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English Graduate Conference 2012

Ghost Stories

Hauntings and Echoes in Literature and Culture

The McGill English Department’s Eighteenth Annual Graduate Conference on Language and Literature was held on January 27-29, in Montreal. It focused on questions such as:

  • How do ghosts of the past figure in literature, theatre, film, television, and other texts and cultural artifacts?
  • How do familial, imperial, social, linguistic, or national legacies influence artists and their work?
  • How do texts “remember” historical events or other texts?

The conference featured a keynote address by Dr. Cynthia Sugars, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Sugars’s research concerns national identities, post-colonialism, public history, cultural nostalgia, and the Gothic tradition in Canadian literature. She has recently co-edited a collection of essays titled Unsettled Remains: Canadian Literature and the Postcolonial GothicDr. Ned Schantz, an Associate Professor in the Department of English at McGill University, delivered the faculty address on Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man. His current research involves narrative theory and horror films.

Download a PDF of the official conference program here.