English Graduate Student Interviews (V)

By: Lindsey Seatter & Nadia Timperio

For our fifth instalment of EGSS Student Interviews, we are excited to introduce you to two rad M.A. students, Philip Cox and Allison Murphy!

Philip Cox
Year of Study: Year 2, M.A.
Research focus: My current research examines Jonathan Swift’s intertextual response in Gulliver’s Travels to the metaphorical (re)structuring of early encounters and inter-cultural exchanges in 17th century British travel writing.

What are your career goals?
Read, write, teach. Create.

What are you reading right now? For work or for pleasure?
Gaston Bachelard’s The Poetics of Space for pleasure.

Using only three words, describe the English department at UVic.
Readers, writers, teachers.

Using only three words, describe yourself.
Human being human.

What cereal or candy brand describes you best?
Fun Dip.

What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria, or what new place have you recently discovered?
My favourite thing to do in Victoria (and everywhere) is simply to walk around different neighbourhoods. Recently while walking I came across a public demonstration by a group called Refugees Welcome, which got me thinking about Victoria as a space. This brings to mind for me a quote by Gaston Bachelard: “I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”

Allison Murphy
Year of Study: Year 1, M.A.
Research focus: I’m interested in contemporary lit, poetry, and feminist new media studies. Recently, I’ve started getting into questions around interaction and intimacy with bots and bot poetry that started emerging out of the prototyping seminar course this semester. I’m hoping to follow up on the topic this summer in my DHSI independent study on E-Lit.

What are your career goals? 
Who are you, my mother? Buy me a drink first!

What are you reading right now? For work or for pleasure?
For pleasure, alas, only a few pages at a time before I pass out, I’m reading Alexandra Kleeman’s first novel, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine. It’s creepy, disorienting, funny and hits my cult obsession sweet spot. I’ve been alternating it with a little collection of tanka poems called Salad Anniversary by Machi Takiwara. For school, I just finished “Pussy Panic vs Liking Animals: Tracking Gender in Animal Studies” by Susan Fraiman, and I’m also reading pretty much anything I can find about Sony’s AIBO robot dog funerals for the same zoo-texts class with Dr. Shukin. Also, really digging Allison Parrish’s space themed computer-generated poetry project http://the-ephemerides.tumblr.com/

Using only three words, describe the English department at UVic.
Lots o’ books

Using only three words, describe yourself.
Born 2 nap

What cereal or candy brand describes you best?
Lately, mini-eggs, because I’m going to turn into one from eating so many… also because I have a cold, pastel candy exterior and am really just a melt-y puddle of goo on the inside.

What is your favourite thing to do in Victoria, or what new place have you recently discovered?
I’m a sucker for Dallas Beach dog/mountain/barge spotting, but the cemetery nearby is great for a quiet stroll. I love that Thetis Lake is so close to town when you need a break. It’s a very dreamy place to court cougar encounters (apparently) and to swim in the summer.

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