English Graduate Student Interviews (II)

By: Lindsey Seatter and Nadia Timperio

We are so excited to kick off the new year with two more student interviews! This month, we are happy to introduce you to Alana Sayers and Alex Christie.

Alana Sayers
Year of Study: Year 1, M.A.
Research Focus: Origins of literature and how the term ‘literature’ has been constructed. I am interested in deconstructing that notion by showing how the field is extremely limiting while remaining centered on English written texts and how it needs to expand to include other important literary forms, such as oral and other non text based forms, as well as non-English languages. Particularly when it comes to ‘Indigenous literature.’

What are your career goals?
I’d love to teach ‘Indigenous literature.’ I am also a writer and hope to have my novels published! I am currently writing my second one.

What are you reading right now? For work or for pleasure.
For pleasure, I am currently reading Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology edited by Jeannette Armstrong and Lally Grauer, The Business of Fancydancing by Sherman Alexie, The Book of Medicines: Poems by Linda Hogan, and The Death of a Discipline by Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Using only three words, describe yourself.
Indian, passionate, and an artist.

What cereal or candy brand describes you best?
I’m like the cereal ‘Alpha bits’ because you never know what combination of words may appear from me each morning! ☺

What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria, or what new place have you recently discovered?
My favorite thing to do around here is definitely hiking out near Sooke, Jordan River, and Port Renfrew! There are some amazingly beautiful hikes; you never know where you’ll end up!

Alex Christie
Year of Study: Year 4, Ph.D.
Research Focus: Modernist studies, digital humanities, and digital pedagogy, with much more at http://web.uvic.ca/~achris/

What are your career goals?
I want to creatively express nuanced thinking and values that positively impact my environment and my peers. I am pursuing a tenure-track appointment as one of many different roads leading to that shared destination.

What are you reading right now? For work or for pleasure.
Do video games count as reading? The Beginner’s Guide and Life is Strange rocked my 2015. I also finally got around to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, a great read!

Using only three words, describe the English department at UVic.
Incredible learning opportunity

Using only three words, describe yourself.
Stranger danger ranger

What cereal or candy brand describes you best?
Nintendo Cereal System (a real product and also the name of my imaginary new wave band)

What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria, or what new place have you recently discovered?
I love to get out and moving in nature. Graduate study can be a stressful experience, and Victoria offers amazing opportunities to build an exercise routine as a key lifestyle ingredient for the fast-paced careers many of us seek. Boulder through those winter blues and cycle into the summer sun!
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