University of Calgary

Department of English

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. 

N E W S 

E V E N T S 

Upcoming Events

  • newton.jpg

    Isaac Newton’s letter to Robert Hooke (February 1676) contained the (in)famous passage, If I have seen further it is by standing on ye sholders of Giants. Commentators disagree over how this passage should be interpreted. Was Newton humbly acknowledging the debt to his predecessors? Or was this a nasty dig at Hooke, who was short in stature, owing to severe Kyphosis (curvature of the spine)?I consider this passage in its context—as the finale of a lengthy debate with Hooke over the status of Newton’s first optical paper (published in February 1672). 

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 15:00 - 16:30
  • Book_Forensics_web.jpg

    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 speccoll [at] ucalgary [dot] ca for details and to register. 

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 12:00 - 13:30
  • VJR.jpg

    A panel presentation by colleagues and students of Professor Victor Ramraj.

    Monday, October 6, 2014 - 15:30 - 17:00