The 2020 issue of the Dawson English Journal is here!  Enjoy essays on humour, poetry, horror, fantasy, and contemporary fiction. Many thanks to our diligent student editors, student authors, faculty advisers and you, our readers!

Issue no. 11: winter 2020

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“Floating Bridge” and the Picaresque Tale: An Unlikely Feat of Character Development

“Floating Bridge” and the Picaresque Tale: An Unlikely Feat of Character Development

Munro achieves this character development by employing satire and profanity to highlight the sacred; by instilling symbolism in the locations visited by Jinny throughout the day, and by according her with rascally tendencies once the process has begun. These are all characteristics of this type of episodic recounting of adventures on the road.

Poetry and Propaganda: The War Recruitment Efforts

Poetry and Propaganda: The War Recruitment Efforts

Brooke’s appeal to patriotism in his writing, his use of literary devices and the historical context of his situation show that poetry was used to recruit soldiers for the army.

The Stigmatization of Frankenstein’s Monster

The Stigmatization of Frankenstein’s Monster

Goffman’s labelling theory can be used to explain the process of Monster’s stigmatization that leads to the internalization of his monstrous label and deviance.

“I am taller too”: Power, Insecurities, and Popular Fears in The Odyssey

“I am taller too”: Power, Insecurities, and Popular Fears in The Odyssey

Different social phenomena, including anxieties relating to the Other, depictions of strength and masculinity, and sexual taboos are illustrated in the epic in ways that allow the reader to analyze the fears of the storytellers relating to the established system.

The Conduit of Monstrosity: A View of Saturn’s Devolution from God to Monster

The Conduit of Monstrosity: A View of Saturn’s Devolution from God to Monster

Goya’s work stands out as the purest form of bestial cruelty and madness, where any form of reason cannot justify the act being performed by this supposed god. In other words, Goya’s structuring of Saturn’s body establishes Saturn’s transition from god to monster.

Dorian (Morally) Gray: Self-Determinism and The Influence of Art

Dorian (Morally) Gray: Self-Determinism and The Influence of Art

I would suggest instead that it serves to alleviate moral responsibility from the artwork; after all, a book can’t make you wicked, but if you are predisposed to wickedness, it may reflect your own influence back unto you.

Review of Camille T. Dungy’s “Trophic Cascade”: A Fragile Balance

Review of Camille T. Dungy’s “Trophic Cascade”: A Fragile Balance

Through her use of fertile denotative and connotative language as well as comparative imagery conveyed through metaphor and simile, Dungy suggests that the resemblance between the re-birth of an ecosystem and giving birth to another human being is considerable.

A Letter to the Editor from Shirley Jackson: A Thematic Analysis

A Letter to the Editor from Shirley Jackson: A Thematic Analysis

“Come Along with Me” is tied to The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle through characters that are involved with the occult, a connection that influences their struggles with identity.

Talking Pretty Today: The Challenges of Learning a New Language

Talking Pretty Today: The Challenges of Learning a New Language

David Sedaris’ masterful use of narrative and stylistic techniques such as diction, rising and falling action, and foils provide the reader with a multitude of opportunities to understand the story’s main theme from many different angles.

“Look to her for directions”: The Woman’s Role in Persuasion and Tess of the d’Urbervilles

“Look to her for directions”: The Woman’s Role in Persuasion and Tess of the d’Urbervilles

While Anne and Tess may wish to pursue one course of action, they are influenced by those around them to do what is best for others; the women do not make decisions with their own personal interests in mind. Both Austen and Hardy’s novels demonstrate that a woman’s role in society is to improve the lives of those around her, regardless of what she would like to do.

Sacraments and Trinity: an Analysis of Catherine Tufariello’s “In Glass”

Sacraments and Trinity: an Analysis of Catherine Tufariello’s “In Glass”

“In Glass”, a sonnet by Catherine Tufariello, paints a picture of a couple burdened by their infertility finding hope and beauty through in vitro fertilization … The poet uses imagery, diction, and the structure of the poem itself to her advantage in order to orient the reader towards an understanding of the couple’s perspective on their journey towards parenthood.