Welcome to the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, a top-ranked academic program and scholarly community that conducts dynamic research in both English language and literature.
Faculty and students have access to materials that are housed at UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections. PhD Candidate Justin O’Hearn and the Department of English recently managed to procure two rare books that share a connection with Oscar Wilde, making an important contribution to this archive.
The department is home to a robust network of scholars working on medieval texts. Faculty members and students are affiliated with UBC’s interdisciplinary Medieval Studies program, as well as Oecologies, a research group that applies ecological approaches to medieval and early modern texts.
Associate professor Laura Moss has taken over as editor of Canadian Literature, a leading peer-reviewed journal that has been housed at UBC since its founding in 1959. Canadian Literature also produces CanLit Guides, an online open-access teaching resource that offers a wide array of material for bringing Canadian literature into the classroom.
Undergraduate and graduate students are deeply involved in department life, organizing events such as Endnotes, the yearly graduate conference, a yearly undergraduate colloquium, and publishing The Garden Statuary, an undergraduate literary journal.
Faculty and graduate student research in English language and literature goes “beyond the book” to include a vast range of multimedia and digital humanities projects. With projects that focus on graphic novels, collaborative writing technologies, and science and technology studies, department members are engaged in re-imagining and revealing new forms of textuality and communication.
The department has a vibrant tradition of work on poetry and poetics, ranging from contemporary and site-specific projects based in Vancouver to archival and historical work. In previous years, students and faculty have organized a series of poetry readings featuring artists from across Canada.
Our faculty are consistently recognized for excellence in research and teaching. They have been awarded honours including the Killam Teaching Prize, the Dean of Arts Award, and the Killam Research Prize. Faculty members also hold prestigious memberships in the Royal Society of Canada as well as the Order of Canada.
Reading From Here
What does it mean to read and study language, literature, and culture in our current location?
Located on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam peoples, and formed through histories of colonial settlement and global migrations, our department engages in the study of language, literature, and culture as as means of critically responding to the social and historical forces that have shaped our current location. Read More
--Chris Lee, Associate Professor
What does it mean to read and study language, literature, and culture in our current location? This question is at the heart of the “Oecologies” project (http://oecologies.com/). Based at UBC in the English Department, many of the cluster’s founding collaborators teach and conduct research in the environmental Humanities.
--Vin Nardizzi, Associate Professor
Graduate students in humanities disciplines such as English often face a number of challenges: how can they conduct research that engages a variety of historical, sociocultural, and political intersections, how can this research be seen as applicable to a wide range of career opportunities, and what role does their work maintain within the university community at large?
--Lucia Lorenzi, Ph.D. UBC English
Consistently ranked among the top English departments in the world, ours is one of the largest, most diverse, and most vibrant departments at the University of British Columbia.
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