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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. 


Author Joshua Whitehead receives high CanLit kudos for his coming-of-age Indigiqueer tale.

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 Michael T. Clarke, Clem Martini, Suzette Mayr, and more.

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

Upcoming Events

Date & Time:
October 25, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This talk is about the ocean and humans’ relationship with the sea and the shore in Halifax-based Sue Goyette’s long poem Ocean. The book and the talk may be of interest to Canadianists, lovers of water and the seaside, or aficionados of the long poem.