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Literary Studies in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts

Studying the language in which we live—and its uses, from poetry to politics to the hidden metaphors of everyday life—offers a strong centre from which to explore the world within and beyond the university. Students in this program have opportunities for creativity and intellectual challenge, through broad and intensive reading, through writing, and through discussion with professors and fellow students. This is a program for students who cannot be satisfied by textbook learning: it demands, develops, and rewards intellectual curiosity, articulate speech and writing, and critical thinking. 


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In James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, the narrator’s father confronts his longtime employee, John Barnet, about scurrilous rumors that John has been spreading. Reading Hogg alongside the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, I consider the episode as a precursor to Herman Melville’s “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” except this time it’s Scottish and, somehow, even more psychoanalytic.