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Controlling the Narrative in Dionne Brand’s “What We All Long For”

As part of our English Public Texts reading course entitled “Marginal Notations: Writing the Margins of the 21st Century” each of us will be writing a short blog post about one of the readings we cover in the course. I (Ross Chiasson) will focus on Dionne Brand’s 2005 novel What We All Long For. One […]

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Ten Books You May Have Missed in 2016

What follows is a fact so obvious it probably doesn’t need to be said but I’m going to say it anyway: There is too much content being produced to watch/read/play/listen to everything. Whether you only have an hour or two a week free or you’re simply overwhelmed by the sheer volume of possible content, it’s […]

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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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