Department of English

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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.

 

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 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...to believe in things that you cannot” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula"

 


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.


Lae Effect 9 book cover - text included in page content 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).