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New for Sept 2019: Reserve A Seat!

New for Sept 2019: Reserve A Seat!

  NEW for September 2019:  There is no separate application for UBC Arts One Program…BUT a seat can be reserved in advance for students who qualify!!   Check our ‘How To Register‘ page for details! Deadline to apply to UBC is January 15.  Here’s ‘How To Apply to UBC’  

UBC Arts One featured in Higher Education Review

UBC Arts One featured in Higher Education Review

The UBC Arts One program is featured in a new article by UBC Arts One instructor, Brandon Konoval.

UBC Arts One Prof Gavin Paul’s latest publication: “Conspiracy of One”

Check out Gavin Paul’s latest book: “Conspiracy of One: a collection of short stories”

V as Conductor

V as Conductor

by Carson Lamont

June 2018

In Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta, the eponymous V declares, following the word’s etymology, that “anarchy means ‘without leaders’” (195). However, just as the text’s evaluation of fascism does not necessarily coalesce with dictator Adam Susan’s evaluation, V’s evaluation of anarchy is distinctly his own.

The Perfect Match: Satire and Suffering in the Poor Mouth and the Inconvenient Indian

The Perfect Match: Satire and Suffering in the Poor Mouth and the Inconvenient Indian

by Angelica Joy (AJ) Calapiz

June 2018

As James Joyce, the most influential Irish novelist, writes, Flann O’Brien is “a real writer with the true comic spirit”, a spirit that pervades The Poor Mouth. There is no doubt humour is a crucial factor of the book, a momentous aspect that seems to make the misery and suffering described enjoyable.

Power Glove: Biopower and Video Games in The Three-Body Problem

Power Glove: Biopower and Video Games in The Three-Body Problem

by Liam Title

June 2018

One of the key concepts discussed in Michel Foucault’s History of Sexuality is that of biopower. Loosely defined, biopower is “the disciplines of the body and the regulations of the population,” with these practices constituting how “organization of power over life [is] deployed” (Foucault, 139). Given this definition, a significant aspect of biopower’s depiction in Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem is in the titular virtual-reality game of “Three Body”.

Cleanup on Isle Five

Cleanup on Isle Five

by Scout Wasdell

June 2018

After many years of being asked, “If you were on an island and could only bring one thing, what would you bring?” one may be frustrated after reading The Tempest for never having said magic powers. With magic powers, one can do practically anything: conjure food, build a raft, or enslave an island’s native inhabitants.

We’ll Take a Cup of Resistance Yet, for Absolutism is not the End

We’ll Take a Cup of Resistance Yet, for Absolutism is not the End

by Danielle Youlan Luo

June 2018

Rooted in scientific deduction and reasoning, Thomas Hobbes’s depiction of authority is a response to his understanding of human behaviours in the state of nature. Hobbes maintains that inherent human aversions and passions propel the disintegration of the state of nature into the state of war, since unregulated behaviours often result in the conflict of interest (Hobbes 76).

I will love/even unwilling: bell hooks and Sappho on love as an action

I will love/even unwilling: bell hooks and Sappho on love as an action

by Louie Leyson

Sappho’s enshrinement in pop culture “as [a] love goddess,” according to bell hooks, has been essential in suppressing a long-held narrative of love constructed primarily by male poets (hooks, xxi). However, Sappho’s conceptions of love (at least in their fragmentary, translated forms) do not seem to fulfil hooks’ criteria for romantic love. While hooks views love as a verb, the subject[1] of Sappho’s poetry primarily experiences love as a noun—a flame, a hook, a snare.

Ruined?

Ruined?

by Naoki Hasegawa

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down recounts a conflict that occurred between a Hmong family and an American hospital regarding the treatment of a Hmong epileptic (in the eyes of the Western medical tradition) girl, Lia Lee. The author, Anne Fadiman, makes her best attempt to give both sides of the story.