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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. 


Amitav Ghosh is the author of two books of nonfiction, a collection of essays, and eight novels. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages and he has served on the jury of the Locarno Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. He will give a public reading and book-signing on November 20.

Course descriptions for Fall 2018 term online now.

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 Larissa Lai, Michael T. Clarke, Suzette Mayr, and more.

UPDATE: Important Information for Prospective English Graduate Students. Course descriptions now available.

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
November 23, 2018 - 5:30 pm to November 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm

This symposium honours the work of métisse writer and elder Sharron Proulx-Turner, who passed away last year. Her last book Creole Métisse of French Canada, Me was posthumously released this year by Kegedonce Press. It takes up the three themes addressed in the title of her book: creolization/métissage/intersectionality, Métis Nationhood (Red River), and the self. 

Date & Time:
November 25, 2018 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LARC and the Calgary Public Library host writers Carmen Aguirre, Larissa Lai, and Liz Howard to discuss how diverse perspectives are changing the identity of Canadian literature.