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Hands-on Research by English Honours Students

Our English Honours students have a rare opportunity to spend a year researching and writing in the manner of professional literary critics and theorists. Under the supervision of a professor, they select a topic, develop it through research, and write a substantial scholarly work. Last week, our current Honours students presented their research to the department in our annual Honours Colloquium.

Meet our 2016-17 Honours students:

Kyle Cross

Kyle Cross Honours 2016-17

My thesis explores John Gardner’s novel Grendel, which is an adaptation of Beowulf told from the monster’s perspective.  In my project, I employ postcolonial theory — mainly the theories of Edward Said and Homi K. Bhabha — to explore the ways in which Gardner portrays the relationship between the monster and the Danes.

Allyson Roussy

Allyson Roussy Honours 2016-17

With a focus on children’s literature, I am examining how structures of surveillance, specifically the panoptical structure, are used for the social conditioning and social control of children. I will be working with Mary Martha Sherwood’s The Fairchild Family, Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

Alexandra Rudderham

Alexandra Rudderham Honours 2016-17

My thesis focuses exclusively on novels and short stories by Thomas King. A self-described “contemporary Native writer,” King blends written narratives with oral traditions. I am interested in his specific brand of interfusional storytelling: King creates an intentionally liminal space and deconstructs assumptions about the way stories are told and perceived. The novel Green Grass, Running Water, short stories “One Good Story, That One” and “Coyote Goes West” are a few of the texts I use to explore King’s methods of replicating the spoken voice through written narrative. In my research, I am considering authority and a possible capital-T “Truth” in storytelling.


If you’re a Mount English student and think you might be interested in an Honours degree, speak to your faculty advisor or the Department Chair. You can find some information about our Honours program on our Course Guide webpage.


Honours Colloquium 2014

Honours students in our department spend a year researching under the supervision of a faculty member and writing a substantial honours thesis. Every year around this time, they present their work-in-progress in our annual Honours Colloquium. All faculty and students are welcome to attend and, as always, refreshments will be served.

Thursday 27 February
4:30 p.m.
Seton 404

We have two presenters this year:

Skye-Kathleen Bryden-Blom
“She parted her shaggy locks…and gazed wildly”: The Reciprocal Gaze in Film Adaptations of Jane Eyre


Nolan Pike
“They recognized each other like italics”: The Queerness of Metaphor

My thesis offers a reading of metaphor as queer. I use Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red as an illustrative text in the investigation of the formal and gestural similarities between queerness and metaphor, their mutual dependence on an elusive and liminal experience of recognition, and their potential to intervene in our ability to perceive dominant social and linguistic structures as natural or preferable.

Honours Colloquium: Friday, February 15. 1:00 p.m.

The Mount English program gives its honours students the unique opportunity to do a full-year course of independent research under the supervision of a faculty member. Students develop their own research topics and then write a thesis, which is a major piece of scholarship in several chapters. Along the way, these students present their work to faculty and any interested students at the annual Honours Colloquium. All are invited to attend this year’s event on Friday, February 15 at 1:00 p.m. in Seton 404, where you can hear the following:

  • Jessalyn Burke: “Portraits of Death: The Gothic in Harry Potter
  • Courtney Church: “Is There Room Enough for Two? Surveillance and Identity Within the Room in Paul Auster’s City of Glass.”
  • Krista Hill: “The Crawling Dead: Abjection and the Monstrous Womb in The Walking Dead
  • Kae-Lin Larder: “Taming Kate in Hollywood: Shakespeare’s Shrew on Screen.”