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Graduate Studies Programs of Study English Language and Literature


English Language and Literature

 
Head
King, S.
 
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
McKegney, S.
 
Professor
Berg, M., Bongie, C., Fachinger, P., Hanson, E., Jones, M.C., King, S., McKegney, S., Morrison, R., Murray, L., Pierce, J., Rae, P.M., Schlick, Y., Straznicky, M., Ware, T., Willmott, G.
 
Associate Professor
Fanning, C., McIntire, G., Pappano, M.A., Ritchie, L., Ruffo, A., Straker, S., Varadharajan, A., Wallace, M.
 
Assistant Professor
Dujardin, G.
 
Professor Emeritus
Carpenter, M.W., Clark, G.R., Harland, C., Lobb, E., Lock, F.P., Logan, G.M., Monkman, L.G., Söderlind, S.
 
Cross-Appointed Faculty
Rouget, F., Walker, C.
 
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Wehlau, R. 
 
Departmental Facilities
The Department of English is located in Watson Hall, with the Departments of Classics, History, and Philosophy. Watson Hall houses the Department's secretarial and faculty offices, the graduate seminar room, and shared offices for graduate students.
Financial Assistance The Department of English offers financial support to M.A. and Ph.D. students in the form of Queen's Graduate Awards and teaching assistantships. Funding for Ph.D. students is guaranteed for four years. Ph.D. students are also eligible to apply for a limited number of teaching fellowships in the fourth year of the program.
Fields of Research

The Department offers graduate courses and thesis supervision in the major areas of literary research in English, including Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century, Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary British, all periods of Canadian and American literatures, Post-colonial Studies, and Literary Theory. The Department does not offer graduate courses in linguistics, creative writing, or journalism.

The Queen’s University Library collections are comprised of over 2.2 million physical items and over 500,000 electronic resources, including 440,000 electronic books, 60,000 electronic serials, and 625 research databases. In terms of support for researchers in the fields of English literature Queen’s has nearly complete runs of numerous Victorian periodicals, as well as access to periodical and monographic resources in databases such as the 17thand 18th Century UK Newspapers: The Burney Collection, Eighteenth Century Collections Online I & II,19th Century UK Periodicals, and Early English Books Online and Literature Online. You will find many subject and genre specific databases including Literature Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, Past Masters, Early Canadiana Online, Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages, PEP-Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing and Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels. The library holdings are particularly strong in Renaissance and Nineteenth-century English literature and meet the needs of graduate students working in Medieval, Eighteenth-century, and Modern literatures.

Special Collections, which are housed in Douglas Library, include an outstanding collection of Dickens, as well as the personal library of Robertson Davies. The Canadiana section, based upon the Edith and Lorne Pierce collection, is one of the most impressive in the country, and the Commonwealth section has grown rapidly in recent years. The Library resources are further augmented by microfilms of books printed in the British Isles and abroad before 1700 (from lists in the Short Title Catalogue and the Wing Supplement), and a 30-volume microfilm copy of the original Stationers' Company records. Queen's Archives has substantial holdings in Canadiana from its beginnings to the contemporary day, including the works of such writers as Carman, Purdy, and Woodcock.

Degree Programs
MASTER OF ARTS Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, providing they also satisfy the requirements of the Department. Successful candidates for admission have normally completed a B.A.(Hons) degree with at least upper second-class standing and with a cumulative average in English courses of at least 80. Applicants will normally be favoured whose undergraduate records show a reasonably well-balanced selection of courses in English literature from the medieval period to the present day.
 
Students whose native language does not include English will be required to obtain a minimum score of 109 on the TOEFL.  For details see the department's website: Pre-application Information for Visa Students.
 
The M.A. program consists of (i) the equivalent of four session-length or eight term-length graduate courses, or (ii) the equivalent of two session-length or four term-length graduate courses plus a thesis of 60 pages (roughly 15,000 words). One of these courses may be taken outside the department. (Only under exceptional circumstances will students be permitted to follow model (ii). Students are encouraged to take ENGL-800 as one of their credit courses. Students are normally required to demonstrate a reading knowledge of one language other than English. Students who do not already have a full-year university-level language course can demonstrate reading knowledge either by taking such a course or by passing a written translation exam, while registered in the program. The M.A. program is designed to be completed within twelve months. Most students who enter the program in September will, therefore, have to register for the next summer term, beginning in May.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY
Applicants are accepted under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, provided they also satisfy the requirements of the Department. Normally a first class M.A. degree or its equivalent is required for admission; applicants will be favoured whose academic records show a reasonably well balanced selection of courses in English literature from the medieval period to the present day.
 
Students whose native language does not include English will be required to obtain a minimum score of 109 on the TOEFL.  For details see the department's website: Pre-application Information for Visa Students.
 
Students may not register in the Ph.D. program if they have failed to complete all requirements for the M.A. degree. This rule may be waived only in exceptional circumstances with the approval of the Graduate Studies Committee. A student so admitted will not be allowed to register in the second year of the program until completion of the requirements for entry to the Ph.D.
 
Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must demonstrate either basic reading knowledge of two languages or more advanced knowledge of one language other than English. This requirement is a minimum, and additional language training specific to a student's disciplinary field of study may be required by the Graduate Coordinator as advised by the relevant field specialists among graduate faculty.  The language requirement may be fulfilled in the following ways:by having completed a basic or more advanced (as appropriate to fulfill the above requirements) full-year university-level language course prior to entry to the Ph.D. program; by passing a written translation test, or by completing, with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator, a basic or more advanced (as appropriate to fulfill the above requirements) full-year language course at Queen's or another university while registered in the program. With approval of the Graduate Coordinator, a Queen's graduate-level language  half-course (3.0 credit units), or equivalent at another institution, may also be considered to fulfill one language requirement.  This credit cannot be counted among required course credits for the doctoral degree. The languages should be appropriate to the student's area of specialization, and both the languages and courses must be approved by the graduate coordinator.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree must pass the equivalent of six graduate half-courses selected with the approval of the department (and in addition must attend ENGL-900*).  Apart from completion of ENGL-900* in the third year of the program, this is normally the work of the Fall and Winter terms of the first year.

Candidates must pass an Historical Field Examination and make a Special Topic Presentation to the Department. These tasks are normally undertaken in the second year of the doctoral program:

   i. The Field Examination: Two written papers, the first a supervised exam of approximately four hours duration; the second, a take-home exam. This examination is to be taken in November of the second year of registration, with Paper II assigned one day after Paper I. It is designed to test the candidate's knowledge of the texts, authors, issues and methodologies pertaining to one of the generally recognized historical periods or fields of study of literature in English. Reading guides are supplied by the Department.
 
   ii. The Special Topic Presentation. This presentation will be made to the Department in May of the second year of registration and will be evaluated by two faculty advisors.  This presentation will be based on a reading list devised by the candidate to address a large issue or set of issues relevant to his or her dissertation topic. The candidate will submit the reading list as an annotated bibliography to the advisors.
 
The degree program is completed by the preparation and presentation for defense of the doctoral thesis. In order to complete the dissertation, students will find it necessary to maintain registration for at least three years.
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