The English Department consists of approximately 35 full time faculty members teaching and researching in both traditional and emerging fields, housed in one of the largest and most dynamic Faculty of Arts in the country. Our distinguished graduate faculty represents a wide array of approaches to the study of literature, including Holocaust and trauma studies; postcolonial literatures; medieval and early modern studies; Canadian literature; American literature, Victorian iterature, digital humanities, comic and graphic texts, gender studies and cultural studies. Our faculty members publish on translation theory, early modern literature, graphic novels, performance theory and practice, homoerotic poetry in the Renaissance, experimental poetry, medieval manuscripts, indigenous literature, speculative fiction, young adult literature and youth studies, among many fields, including traditional historical periods. In 2014, the department saw the investiture of a new Canadian Research Chair in Creative Writing.
We offer a strong, established and distinctive graduate program, with two MA options (a thesis-based route and our new course-based route) as well as a PhD: with all degrees, students can select a creative writing option, completing a creative thesis or research project. Our students present conference papers all over the world; our creative-writing graduates (and students) are winning prizes and publishing widely in every genre; our graduates hold academic positions across the country, as well as proceeding to careers in publishing, business, and government.