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In-person, on-campus courses 2021–2022

We plan to offer as many of our courses as possible in person in 2021–2022. We will offer a small number of remote options at every level for students who are unable to return to campus, but we are planning to hold the majority of our courses in person. That said, we are subject to the requirements stipulated by KFL&A Public Health; if they impose restrictions, we may be forced to move more of our offerings online. Please check our undergraduate and graduate course listings for more course information.


Congratulations Graduates of Queen's English 2021!


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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Spotlight on Creative Writing

Photo: Okot Bitek Black Studies, Gender Studies, and English are delighted to share Juliane Okot Bitek will be joining us as Assistant Professor of Black Creative Writing! Juliane is a poet-scholar whose 100 Days, a collection of poetry on how to remember the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, won the 2017 Glenna Luschie Prize for African Poetry and the 2017 INDIEFAB Book of the Year (Poetry) award. It was also nominated for several writing prizes. Juliane's most recent writings include: "What Choices between Nightmares: Intersecting Local, Global and Intimate Stories of Pain in Peacebuilding" Peacebuilding and the Arts (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2020); "Conversations at the Crossroads: Indigenous and Black Writers Talk" Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (2020) and "Treachery as Colonial Intent: A Poetic Response Critical African Studies (2021).


Spotlight on Research

Photo: Brooke CameronSally Brooke Cameron: "I recently completed a book on Victorian women’s writing and modern professions in the nineteenth century; my study, Critical Alliance (University of Toronto Press, 2020), argues that nineteenth-century literary representations of feminist collaboration played a key role in enabling women to enter the modern workforce. I am now developing a new project on nineteenth-century slum reform and children’s literature, as well as a study of the Victorian vampire and popular horror. At first glance, these might seem like very different topics. Yet all of my projects are interested in questions of economics and the role of literature in the social formation of normative (read: “productive” for Victorians) subjects. I want to know who or what counts as “Other” and how literature shapes our relationship to work and desire. I ask, “what kind of stories do we tell ourselves about good boys or girls?” and “who counts as (re)productive members of society?”

Favorite quote of the day: “I want you to believe in things that you cannot” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula"