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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Mary Ann Saunders was interviewed on CBC Radio’s North by Northwest with Sheryl McKay recently. The conversation touched on the presentation Mary Ann will be giving, called “The (Transgender) Tempest: Shakespeare as Trans Archive” at the Moving Trans History Forward 2016 conference (University of Victoria).

A podcast of the program will be posted on CBC Radio’s website.

See Moving Trans History Forward 2016 conference.


Congratulations to Mike Borkent (PhD 2015), whose application for a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship on “Multimodal Cognition and Canadian Comics and Graphic Novels in English,” tenable at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Professor Bart Beaty, was successful.

John Wilson Foster

Professor Emeritus John Wilson Foster has launched his new website, Prof. Foster is currently Honorary Research Professor at Queen’s University Belfast.

John Wilson Foster website

The Department of English is pleased to announce Daniel Heath Justice has been awarded a 2015 UBC Killam Research Prize. As well as Professor of English, Daniel is Chair of the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture. He received this award in recognition of his leadership in the field of Indigenous Literary Studies and for his many contributions to it, including Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History (2006), The Oxford Handbook of Indigenous American Literature (co-edited with James H. Cox, 2014), and Why Indigenous Literature Matters (forthcoming 2016). Professor Justice is also the author of the acclaimed speculative fiction series, The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles, and of Badger (2015), part of the University of Chicago Press/Reaktion Books’ Animal Series. Daniel’s current scholarship focuses on the role of Indigenous writing, art, and performance in expressing, transforming, and creating meaningful kinship relationships, especially between Indigenous peoples and the other-than-human world.

The Killam Trusts were established in memory of Izaak Walton Killam through the will of his wife, Dorothy J. Killam, and through gifts made during her lifetime. Their primary purpose is to support advanced education and research at five Canadian Universities and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Killam Laureates are forging paths of discovery in the five disciplines of Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities. UBC Killam Research prizes are selected by UBC’s Faculty Research Award Committee, which spands arts and humanities, applied science, science, and medicine.

Congratulations, Daniel!


Daniel Heath Justice

I am a Colorado-born Canadian citizen of the Cherokee Nation, appointed as Professor in the Department of English and the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. My work in Indigenous literary studies takes up questions and issues of kinship, belonging, sexuality, personhood, and nationhood, and engages historical, political, aesthetic, and representational contexts and concerns.

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Congratulations to Alix (Alexandra Bunyan) Hawley (BA Hon. ’97) whose novel All True Not a Lie in It (Penguin) has won the 2015 First Novel Award, been long listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and been chosen by both the National Post and the Globe and Mail for their Best Books of 2015. Alix was also named one of CBC’s 12 writers to Watch for in 2015.