English Studies in Canada

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 3, June-September

Academic Fashion: An Oxymoron?
What to wear is always a loaded question, even in academic circles that pretend to be above such vulgarities. In fact, pretending to be above such vulgarities might be the quintessence of academic fashion, judging from the results of a quick Google...
Academic Fashion: System and Practice
Good structuralist that for a time he was, Roland Barthes argues that in order to understand any particular instance of fashion it must be understood in relation to the system of constraints, social and linguistic, technological and ideological, which...
Converting the Church: Richard Rodriguez and the Browning of Catholicism
Near the close of brown, his 2002 extended autobiographical essay, Richard Rodriguez describes the tension between being gay and being Catholic. First, he notes that to be a gay Catholic is often viewed as paradoxical, or somehow inauthentic: I...
End in Tears: Understanding Grief and Loss in D'Arcy McNickle's the Surrounded
Every single of these villages was constructed of families with relatives in other villages. Rivers of tears must have been shed. Death must have become so commonplace that we ceased to grieve. No, grief became so constant we ceased to want to live....
Hesitating Readers: When the Turn of the Screw Meets Disgrace in the Classroom
"They're here, they're here, you little wretches," I would have cried, "and you can't deny it now!" The little wretches denied it. Henry James The Turn of the Screw Never yet have they been so far and so bitterly apart. He is shaken. J. M....
Introduction: Academic Fashion
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. Oscar Wilde Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what...
Of Wandering Wombs and Wrongs of Women: Evolving Conceptions of Hysteria in the Age of Reason
ANNE FINCH'S PINDARIC ODE, "The Spleen" (1702), opens with a question: "What art thou, Spleen?" (1). Much of what follows in the poem is an exploration of the many faces of this malady (also known in the eighteenth century as melancholy, hypochondria,...
Re-Fashioning the Architectonics of Gender
THE WORD FASHION brings to mind a veritable catwalk of positive connotations: its potential as a complex "care of the self" (Foucault 1); its gender-fucking possibilities; (1) its gay-infused industries; and its role in questioning conventions of embodiment...
Rocking Cosmopolitanism: Don McKay, Strike/Slip, and the Implications of Geology
A LIST OF CANADIAN POETS OF THE LAST HALF CENTURY whose work exemplifies cosmopolitan tendencies would likely not hold Don McKay's name at the top. Critics of his ten poetry collections and two essay collections have chiefly understood McKay's work...
Smarty Pants
A FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE ESC-SPONSORED ACADEMIC FASHION panel occurred in Montreal, I mentioned to a few of my colleagues that I would be participating, and each promptly asked the same question: What are you going to wear? Their foremost concern was...
"The Glass, the School, the Book": The Anatomy of Melancholy and the Early Stuart University of Oxford
For robert burton, as a librarian, bibliophile, and academic, the library was almost literally his life, at least in his own assessment. In the engagingly motley index that follows The Anatomy of Melancholy, the entry he wrote for himself--"Burton,...
The Plaid Shirts in My Closet
I initially hesitated before accepting the kind invitation to contribute to this forum on academic fashion, mainly because of the obvious fact that I'm not exactly renowned for my fashion sense: in my salad days, I continued to wear black shoes with...
The Robberies of Chaucer
GEOFFREY CHAUCER'S ASSAULT ON A FRIAR IN FLEET STREET--often treated as evidence of legal qualification on the poet's part (Rickert; Hornsby)--would do nicely to sum up his position in the several class- and class-deriving struggles current in England...
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