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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. 


The Department of English is currently seeking applications for sessional instructor position for the Spring 2019 session.

ARIEL 50.1 is hot off the press, with articles on black diasporic writing, postcolonial food studies, and more. 

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.

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March 8, 2019 - 3:00 pm to March 10, 2019 - 2:00 pm

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February 28, 2019 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

One of the major trends in classical Arabic poetry was toward highly manneristic verse filled with dazzling wordplay and farfetched metaphor. But does the Qurʾān—the other paragon of literary excellence, according to classical Arabo-Islamic thought—have language play too? If so, what is its role in this most eminently meaningful text?