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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. 


The Department of  English invites applications for tenure-track Assistant Professor positions, effective 1 July 2015. Seeking experts in Children's Literature and/or Young Adult Literature and Speculative Fiction and/or Science Fiction. 

Course descriptions for Fall 2014 term now available.

2014-2015 Undergraduate Topics Course descriptions are available online.

Important Information for Prospective English Graduate Students.

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program is now accepting applications from promising Canadian writers for the position of 2016-17 Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Arts. All applications received or postmarked by January 31, 2015 will be considered.

Department of English publications by Susan Bennett, Faye Halpern, and more.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
November 5, 2014 - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Please join Eighteenth-Century Matters as we welcome Dr. Heather Ladd (University of Lethbridge) for a talk she has developed from the holdings of the Garrick Club Collection in the TFDL.  Like all Eighteenth-Century Matters events, this will be an artifact-based presentation with an opportunity to view items from our local collections. Come catch The Garrick Fever! 

Registration is required for this talk as spaces are limited.  Please contact J. McKenney at to reserve a space. Everyone welcome.

Date & Time:
November 13, 2014 - 5:00 am - 6:30 am

Book Forensics: A hands-on session, led by Dr. Maria Zytaruk, in the rare book holding of Special Collections (TFDL 520D).  Workshop participants will examine books for signs of ownership, reading, and physical use.  Spaces are limited and registration is required.  Contact for details and to register. 

Date & Time:
December 2, 2014 - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Having worked for a year in the first French settlement on Canada's East Coast at Port-Royal, the Parisian lawyer Marc Lescarbot wrote this extensive poem detailing the resources of the country at a time when the settlers had to abandon Port-Royal due to financial difficulties.

Employing a range of arguments, voices and genres aimed at various audiences, the poem is a last-ditch appeal for support of what is envisioned as an agricultural community far from the problems of the home country.

Presented by MARCS:  The Medieval and Renaissance Cultural Studies Research Group. This event is free and open to the public.