Department of English


English Language and Literature

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IMPORTANT Notice: In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, the office of the Department of English is currently closed. However, we are operating remotely and will continue to be available by email.


Welcome to Queen’s English

From Shakespeare to Jane Austen, from Canadian poetry to digital comics, we invite you to explore your curiosity for the literary arts and cultural studies. Follow your imagination into diverse lives and worlds while gaining a flexible degree that provides marketable thinking and communication skills. Enjoy meeting others who share your passions. As an undergraduate student in English at Queen's, you needn't get lost in a crowd: a seminar experience is offered in every year. You will be amazed at the variety of intriguing undergraduate courses from which you can choose.

At Queen's, graduate studies in English is founded on a tradition of leading edge research and a wide view of English studies. The experience here is all about choosing your own intellectual path, a tight-knit scholarly community, and the pleasures of a vibrant small city. Don't miss checking out our new MPhil program.


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Learn about our PhD program


Spotlight on Research

Photo: Glenn Willmott

Glenn Willmott"I've taught modern literature, comics, film and other arts at Queen's since 1995. For the past few years, my work has been rooted in the environmental humanities. I'm drawn to the ever-changing power of both popular and avant-garde imaginations of nature, animal life, and economic abundance. Trained in methods of cultural critique, I am also deeply committed to the value and implications of reading for wonder—the title of my most recent book. With Stephen Ross at University of Victoria, I am setting out on a study of new figures of dissatisfied youth in contemporary culture. My currently favourite quotation: 'Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.'—D. H. Lawrence, opening sentence of Lady Chatterley's Lover, 1928."

Spotlight on Creative Writing

Photo: Armand Ruffo

Congratulations to Armand Ruffo, on being awarded the 2020 Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. Sponsored by the Latner Family Foundation, the $25,000 prize is given annually to a mid-career poet in recognition of a “remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry.” The decision of this year's jury (Marilyn Dumont, Susan Glickman, and Kaie Kellough) was announced on December 2 via the digital Writers' Trust Awards.

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We are pleased to announce Lake Effect 9 — the latest volume in a biennial anthology series featuring the poetry and short fiction of advanced Creative Writing students at Queen's. (Lake Effect 9: An Anthology of Work by the Creative Writing Students at Queen's University, Prose and Poetry, edited by Carolyn Smart).