhD graduates from the Pasifika community with interests in the study of racism, colonialism, and discourse analysis.

As part of this position, you will receive mentorship, training, references, the opportunity to co-author, and we will provide funding so that you can travel and present at a conference in Aotearoa with the team.

Interested candidates: kindly email your CV to project leads Lin Mussell (Political Science) and Josephine Varghese (Human Services): lin.mussell at canterbury.ac.nz and josephine.varghese at canterbury.ac.nz

Sorry, not sorry: How Muay Thai taught me to stop apologising for everything 25/02/2024

A huge welcome to Dr Rachel Williamson, who joins the department this week. Rachel's background is in secondary and tertiary education, as well as family violence prevention and policy. Rachel did her PhD in Cultural Studies here, looking at maternal ambivalence in popular literature and film, and she recently published a great book in this area. You may already know Rachel from CINE223, our s*x and s*xuality on screen course, and various literary studies courses. She'll be working as a senior tutor, particularly in support of WRIT101. Nau mai Rachel!

Here's a great piece Rachel wrote a few years ago for The Spinoff, about how kickboxing is good for the soul.

Sorry, not sorry: How Muay Thai taught me to stop apologising for everything The Thai martial art has forced one new follower to reckon with her inner agreeableness and fight the impulse to be nice.

23/02/2024

Do you like writing? Are you an aspiring writer? Do you want to start, but are not sure how? Do you want critiques, or to get published? Are you just keen to have a go? UC Writers Society is here for you! They have a range of events and activities to support you in your creative mahi, from cozy hangs and sit-and-write sessions, to workshops and opportunities. Click through to their page to find out more ❤📓📖📚❤️

https://www.facebook.com/ucwritesoc

22/02/2024

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MEET OUR WORD CHRISTCHURCH 2024 PROGRAMMERS AT LARGE!

Pōneke-based Tayi Tibble (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau ā Apanui) and Tāmaki Makaurau-based Jordan Tricklebank (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Mahuta) join our Ōtautahi based Programme Director Kiran Dass to bring together kupu, books, stories, ideas, music, performance and more to our city stages this spring. We’ve already had some exciting conversations, so you’ll want to stay tuned!

More on our website.
Programme launches 3 July.
KA MAU TE WEHI!

NicLow | Writing / Art / Shenanigans 28/01/2024

Nau mai - a huge welcome to Nic Low, who joins us today as the first of our two Ursula Bethell Writers in Residence for 2024. Nic is a writer and arts organiser of Ngāi Tahu and European descent. His work includes award-winning fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, and criticism, often with a focus on the outdoors, adventure, race, technology and history. You might also recognise him from his time as programme co-director for WORD Christchurch. While he is with us, he will be working on a subversive new novel that pokes at histories of collection and display. We're really thrilled to be able to support him in his mahi. You can find out more about his work here, and if you see him please make him feel welcome!

NicLow | Writing / Art / Shenanigans Writing / Art / Shenanigans

Vaccinations on Welcome Day | University of Canterbury 25/01/2024

Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand have organised a vaccination drop-in centre on Welcome Day (Friday 16 Feb), where international and domestic UC students who haven’t already and are keen to do so, can receive FREE vaccinations against the potentially deadly Meningococcal disease, as well as MMR and HPV.

Young people mixing in groups are especially vulnerable to these illnesses, some of which can get very serious very quickly. UC strongly recommends vaccination to all students, particularly those in UC halls of residence.

If you are not up to date, please consider your wellbeing and take advantage of this - nice and convenient!

Vaccinations on Welcome Day | University of Canterbury Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand have organised a vaccination drop-in centre on Welcome Day, where international and domestic UC students who haven’t already and are keen to do so, can receive FREE vaccinations against the potentially deadly Meningococcal disease, as well as MMR and HPV.

The Aotearoa books of the year for 2023 12/12/2023

Are you looking for some summer reading? The Spinoff have put together a great list of the best NZ books of 2023. You'll see books and recommendations from friends of the department, including past and upcoming writers in residence!

The Aotearoa books of the year for 2023 The best fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children's books published in New Zealand this year, according to our panel of readers.

Call for applications: Te Kiekie Writing Workshop 2024 | The Physics Room 07/12/2023

Contemporary art spaces The Physics Room and Blue Oyster Art Project Space are calling for applications to join an overnight art writing workshop at Woolshed Creek Hut Te Kiekie Mt Somers, 15-16 February 2024. Located at the foot of Kā Tiritiri-o-te-moana The Southern Alps, the workshop will focus on how we can practise sustained engagement in art writing. It will bring together 12 participants over two days, with a methodology that includes reading, walking, listening and writing. The workshop will be facilitated by Cassandra Barnett, Nic Low and Matariki Williams. This is a terrific opportunity for writers who love the outdoors (and walking up and down stuff), and want to develop their writing practice in a supportive and enriching environment. Click through for information on how to apply, and what the workshop entails. Applications close Monday 15 January.

Call for applications: Te Kiekie Writing Workshop 2024 | The Physics Room The Physics Room is a contemporary art space based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Photos from English Department - University of Canterbury's post 04/12/2023

Some triumphant news from the English department - the jigsaw puzzle in the tea room that's been driving everyone mad has been finished through the stellar work and perseverance of PhD students Chevy Rendell and Sian Doole, who refused to say "this is too hard" or "why do all the blue bits look the same". Says Chevy: "On a short list of mind-altering experiences, nothing compares to the cold realisation that your jigsaw puzzle is one piece short nor the rush of finding that piece and plugging it into the final space." Ngā mihi nui ki a kōrua!

Te Rā Closing Event 19/10/2023

Our current writer in residence, musician / composre / poet Ariana Tikao, is doing two half hour performances at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū on Saturday at 1pm and 3pm, to commemorate the closing of the exhibition Te Rā. Te Rā is the only known customary Māori sail in existence, and waas Woven from harakeke more than 200 years ago, and held in storage for many years at the British Museum. This will be a terrific celebration. Tickets are $5. If you arrive early you can also check out the 11am kōrero between weaver Ranui Ngarimu and pouarataki curator Māori Chloe Cull in front of Te Rā.

Te Rā Closing Event Ariana will be reading from her book Te Rā: The Māori Sail, accompanied by Mat Tait's illustrations and taoka puoro soundscapes. The book tells Te Rā's imagined life story in a series of poems, from conception, through being taken away to the other side of the world, to its reconnection with the ...

New Zealand Youth Film Festival Presented by New Zealand Herald 17/10/2023

Entries for the NZ Youth Film Festival close next week, on October 27. You can submit entries of any story, genre, or theme (including student projects), and there are $25,000 worth of awards up for grabs. The competition is free to enter, and is aimed at NZ youth aged 15-24. Click through for more info.

New Zealand Youth Film Festival Presented by New Zealand Herald New Zealand Youth Film Festival Presented by The New Zealand Herald is free-to-enter. Win awards at our events sponsored by Warner Bros, Canon, Adobe, Wētā FX...

15/10/2023

Are you looking to study over summer? The popular course CINE223 / CULT214 Cinematic Sin and Sensuality, taught by Rachel Williamson, is running across the November / December session!

This course addresses the myriad and often conflicting ways that s*x and s*xuality have been represented throughout the history of Western cinema, with an emphasis upon Hollywood and American independent film. The course begins with early representations of s*x and bodies and consider the significant impact and legacy of the Motion Picture Production Code, a ‘morality code’ that was enforced in the United States from the mid-1930s to the 1960s. It then moves on to a diverse range of films and genres including comedy, horror, exploitation film and art film. This is an engaging and varied course that challenges people's ideas about s*x, gender and represention. Click through for more information.

Cinematic Sin and Sensuality This course addresses the myriad and often conflicting ways that s*x and s*xuality have been represented throughout the history of Western cinema, with an emphasis upon Hollywood and American independent film.

Landfall Young Writers' Essay Competition, Awards and competitions, Otago University Press | University of Otago 10/10/2023

Attention young writers! Entries are now open for the 2024 Landfall Young Writers' Essay Competition. This annual essay writing competition for young writers is run by the country's most prestigious lit magazine, Landfall, which is published by the University of Otago. The competition is open to writers aged 16-25. The winner will receive $500 as well as a year’s subscription to Landfall. The winning essay will also be published in Landfall in May 2024. Entries close next year, 31 March, 2024. The works selected in this competition are always terrific - vibrant, inspiring, sparky, and thought-provoking. We know how many of our students (especially our creative writing and MWRIT students) have great essays and ideas tucked away - this is a great opportunity to send some work out into the world.

Landfall Young Writers' Essay Competition, Awards and competitions, Otago University Press | University of Otago the Landfall Young Writers' Essay Competition is an annual award open to New Zealand writers aged 16 to 21.

Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence - University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha 21/09/2023

Applications for the Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing close on Sunday! $78K p/a, pro-rated across two 6 month residencies, based with us in the Karl Popper building at UC (with the best views in town). Applicants must be published writers of proven merit, and applications need to include a detailed proposal for the work that would be undertaken during the residency. More details are available in the job ad below, which also contains a link to the position description. Please share widely!

Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence - University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha Creative New Zealand Ursula Bethell Residency in Creative Writing 2024Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

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