Matt Warner, has won the Governor General’s Gold Medal (Master’s) at UBC.  This prestigious award recognizes the best Master’s degree recipient within the graduating class at UBC. Nominees are gathered from among all of UBC’s Master’s graduates and awarded to one of approximately 1,000 Master’s graduates, including students in the science and medical faculties. One of the prerequisites for the prize is that the student must have contributed in some substantial way to their field of research.

Matt completed his MA thesis on the poetry of George Herbert under the supervision of Professor Elizabeth Hodgson. He is currently studying for his doctoral degree at Stanford University.

Daniel Helbert (PhD 2016) has just accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of English at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Daniel’s new post is at a medium-sized public university (approx. 10,000 students) with a strong liberal arts tradition where Georgia O’Keefe was chair of the Art Department back in the day and where they have an official, collegiate rodeo team that fares quite well in national competitions. Daniel was hired as the department’s medievalist. In the coming semester, he will be teaching courses titled “King Arthur of the British” and ‘The Equestrian Warrior: From Knight to Cowboy”.

Daniel’s research, under the supervision of Professor Siân Echard, demonstrated the importance of legends about King Arthur to the medieval border between England and Wales. His research highlights the significance of this border community to the development of British culture and identity.

The preliminary schedule for Endnotes 2017: On the Edge, this year’s UBC English graduate conference, is now available on the conference website. The conference takes place at UBC’s beautiful Green College on May 12 and 13, and registration is still open at Register now to join us for a weekend of presentations on themes timely and timeless from students across Canada and the U.S., as well as keynote speakers Sonnet L’Abbé and Mo Pareles!

Hope to see you there! Like the conference Facebook to stay updated, and send any inquiries to

Derek Gladwin, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English was recently awarded the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research (PDF) Prize.  This is a significant award: each year, two outstanding postdoctoral fellows are selected as recipients of the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize at UBC. The Killam PDF Prizes are awarded to full-time postdoctoral fellows in recognition of their outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Derek Gladwin talks about his research goals, his UBC experience, and what winning the Killam PDF Research Prize means to him in this interview.

Congratulations to doctoral student and TA Mentor, Brendan McCormack who was recently awarded the Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! This award is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at UBC. With over 2000 Teaching Assistants working at the university, this truly is a remarkable achievement.

See UBC’s Killam Teaching + Service Winners


To coincide with Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Second Edition of A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles (DCHP-2) has just been released. Congratulations to Stefan Dollinger and Margery Fee, DCHP-2’s co-editors and everyone involved with the project!

In 1967, on the occasion of the Canadian Centennial, the first historical dictionary of Canadian English, the Dictionary of Canadianisms (DCHP-1), was published (see Fifty years later, and on the occasion of Canada’s 150th year, DCHP-2 is ready. The revised and updated new edition is the work of a team of UBC linguists of English over 11 years and explains, for 1239 meanings for the first time, why a given meaning is Canadian (in 1103 cases) and why not (in 136 cases). Words such as garburator, parkade and eh are explained in accessible language based on precise data, such as newly discovered and less-‐widely known Canadianisms, e.g. idiot string, take up a test etc. or to table (legislation) etc. In addition to the 10,974 entries taken over from DCHP-1, DCHP-2 offers information on some 12,000 Canadian words, meanings and expressions, past to present. The Dictionary is available online at

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Get ahead, get caught up, study something brilliant!

Here’s the list of courses offered by the Department of English this summer.

Term 1: May-June

ENGL 220 – English Literature: Medieval to 1700 (evening)
ENGL 224 – World Literature (afternoon)
ENGL 348 – Shakespeare and the Renaissance (afternoon)
ENGL 472 – American Literature: Bob Dylan (evening)

Term 2: July-August

ENGL 220 – English Literature: Medieval to 1700 (afternoon)
ENGL 406 – Prose Fiction: African Women Writers (afternoon)
ENGL 470 – Canadian Literature: Ghosts, Hauntings and Forgettings—Multiculturalism in the Contact Zone (evening)

Online Courses

ENGL 222 – Introduction to Canadian Literature
ENGL 301 – Technical and Business Writing
ENGL 321 – English Grammar and Usage (Language Theory)
ENGL 364 – 19th-Century: Monsters, Murders, and Secrets in Victorian Novels
ENGL 468 – Children’s Literature

For full course schedules, visit SSC; for course descriptions, click here.

 Summer is the perfect time to read and think about literature—see you in class!