Faculty of Arts

Creative Work Matters

Self-expression is central to the human condition. In the Faculty of Arts, a number of our faculty and students are engaged in creative works that include poetry, novels, short stories, plays and film scripts and stage productions. These works bring a new audience to the University and strengthen our connection to the community.

Roewan Crowe is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies.  As an artist and a theorist, Dr. Crowe’s work is trans-disciplinary in nature and explores what it means to be feminist and queer, sometimes looking at the dynamics of power in relationships and in society and seeking to redress imbalances in these. Transformational, sometimes disruptive, and always with a mind to community building and cultural democracy, Dr. Crowe's engaging work is expressed in photography, performance, installation, film, text, and as in Quivering Land, poetry. Not only is Dr. Crowe an exceptional artist, scholar and activist, according to Dr. Fiona Green, Associate Dean of Arts, "she is an inspiring teacher who engages her students in ideas and approaches that inspire and nourish. Quivering Land is an example of her creativity, intellect, critical inquiry and imaginings for all to enjoy."

About "Quivering Land" (Arbeiter Ring Publishing):

Roewan Crowe’s compelling and haunting literary debut, Quivering Land, is a rather queer Western, engaging with poetics and politics to reckon with the legacies of violence and colonization in the West.

Written in a sparse style, this lonely, sometimes brutal book invites the reader on a powerful journey with Clem, Violet, and a dead girl in a red dress. Clem, a lone cowboy, caught in the inevitable violence of the Western, compulsively rides through ghost towns and Monument Valley. Violet is an artist who pulls dead bodies, guns, and memory into her studio, immersing herself in a creative process, seeking to understand the relationships among aggression, vulnerability and the imagination. Disrupting the story are the ghostly visitations of a dead child who travels the western landscape unsettling romanticized, filmic images of Monument Valley.

Interspersed in the text are fragile, beautiful images painstakingly cut from paper, created by artist Paul Robles. This experimental long poem, a gritty feminist meditation on trauma, violence and the possibilities of art, is as powerful as a Smith and Wesson Schofield rifle.

For more about Dr. Crowe and her work, you can go to her website.