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Visit Special Collections and Rare Books exhibits curated by English 377

Special Collections and Rare Books (SCRB) is pleased to announce two new exhibits curated by English 377 Field School I students (Instructor Michelle Levy) and on display on the third floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library. Each exhibit focuses on a distinct selection of rare books held by SCRB.

The British Imposition: Eighteenth-Century Exploration Narratives on North American Indigenous Women

Curators: Bernice Puzon, Courtenay Connor, Hannah Guse, Kate Moffatt, Maggie McKoen, Vicky Chio, Zakkiyya Khan for English 377

The British Imposition exhibit by English 377

This exhibit examines representations of North American Indigenous women in the exploration narratives of three European explorers: James Cook, George Vancouver, and Samuel Hearne. Cook and Vancouver travelled up the North West coast of North America, encountering Indigenous populations throughout their travels in 1778 and 1792, while Samuel Hearne, who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, went on extended expeditions near Hudson’s Bay with Indigenous guides in 1771. Each explorer provided descriptions of the Indigenous populations they encountered, and this project aims to exhibit, through these first editions of their exploration narratives, how these British explorers imposed their own European ideals and values onto the women they encountered, and how ideas of the Indigenous female were constructed and communicated through the male voice.

We would like to formally acknowledge that SFU is located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples.

We would like to thank the staff of Special Collections, Melanie Hardbattle, David Kloepfer, Judith Polson, and Tony Power; and Rebecca Dowson and Ian Song who assisted with digitization. We are also grateful for the support of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who supported this course with a FASS 150 grant.

Poverty in Poetry and Print: Contact between social classes in Romantic era England

Curators: "ENGL 377: The Wordsworth Circle": Grace Chen, Joshua Graham, Gurleen Grewal, Nick McLeod, Tanya Taneva, Joanne Xiao, Carina Yuen

Poverty in Poetry and Print exhibit by English 377

The Lyrical Ballads, originally published in 1798, was the product of the labours of William Wordsworth (1770-1850) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Radically divergent in its time, it adapted “the language of conversation in the middle and lower classes of society … to the purposes of poetic pleasure.” Although the collection initially had a modest reception, its reputation and influence, along with that of Wordsworth and Coleridge, has grown with the expanded editions published in 1800 and 1802, and beyond. The concern extended for the impoverished within these poems had a profound effect on what could acceptably be addressed in poetry.

The poems collected in this display attempt to embody this sensibility of the Wordsworth Circle. However, the print of Gin Lane imagines lower class life in London as a morass occupied by filthy, debauched heathens; such a representation, though in striking contrast with the sentiments expressed in the writings of Wordsworth and Coleridge, was prevalent in eighteenth-century England.

We would like to thank the staff of Special Collections, Melanie Hardbattle, David Kloepfer, Judith Polson, and Tony Power; and Rebecca Dowson and Ian Song who assisted with digitization. We are also grateful for the support of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences who supported this course with a FASS 150 grant. 

Date(s)

Until August 31

Location

W.A.C. Bennett Library [SFU Burnaby], 3rd floor

Contact for further information

Melanie Hardbattle Email: mhardbat@sfu.ca Ph: 778.782.8842