The annual English Honours Colloquium presents some of the best work of students graduating from the undergraduate Honours program in the Department of English. 

  • Recorded Presentations will be available on the Honours Colloquium website starting Wednesday, February 3.
  • The interactive Discussion Panels below offer presenters the opportunity to engage with questions on Friday 5 February 2021


Fri, Feb 5 (live segment) 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Welcome and opening remarks
Dr. Ann Martin, Professor and Acting Undergraduate Chair, Department of English

11:05 - 11:40


Moderator: Dr. Jenna Hunnef, Professor, Department of English 

Doubt as an Integral Component of Faith in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
Mae McDonald 

“Were I with thee”: The Distance between Desire and Love in Emily Dickinson’s Poetry
Ana Cristina Camacho 

Emily Dickinson and Involuntary Invasions of Privacy: The Problem with Defining the “Outer – from the Inner”
Lauryn Andrew 

“I was the slightest in the House”: Starvation, Smallness, and Self-Denial as Experiences of Anorexia in the Poems of Emily Dickinson
Megan Fairbairn

11:40 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:35


Moderator:  Dr. Lisa Vargo, Professor, Department of English and Acting Head Department of Art and Art History 

The Representation of Women in Fairy Tales from Marie de France to the Brothers Grimm
Chelsea Hill 

Aemelia Lanyer, Ben Jonson, and the True Lineage of the English Country House Poem
Miguel Dela Pena

From Fear to Opportunity: The Napoleonic Wars in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda and Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Cara Schwartz

12:35 - 1:00


1:00 - 1:35


Moderator: Dr. Yin Liu, Professor, Department of English and Coordinator, CMRS 

Dido to Dames: Classical Antagonists in The Book of the City of Ladies 
Deklan Iris-Hoscheit 

"Both Dragons and Doves”: Widows and Misogynistic Literary Archetypes in Dunbar’s Tretiis of the Tua Mariit Wemen and the Wedo and Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Prologue
Megan Gorsalitz

Girls Also Want to Have Fun: Female Pleasure and Sexuality in Boccaccio’s The Decameron and its Film Adaptations
Vici Herbison

The Modern Medieval Woman: Female Agency in Marie de France’s  Lanval, The Two Lovers, Equitan, and Chaitivel
Radiance Harris

 1:35 - 2:00


 2:00 - 2:35


Moderator: Dr. Kathleen James-Cavan, Professor, Department of English

“Gratification of an innocent Curiosity”: Resistance to Sexual Limitations on Women in Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina, or Love in a Maze
Cori Thorstad

Resisting Racialized Narratives: Nancy's Visceral Impression in William Faulkner's "That Evening Sun"
Dana Kasdorf

Academic Libraries, UX (User Experience), and the Need for Accessibility in Academia
Ashley Lekach


Closing remarks
Dr. Brent Nelson, Head, Department of English

Live Chat Questions

Questions will be typed in the chat section of the Zoom webinar.

EventBrite Registration

Tickets to the four webinar panels are free-of-charge.

To register as an attendeed for the four panels, go to our Eventbrite Registration page.

After you have registered, you will receive an email on the morning of Fri, Feb 5, which includes four individual links to each of the four panels.

Maximum 100 attendees, including conference participants.