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The Channel is the McGill English Department’s Academic Journal, and this year’s collection of publishings features outstanding papers written by students within all three streams of the degree: Literature, Cultural Studies, and Theatre/Drama. As an undergraduate literary journal, we are proud to be able to choose and circulate the highest-quality academic essays submitted by our fellow peers.

Read through this year’s contributions to discover the nature of ‘nothing’ in two Shakespeare plays; go on to explore the commonalities between Jordan Peele’s Get Out and an 1892 Gothic short story. Find out what Borges has to say about the practice of reading, and then keep it in mind as you continue to read. The essays here are some of the best analyses and engagements with texts that this year’s English students have to offer.

A huge thank you goes to the dedicated team of editors and writers at The Channel, without whom the 2018 edition could not exist, as well as to the DESA executive team.

Rebecca Dillon and Virginia Shram

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