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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. 


ARIEL 48.1 is hot off the press, with articles on South Asian indenture, polygyny in postcolonial Nigerian fiction, 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 Clara Joseph, Rebecca Sullivan, Donna Coates, and more.

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

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
March 1, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Because of the sheer volume of printed materials, anyone involved in tracing the history of a literary genre has had—out of necessity—to rely on representative sampling. Working with the Bob Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction, this project argues for a speculative, exploratory approach to literary history that employs a collaborative visualization design process to interrogate interpretive categories and underlying epistemological assumptions while also provoking consideration of neglected literary materials collected by science fiction fan and artist, Bob Gibson.