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Literary Eclectic

This year’s Literary Eclectic Graduate Student Conference

will take place October 19-20, 2018

at the University of Regina.

 Friday, October 19, 2018

12:00-4:00 -

Registration 3rd floor Administration-Humanities Building (AH)

1:00 - 3:00

Creative Writing Workshop with Daniel Scott Tysdal (AH 348)

(free, but pre registration required, email

3:30 - 5:00

Health Panel (AH 348)

Andrea Charise, Chris Riegel, Kathleen Wall, Tea Gerbeza

5:30 - 6:30

Keynote Address with Dr. Andrea Charise (CL 126)

“Resonant Life: Age Studies and the Generation of Literary Futures”

Andrea Charise (BASc, MA, PhD) is Assistant Professor in English and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In addition to receiving recognition for her teaching and scholarship in literature (including the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature), Dr. Charise has almost twenty years of work experience as a medical researcher, primarily in geriatrics. Her award-winning research is published in a wide range of peer-reviewed venues including Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Academic Medicine, Essays in Romanticism, Victorian Studies, and English Literary History (ELH). She is the Principal Investigator of SCOPE: The Health Humanities Learning Lab, an arts- and humanities-based research and education initiative, and is the founding program supervisor of Canada’s first undergraduate program in Health Humanities. In April 2016 she was named “Professor of the Year” (Arts, Literature, and Language) by the UTSC student journal, The Underground. She can be found online at or on Twitter as @AndreaCharise.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:30-9:00 - Registration 3rd floor AH (coffee and refreshments served)

9:00-9:10 Welcome - Dr. Michael Trussler AH 348

9:15 - 10:30 Panel I Chair: Michael Trussler

•     Allie Fenson U of Regina - “Confusion of Feeling: Anne’s Affective Desires in Austen’s Persuasion”
•     Jocelyne Paulhus U of Regina -   “The Old Order Changeth, Yielding Place to the New:” A Discussion of Freud’s Death Drive in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King
•     Connor Patterson U of Regina “Masks and Mirrors: The Dionysian Theatrical Mysteries of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Henry IV
•    Ifeoluwa Adeyeni U of Manitoba -  CW Reading

10:30-11:45 Panel II Chair: Chris Bundock

•Jonathon Polsom U of Regina - “”Painting a Dedlock: Aristocratic Ideology, History, and Portraiture in Bleak House”
•Hannah Senicar U of Regina - CW Reading
•Kai Monk-McKenzie U of Saskatchewan - “Song and Sing and Soft”: Finding Voice Through Body in Hiromi Goto’s Girl and Ashok Mathur’s Into Skin”

11:45-12:30 Lunch provided to registered participants

12:30-1:30 Panel III Chair: Jeremy Desjarlais

•Madelaine McLaughlin & Luiza Ravalli (shared panel) York University  “Rebellious Bodies: Diet Culture, Body Image, and Mental Health in Young Adult Fiction”
•Ian Moy U of Sasaktchewan -  “The Treatment of Food in Fred Wah’s Diamond Grill
•Credence McFadzean U of Regina -  CW Reading

1:30-2:45 Panel IV Chair: Marcel DeCoste

•Kris Stratton U of Regina - “Agency, Self, and Self-Consciousness: The Dangers of Thinking Too Much in David Foster Wallace’s ‘The Depressed Person’” 
•Matthew Wincherauk Trent Universtiy - “A Foe He Can’t Fight: Tony Stark, Iron Man, Addiction, and PTSD”
•Kate Hughes U of Regina - CW Reading “Letters I Will Never Send”
•Tea Gerbeza U of Regina - CW Reading “My invisible Skeleton: How Theory Frames My Creative Writing”

3:00-4:30 Panel V  Chair: Michael Trussler

•Mariana Castelli Trent University - “Archives of Feelings in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant”
•Natalie Krzywiecki's Trent University - ‘Dementia does not destroy the true self but in fact helps to reveal it’: Understanding and Empowerment through Collaboration in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant”
•Sandy Robinson Trent University - ‘Memory is a Bruise Still Tender’: Trauma, Racism and a Failure to Care in David Chariandy’s Soucouyant”
•Coby Stephenson U of Regina - CW Reading “Health in The Shift”

6:00-8:00 pm Closing Banquet College West Building, Room 215

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The organizers of Literary Eclectic XIII would like to thank:


The Humanities Research Institute, University of Regina

The Faculty of Arts, University of Regina

The Department of English, University of Regina

The Department of English, University of Saskatchewan

English Students’ Association, University of Regina

Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research,

University of Regina

Dr. Richard Kleer

Danielle Myers

Dr. Chris Bundock

Jeremy Desjarlais

Dr. Marcel DeCoste

Dr. Susan Johnston