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Department of English Graduate Student Panel

Date & Time:
February 14, 2018 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Judith Sloman Reading Room - Social Sciences 1114
Rod Moody-Corbett and Heather Osborne, Department of English, University of Calgary

The Department of English Research Committee is pleased to invite you to attend a Graduate Research Panel featuring two of our recently defended PhD students. Dr. Rod-Moody-Corbett and Dr. Heather Osborne will speak about their research and their experiences with Transformative Talent Internships on February 14th.

Lunch will be provided at 11:30am in the Department Lounge, with the talks to follow in the Judith Sloman Reading Room at noon.

Please RSVP to by February 7th indicating any dietary restrictions.

“The Demented Particulars: Tackling the Critical Creatively”

This talk will consider the relationship between creative writing and academic commentary, particularly as these roles fall to one author. Eschewing a standard, or purely theoretical approach, I undertake a vigorously subjective examination of the wide range of literary influences underpinning the stories in my collection, Proximity Mines, Archives.

Dr. Rod Moody-Corbett holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Calgary. His work has appeared in a number of Canadian journals and in 2013 he was named a finalist for the CBC Canada Writes Short Story Prize. His work was recently featured in Coming Attractions 16.

“Close Reading the Open Text: Analyzing the Multilinear Narratives of Digital Games”

In reading digital games as texts, we must grapple with the impossibility of accessing all their different strands, what Espen Aarseth calls their "aporias as trope" (1997 91). In reading digital games we must address not only the games' apparent text, but also the coding that determines how that text is presented to the player, and the relationship between the two.

Dr. Heather Osborne works in science fiction, fantasy, and digital literatures. She is the Assistant Program Director at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society and associate editor for Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction. Her recent short story, "A Mother's Milk", has been nominated for the 2018 Sunburst Award.