Deanna England

Deanna England is currently the Graduate Studies Officer at The University of Winnipeg in Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada. She graduated with an honours degree in Psychology in 1998 and worked in marketing and events for seven years before returning to Academia. She has done absolutely nothing with her honours thesis research on “Religiosity and Neuroticism’s Effects on Death Anxiety” but does enjoy quoting Freud whenever she can. She recently began her Master’s degree in Cultural Studies exploring women’s engagement with erotic writing and online communities.

Deanna can be reached at Deanna.England@gmail.com and is the mastermind behind the University of Winnipeg Graduate Studies Facebook page and Twitter account. She can also be found at Academia.edu and LinkedIn.

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Most Recent Articles

February 24, 2012
I really like Facebook Scrabble – I spend far too much time on there, with only a vague justification that it “increases my vocabulary.” Over my Christmas holidays, I spent the vast majority of my 10 days off napping and finding new Scrabble opponents. All my grandiose plans of completing my Special Studies proposal (Sex and Jane Austen – woo!), preparing my section of the introduction for the book I’m working on, editing chapters for said book, submitting papers to journals and/or conferences – yeah, none of that happened. Well, the barest minimum of it happened anyhow.
December 1, 2011
When I first began working at the University, I was absolutely terrified of making an idiot of myself. I had graduated ten years earlier with an honours degree in Psychology, and had done very little of academic note since then. And while I still don’t relish the idea of broadcasting my ignorance when it happens to come up, I have realized that faculty and administration do understand that everyone comes from diverse educational backgrounds: one person’s expertise in bats does not make another’s knowledge of tree rings any less significant or noteworthy.
November 2, 2011
I got an A+ in Porn. That fact still amuses and delights me, and in certain circles I am sure to find some semi-awkward way to bring it up in conversation. And while I would never claim to be an aficionado of pornographic film or erotic text, I did spend a great deal of time this past Winter in a Special Studies course exploring pornography, erotica and romance, focusing on the production of erotic writing by women. 
September 1, 2011
According to the Chair of my program – my application had to be “pretty dismal” in order to be rejected. She was being flippant of course; she had carefully reviewed my transcript and suggested a couple of courses to take to increase my chances of acceptance. However her point really was to warn me that being a part-time student meant that I wouldn’t be offered funding, implying that there wasn’t much reason to reject my application, assuming that I met all eligibility requirements.
June 30, 2011
Taking this degree part time doesn’t grant me much freedom to take advantage of the extra-curricular activities that I encourage all my other graduate students to engage with. I would love to attend conferences and assist in faculty research and teaching – but between my job, attending classes, and spending my “spare” time reading and doing assignments; I really can’t do much else. So when I had the opportunity to take the course I’m currently in, I immediately took advantage of it.
May 24, 2011
The title of my honours thesis was “Religiosity and Neuroticism’s Effects on Death Anxiety.” Really? I suppose there isn’t any uncertainty surrounding the topic of my examination, but still…it lacks…poetry. My final paper for my course this past Winter? ““You're totally lesbi-gay” and Other Sexual Dynamics in Teen Horror Films.” Now that’s a line that will grab some attention.
April 21, 2011
My job didn’t exist three years ago. My institution is relatively new to offering free-standing master’s programs. Until recently we merely offered them jointly with another institution, and offered a few more out of the Faculty of Theology. In 2008 we launched 3 new master’s programs, followed by a fourth in 2009 and we’ve been steadily growing ever since, offering new streams as well as another one or two new programs to come within the next couple years. Doctoral programs will no doubt soon follow.
March 24, 2011
I’m currently in a class entitled Children, Desire and Fear; this is in addition to my Erotica Special Studies course. The two frequently overlap, and as the year has progressed, the entire cohort now knows that erotica is one of my research passions. I no longer hide behind the much safer interest in “cultural inscriptions on the body as text,” a la Susan Bordo.

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