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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Spotlight on Research

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Armand Garnet Ruffo: "Much of my research and writing intersects creatively.  I recently wrote a libretto for a musical called Sounding Thunder: the Song of Francis Pegahmagabow about the acclaimed Ojibwe WW I sniper.  Previously I published Grey Owl: the Mystery of Archie Belaney and Norval Morrisseau: Man Changing Into Thunderbird, both 'so-called' poetic/ creative biographies. Distinct genres are being challenged these days, but whatever the writing, it seems to me the writer has to be fully committed to their work; this is the kind of inquiry that I enjoy bringing to my classes.  Favourite quote of the day: I have two epigraphs in my latest book Treaty # (2019). The first is by the French poet Charles Baudelaire. 'The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being able to be at once himself and someone else.'  The second is by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. 'Those who authentically commit themselves to the people must re-examine themselves constantly.'"

Read more about the interests and pursuits of scholars in our Department.

Spotlight on Creative Writing

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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).