English Graduate Student Interviews

By: Lindsey Seatter and Nadia Timperio

We are so pleased to introduce you to a new EGSS blog monthly feature: student interviews! We hope that this blog segment will help connect you to grad students you may not know and teach you more about your colleagues. As you will recognize, some of the questions are academic, some are personal, and some are just silly.

This month, we are happy to introduce you to your EGSS President, Caroline Winter, and Vice-President, Alyssa Currie!

Caroline Winter
Year of Study: Year 3,  Ph.D.
Research Focus: British Romantic literature, specifically the relate onship between Gothic literature and its economic context

What are your career goals?
I’d love to work as a professor, preferably wearing a tweed blazer with leather elbow patches.

What are you reading right now? For work or for pleasure.
I’m looking forward to reading Jordan Stratford’s The Case of the Missing Moonstone over the winter break. It’s part of a YA series called The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency, featuring the young Mary Godwin and Ada Byron as plucky detectives.

Using only three words, describe the English department at U Victoria.
My. Second. Home.

Using only three words, describe yourself.
Stubborn. Nerdy. Idealistic.

What cereal or candy brand brand describes you best?
Snickers, because I’m sweet and a little nutty.

What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria, or what new place have you recently discovered?
I recently visited Witty’s Lagoon, and it was breathtaking!

Alyssa Currie
Year of Study: Year 2,  M.A.
Research Focus: 18th century British literature;  I’m interested in how literature reflects and influences changing attitudes towards animals, especially rising concerns for animal welfare. I’m also fascinated by material culture in both the Romantic and Victorian eras

What are your career goals?
One day, I hope to work as an academic, nurturing and sharing my love of books!

What are you reading right now? For work or for pleasure.
Right now I’m reading a lot about owls. Originally, I was researching representations of owls in early Gothic literature but I have digressed… Did you know? Starting in the 17th century, many churches and farm buildings included “owl holes.” These entrances encouraged owls to nest in the rafters and catch rodents on the property.

Using only three words, describe the English department at U Victoria.
Collegiate. Supportive. Fun!

Using only three words, describe yourself.
Inquisitive. Determined. Caffeinated.

What cereal or candy brand brand describes you best?
Dinosaur Egg Oatmeal- “It’s a morning adventure!”

What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria, or what new place have you recently discovered?
I am so lucky to live in Victoria and have the opportunity to explore Vancouver Island — Craigdarroch Castle, Botanical Beach, and the Sooke Potholes have been my favourite locations so far.  I also recently discovered Hermann’s Jazz Club and highly recommend it.

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