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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. 


Speaking Her Mind: Canadian Women and Public Presence Conference. October 20-22. REGISTER NOW!

Suzette Mayr and Aritha van Herk have been chosen to participate in the YYC Literary Sidewalks, a collaboration between the CPL and Wordfest. Described as a "gift of pop-up wordy goodness for the citizens of Calgary," this installation has quotes from our colleagues popping up in our shared urban spaces. 

Celebrating all things wordy is Calgary’s 10-day Wordfest, helmed by alumna Shelley Youngblut, BA’85. More than 90 A-list authors and dozens of events round out this year’s remarkable roster. 

ARIEL 47.4 is hot off the press, with articles on Indian and African fiction, an interview with Minoli Salgado, and more

Course descriptions for Fall 2016 term now available.

English Majors and Minors in third year or above are strongly encouraged to enrol in 500-level courses. Please see course descriptions at

Department of English publications by Rebecca Sullivan, Donna Coates, Karen Bourrier, and more.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
October 27, 2016 | 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

A wonderful machine for rapid information retrieval, the book wheel facilitated comparison and contrast, collation and note taking. But did it?  The real story of the bookwheel has never been told, and it is instructive. 

Date & Time:
October 31, 2016 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

While Edith Nesbit is mainly known as an author of children’s fiction, she also wrote numerous gothic tales that have only recently begun to attract scholarly attention. These delightfully lurid works of horror fiction are all set inside wax museums. Exploring the significance of wax figures, this talk proposes that these monstrous and abject statues suggest a feminist critique of British society.reveals important connections between modern metropolitan space, with its system of urban attractions and entertainments, and the literary space of the popular periodical.