In Memoriam

The Department of English mourns the tragic loss of Professor Pius Adesanmi in the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet near the Addis Ababa airport on March 10, 2019.

Professor Adesanmi was a beloved teacher, treasured colleague, and an internationally recognized scholar. He is sorely missed.

You are invited to pay respects to Dr. Adesanmi’s memory on the Comments Page.

To honour Dr. Adesanmi’s memory a Memorial Fund is being established to support students and continue his life’s work.


To mark the passing of Dr. Marc Hewson, the Department of English Language and Literature invites all those who knew him to contribute to the Dr. Marc Andrew Hewson Memorial Scholarship and to the Comments Page established to serve as a living testament to his life and work.

“Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another.”

― Ernest Hemingway


Our Departmental Philosophy

As human beings, we understand ourselves, and our place in the world, through the stories that we tell. In our department, we approach stories as tools for self-reflection and self-understanding, creative thinking and problem solving. Our students learn to think deeply and write clearly in small, supportive, and inclusive classes taught by award-winning professors who take pride in the personal attention they give their students. Our students are prepared for living in a complex world by studying the texts that anchor our diverse cultural and intellectual histories, from Beowulf to Bollywood, Jane Austen to comic books, Shakespeare to Indigenous drama.

Our highly successful Co-Op Program enables students to combine academic study with valuable paid work experience. Our majors also have the opportunity to apply to study abroad and register in one of three optional specialized concentrations: Creative Writing, Professional Writing, and Drama Studies. Students interested in how new media and technologies affect our world may also choose to pursue a minor in the Digital Humanities.

At the graduate level, we offer MA and PhD programs. In addition to the three regular MA streams (thesis, research essay, and coursework), we also offer collaborative MA programs in Digital Humanities and African Studies. Unique in Canada, our PhD program, The Production of Literature, studies the production, circulation, and reception of texts through analyzing their institutional, technological, and discursive contexts.