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Medeival and Renaissance Studies

The Canterbury Program

Canterbury Program
Canterbury Program

The modern city of Canterbury juxtaposes the medieval cathedral and its saint (the object of Chaucer’s pilgrimage) with contemporary buildings occupied by innovative high-tech corporations.

The English Department Canterbury Program offers English majors a bridge between traditional humanistic pursuits and twenty-first century technological achievements.

In the joyous spirit of Chaucer’s clerk in The Canterbury Tales, the progam provides opportunities for innovative collaboration in teaching and learning, enabling our students to explore the creative convergence of literary classics and current technology, written communication and corporate culture.

Caterbury Committee Chair:
Marilyn Edelstein
(408) 554-4123 Dept. Office
(408) 554-4837 Dept. Fax 

2008-2009 Program Council: Professors Marilyn Edelstein, Sherry Booth, Jill Goodman Gould, Jeremy Townley

The Canterbury Program was established to support...

  • undergraduate research for English majors
  • provide resources for faculty-student collaboration in Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, and Business Communication
  • encourage the study of early English authors promote student learning in traditional and innovative methodologies
  • forge connections between undergraduate English majors and positions in business and industry.

The Canterbury Internship

The Canterbury Program frequently sponsors an editorial and research internship. Recent Canterbury Interns have worked for Chronica, a scholarly journal published by the Medieval Association of the Pacific, and the California Legacy Series jointly sponsored by SCU and Heyday Press.

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Canterbury Travel Grants

A limited number of grants are awarded to

  • allow English majors to visit special collections
  • travel to conferences
  • attend special sessions
  • present papers

Canterbury Scholars and students awarded travel grants will share their experience and accomplishments with other students and faculty at the on-going English Department Colloquium. Student travel to a conference or for research is generously funded by the Reverend Theodore Rynes, S.J. Canterbury Fellowship.

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Canterbury Scholars

Applicants for Canterbury Fellowships must be junior English majors who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5. Successful applicants agree to write a senior thesis on a literary topic or complete a comparable advanced project in creative writing or business writing. Up to 10 units of upper-division credit within the English major may be earned during the senior year for work leading to the completion of the fellowship project (subject to the usual approval of sponsoring faculty, the department chair, and the college).

Applicants also agree to provide the Canterbury Council with a copy of their project upon its completion and to present their work to the department during a special spring colloquium. In April, each applicant for a Canterbury Fellowship must submit to the Canterbury Council a brief prospectus describing the project and naming an English department faculty member (or members) who has (have) agreed to serve as the faculty sponsor(s).

The prospectus must also include a research budget that lists expenses necessary for the completion of the project. These expenses typically include travel to conferences, photocopying costs, books, etc. Additionally, applicants must arrange for two letters of recommendation from English department faculty, one of which must come from a faculty sponsor. The Canterbury Council will review the applications and announce the fellowship awards in May.

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Past Fellowship Recipients

  • John Peiffer. Faculty Mentor: Phyllis Brown. 1997-1998
  • Megan Tracy. Faculty Mentor: Judith Dunbar. 1997-1998
  • ShannonNessier. Faculty Mentor: Terry Beers. 1998-1999
  • Mike Riese. Faculty Mentor: Michelle Burnham. 1998-1999
  • Jim Duncan. Faculty Mentor: Ron Hansen. 1999-2000
  • Gareth Lee. Faculty Mentor: Ed Kleinschmidt Mayes. 1999-2000
  • Katie Colendich. Faculty Mentors: Jeanne Gunner and Simone J. Billings. 2000-2001
  • Kara Thompson. Faculty Mentor: John Hawley. 2000-2001
  • Jonathan Wegner. Faculty Mentor: Marilyn Edelstein. 2000-2001
  • Joseph Caporale. Faculty Mentors: Simone J. Billings, Phyllis Brown, and Diane Dreher. 2001-2002
  • Carrie Dodson. Faculty Mentors: Juan Velasco and Diane Dreher. 2001-2002
  • Kat McGuire. Faculty Mentor: Michelle Burnham. 2001-2002
  • Shiaw-ling Lai. Faculty Mentor: Eileen Razzari Elrod. 2002 -2003
  • Adam Lowry. Faculty Mentors: Theodore Rynes, S.J. and Simone J. Billings.      2002-2003
  • Geoffrey Rocca. Faculty Mentors: John Hawley and Maryellen Mori (Modern Languages/Japanese). 2002 -2003
  • Olga Kuskova. Faculty Mentor: Judith Dunbar. 2003-2004
  • Jennifer Re. Faculty Mentors: Simone Billings and Juan Velasco. 2003-2004
  • Paige Chant. Faculty Mentor: Linda Garber. 2004-2005
  • Neil Ferron. Faculty Mentors: Simone Billings, Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. (Religious Studies). 2004-2005
  • Emily Lewis. Faculty Mentors: Bridget Cooks (Art/Art History), Marilyn Edelstein, Eileen Razzari Elrod. 2004-2005
  • Christie Genochio. “Postcolonial Pantomime and the Evolution of National Identity.” Faculty Mentor: John Hawley. 2005 - 2006
  • Matthew Meyerhofer. “Cultures and Conflicts: A Study of Islam in Contemporary Novels." Faculty Mentor: John Hawley. 2005 - 2006

2006 - 2007

  • Lauren Karp. "A Crown that Seldom Kings Enjoy: Shakespeare's Exploration of Ethical and Problematic Leadership in the Midst of Political Conflict".
  • Mary Swift. "The Classics Revisited: A Feminist Analysis and Critique of Classic Modern American Male-Authored Novels".

2007 - 2008

  • Hilary Edwards: "Dream Imagery in Fantastic Literature"
  • Austin Baumgarten: "Temporary Suicide" Losing My Mind Without Losing Myself: Mental Illness On-Campus.

2008 - 2009

  • To be determined

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