$105,000 can buy a lot of suffering and tragedy – TWU graduate receives Doctoral Award.

TWU graduate Lesya Alexandra Moore is a recipient of a Doctoral Award for her research into tragedy in Renaissance literature. (photo by Mike Rathjen)

Canada is going to get a whole lot wiser about the Renaissance and tragedy. Trinity Western University is pleased to announce that 24 year old Lesya Alexandra Moore has been awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral Award for research and study into gender and trauma in seventeenth-century literature.

Moore, with a GPA of 4.0 finished her Master's thesis in July. Entitled "Shakespearean Discourses of Suffering and Interiority," the thesis uses current psychoanalytical and/or trauma theory to examine the concepts and expressions of suffering and identity in Shakespeare's work. Moore is now expanding her study of tragedy to include a few more writers from the Renaissance namely Jonson, Marlowe, Donne, Milton, Elizabeth Cary and Shakespeare.

As a Doctoral Award recipient Moore will receive $105,000 to pursue her studies at the Graduate level at the University of British Columbia with the dream to one day be teaching English at the university level. While pursuing her doctorate, Moore will be writing her dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Hodgson, a recognized scholar and author in the field of early-modern gender studies and will also receive a Teachers Assistant appointment.

Lesya's own academic success is rooted in a department with many notable accomplishments. Professor of English Jens Zimmermann recently received a $500,000 Canada Research Chair for his research in religion and culture and Dr. Holly Nelson, Associate Professor English, has also received various SSHRC grants over the past few years, for her research in early modern literature.

Bob Burkinshaw Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences says, "Lesya's success is a testament not only to her own competence and hard work but to the strength of our English faculty; their strong reputation as scholars and the amount of time that they dedicate to the success of their students."

More information about the Department of English at TWU can be found by visiting http://www.twu.ca/academics/fhss/english

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers undergraduate degrees in 39 major areas of study ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music to business, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 15 graduate degrees include such areas as counseling psychology, business, theology, administrative leadership and interdisciplinary studies in English, philosophy and history.


Last Updated: 2007-11-07
Author: Erin Mussolum