About the Department of English Language and Literature
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 two specialized concentrations: Creative Writing and Drama Studies. In collaboration with the School of Linguistics & Language Studies, we offer a Certificate and Minor in Professional Writing.
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 studies the production, circulation, and reception of texts through analyzing their institutional, technological, and discursive contexts.
Faculty in the department are committed to research and teaching in areas that span a wide range of historical and geographical contexts including British, Canadian, American, South Asian, African, and Caribbean literature and culture. Find out more about our Faculty’s research.
Thursday, February 15, 2024
Prof. Sarah Waisvisz Publishes Heartlines with Methuen Drama
A graduate of the PhD in English at Carleton in 2014, Prof. Waisvisz is now Assistant Professor in the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. A playwright, dramaturge, and...
A graduate of the PhD in English at Carleton in 2014, Prof. Waisvisz is now Assistant Professor in the DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University. A playwright, dramaturge, and multi-disciplinary performer, Prof. Waisvisz’s two-act play Heartlines (about queer-Jewish activists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore) premiered to sold-out audiences at...
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Spotlight on Research: Professor Siobhain Bly Calkin publishes a new article
Dr. Siobhain Bly Calkin, who teaches medieval literature in the department, has a new article coming out in March in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. “Passion Relic...
Dr. Siobhain Bly Calkin, who teaches medieval literature in the department, has a new article coming out in March in the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. “Passion Relic Devotion, an Implanted Relic, and a Prostheticized Body” considers the interactions of relic and human matter in a late medieval text that has not...