OMAD Lecture Series

The Orlene Murad Academic Discussion (OMAD) Series is an ongoing series of talks presented by the Department of English. It features speakers from the University of Regina and federated colleges, and occasionally, guest speakers from outside the University. The series aims to foster lively discussion on a wide range of issues related to the study of English literature. Installments take place monthly throughout the Fall and Winter terms, and all are welcome to attend.  For more information, please contact Dr. Troni Y. Grande ( in the Department of English.

Fall 2022 OMAD Series

Friday October 14, 2022

“Understanding Each Other Perfectly”: The Desire for Unmediated Communion and the Limits of Language in Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss”

The lecture offers a revisionist reading of Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" by focusing on the tension between the desire of the protagonist, Bertha Young, for unmediated communion with her new friend, Pearl Fulton, and the inadequacy of language to achieve this goal, leading Bertha to search, unsuccessfully, for an alternative mode of communion: contemplating the pear tree in Bertha's garden.

Nils Clausson (Adjunct Prof., English) has, since his retirement, published a monograph on Arthur Conan Doyle (2018) and edited a collection of essays on him (2021), as well as published articles on Benjamin Disraeli, Dashiell Hammett, and G. K. Chesterton. His essays on Charles Dickens' Hard Times and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray have been reprinted in the most recent Norton Critical Editions of those novels. For the past two years he has regularly been writing articles and reviews for the Gay & Lesbian ReviewThe essay will appear in the Spring 2023 issue of Texas Studies in Language and Literature.

Friday October 14, 2022 in AH 348 from 3:30-4:30 - Dr. Nils Clausson

Reception to follow.  Everyone Welcome!