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Yoda is Wrong About NaNoWriMo: Why You Should Still Try NaNoWriMo Even If You’ll Probably ‘Fail’

Unless you’ve been in cryo-stasis since 1979, you’ve heard one of the most famous lines from the Star Wars franchise: Do or do not, there is no try. These words of wisdom uttered by Master Yoda to Luke Skywalker are often lauded by teachers, bosses, and parents as an ideal mindset to have when going […]

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Photo Gallery: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that those of us in the Public Texts program are huge book nerds. I hope the same holds true for anyone reading this post, at least to some degree. As we head into the second half of the Public Texts I course we have finished with our field trips. The […]

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Nuit Blanche 2016

Private, adj: concerning, involving, or affecting a particular person or group of people apart from the general community; individual or personal, rather than communal or shared. Public, adj: done, perceived, or existing in open view.   For my inaugural post to DON’T PANIC! I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than to write about Toronto’s Nuit […]

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Public Texts symposium: Travel, Displacement, Mobility – May 25

You are invited to a Public Texts symposium – Travel, Displacement, Mobility: Canadian Voices and Cross-Cultural Encounters – which will take place on Wednesday May 25th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in Bagnani Hall at Traill College. The symposium is being organized by Dr. Suzanne Bailey (Trent English Department), and Dr. Magali Sperling Beck (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil), as a way […]

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Public Texts represents at SHARP2015

Trent University’s M.A. in English Literature (Public Texts) program was well represented at the recent meeting of SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) in Longueuil and Montreal (July 8 – 10). Posters were presented by Sarah Milner (“Frankenstein as Social Construct”), James Forrester (“Charles Dickens comes to Lakefield: The Lakefield Literary Festival, […]

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That’s a Wrap…

After reading over 500 pages a week, knocking off 6000 word essays like it’s my job, grading papers until I have nightmares about grammatical errors, and spending a small fortune in coffee at the Trend – I can’t believe the Public Texts program my time at Trent is just about over. So I figured for […]

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Let the Masses Go!

Last week, in the Public Texts core course, we discussed deception and manipulation in mass culture. Horkheimer and Adorno, in their essay on “The Culture Industry” critique mass culture because, they claim, it discourages the mass audience to think critically. Instead, audiences are deceived into passively accepting standardized forms of mass culture that reinforce the […]

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Book Review: Sin Eater

Trent is just bursting with talent these days! Every time I turn around, I hear about another member of the Trent community publishing a book. Soon to be Trent Alumna, Angela Hibbs, Bachelor of Education student, recently published a collection of poems called Sin Eater in 2014 with ARP books in Winnipeg. Hibbs previously completed […]

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Seeking our Eden Book Launch Review

It was an exciting day for the Trent English department this Wednesday, as Traill College hosted the book launch for our very own Joanne Findon. Findon’s Seeking our Eden was published this past February by the McGill-Queens University Press, and has so far received a positive review from the University of Ottawa. The book launch […]

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That Awkward Moment when the Dress Broke the Internet… and Proved a Point!

So what color do you think #TheDress is? Unless you have been living under a rock since Thursday evening, you know about the infamous black-and-blue (or white-and-gold) dress that whipped its way across social media in the span of a few hours. That very evening, this optical illusion was featured in news articles, science experiments were […]

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50 Shades of Grey: was Walter Lippmann right all along?

With the recent release of Fifty Shades of Grey in theatres a couple of weeks ago (and our recent class discussion about feeling publics in the Public Texts core course), there has been a ton of media hype for the film, and even more backlash against the risqué content and its perverse messages. So this […]

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Interview with Trent Alumni Affairs Communications Coordinator: Donald Fraser

Hi Public texts comrades! As we move into the second reading week of the year (it’s February already?!) those of us that are in the MRP or Internship stream of the program need to start thinking about what we intend to do after graduation, especially if our career aspirations are outside the realm of academia. […]

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The SPECTACULAR Bowl

This week, in Visual Culture and Modern Publics – a joint course with the History M.A. program at Trent – we discussed the rise of American mass culture, and specifically the international popularity of the exhibition (which, historically, was a national event that displayed the most innovative technological advancements and products of the time) and […]

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Teaching Assistant Union Strike: A Public Affair

There has been some talk amongst the graduate students this past week about a possible teaching assistant strike in the near future. On January 29th, there will be a vote amongst the members of CUPE 3908 Unit 2 to decide whether or not the union will move forward to bargain with the university in order […]

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A Glimpse of the Published Author in the Public Sphere: Janette Platana

Exciting news reached the Public Texts program this week when Janette Platana, Public Texts alumna, launched her new book, A Token of My Affliction, on Tuesday night in Toronto. The book is a collection of 21 short stories, published by Tightrope Books. Just after the launch, I met with Platana to discuss her experience publishing […]

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What’s in a Blog?

A journal by any other name would be as sweet! Greetings, readers! It has been an intense, thought-provoking week for the first week back for Public Texts students. After a very technical semester of learning the history of physical book culture, we have moved into the realm of difficult theories, particularly those of Michael Warner […]

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Jonathan Crago on Academic Publishing

The Cultural Studies Doctoral Program and The School for the Study of Canada welcomes Jonathan Crago, editor-in-chief McGill-Queen’s University Press, to Traill College, who will speak on “Academic Publishing and Literacy in the Era of Digital Reproduction” (A Salon Seminar), February 25 2016, Scott House 105 Traill College 7:30 PM.

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Public Texts I: Fall Colloquium

Come and see what exciting lines of inquiry about “texts” and “publics” the students in the Public Texts 2015-16 cohort have been following up. _____________   Tuesday, 15 Dec. 2015 – the P.K. Page-Irwin Room (Wallis Hall 132) Session 1 (10:30–12:00) Texts, traces, spaces Jessica Bosnell, “From Manuscript to Print Culture: Peter Schoeffer and the Printmaker’s Studio (1425-1503)” […]

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Writers Reading – Thursday 15 October – Sean Michaels!

Sean Michaels (US Conductors) reading at Trent Durham at 5 pm and at Peterborough at 8 pm in the Junior Common Room at Traill College, followed by a performance by Trent alumnus Nick Ferrio in The Trend. Come one, come all! A message from Lewis MacLeod… ————————————————— Are you familiar with the gratitude hangover?  It operates on principles […]

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Laurence de Looze on the Alphabet – This Thursday!

“From the Greeks to Google: How the Alphabet Has Shaped the Western View of the World” (Bagnani Hall, Traill College – 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 24) Laurence de Looze is editor and translator of Froissart’s The Prison of Love (La Prison Amoureuse), and his books include Pseudo-autobiography in the fourteenth century: Juan Ruiz, Guillaume de Machaut, Jean Froissart, and […]

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