Our latest Rhodes Scholar

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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.

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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 (


Posted: September 2017

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.

University of British Columbia Library and the Department of English invite you to attend a symposium, A”n Unmatched Devotion: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Colbeck Collection at UBC Library” on October 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of the Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles Lettres. Speakers for this event include: Mark Samuels Lasner, University of Delaware Library (Keynote Speaker); Florence Boos, University of Iowa; Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State University; and Yuri Cowan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. (more…)

UBC is honoured to be hosting the Pacific Northwest chapter of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ Fall 2017 meeting on <strong>Saturday, October 21 (2017)</strong>. This workshop, organized by Dr. Mary Chapman will be devoted to a discussion of the work of Ella Rhoads Higginson (1862-1940), guided by invited scholar Dr. Laura Laffrado (Western Washington University). The first prominent literary author from the Pacific Northwest, Higginson has been largely forgotten as a key American writer. At the turn from the nineteenth century into the twentieth century, (more…)