Online Portfolio Workshop

with Letitia Henville, Research Grants Facilitator, UBC Faculty of Medicine

Letitia Henville, Research Grants Facilitator in the Faculty of Medicine, and a graduate of the English  Honours Program will be giving a workshop on using student e-porfolios to transition from degree to employment. Join us on Tuesday, February 27, 3 -4 pm in Buchanan Tower 599.

Please set up your portfolio before the workshop.  See

Brought to you by The Department of English, The English Students Association and the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers

Endnotes 2018 Conference

Endnotes is the annual student-run graduate conference of the University of British Columbia Department of English. This year’s theme, “Metamorphoses: Mementos and Futurities,” incites interdisciplinary conversation on the outcomes and aftershocks of moments of transformation.

Endnotes 2018 will take place May 4-5, 2018.


Our latest Rhodes Scholar

Photo by Katherine Ho

Congratulations to Fatima Zehra Naqvi on being named one of Canada’s Rhodes Scholars for 2018. Zehra graduated in 2017 with a BA Honours in English Literature and Creative Writing. Her research and writing focuses on issues of borders, migration and displacement. In her final year at UBC, Zehra co-designed and co-facilitated a student-directed seminar on “Analyzing 21st Century Migratory and Social Movements Through New Media and Postcolonial Literature. ” Zehra is a Wesbrook Scholar, a recipient of the English Honours Medal and also received multiple awards while at UBC. One of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships in the world, the Rhodes Scholarship funds two to three years of postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Zehra intends to pursue an MSc in Migration Studies at Oxford and to use storytelling and journalism to influence policy making in support of migrants and refugees.

Also see
“Meet UBC’s Latest Rhodes Scholar”

Congratulations to Dr Fenn Stewart, this year’s recipient of the Ian Fairclough Teaching Prize.

Fenn Stewart (PhD York; MA UBC) has been a member of our department since 2014, with excellent teaching evaluations almost right from the start. She teaches both traditional classes and online courses in courses ranging from ENGL 112 (Strategies for University Writing) to ENGL 348 (Shakespeare). Her current research focuses upon literature and culture in Canada, with particular attention to critical race and Indigenous studies approaches.


Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Jerry Wasserman who was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame  (for Theatre, TV and Film. Next time you are on Granville Street, check out his star!

PhD student Benjamin Hertwig’s first book of poems, Slow War (McGill-Queen’s UP), is a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award! Benjamin is studying war narratives with the supervision of Dr. Michael Zeitlin.



Graduate students interested in the study of Indigenous literary and oral traditions are invited to consider Indigenous Critical and Creative Studies (ICCS), a new transdisciplinary initiative organized in partnership with faculty from a range of disciplines and academic units, including English and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. Rooting the study of Indigenous literatures within and through cultural, political, intellectual, linguistic, and artistic contexts, ICCS offers students the opportunity to focus their graduate work on vibrant, trans-disciplinary and community-grounded scholarship in Indigenous studies.  For more information about this pilot initiative, please contact Lorraine Weir ( or Daniel Heath Justice (

Professor Margery Fee has been named to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences in Canada.

Professor Fee has a stellar national and international reputation for her research in Canadian Literature and Canadian English Lexicography. Among her most influential publications are Literary Land Claims: the “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (WLU Press, 2015), and the Guide to Canadian English Usage (OUP), which has been described as “the Canadian Fowler.” Her research on Indigenous Literature has transformed scholarly approaches to the subject and its place within Canadian Studies.

She will be officially inducted into the academies of the RSC at a ceremony in Winnipeg in November.