The winner of this year’s Fairclough Prize is Dr. Brett Grubisic. Brett has been a highly effective and popular teacher in the Department of English since 2001, earning remarkable praise from students for his obvious investment in their success. He has also published widely in both critical and creative modes, with three novels, two edited anthologies, two monographs, and three co-edited critical collections. He is a creative, collegial, and highly productive member of the department, and it is a great pleasure to congratulate him on this newest achievement.


Congratulations to Department of English professor Robert Rouse on being awarded a 2015-2016 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. The Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Professor Rouse is a very popular teacher whose courses are often wait-listed. Students, some of whom have taken three or more of his courses, enjoy his infectious enthusiasm for his subject. (more…)

literary-land-claimsThe Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) announced the finalists for the 2015 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English section), and Professor Margery Fee’s Literary Land Claims is among the shortlisted works. The Gabrielle Roy Prize is awarded annually for the best book-length studies–one in English and one in French–in Canadian and Québec literary criticism published anywhere in the world. The winner will be announced later in May. Congratulations to Margery Fee and to all of the finalists!

Department of English PhD student and Teaching Assistant, Jonathan Newell has won the 2015-2016 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.


Congratulation to PhD student JACK KNOWLES, whose essay, “Yeatsian Agony in Late Roth,” has been selected as this year’s Siegel McDaniel Award Winner. (more…)

TheGardenStatuaryThe official English Undergraduate journal, The Garden Statuary, operated and peer-reviewed (largely by our Honours students and English Majors) and publishing both creative and academic work, continues to thrive online and in annual print versions. The journal has now published fourteen very successful issues since its founding in late 2011. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing more from TGS!

The Department of English at UBC has been ranked 26th among the top 100 departments of English language and literature in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016.

The UBC Library recently acquired two outstanding medieval manuscripts, a “student Bible”–a rare 13th-century bible–and a private devotional book called a Book of Hours which dates back to the 15th Century. Both manuscripts have bolstered UBC Library’s medieval collections  and provide valuable, real-life texts for teaching and learning.  Visit the UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections division, located at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre to view these manuscripts.

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