Season Four, Truth or Derrida, launches now with Episode One: “Différance”

Join John Muckelbauer, Nate DeProspo, and Nathaniel Street as we meander through a series of Derrida’s essays and book chapters with a brand new challenge: think with texts we’ve read dozens of times!

Congratulations, Dr. Reina Green!

Book Launch to be Held 6:30pm on November 30, 2022 at Halifax Library

Congratulations, Dr. Smol!

‘The Rings of Power’: Every adaptation is re-interpretation so ignore the haters” Published in The Conversation, Winnipeg Free-Press, and Yahoo News

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: John Morgenstern

The English Department sadly marks the passing of John Morgenstern on July 5, 2022, after he was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. He leaves family in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Ohio, including his four children.  

John was one of the department’s longest serving members, retiring in 2017 after 39 years. John came to the Mount in 1978 fresh from completing his PhD at the University of Toronto with a dissertation on landscape imagery in eighteenth-century poetry. Prior to accepting the position at the Mount and disillusioned at the time by his job prospects in academia, John had taken a job with a company that specialized in washing windows of high-rise buildings in Toronto though he had no prior experience to prepare him for being suspended hundreds of meters above Bay Street. His family believes that the offer of a job at the Mount may have saved him from a fatal encounter with a sidewalk.  

At the Mount, John taught Renaissance and eighteenth-century literature, as well as literature for children and young adults and detective fiction. As a result, he shifted his research focus to children’s literature and published Playing with Books: A Study of the Reader as Child in 2009. Early in his career, he helped to organize the first Annual Atlantic Undergraduate English Conference in 1981, a conference that continues to this day, and was famous for his rendition of William McGonagall’s “The Tay Bridge Disaster” at the department’s annual “Bad Poetry” event. During his career, he was active on many university committees and in the life of the department, serving as its chair for six years and waging a long-term quixotic campaign against grade inflation. He was also an active member of the MSVUFA, serving a term as president (1983-84), two terms as grievance officer (1995-96, 2000-02) and helping to write the union’s first Collective Agreement in 1989.  

John saw much of life through the literary works he read and taught and likely romanticized his potential employment as a high-rise window washer through Sir Edmund Hillary’s accounts of scaling Everest. It is therefore unsurprising that he credited his life-long membership of the NDP to George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara.  

John was known for his love of gardening and, following his retirement, he combined his interest in the landscape imagery of the eighteenth century with his interest in gardening to write a book combining both topics. Unfortunately, the book remains unpublished. John had intended to write his own obituary, but preferred spending his final days in his garden, supervising the weeding. Along with his garden, John loved a good wine and has asked that his life be celebrated with a glass or two: “Here no man tells my cups … But gives me what I call, and lets me eat” (Ben Jonson, “To Penshurst”).  

(Composed by Dr. Reina Green)

Please Join Us for Spring Convocation 2022!


The B.A. Convocation will take place at 10am on Thursday, May 19th 2022.

Congratulations to all of our graduates in the BA and the BA Honours! We wish you success and happiness as your journey continues. Time to celebrate your achievements!

Bachelor of Arts

Mackenzie Moore (with distinction)

Veronica Roy (with distinction)

Mariah Smart

Sarah Van Achte

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Julia Hines (with first-class honours)

Honours Certificate in Arts

Darcy Eisan

Graduates with a Concentration in English

Rebecca Hunka (with distinction)

Cherish Thomas (with distinction)

Kiera Waite

Graduates with a minor in English

Genevieve Hanington

Tristan Kenny

Adam Marriott

Esther Purias

Marina van Vessem

Graduates with a minor in Writing

Aiden Deveau

Sara Moginot

Macy Shea

Karen Taylor

Award Winners

Sister Marie Agnes Prize

Julia Hines

Beryl Rowland Book Prize: 

Michael Gillis

English Department Literary Prize Winners:

MacKenzie Moore

Sophia Godsoe