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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 49.1 is hot off the press: with articles on caribbean diaspora, Bessie Head, "minor cosmopolitics," and more

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

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With special attention to the narrative structure Equiano develops to highlight the similarity between the dangers he encounters in the Arctic and the conditions of plantation slavery he has witnessed in America, this paper both argues that the contrast between these forms of record-keeping clarifies precisely how the empirical methods of the official publications of the Racehorse obscure the economic imperatives that drive eighteenth-century exploration – and identifies Equiano’s Interesting Narrative as a model for alternative modes of perceiving and narrating how these economic imperatives (and other more-than-human forces) continue to shape our understanding of what constitute an environmental threat.

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