9:35 to 10:45

Moderator: Dr. Peter Robinson, Professor, Department of English


Jenna Miller

More than Meets the Eye: The Role of Photography in Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter

Jenna Miller is a fourth-year English Honours Student at the University of Saskatchewan. Her academic interests include Canadian postmodern fiction, speculative fiction, Shakespeare, and creative writing. Outside of studying, Jenna enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hiking and cycling. Additionally, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and dogs. 


In his novel Coming Through Slaughter, Michael Ondaatje explores the limits of photography’s representations of reality, as he imagines the life of jazz legend Buddy Bolden in a way that questions ideas of truth. Additionally, the commentary on the photography in the novel provides a portrait of Bolden as a self-divided artist figure with the power to both create and destroy.

Alexander Torvi

Establishing Player Connectivity: The Unification of Gameplay and Narrative in Final Fantasy XIV

Alexander Torvi is a fourth-year Honours English Student at the University of Saskatchewan. His area of study combines the fields of media studies as it applies to the realm of narratives within video games and digital literature.


Role-Playing-Games (RPGs) are a genre of video games that are intrinsically linked to the idea of connectivity. Final Fantasy XIV is an RPG that demonstrates how the synthesis of narrative and gameplay is used in the creation of connections both inside and outside of these online spaces.

Rebecca Tuchscherer

Banished Messengers: The Spatial Semiotics of Dissent

Rebecca Tuchscherer is a visual artist and writer, completing her final year of study at the University of Saskatchewan. With an interest in cultural theory and creative writing, Rebecca enjoys experimental and multi-modal approaches in the work she consumes and produces. Outside of academia Rebecca writes short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and practices expressionist printmaking and illustration as well as art photography.


Blending the epistolary and the critical mode, this paper considers the sociospatial paradigms of dissent, examining textual resonance and (dis)possession in urban, digital, and fictional spaces. Rebecca argues that marginalized authors of actual, virtual, and imagined spaces transgress via textuality the isolation and invisibility of their social exteriority.

Emma Burns

Reading Large-Scale Agricultural Literature Through an Eco-Critical Lens

Emma will be graduating this year with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English, and is excited to see where this expansive degree will take her. Emma’s many interests include martial arts, playing the piano, hiking, skiing, and reading.


Large-scale agriculture is a prominent part of Saskatchewan’s economy and reality and is increasingly controversial due to it being a considerable factor in climate change. As large-scale agriculture is all around us, Emma has found a new realm of analysis, and grounds for optimism, in reading agricultural literature through an eco-critical lens.